26 March 2014
EXCLUSIVE - JACOB & CO celebrates new movement development partnership with the Astronomia Tourbillon
Jacob & Co. has always been known for pushing the envelope of the possible, whether in jewellery or in watchmaking. Some of the wildest watches and complications have come from Jacob & Co., using different movement developers, proving that the American firm is not afraid to try new things and to think “out of the box.”
26 March 2014
AMERICAN SPIRIT - The home of industrialized watch production is back at it - in many forms
In the 1800s and 1900s, America was a pioneer in watchmaking, developing affordable watches for the masses (the famous “dollar” watches), creating supremely accurate timepieces for the railroads, pushing boundaries of design and the use of innovative materials and much more. Then, the Swiss, Japanese and Chinese kind of took over and the bulk of watch production moved offshore. Today, however, there is a renaissance of sorts going on, with American companies coming to the forefront.
24 February 2014
SIHH 2014 - RICHEMONT TO INVEST 300 million Swiss francs this year
The following interview with Richard Lepeu and Bernard Fornas, co-CEOs of Richemont, by Bastien Buss was published in French in the Swiss newspaper Le Temps on 25th January 2014.
24 February 2014
SIHH 2014 - The "Lambertisation" of MONTBLANC
Jérôme Lambert, the former CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre and A. Lange & Söhne, has been at the helm of Montblanc for barely six months but the impact of his arrival can already be seen on several fronts: a strong accent on horological values, a clearer structure to the collections and much more commercial aggressiveness. In short, a number of recipes that already proved successful above all at Jaeger-LeCoultre have now been implemented.
6 January 2014
MANUFACTURE - TAG HEUER, an avant-garde production facility
TAG Heuer’s first initiative in the field of traditional mechanical chronograph movements (we are not talking here about the brand’s concept movements) dates back almost four years with the launch of the Calibre 1887, the result of an exhaustive re-engineering of a Seiko chronograph movement.
6 January 2014
STUDIES - Two spotlights turned on to THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SWISS WATCH INDUSTRY
One after the other, two studies have recently been published that attempt to analyse the Swiss watchmaking industry. Credit Suisse has published its research, entitled “Swiss Watch Industry – Prospects and Challenges”, while consultants Deloitte present a report with a similar title “Challenges and opportunities of the sector”.
The so-called Swiss lever escapement has enjoyed an uninterrupted rein over mechanical watchmaking ever since it was first invented in 1757 by Thomas Mudge, who succeeded in adapting the classic lever escapement for portable watches.
22 October 2013
Strategic ARTISTIC CRAFTS
Watchmaking was born ornamental. The first wearable watches astonished and were soon taken up by the rich and the powerful. But they were most inaccurate and their value lay less in their use as an instrument and more in their ornamental richness. The artistic crafts and watchmaking have been closely linked ever since. For the past few years, the artistic crafts have made a big comeback, to such an extent that at the SIHH and BaselWorld the number of brands presenting their “Métiers d’Art” collections has increased considerably. Mastering this artisanal know-how has become a strategic element. In a special dossier in Europa Star 05/2013 we take a closer look at the work of these artisans.
10 October 2013
The International Chronometry Competition
Held under the auspices of the Watchmaking Museum at the Chateau des Monts in Le Locle, the International Chronometry Competition is held every two years and is open both to companies (brands, movement manufacturers and independents) and schools.
3 October 2013
Maurice Lacroix’s wonder alloy: Powerlite®
The development of the new Powerlite® alloy by Maurice Lacroix started out with three questions about watch cases: How to make them lighter, how to make them less sensitive to shocks and how to colour them without the slightest scratch spoiling the effect.
16 May 2013
New mechanical calibres
In this article we introduce three new calibres presented in early 2013 by Eterna, Julien Coudray and Vulcain.
5 October 2012
The most expensive watches
The most expensive watches in the world change on a regular basis as brand’s vie for the PR mileage that can be earned from claiming the crown for the most excess, whether it is through using precious stones of jaw-dropping sizes or the most bewildering assortment of complications.
27 August 2012
Putting the seal on quality
What is the best way to judge or to affirm the quality of a timepiece? The term “Swiss Made” hardly seems sufficient, since it merely establishes that at least 50 per cent of the value of the components in the movement is of Swiss origin and that the movement was assembled and inspected in Switzerland. But what about the rest of the watch?
20 April 2012
He-Arc applies cycloidal reducer to automatic winding system
Professor Christian Robert, a lecturer in microtechnical conception at Switzerland’s He-Arc (Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie), and his students presented an application of the cycloidal reducer for displaying the hours and minutes on a watch dial last year.
16 December 2011
Hublot’s “Magic Gold”
After three years of development work together with the EPFL, the Federal Polytechnic School in Lausanne, Hublot presented its new “Magic Gold” at its factory in Nyon on 15 December 2011.