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Baselworld 2016 – on time with Zenith

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Zenith

Reading Time: 4 minutesZenith is one of the leading Watch-makers in Switzerland with a worldwide aura. It was founded in 1865 by visionary 22 years old man, Georges Favre-Jacot in Le Locle. This year Zenith capitalizes on the brand heritage and DNA in order to bring a timeless elegance and sharp luxury.

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Hublot. 

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Hublot. 

Reading Time: 4 minutesCheck here the new watches by Hublot. With this new edition of Baselworld, Hublot successfully launched amazing new timepieces for the joy of some happy few. Discover here.

Sapphire glass, not jewelry but high-tech.

Sapphire glass, not jewelry but high-tech.

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt is not the first time we hear that a timepiece has a sapphire glass. Some people think it is made of real sapphire, others do not really know. Here is finally the explanation you were waiting for. There is Sapphire and Sapphire glass Sapphire is commonly the name given to the precious gemstone variety  from  the mineral called Corundum (an aluminium oxide). Most of the time it is blue because of the presence of iron and titanium but color car be variable depending on other complementary mineral. Because of its hardness, natural Sapphires can be used in many other domains than jewelry. We can find Sapphires in optical components as well in certain wristwatches movement bearings. In luxury watch-making, the watch glass is always what we call a “Sapphire glass”. Does it means that we tool a real big natural Sapphire and cut a little thin piece on it?…

What should you expect from Baselworld 2016?

What should you expect from Baselworld 2016?

Reading Time: 6 minutesEvery year Baselworld reveals itself as one of the biggest professional watch fairs in the world. By celebrating Swiss watch making, Baselworld is a place for important business and also where all the watchmaking planet meet. Here our review about what should we expect from this year’s fair.

2016 top 5 dive watches for men you would not think about (and you should). 

2016 top 5 dive watches for men you would not think about (and you should). 

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhile some brands are well known for their divers collection, here is a short yet unexpected selection of dive watches you would not think about (and that you should).

C.O.S.C. – The ultimate precision in watch-making

C.O.S.C. – The ultimate precision in watch-making

Reading Time: 4 minutesCOSC is Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, which is the institute responsible for certifying the accuracy and precision of wristwatches in Switzerland. The COSC was founded by five watchmaking cantons of Switzerland: Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Solothurn and Vaud, together with the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FHS). It encompasses the laboratories/observatories that had been created independently of each other from the late 19th century. It is a non-profit organization and tends to certify Swiss-made movements. There are today 3 main laboratories in Switzerland: Biel, Le Locle and Saint-Imier. The first one is almost dedicated to Rolex watches based on the amount of annual certification requests. Despite the fact that not all Rolex movements are chronometers, every single movement get a COSC certification. Some brands also tend to certify all movements. Breitling declared that all movements are COSC certified and Omega also test ruffly…

Slim d’Hermès Manufacture 2016, purity in motion.

Slim d’Hermès Manufacture 2016, purity in motion.

Reading Time: 5 minutesA few weeks before Baselworld 2016 to start, Hermès revealed the Slim d’Hermès Manufacture 2016 collection. A perfect example of what we could call “less is more”. Full review here.

Baselworld 2016 – Here are 6 new watches that will be revealed this year.

Baselworld 2016 – Here are 6 new watches that will be revealed this year.

Reading Time: 9 minutesBaselworld will start in less than one month and we got a sneak peak on 6 new watches that will be presented during the watch show this year. We can see this year brands are revealing strong skills in technic and sharp elegance.

Friday Chronicle #13: Everybody is launching a smartwatch, so it is not cool anymore!

Friday Chronicle #13: Everybody is launching a smartwatch, so it is not cool anymore!

Reading Time: 5 minutesSince Apple announced its Apple Watch, there was an acceleration in the smartwatches market. While Samsung, Peeble and Motorola were driving the way, there was little incidence in terms of watch-making trends. Since Apple brought to live its project, all watch brands are going crazy about the theme of digital watches. During the SIHH and soon at BASELWORLD, we will see dozens of brands launching their smartwatch. From Montblanc, to Kenneth Cole, Frédéric Constant, Tag Heuer, Swatch or Vector… all launching their connected watch. Well it is not that cool anymore. Apple Watch, the hurricaine in the tech world In the world where wearables are multiplying like flies, is a smartwatch still something cool to do? My feeling is that Apple brought a certain doubt in the minds of watchmakers in terms of competition and success. Based on their reputation in how they enter the market place (remember their mobile…

Apple competitors: Best connected smart watches launched before Baselworld 2015

Apple competitors: Best connected smart watches launched before Baselworld 2015

Reading Time: 4 minutes2015 will definitely be the year of connected watches. All brands are trying to develop or adapt to their collections dedicated products with new that will compete with the Apple watch. A few brands decided to launch their product just before Baselworld 2015, here is LuxuryActivist recap of what you should know before the fair. Frederic Constant and Alpina Horological Smartwatch Frederic Constant and its sister brand Alpina decided to stay classy, without a digital screen and kept the aesthetic of traditional watchmaking. First advantage of this choice, it improves the autonomy with 2 years announced for the battery life. Second advantage, if the electronic system becomes obsolete, the watch can still be worn. For the technology part of this watch, they partnered with Silicon Valley company Motion X that produced the chip and with Californian Firm Fullpower for the software. An open platform called  MotionX-365® Horological Smartwatch has been created by Manufacture Modules Technologies (MMT)…

Baselworld 2015, what should we expect from this year edition?

Baselworld 2015, what should we expect from this year edition?

Reading Time: 3 minutesBaselworld is one of the biggest events in watchmaking in the world. With the SIHH in Geneva and Watch and Wonders in HongKong, Baselworld is an event you do not want to miss. More than 150’000 visitors in 5 days of exhibition,  and more than 4’000 journalists will make this event one of the highlights of this beginning of the year. 1’500 brands from 40 countries will exhibit the best of the best. Since its new configuration, Baselworld offers a multistory pavillons on 141’000m2. Baselworld, definitely a big deal For the Swiss Watch-making industry is definitely one of the biggest event of the year. It is an event dedicated to professionals and each Brand will present their new watch collections to potential professional buyers. So basically the annual sales will be accomplished in just a couple of days. This year the Basel Watch show will take place from March 19th…

SIHH 2015, what should you know for the incoming year?

SIHH 2015, what should you know for the incoming year?

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Geneva International Watchmaking show is already finished. One full week of amazing watches from some of the most luxury Swiss Made brands. Every year, the Watch press and the watch aficionados hold their breathes until the new watches are revealed during the SIHH. Thanks to an extraordinary organization, precise as a Swiss watch, the 25th edition of SIHH was a great success. The event is strictly reserved for the Watchmaking professionals, best customers and friends of the brands.  During a full week, most of the brands will make their annual sales for most of them. Others still have a second opportunity by participating to Baselworld in March. We need to congratulate the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie for this impeccable organization. It is a true pleasure to attend to the fair as everything is made to put you at ease. It was an amazing edition. There were no crazy blockbusters but…

SIHH 2015, the first impressions!

SIHH 2015, the first impressions!

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe International Watch show in Geneva has just started and from what we heard it is going to be a good year for Swiss Watchmaking. There are definitely challenges, like the Swiss Franc exchange rate that is skyrocketing the costs. But Brands have been doing an amazing job by focusing on their strength and new emerging markets will contribute to the industry growth. SIHH, a place for the best and the unique The first impressions we get in the corridors is that 2015 will be a challenging year but a good year for Swiss Watch-making. Naturally we will need to wait Baselworld in March to get a full scope but the 16 brands presented this week in Geneva are already making their annual business. By the end of the week we will have a more solid prediction but we can say that our Swiss Brands are stars in the sky…

SIHH, la crème de la crème in watchmaking meet in Geneva

SIHH, la crème de la crème in watchmaking meet in Geneva

Reading Time: 3 minutesNext week, Geneva will beat at the rythmn of beautiful timepieces. The 25th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)will open its doors and some of the most amazing Watch manufacturers. 16 brands will exhibit their new creations in a very luxury environment, that only happy fews will discover as it is on invitation only. A House full of (beautiful) cards The SIHH is Christmas after Christmas for the Watchmaking professionals. every year it is the first big appointment in all diaries. From the 16 brands presented in the Salon, 12 belong to the Richemont Group: A. Lange & Sohne Baume & Mercier IWC Jaeger-LeCoultre Montblanc Panerai Piaget Ralph Lauren Roger Dubuis Vacheron Constantin Van Cleef & Arpels Outside the Richemont Group, there are guest brands that are also incredible legendary watchmakers: Audemars Piguet Greubel Forsey Parmigiani Richard Mille Last year, the 2014 SIHH was an amazing edition. With 14’000…

Girard Perregaux The Blue Hour. Understated and refined style.

Girard Perregaux The Blue Hour. Understated and refined style.

Reading Time: 3 minutesGirard Perregaux has a very distinctive style. The Swiss Brand has an amazing balance between watchmaking know-how and contemporary design. This equation made possible one of the most iconic collections of the brand, called 1966. And today, Girard Perregaux is revealing a new model called the Blue Hour. This new timepiece reminds us the beauty of the 1966 collection and the art of Swiss watchmaking. Girard Perregaux 1966 collection, simply iconic Here is a little bit of history. Back in 1960’s, Girard Perregaux was one of the single brands to invest a lot in research and development. In 1966 the Swiss watchmaker launched a collection called “1966” and featured the first high-frequency movement. With this technological breakthrough, Girard Perregaux considerably improved precision in watch-making. In the following year, 1967, 73% of all chronometer certificates awarded by the Neuchatel observatoire were given to Girard Perregaux. The 1966 collection pays a beautiful…

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