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© Salanitro
Beginner's Guide
Salanitro, partner to Haute Horlogerie

For three decades, the Geneva-based firm has been supplying the leading fine watch brands, with an unerring flair for the directions the industry is taking. It is also a longstanding advocate of ethical practices and sustainable development. Portrait of a company and the man behind it.

Thursday, 29 August 2019
Flavia Giovannelli
7 min read
The top three innovations at EPHJ

Some 820 exhibitors lined up at the EPHJ fair, a showcase for companies supplying the high-precision industries, including watchmaking. The only event of its kind in Switzerland, it spotlights the innovations and research that are usually off the radar.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018
4 min read
Vanessa Lecci
New Models
How a Volleyball Champion Became a World-Class Enameller

Do all roads lead to Neuchâtel? The amazing story of the multi-talented Vanessa Lecci certainly takes us there.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Victoria Townsend
7 min read
Fabergé - Visionnaire Chronograph Black
In-house calibres, a blessing or a curse?

In these difficult times for the Swiss watch industry, does it really make sense for brands to pursue the grail that is the in-house calibre? With Baselworld in full swing, it's a question worth asking considering the boom in watches equipped with proprietary movements while many specialist contractors face bust.

Sunday, 26 March 2017
6 min read
Modularium 1
Point of View
Don't wait to innovate

Innovation was the word on everyone's lips at EPHJ, Switzerland's annual gathering of watch industry contractors and suppliers, and the only way ahead for a branch facing an uncertain future.

Friday, 24 June 2016
4 min read
Switzerland is the global gold hub

Switzerland is renowned as the land of watches and chocolate. That it is also the global centre for gold refining is less well-known.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015
3 min read
Fabulous finds at EPHJ

Behind the big names and the great watches are a host of small businesses proposing new tools, new materials and new manufacturing processes. Most of the time they work in the shadows, coming out only at trade fairs such as the recent Professional Watchmaking and Jewellery Environment (EPHJ-EPMT-SMT) in Geneva, a showcase for the inventions and innovations that will transform tomorrow's watchmaking.

Sunday, 21 June 2015
Thierry Brandt
5 min read
A digital boost to watch design

Computer-aided design is now an integral part of the creative process. Time savings, quicker decision-making and improved coordination with production, these advantages are nonetheless no substitute for imagination.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Louis Nardin
3 min read
Watchmaking's suppliers plan for the future

The 14th trade fair for the watch, jewellery, microtechnology and medtech industries (EPHJ-EPMT-SMT) took place in Geneva earlier this month. None of the 867 exhibitors, the same number as last year, were put off attending by the strong Swiss franc. Some of the participants share their view.

Friday, 12 June 2015
Thierry Brandt
5 min read
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