Several companies celebrated milestones this year with what are sure to become commemorative collector’s items.
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Breguet is enhanced by advanced technologies and inspired by the world of culture. The collection unveiled this year at Basel 2009 certainly adheres to these criteria.
If one single timepiece can be said to embody watchmaking's relentless quest for mechanical perfection, it is the Double Tourbillon Technique by Greubel Forsey. "This isn't a skeleton model but a three-dimensional watch that draws the eye deep into the movement," Stephen Forsey is at pains to point out.
After the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie set the ball rolling, Baselworld followed suit with fewer new models and grandes complications thin on the ground as exhibitors instead showcased their mechanical expertise.
However flamboyant the stands at Baselworld, these are times of crisis and every segment of the watch industry, including the very high end, is feeling the sting. One such brand is HD3 Complication, brainchild of designer Jorg Hysek in partnership with Fabrice Gonet and Valérie Ursenbacher. After hosting a presentation in Geneva, to coincide with the SIHH 2009, the brand is exhibiting privately in Basel, a first since its creation five years ago. Interview.