A whirlwind weekend in Geneva of auction sales, Only Watch and the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has confirmed the rise and rise of independent watchmakers.
Bremont has become the first watchmaker since the 1970s to industrially manufacture a movement on British soil. The ENG300 “tractor” calibre is built off the K1 by Swiss company THE+.
The Genevan Manufacture presents Les Cabinotiers Westminster Sonnerie – Tribute to Johannes Vermeer, a pocket watch that was eight years in the making. Despite its apparent simplicity, this is a masterful achievement as much for the complexity of its grande sonnerie mechanism as for the remarkable hand-executed decoration.
The “Grande Maison” is reaching out to customers through a series of original experiences hosted at the Manufacture. Collectively titled “Atelier d’Antoine”*, these tours and workshops take visitors to the heart of Haute Horlogerie.
UNESCO’s inscription of mechanical watchmaking and art mechanics on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was a victory for those involved. Six months on, as the groundwork for future action is prepared, in Sainte-Croix initiatives are already well under way.
The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie is continuing its transformation with the creation of the Watches and Culture Division, whose aim is to make watchmaking culture shine out around the world.
With online activity that perfectly complements its calendar of in-person sales, Phillips Watches Department takes the best of both worlds. Arthur Touchot, the auction house’s head of digital strategy, says more.