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.
Over 1,000 journalists, 12,000 visitors, 19 brands. And hundreds of precious watches on display, the result of thousands and thousands of hours of work and selfless devotion to the year's new creations. All these figures pertain to the recent Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, and they all give me grounds for reflection and, why not, a suggestion that is perhaps less practical than visionary and, who knows, even a little prescient.
An interview with Bernard Fornas' right-hand man, and Image and Heritage Director for the venerable Parisian firm.
Theodora, empress. The Byzantine Empire's most celebrated sovereign, wife of Justinian I, was Theodora. Posterity remembers her for her beauty as well as her wisdom. Beautiful and wise also describes the work of the Theodora Children's Trust, which has nothing to do with Constantinople. Rather it puts a smile back on children's faces during prolonged hospital stays. Because laughter and serenity are important for getting better. At the very least, they ease the pain of what is often a heartbreaking situation.
Whenever we chat about what's "in the air," inevitably talk turns to the weather and the changing climate, not just where we live but on all five continents. As the poet says, "with morning comes light" and morning, for me, is the year 2010 which just ended for Swiss watchmaking, an industry that is active across all four corners of the globe.
Already CEO of Blancpain, Marc Hayek, grandson of the Swatch Group's founder Nicolas G. Hayek, has taken the helm of Breguet and Jaquet Droz. Interview.