Based in Geneva and officially open since early September, the Fine Watch Club already has 6,000 members, all passionate about watches. Membership benefits include access to exclusive events and limited editions.
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When it comes to choosing a watch for summer, the hardest part could be deciding which one. Take your pick of nautically-inspired models for the ideal swimming or sailing companion, blinding white watches to show off a tanned arm, or the sun-drenched sophistication of gold.
Over the past decades, luxury brands, jewellers, passionate entrepreneurs and independent creators have entered the watchmaking world where they have distinguished themselves with truly original case designs.
A growing number of watch brands are seeking to move away from third parties to instead sell direct to consumers. Retailers will have to reinvent themselves.
As the most digital-oriented luxury market in the world, China is a whole other story for fine watch brands. Young consumers get most of their information from social platforms such as Weibo or WeChat, making it hard for brands to reach them directly. This has produced the so-called “fan economy”.
Building on its prestigious history as a jeweller, Bulgari has imagined a capsule collection of three Serpenti watches set with amethysts.
Can you spot the ultimate opal, recognise a malachite, pick your turquoise of choice or know the best pedigree for a lapis-lazuli? Learn to decipher the quality of the gemstones used for watch dials.
If there could only be one, chances are this would be it. Among the smaller crop of complications at Baselworld, the tourbillon still reigns supreme. A delight to observe, technical, scientific even, this type of regulator continues to offer brands an excellent means to demonstrate their expertise.