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Editorial - Future trends in watchmaking

Editorial Future trends in watchmaking

New technologies for the watch industry, new bronze watches and a debrief from the 2016 Aiguille d’Or winner.

We start the week with a rather different article. As a regular reader of the FH Revue, the Swiss watchmaking industry federation’s news round-up, and the more in-depth articles in the SSC bulletin, I recently spotted a few disparate articles that, when considered together, give an idea of how the aesthetics of watches could develop in the near future. Find out more about a new gold colour, a new black NAC movement coating, a new titanium polishing technique available for licensing and a new type of leather for watch straps in my article published today.

Bronze watch cases continue to be on-trend and brands are always looking at ways to make them a little different. You can discover two new interpretations tomorrow on WorldTempus: one from Corum involves allowing the bronze to acquire its characteristic patina and then stabilising it, the other, from Maurice Lacroix, offers a more traditional approach  in which the bronze is allowed to take on its unique patina over time.

By Friday, the 180 plus watches entered in this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève will become just 72 as the finalists in each category are announced. To coincide with this significant date we will publish an interview with Ferdinand Berthoud CEO Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, winner of the Aiguille d’Or last year and jury member this year. He discusses the importance of the event and its impact for a winning brand and looks forward to his behind the scenes access as a member of the jury this year.

Brands

Corum takes aesthetic daring to the heights of technical perfection. Through a number of collections, drawing on the fundamentals of traditional watchmaking, the manufacture continues to pursue its...

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Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud offers a contemporary take on the work of a master watchmaker. Its exclusive timepieces, developed by today’s master watchmakers, are a tribute to the excellence...

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Based in the Jura region of Switzerland, Maurice Lacroix has been producing fine Swiss timepieces for over 40 years and has developed 14 in-house movements over the past ten years.

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