Luxury watch superstore to target Chinese in Paris

Luxury Swiss retail giant Richemont, owner of such brands as Cartier, Piaget and Jaeger-LeCoultre, is to open the world’s largest shop for luxury watches in Paris. Business Montres quoted an internal memo saying a three-storey 2,200 square metre (24,000 square foot) shop would open early 2013. The shop would take over the premises of the … Continued

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Dragon

The Swiss watch maker brand Jaquet Droz is celebrating the Chinese New Year with the Petite Heure Minute Dragon. Clearly intended for the Chinese market, this is a limited edition of 88 pieces featuring a painted scene of two imperial dragons fighting over a pearl. They are set against an ivory background of Grand Feu enamel. Subtle touches … Continued

Hublot X Ferrari

Swiss luxury watchmaking brand Hublot announced at the Guangzhou International Auto Show that the brand has become the watchmaking partner of Ferrari. Hublot took this occasion to unveil the Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari; the first Hublot timepiece made with its partner. There will only be 20 of the Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari timepieces … Continued

Chinese demand fuels Swiss watch success

The Swiss watch industry is in rude health with exports leaping once again last month and watchmakers set to notch up a record year thanks to Chinese consumers Despite the the effect of the global debt crisis, the demand for Swiss watches hit a peak in October, putting smiles on the faces of the country’s … Continued

MB&F Legacy Machine No 1

Maximilian Busser and Friends (MB&F), an independent watchmaker known for its extreme designs, has taken the wraps off its new Legacy Machine 1 watch. Jean-Francois Mojon developed the design of the model’s movement, while Kari Voutilainen took care of its impeccable finishing. The Legacy Machine No 1 is based on the idea of what if … Continued

Only Watch Auction Collects $6 million for Charity

The fourth edition with the biennial Only Watch charity auction, held Friday in the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco, raised more than €4.5 million ($6 million). Exclusive timepieces by famous and less famous watch manufacturers are being auctioned off for the benefit of researching Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Complete sale results and a reminder of the models … Continued

Franck Muller Totally Switzerland – Only Watch 2011

Here’s a look at Franck Muller’s contribution for the 2011 ONLY Watch charity auction. The unique watch designed for this occasion is dubbed “Totally Switzerland” and painted in a distinctive vibrant shade of red, characteristic for the Swiss flag. This model is a variation of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours design, which offers an innovative … Continued

The new Audemars Piguet book

In 1875, Jules Louis Audemars, aged 22, and Edward Auguste Piguet, aged 24, founded Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, a small village in the Swiss Jura. This agreement entailed a workshop in the family home, a registered brand name, and a decade-long partnership contract. In 2011, the Manufacture Audemars Piguet employs almost 1,000 people in … Continued

Frederique Constant Runabout Moonphase watch

Since 2009, Swiss watch Manufacturer Frédérique Constant celebrates the legendary Runabout yachts of the roaring 20s by offering an attractive series of limited edition timepieces named “Runabout”. To complete the best-selling range, the Geneva-based brand this year introduces a new version: the Runabout Moonphase. Absolutely magnificent through its stunning design, this model is available in … Continued

Tissot Augmented Reality Window at Harrods

Swiss watchmaker Tissot has partnered with Holition to showcase its Ladies and T-Touch collection in one of Harrods iconic Brompton Road window displays as part of the store’s new promotion celebrating all things Swiss. The augmented reality application will be live and fully interactive on weekends between 12pm and 6pm from 1st – 24th April. … Continued

Watchmakers see strong 2011

Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry’s largest fair on Wednesday, although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. Industry giants including Swatch and LVMH have all posted strong recoveries over 2010 and they are expecting the recovery to continue in 2011. … Continued

Luxury watchmakers follow the money to Asia

A measure of any Asian businessman is the time he keeps and, far more importantly, the watch he wears to mark it. A handshake can be soft or firm but will likely soon be followed by a glance to the wrist to see the watch wrapped around it, especially in China. A heavy slab of … Continued