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Zenith, Jean-Claude Biver's last stand
For those asking if there is any stopping Jean-Claude Biver, the irrepressible Interim CEO of Zenith and President of LVMH Watch Division announced at a Baselworld press conference that the brand with the star will be the last to benefit from his loyal services. “I’m 67 years old! In ten years I’ll be retiring and in 20 I’ll be dead. A hundred years from now, Zenith will still be very much alive.” This industry veteran also confirmed his wish to “find a new CEO for Zenith, which will be the last brand I restructure.” Famous last words?
Calibre 89 for auction with Sotheby’s
Sotheby’s will present the legendary Patek Philippe Yellow-Gold Calibre 89 for auction at the Important Watches sale in Geneva on 14 May 2017. After research began in 1980, nearly a decade of craftsmanship and refinement made the Calibre 89 the most complicated watch ever created when Patek Philippe unveiled it in 1989 to mark their 150th anniversary. Offered with an estimate of CHF 6.5–10 million / $6.4-9.9 million, this horological masterwork is one of the most important watches ever to be offered at auction.
TAG Heuer heads the peloton
TAG Heuer is appointed Official Timekeeper of the legendary Giro d’Italia, which celebrates its 100th edition in 2017. Thanks to a global agreement with RCS Media Group, the Giro D’Italia, as well as other major races including the Strade Bianche, the Tirreno-Adriatico, the Milano-San Remo, the Milano-Torino, the Gran Piemonte, and the Tour of Lombardy, will be sporting the TAG Heuer colours. In all, 10 major races from the UCI international calendar are now on TAG Heuer time around the world. A presence which will bolster the partnership signed by the Swiss watch brand with BMC Racing Team.
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Did you know…?
Typically, a watch has its gear train between the back and the plate, with the dial and hands on top. In a “Bagnolet” calibre this order is reversed, meaning the dial is positioned on the same side as the gear train, leaving the plate to serve as a back. For time to be read as normal, the gears have to turn in the opposite direction. This type of construction reduces movement height; the thinnest Bagnolet calibres do not exceed 1.18 mm in thickness.
Manuel Emch leaves top spot at Romain Jerome
A seven-year itch? Manuel Emch, the dynamic CEO of Romain Jerome since January 2010, has announced he is stepping down from his position. His next move? “I have a few leads but I’m giving myself time to think. Possibly I need to take a step back before embarking on a third project, and more to the point find a shareholder who understands the changes ahead,” he told Swiss daily Le Temps.
Did you know…?
Christiaan Huygens of the Netherlands made a decisive contribution to time measurement when in 1656-1657 he applied the pendulum to the clock, thereby increasing precision from between 10 and 15 minutes to between 10 and 15 seconds a day. His invention, in 1675, of a sprung-balance for the watch similarly improved precision, from between 30 and 40 minutes to between 4 and 5 minutes a day. Previously, the watch had needed only one hand, for the hours. Huygens’ invention and the subsequent gain in precision meant the watch at last had use for a minute hand.