“EXPLOSION” GENERATION
23 March 2017

“EXPLOSION” GENERATION

Manpower recently released the results of an interesting survey it conducted among 19,000 young people born between 1982 and 1996 in 25 countries. It paints a picture of a generation whose aspirations differ dramatically from those of the previous generation, who were marked paradoxically by both the idealistic revolutionary spirit of 1968, and by the “loadsamoney” decades that came later. They had been freed from societal conventions, and all sorts of financial, economic and physical barriers had been lifted. The result: that tired old stereotype of the former revolutionary who now drives a sports car, and soothes those occasional pangs of guilt with a bit of retail therapy and a nice new watch.
A LAST WORD TO START - “The danger is not the humanisation of robots but the robotisation of humans”
23 March 2017

A LAST WORD TO START - “The danger is not the humanisation of robots but the robotisation of humans”

The German futurologist Gerd Leonhard was invited to the 8th Haute Horlogerie Forum last autumn. He had one piece of advice to give to young people looking for a future career path: choose whatever you like, provided you can’t be replaced by a robot! On closer inspection, the choice isn’t actually all that wide. Hairdresser (probably). Plumber, given that a robot will never be as good at disentangling tubes and pipes as a human being. (An image of Robert de Niro as the heating engineer in Terry Gilliam’s brilliant dystopian science-fiction film Brazil comes to mind…)
STRENGTHENING THE BASE OF THE PYRAMID
22 March 2017

STRENGTHENING THE BASE OF THE PYRAMID

High on the intoxicating returns from its ascent to the dizzying heights of luxury, the Swiss watch industry has now fallen back to earth. And it’s asking itself whether it went too far. All eyes are now redirected downwards, towards the mid-range hitherto regarded with barely concealed condescension. Without anything to hold it up, the top of the pyramid can’t sustain itself. If you’re going to build high, you need a solid foundation. And in order for the base of the pyramid to be sturdy, it must be as broad as possible. In other words: without volume, there can be no exclusivity.
The new EUROPA STAR ultra-innovative concept
16 January 2017

The new EUROPA STAR ultra-innovative concept

For our 90th anniversary, we are proud to present the new Europa Star. In this ultra-innovative concept, the context provides the physical and metaphorical “wrapper” for the content. The product is in two parts: TIME.BUSINESS and TIME.KEEPER, with a new, dynamic layout and graphics.
PRODUCTS TAKE PRIDE OF PLACE
16 January 2017

PRODUCTS TAKE PRIDE OF PLACE

How do you keep your head above water in such turbulent times? By taking another look at your products, obviously. Price, which we examine in closer detail in Time.Business, is not the only lever the watch industry needs to focus on. In this issue of Time.Keeper we offer a few suggestions
A LAST WORD TO START - Journalists: the new merchants in the temple?
16 January 2017

A LAST WORD TO START - Journalists: the new merchants in the temple?

The watch industry is in crisis, of that there is no doubt, but it’s a storm of moderate proportions compared with the roaring tempest enveloping the media. And it’s not about competing local papers, or even big groups fighting over the same scraps. This time, the trouble bears the name of Google, Facebook, Instagram and Apple (yet again). They are giants, monsters, with an insatiable appetite for everything they can catch in their big data nets.
LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN
9 December 2016

LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN

When the printing press began to take off in the 1450s, booksellers, who made a living from selling manuscripts – and quite a handsome living at that – were outraged. Their business would be destroyed! Others were worried about the dangerous new possibilities for subversive ideas to be disseminated on a grand scale

Europa Star Winter issue Europe & International No. 5/16 available now

The winter issue of Europa Star magazine is about to hit the shelves, and we have the exclusive preview for what’s in store for the European and International editions.
EUROPA STAR'S 90TH ANNIVERSARY and some birthday surprises
9 December 2016

EUROPA STAR’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY and some birthday surprises

In 2017, Europa Star celebrates its 90th year as an independent voice in watch journalism. Back in 1927, Europa Star played a pioneering role by launching the world’s first international magazine network with a view to promoting the watchmaking sector worldwide, a mission to which we remain committed today.
LAKIN@LARGE - Connected watches: breaking records or is it wind?
29 November 2016

LAKIN@LARGE - Connected watches: breaking records or is it wind?

On September 21, 2015 the world of Dick Tracy and James Bond became reality: the Apple Watch was born.
Swiss Watchmaking: OUTBREAK OF HOSTILITIES
26 October 2016

Swiss Watchmaking: OUTBREAK OF HOSTILITIES

KEEP CALM & CARRY ON - Brexit: Brewing exit?
26 October 2016

KEEP CALM & CARRY ON - Brexit: Brewing exit?

Tea bag IN or OUT?’ Brits ask you when brewing your cup of tea. Comedian James Acaster nailed it with his Brexit tea bag analogy. Leave the tea bag IN, he said, you get a stronger cup of tea. Get the tea bag OUT, you get a weaker cup of tea. But, once the tea bag is OUT, it goes straight in the bin.
LAKIN@LARGE - If you can't fix it, Brexit
26 October 2016

LAKIN@LARGE - If you can’t fix it, Brexit

Friday, June 24, 2016, the morning after 17,410,742 Britons voted to leave the EU, the ferry I was on from Guernsey docked in Poole, Dorset in the south of England.
EUROPA STAR Summer Issues, Available Now
10 July 2016

EUROPA STAR Summer Issues, Available Now

Get your hands on the latest summer publications by Europa Star, including European and International editions, as well as Europa Star Jewels and Première.
WATCHMAKING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE WATCHMAKING
17 June 2016

WATCHMAKING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE WATCHMAKING

Month after month, the negative figures continue to pour in. In April, Swiss watch exports fell once again, by 11.1% to be precise, compared with April 2015. Since the beginning of the year, the overall decline is edging towards -9.5%. With the notable exception of the USA, which has “climbed” a rather modest 1.2%, all key markets are in decline: China -36%, Hong Kong -17%, Italy -12.3%, Germany -11.1%, Japan -5.8%…. need we go on?

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