INDUSTRY - Gem-setting techniques
24 May 2017

INDUSTRY - Gem-setting techniques

The art of jewellery developed in France in the 17th century. At that time, goldsmiths and silversmiths were tasked with enhancing the brilliance of cut precious stones by setting them on jewellery. The difficulty of this work lay in ensuring the stones were anchored securely while at the same time letting light pass through them.
ARCHIVES - TISSOT reborn from Rock
24 May 2017

ARCHIVES - TISSOT reborn from Rock

In 1974, Tissot sold precisely 919,200 watches with mechanical calibres of its own manufacturing. Ten years later, in 1984, the total number of watches sold had plummeted to 14,140, 10,226 of which were equipped with mechanical calibres. That, in a nutshell, was the magnitude of the fall.
Smartwatch faces - All the (official) dials of the TAG Heuer connected
24 May 2017

Smartwatch faces - All the (official) dials of the TAG Heuer connected

Jewish roots of swiss watchmaking
24 May 2017

Jewish roots of swiss watchmaking

The roots of “Watch Valley” are not only Protestant, as the popular image would have it. Jews – from Alsace in particular – contributed just as much to the emergence of the Swiss watchmaking industry as the Huguenots. A historical round-up.
LOUIS MOINET - The Guinness World Record for the “First Chronograph Ever”
16 January 2017

LOUIS MOINET - The Guinness World Record for the “First Chronograph Ever”

After the best part of six months of procedures and thorough investigations, Louis Moinet is especially proud to have become the official holder of the title of “World’s First Chronograph Ever”, awarded by the official Guinness World Records organisation.
BOOKS TO READ…
17 June 2016

BOOKS TO READ…

TUDOR ANTHOLOGY - MOONWATCH ONLY. THE ULTIMATE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER GUIDE
PATEK PHILIPPE - The manufacture within a manufacture
17 March 2016

PATEK PHILIPPE - The manufacture within a manufacture

Patek Philippe’s famous slogan, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation,” places its creators under something of an obligation to put those words into practice. If not, this dogmatic declaration would be just another advertising cliché. I thought the best way to find out whether this promise of longevity had any substance was to go and see first-hand how a company like Patek Philippe manages its after-sales service. I was not disappointed. In fact, I was blown away.
Meeting with Laurent Cantin, Director of International Client Services, Patek Philippe
17 March 2016

Meeting with Laurent Cantin, Director of International Client Services, Patek Philippe

Laurent Cantin is Patek Philippe’s friendly and approachable Director of International Client Services, and he is clearly passionate about his work. He told us more about how the company organises its international service centres.
Real, fake and real fake watches
17 March 2016

Real, fake and real fake watches

Counterfeiters are increasingly turning their attention to collectible watches, whose prices have skyrocketed. Sometimes all it takes is one tiny detail, which is easy to fake, to treble the price of a watch.
BOOKS TO READ…
16 March 2016

BOOKS TO READ…

CHRONOGRAPHS FOR COLLECTORS – TWELVE: WATCH BUYER ’S JOURNAL – ULTIMATE ROLEX DAYTONA, THE MINI EDITION – IN STEP WITH TIME: FROM SWISS INDUSTRIES FAIR TO MCH GROUP
THE WATCH PROFESSIONAL CORNER - Fighting crime, one watch at a time
4 January 2016

THE WATCH PROFESSIONAL CORNER - Fighting crime, one watch at a time

The Watch Register is a new database of over 50,000 timepieces, providing a search and register service to encourage the trade to carry out due diligence, to recover stolen watches and help prevent thefts.
SMARTWATCHES - It's not too late – Taking advantage of the smartwatch's potential
4 January 2016

SMARTWATCHES - It’s not too late – Taking advantage of the smartwatch’s potential

Apple’s long-awaited arrival, with all the attendant media ballyhoo, has given the smartwatch market strong momentum this year.
2015 BEST-SELLERS… BOOKS TO READ…
4 January 2016

2015 BEST-SELLERS… BOOKS TO READ…

MOONWATCH ONLY. THE ULTIMATE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER GUIDE - FIFTY FATHOMS, THE DIVE AND WATCH HISTORY 1953-2013 - THEORY OF HOROLOGY - ROLEX DAY DATE - ROYAL OAK - AUDEMARS PIGUET
EUROPA STAR CHOICES - Choosing that first watch
19 November 2015

EUROPA STAR CHOICES - Choosing that first watch

Your son is celebrating an important birthday, or maybe he has graduated, won a sports competition, got his first job, or is about to be married. In any case, you want to give him his first ‘proper’ watch. Which watch should you choose? Or, if you’re a retailer, which should you suggest? My first question would be: what is his style, what’s his image?
INNOVATION - All rise for the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260
19 November 2015

INNOVATION - All rise for the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260

57 complications in a single watch, unveiled on the very anniversary of the Geneva manufacture’s 260th year of continuous operation.

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