With the economy back in business and exports on the rise again, brands are newly inclined to show off their capacity for innovation and imagination. Here are some of the watches from the stream of recent releases.
Xi Jinping’s call for “common prosperity” sent shudders through the stock market. This new policy, which portends a drop in purchasing power for the wealthiest Chinese, pushed down luxury share prices, which includes watch brands. What implications does this have?
With just 0.5% growth in March, Swiss watch exports have lost momentum. Certain analysts see this as the sign of an inevitable slowing-down. Meanwhile, Fine Watches continue to stay the course.
The purpose of the three watchmaking schools in Japan is not to teach students how to make watches but how to repair them. Even though skilled watchmakers are always in demand, the economic situation in Japan is such that they have difficulties finding positions for their graduates.
It seems everyone is launching a watch brand these days… something which often requires a helping hand. Laurent Besse and Manuel Spöde set up Les Artisans Horlogers specifically to assist those who want to break into this very select world.
Since launching its first in-house calibre in 2006, quality and independence have been the watchwords at Maurice Lacroix, still at its original location in Saignelégier (canton of Jura / Switzerland). Its Mémoire 1 watch was one of the highlights of Baselworld 2008.
Their feather weight and slender size means they often go unnoticed, and yet with the exception of disc and roller displays, the vast majority of watches use hands to indicate the time. A visit to Waeber HMS, a maker of hands based in Fleurier.
Jaeger-LeCoultre revisits one of the successes that has marked its 175 years of existence with new interpretations of the Atmos clock, for which this is also a milestone year.