Not everyone was "out of the office" this summer. While we were soaking up the sun, brands were releasing a rich crop of new watches to take us gently into autumn. The FHH Journal team has made its selection.
Articles on the subject: Point of View
Swatch Group chairman Nick Hayek dropped a bomb during the summer recess. By pulling out of Baselworld, the world's biggest watch group raises the question of whether the industry can still benefit from "old-school" fairs.
The online world is awash with information on every conceivable product, including Haute Horlogerie. But how much is verified fact and how much is opinion masquerading as the truth? More to the point, how can industry professionals get access to the latest news from reliable sources? A new app has the answer.
It seems there is always someone doing their level best to pit Baselworld and SIHH one against the other. As though these two fine initiatives were opposites that could never attract... when for the past 28 years they have coexisted on perfectly good terms, each having "just about" found its market and its audience. And it's this "just about" that should be occupying our thoughts.
Bulgari, which accounts for over half of growth at LVMH's Watches and Jewellery business group, is in fine form, giving Chief Executive Jean-Christophe Babin plenty to smile about. Interview.
With 10-plus years as an economist and marcom professional in the IT and energy sectors, but driven by the monkeys inside, Eszter Faykiss brought her passion-project Loupiosity to life. Since then, Loupiosity has been exploring fine watchmaking, jewellery and art through its own experiences.
The e-commerce website QoQa, in conjunction with ArtyA founder Yvan Arpa, recently ran an offer of "luxury" watches. Each featured a plate made from five melted-down Fine Watches which, by some form of transfer, supposedly gives them identical status. A line customers were happy to believe.