The 2019 Concours International de Chronométrie has proved an epic fail for Swiss watchmaking: of the five watches entered, only one is still in the running after the first round. Such a sorry performance in what brands see as a threat to their reputation shows the industry in a poor light.
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Not known for architectural swagger, Swatch Group has cut the ribbon on the new Swatch headquarters. The snake-like building is like nothing ever seen before in the branch. For Nick Hayek, it's about sparking the emotions and arousing curiosity.
The recent congress organised by the Société Suisse de Chronométrie trained the spotlight on 100 years of research in watchmaking. Despite the many innovations introduced since the early 2000s, it seems the industry is still struggling to take a long view.
Since summer, A. Lange & Söhne watches can be enjoyed at Bahnhofstrasse 25, Zurich, where the Saxon brand has opened its first own-name store in Switzerland.
The Florentine brand has opened its first store in Zurich (with A. Lange & Söhne) at 25 Bahnhofstrasse, and celebrates the event with a special edition of the Luminor Due.
Les Ambassadeurs, one of Switzerland's leading retailers with stores in five Swiss cities, has launched a new service in its boutiques for customers wishing to buy and sell pre-owned watches. All the watches on sale are certified and come with a 15-month guarantee. Customers can also put an existing timepiece towards a new purchase. Interview.
After slamming the door on Baselworld, Swatch Group had to come up with an alternative way to present its new releases to the press. The solution, the Time to Move roadshow, was the opportunity for the world's biggest watch group to flex its industrial muscle.
WatchBox's service to buy, sell or trade certified pre-owned luxury watches is now available via Les Ambassadeurs. The retailer's stores in Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne and Lugano join WatchBox's network of authorised dealers.
In 2009, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle were declared world heritage sites for their unique urban planning, designed to facilitate watch production. Giving extra cause to celebrate, a request has been made to add mechanical watchmaking to the UNESCO list of intangible world heritage.