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Baselworld 2017 – 5 great watches you need to know.

Baselworld 2017 – 5 great watches you need to know.

With Baselworld 2017 starting, all the Swiss watchmaking industry will be celebrating the best creative minds and extraordinary watches. Last year was not the greatest year of all for the Swiss Watchmaking industry. Thanks to a good holiday season, Swiss watchmakers ended up the year at -9.7%. It could have been much worse. The segment of +CHF 8’000 were responsible for the biggest part of these negative results with -11.6%. Watches between CHF 500 to CHF 3’000 only decreased by 3.9%. The total exports for 2016 is at CHF 19.4 billion. So there are big expectations for 2017. Here are 5 great watches that show that the Swiss watch industry has a strong future. Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Astorite Astorite dial, white mother-of-pearl center, 18K red gold applied ring. 18K red gold case set with 232 diamonds, total of 1.23 carats. Self-winding mechanical movement. Power reserve of 68 hours. Diameter 35…

Baselworld 2017, Press conference

Baselworld 2017, Press conference

3, 2, 1… we declare Baselworld 2017 opened. The international Watch fair starts with the traditional Press conference. After a 2016 business year quite tough for the Swiss watch industry, Everybody expects to see a better incoming year. Swiss Watch brands are ready to take the challenge.  Facing all difficulties there is only one answer: Innovate, Create and be brave. 2016, a battlefield with severe losses The environment confronting the Swiss watch industry remained dif cult throughout the year 2016. Swiss watch industry exports fell for the second year in succession. Their value stood at 19.4 billion francs, 9.9% lower than in 2015. With this result, the industry has returned to its 2011 level and seen an end to the growth of 15% achieved between 2011 and 2014. Here are some key interesting charts with details of how 2016 concluded. Representing two-thirds of export sales, watches priced at over 3,000 francs (export…

Slim d’Hermès Manufacture 2016, purity in motion.

Slim d’Hermès Manufacture 2016, purity in motion.

A 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.

Baume & Mercier, Linea Day and Night collection

Baume & Mercier, Linea Day and Night collection

Baume & Mercier is one of the important players in the Swiss Watch industry. With more than 200’000 timepieces produced every year, definitely makes them as an important reference. This year they are launching the new Linea Day and Night collection as a symbol of timeless femininity and elegance. The strenght of Baume & Mercier is to be loyal to its heritage and to use it to project the future. With the Linea Day & Night collection, Baume & Mercier reinvents every year this elegant timepiece for women since the 50’s. Since the launch of the first Linea model, it has been continuously reinventing itself, especially since its revival in 1987. Today, the Linea collection is dedicated to women who wishes to accessorize their watch with different bracelets, colours, decoration and diameter. Women are multi-facetted and they consider their watch as a companion for each great moment of their existence….

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Version française ici Reinventing the time each year by offering a blend of traditional watchmaking, technical innovation and innovative design, this is the challenge that is launched with the Harry Winston Opus adventure. The new episode of this amazing and enigmatic “Haute Horlogerie” saga, called Opus XIII. It was highly anticipated, and once again, it defied the rules of conventional watchmaking, exceeding all expectations. It is almost impossible to understand the workings of this watch with simple images, which is why I strongly suggest you watch this video before reading further.  An original display 59 pivoting peripheral hands for minutes display Placed one after the other in a peripheral ring, minutes indicators align a circular path every minute past in a retrograde. Every 5 minutes appears a red hand improving readability. The 59 indicators retire in unison when the hour has passed through the action of an ingenious outer ring reset. 11 rotating…

Luxury watches have no time for the recession

Luxury watches have no time for the recession

With constant news streams reporting on how disposable incomes are down, consumer prices are up, the housing market is flat and the outlook is bleak, you would be forgiven for thinking that sales of luxury items have fallen.  You would be wrong.  In fact, the luxury Swiss watch industry has just released average annual growth figures for the industry in 2011 and they increased an astonishing 19.1 per cent from 2010, and these figures don’t even include Christmas sales.  So why is this industry seemingly recession-proof? Historically, luxury watch sales have fallen during recession as in 2009, ‘only’ SFr13.2 billion compared to SFr18 billion in 2011.  In fact prior to this, in the 1980’s when the Quartz movement fuelled supplies of digital watches, the mechanical timepiece (luxury watch) was almost written off altogether. Customers Fashion trends and consumer habits are evolving, especially in the men’s sector.  Watches are fast-becoming a…

Antoine Martin, contemporary elegance in watchmaking

Antoine Martin, contemporary elegance in watchmaking

Antoine Martin was lanched last year and represent a new alternative to luxury Watch making. Born from a solid and innovative know-how of its founder, Martin Braun, it is now a player of the watchmaking industry located in Alpnach, in the heart of Switzerland. Every time someone try to create a new Watch brand, eyes are pointed on this person as we all wish to be surprised, excited and taken to a new journey in the watch industry. Of course others might see a threat so they might hope it will not work or just keep it small enough to not disturb the business. Anyway, After many fights between big groups to get the number one position, it is always inspiring to see people daring to bring something different to the market. This shows how dynamic the Swiss Watch industry is and how big is its power of innovation. When Mr…

Jaquet Droz, coded luxury

Jaquet Droz, coded luxury

Jaquet Droz is one of the most confidential, yet brilliant Manufacture horlogère from Switzerland. With the launch of their 2011 Tourbillon, here are some clues to decode this prestigious House, part of the Swatch Group since 2001.   This year, the Swiss Timepieces industry shows a great growth. No “time for crisis”. Here some interesting key figures YTD October 2011. – 16,8 Billion CHF Export sales (already the level of 2010) – October 2011 = 1,87 billion CHF (which is +18,6% vs october 2010) and 2,8 million Timepieces exported (+4,7% vs oct2010). – The entire industry should end up the year >17 Billion CHF, the record level of 2008. – Mouvements exports also grows by 9% in volume vs YTDOCT 2010. With such a great health, the Swiss watchmaking is one of the leading luxury industries in the world, together with high-jewelry. And when we talk about luxury timepieces, we…

Girard-Perregaux, 220 years of watchmaking

Girard-Perregaux, 220 years of watchmaking

The prestigious Swiss House Girard-Perregaux is celebrating its 220 years of watchmaking by creating an exhibition called: A TALE OF INSPIRATION – unveiling 220 years of watchmaking Art. I have already talked about this brand a few month ago thanks to its launch of the new 1966 Blue Dial Chronograph. With this great anniversary, it is the entire Brand that we can discover in a beautiful worldwide traveling exhibition. It will be the most beautiful and complete set of Girard-Perregaux Timepieces outside Switzerland. Some of the collections came directly from the Brand museum and you can also find some beautiful contemporary Timepieces. From the Museum, you can discover, for example, the ESMERALDA Pocket Timepieces. A beautiful and innovative Timepiece that created a huge buzz during Paris Universal exhibition of 1889. Or you can also discover the beautiful 1966 TOURBILLON 40,00 mm with: PINK GOLD CASE – Antireflective sapphire crystal –…

Vacheron Constantin, First shop in the USA.

Vacheron Constantin, First shop in the USA.

This month, the Swiss Watch brand, Vacheron Constantin, is opening its first US store in New York. The opening will take place on the 12th september and the store is located on 729 Madison Avenue at East 64th Street New York. Vacheron Constantin was founded 250 years ago and its relationship with the US is a long love story.  According to the brand, 180 years ago, on September 17th 1831, Jacques Barthélémy Vacheron wrote a letter stating his intention to expand business to the US. Just one year later, in 1832, the company established its first agent in New York. By mid-century, business had taken off, helping Vacheron Constantin to take firm root in the United States and ushering in an era of close cooperation with New York.  the building, built in 1908, is the work of architect William E. Mowbrayand. It is reminiscent of the Palazzo Strozzi, a 15th century Florentine palace. Located on the southeast corner of Madison Avenue…