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Point of view // Ad alert // Monday, 4 November 2013

“The watchmaking brands hold a strong hand on digital”

The “Best Swiss Brands 2013” study ranks the 50 most valuable Swiss brands. 16 Swiss watchmakers feature in the top 50, with Rolex and Omega even making it into the top 10! Why, how? Interview with Michel Gabriel, Managing Director of American brand consultancy firm Interbrand who compile the “Best Swiss Brands” study every year. The Best Swiss Brands study is conducted annually. What major...

Julie Mégevand / WtheJournal.com

 
Point of view // Va' pensiero // Thursday, 24 October 2013

Women in time

France's President François Hollande has commented on the fact that the Pantheon in Paris, where the country remembers and honours those who have contributed to its greatness, has only two women occupants. One is Marie Curie; the other is Sophie Berthelot, and only by virtue of her husband, the chemist Marcellin Berthelot. In an age where we increasingly recognise and affirm the role of women,...

Franco Cologni

 
Point of view // Va' pensiero // Monday, 7 October 2013

Beauty is immortal

The Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov wrote of the necessary duality of a cherished object. We are fascinated, enchanted by the idea, the being or the essence of the object, but we also love its physical existence, its objective correspondence, the personification of the idea. Humans are thus made: we are conscious beings, capable of thinking and learning, but we are also flesh and blood,...

Franco Cologni

 
Point of view // Interview // Wednesday, 25 September 2013

"The wilder it is, the more they like it"

The fifth Only Watch charity auction will take place on 28 September in Monaco. Thirty-three brands have donated a watch to compose what Etienne Leménager, Director of Antiquorum Geneva, considers to be a fine selection. Created in 2005 and held every two years, the Only Watch charity auction has become a classic date in the horological calendar. The most prestigious names donate a...

Fabrice Eschmann

 
Point of view // Verbatim // Friday, 13 September 2013

"We want to position ourselves as a reference in Fine Watchmaking"

Appointed Industrial Director at Jaeger-LeCoultre in January 2011, prior to taking up his new position as Chief Executive Officer in July this year, Daniel Riedo took time out from the recent Venice Film Festival, which the brand has partnered for almost a decade, to discuss its next steps. A partner to the event for nine consecutive years, Jaeger-LeCoultre chose the 70th Venice Film Festival...

Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Va' pensiero // Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Tribute to "the individual"

When Irving Stone wrote his biographical novel about Michelangelo, he called it The Agony and the Ecstasy. His book went on to inspire a film with Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison. The message is clear: the way to artistic and aesthetic ecstasy is through agony, effort and dedication. The making of technical and precious watches doesn't necessarily imply the same agony endured by Michelangelo...

Franco Cologni

 
Point of view // Ad alert // Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Geneva's ultimate street party

Once a year, the shops along Geneva's ritzy Rue du Rhône, which include a number of watchmakers, are the hosts for a festive night out… As summer draws to a close, a Mediterranean air takes over Rue du Rhône as the city hosts its annual Vendanges de Genève. Participating stores along what is one of Geneva's most exclusive thoroughfares team up with 61 Swiss winegrowers on the first Thursday...

Flavia Giovannelli

 
Point of view // Verbatim // Friday, 30 August 2013

The world's most accurate clock

As reported in the journal Science, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed the most stable timekeeping device ever. It varies by one second in 13.8 billion years, the estimated age of the universe. Late August, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg (MD) published details of their research into an...

Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Interview // Friday, 19 July 2013

"The market led us to fine watchmaking"

Compagnie Financière Richemont, the world's second-largest luxury group, is 25 years old this year. The perfect opportunity to look back at its meteoric growth in an interview with Joint Chief Executive Officer Richard Lepeu. Over the past five years, the Richemont Group, established a quarter-century ago, has virtually doubled its sales and profit to EUR 10.1bn and EUR 2bn respectively for the...

Christophe Roulet

 
Point of view // Va' pensiero // Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A change of air: "Va’ pensiero"

Panta rei, said Heraclitus: everything flows. And everything changes, of course. Fortunately, I'm tempted to add. To be impervious to change is to be excluded from it, to remain out of time. Fine watchmaking, which is not only the custodian of time but its darling child and faithful interpreter, does better than slavishly follow mutations; it anticipates and shapes them. By forecasting new trends...

Franco Cologni