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The half-full glass

Thursday, 02 February 2017
Written By Franco Cologni
3 min read

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A. Lange & Söhne has lost its mentor

In 2013, we gave him the Hommage à la Passion award in recognition of his dedication and determination. Walter Lange has passed away at the age of 92. He leaves a lifetime's work that business schools could well study as a textbook case in management. Without Walter Lange, A. Lange & Söhne would never have had the remarkable return to prominence it has enjoyed for the past twenty years.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017
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E la nave va !

A story of ships, those who sail in them, and the proper conduct of captains in Genevese waters…

Saturday, 14 January 2017
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What the numbers say

January marks the end of holiday festivities; for watchmaking too, the party's over.

Monday, 09 January 2017
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Number seven

Carrying on a well-entrenched tradition that lends symbolic and evocative powers to the number seven, these seven key words bring best wishes for 2017.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017
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The many humankind

What we call humankind is a complex and often disappointing concept whose changing nature allows some hope that one day it might evolve towards greater responsibility.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016
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A bridge between past, present and future

In an "Age of Transitions" - the theme of the 2016 Forum de la Haute Horlogerie - we cannot disregard values that have survived the centuries and which hold us steady in a sea of perplexity. Speech by Mr. Franco Cologni, President of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie Cultural Council, at the opening of the Forum.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016
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From feast to fast

In the years when it seemed Swiss watchmaking could do no wrong, the Maisons listened only to their ego and turned a deaf ear to their most precious asset: their identity. Now that times are hard, the ego's echo is making itself heard.

Monday, 26 September 2016
6 min read
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Transforming the moon into just another trivial feature…

The Earth’s satellite waxes and wanes on countless wrists as if it were a decorative element without any real function. Thus deprived of its deep meaning, the moon has sadly become an increasingly commonplace motif.

Monday, 15 August 2016
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RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo © Richard Mille
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Value and variety

On his arrival in Italy in 1786, Goethe was struck by the light and colours of the Mediterranean, prompting him to make this observation: "It is evident that the eye forms itself by the objects which from youth it is accustomed to look upon; and so the Venetian artist must see all things in a clearer and brighter light than other men." We perceive reality through nature, we understand art through technique; Goethe's research is morphological, it spans poetry and science. His Italian journey would lead to the Theory of Colours that would influence artists all over Europe.

Thursday, 14 July 2016
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