It's tempting to believe that high-end watchmaking begins and ends inside Switzerland's borders, when in reality other countries have developed a successful watch industry of their own that is often heir to a venerable tradition. Whether in France, Germany or the United Kingdom, companies are proving there is life beyond Swiss-Made.
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The choir of parents and children that sang for the inaugural ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 on May 1st introduced a wonderful variation to the Italian national anthem, replacing the original words, "Let us join in a cohort / We are ready to die", with "We are ready for life." A prospect further emphasised by the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who, when declaring the fair open, added, "Tomorrow begins today."
As Baselworld opens, Omega Chief Executive Stephen Urquhart talked to Migros Magazine about the upwardly mobile brand, which has price points between CHF 6,000 and 9,000, and produces 500,000 Co-Axial movements a year.
In October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, an exhibition space designed by Frank Gehry, opened in Paris. French daily Le Monde took this opportunity to question Christophe Rioux, a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, on the increasingly close-knit ties between luxury and contemporary art.
On September 9th, Apple revealed its new range of products, which includes the Apple Watch. They are, says Chief Executive Tim Cook, the "next chapter in Apple's story". Here is a round-up of what the press has to say.
Appointed Industrial Director at Jaeger-LeCoultre in January 2011, prior to taking up his new position as Chief Executive Officer in July this year, Daniel Riedo took time out from the recent Venice Film Festival, which the brand has partnered for almost a decade, to discuss its next steps.
As reported in the journal Science, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed the most stable timekeeping device ever. It varies by one second in 13.8 billion years, the estimated age of the universe.
A year after the acquisition of Sowind (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard), François-Henri Pinault, head of PPR, discusses the group's strategy for its watch brands in an interview to French daily "Le Figaro".