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Newsletter - 2016, a leap year

Newsletter 2016, a leap year

Have you noticed that we have just started the 50th week of the year? It will be intense and will soon be over, so hold tight!

It’s ladies first as we introduce our new in-house journalist Isabelle Guignet this week. You have already had chance to read her first articles, on the 160-year history of Eterna and the singer Aloe Blacc and his relationship with IWC. And no, you are not dreaming: there are still some watch media who are recruiting journalists (phew!). Isabelle’s intense three-month internship with the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève gave her a thirst for the 12th art (that of measuring the time). While she will be talking to Joël Dicker, Geneva’s most renowned author, on his relationship with time later this week, as the humble stand-in for Paul O’Neil for this newsletter, I will be following the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ferdinand Adolph Lange in Dresden.

“Jean-Claude Biver is a genius of the industry who rightly merits a biography”

Paul O'Neil

At the same time, the 7th edition of the DFS Masters of Time will be held in Macau, which has chosen the theme of travel and discovery and will extend the pleasure until 29 February next year. Yes, 2016 is a leap year! In the same region of the world, the gavel of our venerable contributor Aurel Bacs was once again on fire as he added yet another record at the first Phillips auction in Hong Kong , notably with a record for a Patek

As for the most phlegmatic of Anglo-Helvetic editors in chief, he kicks off the 50th week of the year with a surprising interview with Harry Guhl , a co-founder of Czapek and a big fan of equity crowdfunding. Keith Strandberg will share his views on adventures at Laurent Ferrier, Roberta Naas on those of Blancpain, and Michèle Brunner will offer a selection of watches featuring skulls. Bvlgari, Montblanc, Ernest Borel, Jaquet-Droz and JeanRichard add their prizes to our advent calendar competition , which 3,000 people entered on its first day last week!

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