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.
The Musée d'Horlogerie du Locle, in association with three of the foremost watch institutions, is organising the 2009 International Chronometry Competition to coincide with its fiftieth anniversary. Not without some hiccups, following the surprise extension of the registration deadline.
Born in Le Locle, Switzerland, into a family that has been associated with watchmaking for several generations, Jean-Marc Jacot rejoined the industry after a period studying business in Paris. Benefiting from experience in a number of fields, he joined the Sandoz Family Foundation in 1999. Today, he is the Foundation’s spokesman on all matters associated with watchmaking, the overall director of the watchmaking section (notably Vaucher and Parmigiani) and the CEO of Parmigiani in particular. We report on his personal vision of the culture of watchmaking.
Chopard signifies the production of 75,000 pieces of jewellery and 75,000 watches each year; Chopard also means 700 people in Geneva, 130 at Fleurier's manufacturing plant and 1,750 across the world. The company, which today lays claim to full integration of all the watchmaking trades, has joined the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH). Here is an interview with Chopard's co-president, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. Interview by Christophe Roulet
Early November, the FHH is inviting CEOs of Fine Watch brands to its first think-tank and forum on the theme "the changing business of time." The forum sets out to define what will inevitably be the new contours of the luxury industry.
For a company launched barely five years ago, the slogan "Watchmakers + Since Always" could be considered yet another impertinence in a branch that sees more than its share. As with any promotional claim, there is undoubtedly an element of exaggeration, of wishful thinking even, but also a sound reality. A passion for timepieces, kept alive by a small group of collectors over successive generations, has laid the foundations for a new name in the world of prestige watches, the Lausanne-based Instruments & Mesures du Temps (I&MT).
Born in 1950 in Val-de-Travers, Michel Parmigiani couldn't help but be immersed in the watchmaking culture that runs through this part of the Neuchâtel mountains. What began as curiosity became a life-long passion for his work as a restorer, a profession in which he never stops learning.