The call from Olivier Revol, chef de cabinet to the former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, hit me like a thunderbolt in a blue sky. The President has passed away. I knew he had not been in the best of health recently; that he had been admitted to hospital with heart problems. I’d called to wish him a speedy recovery and found him as brilliant as ever. He had until then enjoyed enviably good health for his 94 years, but not enough to resist the ravages of Covid.
Articles on the subject: Point of View
I know technology has transformed every area of our lives and work. These changes will probably be even harder to control. Which is precisely why, more than ever, we need the old sorcerers to work their magic.
A few days after Jacques Duchêne passed away, I searched various print and online newspapers for articles on this truly exceptional personality in Swiss watchmaking. And was surprised by how little I found. As though a career spanning several decades could be written in the sand when he left us pages that are carved in the stone of an era. And so I would like to briefly remember him here.
As Baselworld opens, Omega Chief Executive Stephen Urquhart talked to Migros Magazine about the upwardly mobile brand, which has price points between CHF 6,000 and 9,000, and produces 500,000 Co-Axial movements a year.
Each month, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) compiles and publishes a review of Swiss watch exports. In addition to the summary made available to the general public, the Federation's members are able to refine these figures based on a range of criteria. These statistics are put together by the Federation from data supplied by the Swiss federal customs authority. Hence there can be no doubting the reliability or origin of these figures.
Once upon a time there was the Poinçon de Genève, a hallmark introduced in 1886 and already intended as an effective measure against counterfeiting. Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the famous COSC), which certifies the precision of Swiss watches that meet its criteria, dates from 1973 in its present form.
For the second consecutive year, Richard Mille travelled to Hong Kong as one of the exhibitors at Watches&Wonders; a chance to catch up with the founder and CEO of the brand.
The illustrious jeweller has developed a distinctive style for its watch collections. Rooted in pure lines and a rationalistic approach, it is no less joyful and convivial, like the Italians themselves.