To mark the second breakfast meeting held at the Bucherer Gallery in Geneva under the auspices of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, a new group of enthusiasts gathered to debate the concept of value in the current watchmaking scene. Once again, the lessons learned were many and varied.
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Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin and Girard-Perregaux, believes watch brands, irrespective of size, fall into two categories: the exciting ones and the others. We found out more at Dubai Watch Week.
Last year Richemont announced its acquisition of Watchfinder.com, sealing its entry into the pre-owned market. More recently, the multi-brand Bucherer store in Geneva opened a fourth-floor Gallery dedicated to the buying and selling of vintage watches. And Antoine de Macedo in Paris? He has been buying, selling and servicing high-end pre-owned watches for 33 years.
For its 30th edition, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie becomes Watches & Wonders Geneva. Introducing a new format, new dates and new audiences, this original concept includes In the City programming, in association with the City and the Canton of Geneva.
Recent developments have enabled watchmakers to overcome some of the difficulties inherent to working with sapphire and use its transparency to ever more spectacular effect. However, the greatest challenges aren't always where one might think. The proof with MB&F.
If there is one item not to leave off your holiday checklist (apart from your passport), it has to be a multi-function watch. From a GMT (in Bali) to a chrono (behind the wheel of a sports car), FHH Journal shares its pick of watches to suit every destination.
Brands imagine their watches as objects of desire, intended to appeal to our emotions. When adding method to these emotions, they have two means at their disposal: the addition of complications and words that sell.
Tourbillons were the hot new complication in the late ’90s and early aughts. At the time, it was impressive enough to show the escapement on the dial, with its twirling carriage and decorated bridge. Nearly 20 years later, tourbillons need to pack a little more oomph to impress potential buyers.
It was a great year all round at SIHH, and a banner year for ladies’ watches. New complications, purpose-built movements, new materials and virtuoso gem-setting rendered ladies’ watches from the show’s Maisons as technically impressive as men’s watches this year, and as aesthetically impressive as ever.