MARKET FOCUS - What's going on in Hong Kong?
1 December 2016

MARKET FOCUS - What’s going on in Hong Kong?

Europa Star conducted a watchmaking tour of three key markets which lie at a business crossroads: Hong Kong, the historical global hub currently living through a very difficult phase; the United States, which has conquered anew the top spot in terms of imports of Swiss made watches; and finally, Italy, the primary European destination for Swiss watchmakers. Analysis.
MARKET FOCUS - U.S. watch Market faces a new challenge while catering to shifting demands
1 December 2016

MARKET FOCUS - U.S. watch Market faces a new challenge while catering to shifting demands

Following the slowdown in China starting in 2014, many Swiss watchmakers have viewed the U.S. market as a ‘compensating’ eldorado. Has it really been the case?
An interview with Julie Petit, WeiserMazars
MARKET FOCUS - Report on the Italian watch market
1 December 2016

MARKET FOCUS - Report on the Italian watch market

In 2015 the Italian watch market became the leading European market for Swiss watches. 2016 looks to be more difficult, but Italians’ enthusiasm for watches does not appear to be waning. Points for analysis.
Interview with Sylvain Rousmant, Mazars Italy
SMARTWATCHES - Focus on smartwatches from A to Z
1 December 2016

SMARTWATCHES - Focus on smartwatches from A to Z

Smartwatches are garnering little enthusiasm from Swiss companies, to say the least. Brands feel ‘forced’ to get involved, without any real appetite to do so (apart from the enthusiasm shown by TAG Heuer’s Jean-Claude Biver, but we wouldn’t expect anything less from him). The fact remains that this unstable market is in the process of establishing itself in parallel to the mechanical watch and directly on the territory of the quartz watch. A diverse range of offers has sprung up since last year. We take stock of the situation as it stands.
Review of SMARTWATCHES
1 December 2016

Review of SMARTWATCHES

Twenty-eight brands under review, from A to Z
SMARTWATCHES - MMT: a swiss engineered connected alternative + Sinn's hybrid straps
1 December 2016

SMARTWATCHES - MMT: a swiss engineered connected alternative + Sinn’s hybrid straps

Manufacture Modules Technologies – otherwise known as MMT – the Swiss company established in Geneva in 2015 for the development and commercialisation of Horological Smartwatch modules, firmware, apps and cloud, announced this autumn, during a press conference led by Peter Stas and Philippe Fraboulet, that it had completed its spin-out from the Frédérique Constant Group (which was recently bought out by Citizen) and moved to new offices and workshops in Skylab, a high-tech hub in Geneva.
SMARTWATCHES - The smart perspective of Gerald Roden
1 December 2016

SMARTWATCHES - The smart perspective of Gerald Roden

Gerald Roden is a consultant, watch industry specialist, and former director of Swiss Festina Group (Soprod ), de Grisogono, Gérald Genta, and Daniel Roth
Moons
1 December 2016

Moons

What is there left to say about the moon that hasn’t already been said a hundred times, or a thousand, since the dawn of time? The moon is a nocturnal clock. The moon is a calendar. But the moon is also – and perhaps most importantly – the nearest celestial object to the Earth, which makes it the easiest to observe, and also the most mysterious. How many fantasies, stories, tales, legends, sagas, imaginary voyages, dreams, representations and poems has it inspired?
The watch community has added more than its share to the treasury…
LOUIS MOINET - Lunar Eclipse
1 December 2016

LOUIS MOINET - Lunar Eclipse

When Jean-Marie Schaller decided to revive the fortunes of Louis Moinet, a great but largely forgotten 19th century horologer, by adopting his name for the watch company he set up in 2008, he had no way of knowing that he was about to make an extraordinary discovery that would rewrite the history of watchmaking. When he bought Louis Moinet’s “counter of thirds” at auction – a stunning piece made in 1816, which measures time to the 1/60th of a second, beats at 216,000 vibrations per hour and features a zero reset function – it gradually dawned on him that he had in his hands the world’s first chronograph, and that no one knew about it but him.
BOVET/PININFARINA - When swiss watchmakers and italian designers meet
1 December 2016

BOVET/PININFARINA - When swiss watchmakers and italian designers meet

The surprising collaboration between Bovet and the Turinese designers at Pininfarina delivers a new opus: the Ottantasei. A fourth tourbillon for which the guiding principle was: lighter, lighter, lighter!
WATCH STRAPS shake off the shackles
1 December 2016

WATCH STRAPS shake off the shackles

Ladies’ watch straps are fed up of playing the weaker sex. They’re back with a vengeance, and with designs, materials and concepts – that have potentially far-reaching consequences.
CHANEL - When the strap sets off the watch
1 December 2016

CHANEL - When the strap sets off the watch

Wristwatch straps are usually seen as an accessory, a simple extension of the watch. With its new J12 XS, Chanel turns the idea around. What you notice first of all is the strap, or rather the cuff or wrist brace on which it is placed.
HERMÈS - Saddler turned watchmaker
1 December 2016

HERMÈS - Saddler turned watchmaker

Hermès is a rare example – the only one, as far as we know – of a saddler turned watchmaker (among other things). In fact, it is through leather that Hermès came to watchmaking, as illustrated by its first watch, made in the early 1920s – a small pocket watch encased in leather and mounted on a strap.
ALL ABOUT WATCH STRAPS
1 December 2016

ALL ABOUT WATCH STRAPS

While all eyes are usually on the dial, the least-considered component of a watch is a crucial part of the timepiece and can call for no fewer than 80 manufacturing stages. We present what watch straps are all about and a selection of the market players.
PORTRAITS of watch strap makers
1 December 2016

PORTRAITS of watch strap makers

Twelve strap makers and bracelet manufacturers under focus, from A to Z: Corium, Fleurus, Hirsch, Kuki, Lic, Morellato, Promotion, Protexpo, Salin, Sibra, SIS, Zuccolo Rochet and Boucledor (clasps).

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