With figures for July 2015 reporting a 9.3% slide in Swiss watch exports, a trip down memory lane should bring some welcome cheer. Forty years ago, the sector was preparing for its resurrection.
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Saskia maaike Bouvier has the honor of being the first woman candidate in the prestigious enclave of watchmakers which is the Horological Academy of Independent Creators.
In 1985, in the thick of the quartz crisis, a handful of idealists established the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants to defend the particular values of handcrafted and inventive mechanical horology. Twenty-five years on, and the AHCI is now a landmark.
Everyone knew Vincent Calabrese had been very much involved in designing the flying karrusel, presented by Blancpain at this year's Baselworld. And yet when the Le Brassus firm lifted the veil on one of its finest creations, his name stayed under wraps. The much-awaited announcement proved to be even bigger news than expected: Vincent Calabrese has sold his company to Blancpain and joined the Manufacture as a creator. An interview with a very happy man.