Research into new materials has proved instrumental in the giant strides made in precision and reliability. It has also put titanium back on brands’ radar, including in recycled form.
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Consumer demand for sustainability has sent brands in search of alternatives to animal leather. This includes watchmakers, which are introducing straps in plant-based biomaterials.
The end of the tunnel could be in sight for the eco-conscious luxury watch. Slowly but surely, brands are beginning to produce timepieces that incorporate ethically sourced, recycled or upcycled materials. The story so far…
Small-scale and artisanal mines have a crucial role in improving the lives of local communities but are also a target for organised crime, which makes them a controversial topic at the heart of the gold supply chain. This third and final article in the series looks at the challenges facing the informal mining sector as debated at the recent Basel Gold Day.
Gold refiners were in the hot seat this summer, accused of inadequately controlling the origin of the gold they refine. This was one of the subjects up for discussion at Basel Gold Day, organised by Mark Pieth. Part two.
Reports confirm that younger generations are the most sensitive to sustainable development, which includes issues surrounding gold mining. What impact does this have in the field? The recent Basel Gold Day workshop, led by Mark Pieth, put the question on the table, starting with the role of the consumer.
Innovations come thick and fast at Richard Mille. After the RM 72-01, the brand's first in-house chronograph with a patented mechanism, featured in a film by choreographer Benjamin Millepied and composer Thomas Roussel, all eyes are on the RM 27-04. This tourbillon with a world-first construction celebrates the 10th anniversary of the brand's partnership with tennis legend Rafael Nadal.
In a report published on June 23, the Swiss Federal Audit Office calls attention to the inadequate control of imports of gold into the country. The current system is not equipped to prevent illegal gold from entering Switzerland, where the majority of the world's gold is refined.
Certain brands at Watches & Wonders have kicked their R&D into overdrive, resulting in futuristic materials that make stronger, lighter, more resilient watches a reality.