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Markets // Economy // Friday, 24 July 2015

The power of Parmigiani

How a small Fleurier watch company supplies the Swiss watchmaking elite with cases, components and movements – with production capacity to spare. Parmigiani Fleurier may be one of the smallest watch brands in Switzerland, but it is surely one of the most powerful. While it makes only 6,000 Parmigiani-branded watches a year, it is sa supplier for the most prestigious watch brands. Owned by the...

Carol Besler

 
News // News models // Thursday, 23 July 2015

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Squelette

Lightness as a means of focusing on essentials. Daring to bare, yet attired in the most dazzling finery. Such are the messages delivered by the Mater Ultra Thin Squelette collection comprising four watches that cause a sensation by revealing themselves in their entirety to the admiring gaze. Both inside and outside, the areas upon which the master artisans have lavished their talents – right to...

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Know How // The expert's view // Wednesday, 22 July 2015

So what exactly is a chronometer?

Andreas Wyss, managing director of the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), isn't necessarily opposed to the increasing number of certifications in the watch segment. His concern is more retailers' ability to pass on proper information to the end customer, which isn't always the case. All is well in the land of watch certification, if the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres...

Christophe Roulet

 
News // News models // Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Lady Bovet pour Only Watch

Bovet 1822 has always focused its philanthropic efforts on children’s causes. It is only natural, therefore, that we should lend our support to the noble cause defended by Only Watch. For this year’s event, we have decided to offer a unique Lady Bovet, a timepiece which represents a concentration of expertise that we have sought to perpetuate since 1822. This unique timepiece is based on a...

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Markets // Economy // Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Asia weighs on Swiss watch exports

Swiss watch exports remained at a high level during the first half of 2015, in a difficult economic context. Their total value was 10.6 billion francs. The result is comparable to that achieved in 2014 and corresponds to a variation of +0.4%. This stability is in line with forecasts established for 2015. There are signs however of a slowdown, with the first quarter advancing by 3.2% and the...

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News // News models // Monday, 20 July 2015

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Only Watch 2015

For the first time ever, the mechanical heart of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date and Moon Phases is revealed in a titanium DLC case with a blue polycrystalline transparent dial. The Swiss luxury watchmaking Manufacture, Girard-Perregaux based in la Chaux-de-Fonds unveils a unique piece in order to support the 6th edition of the biennial charity auction for the benefit of...

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Point of view // Interview // Monday, 20 July 2015

What women want

Janek Deleskiewicz, Artistic and Design Director at Jaeger-LeCoultre, discusses the special dynamic that drives the creation of women's watches, and explains how to win over this demanding clientele who relate differently to their watch than do men. Jaeger-LeCoultre makes almost 45% of its revenue from women's watches. This enviable figure owes much to the delightful and rectangular Reverso....

Louis Nardin

 
News // News models // Friday, 17 July 2015

Tourbillon Souverain Bleu F.P.Journe for Only Watch

F.P.Journe participates for the first time to Only Watch in order to support the scientific research to fight against the Duchenne myopathy. A unique watch is created especially for the occasion, the « Tourbillon Souverain Bleu ». It is also the first time ever that a tourbillon is made with a case entirely in Tantalum. This metal has been named as such from the Greek’s mythology “Torment of...

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History // Museums // Friday, 17 July 2015

Time Being Told

From watches to smartwatchs, time is being told. The exhibition Telling Time maps out the history of display since mankind began to divide and measure time more than 5000 years ago. Telling Time at mudac, the Lausanne design museum, reveals how watchmakers, artists and designers from the sixteenth century to the present day have found endlessly inventive ways to display time. It also includes...

Michèle Laird

 
News // Events // Thursday, 16 July 2015

Swatch Group: half-year report 2015

In the first half of 2015, the Swatch Group generated net sales of CHF 4 248 million at constant exchange rates, and thereby grew by 3.6%. With the further worsening of the exchange rate situation against the massively overvalued Swiss franc, Group sales were reduced by an additional CHF 56 million or 1.4 percentage points. The financial and currency shock of 15 January 2015 caused by the Swiss...

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