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Those two much treasured words ‘Swiss Made’ are about to become a cost which for some manufactures may be too much to bear. Yesterday the Swiss National Bank removed the minimum exchange rate on the Swiss Franc. This could see the Swiss Franc rise by 30% or more against the Euro and the Dollar, making the cost of exports ruinously uncompetitive.
If you are not one of those who are helping to put the ‘Rich’ in Richemont, then the glittering haute horology fest that is next week’s SIHH will hold little for you save to gaze through the cold and frosty glass of your computer screen as the great and good get to try on all the latest dazzling and priceless novelties.
Hublot first unveiled its celebrated Magic Gold - still the only scratch-resistant gold – three years ago. It is certified as 18 carats by the Central Office for Precious Metals Control, and developed by Hublot in Switzerland in cooperation with EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).
Playing James Bond has not always been kind to actors after they are no longer first choice for a license to kill, but Pierce Brosnan had plenty of acting variety under his belt prior to playing Bond, and has continued to broaden his repertoire post Bond, with a mix of romantic comedies, thrillers, dramas and even an excellent Western in Seraphim Falls with Liam Neeson. Check it out on Netflix. He has successfully escaped typecasting and remains one of the most watchable stars in Hollywood. In 2015 alone Pierce will appear on cinema screens in The Moon and the Sun, It, Last Man Out and Survivor.
Luxury brands giant Kering has announced the appointment of Antonio Calce as Chief Executive Officer of Sowind Group, with immediate effect. He will report to Albert Bensoussan, CEO of Kering’s ‘Luxury – Watches & Jewelry’ division.
French brand Saint Honore, which is celebrating its 115th anniversary in 2015, unveils its latest timepiece, Audacy, specially designed for Valentine’s Day, which, as always, is edging closer in the rear view mirror as fast as ever.
Bremont originally announced the impending arrival of their new Kingsman watch last year. Now they have confirmed that the Special Edition Kingsman watch range, developed for director Matthew Vaughn’s new film Kingsman: The Secret Service, comprises three new models that are featured throughout the film.
Mid-priced Swatch Group brand, the ever popular Tissot, has produced the Automatic COSC Collection. This new collection includes the first Swiss watches to run on the new caliber known as the Powermatic 80, an automatic movement with COSC chronometer certification, which has, as the name suggests and most Tissot fans will already know, an impressive 80 hour power reserve.
Has the team at Roger Dubuis been watching too many movies lately? It seems so. They have even made a series of movies of their own. The synopsis reads: They are waiting for you…halfway between Earth and the Moon… Are you brave enough to open all the doors?
Edgy Swiss watch brand Bomberg Watches, headquartered in Neuchatel, has appointed Giancarlo Mantuano as its new CEO following the departure of Luis Rocha in November.