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Newsletter - A double-take at a double tourbillon, plus managing expectations at Patek Philippe

Newsletter A double-take at a double tourbillon, plus managing expectations at Patek Philippe


Our two interviews with the CEOs of major brands, Thierry Stern of Patek Philippe and Marc A. Hayek, who holds the responsibility for Blancpain, Breguet and Jaquet Droz at the Swatch Group, revealed different challenges. The former has set himself the goal of confounding people's expectations; the latter has to carefully divide his time between three distinct brands according to their needs. Forthcoming interviews with Longines CEO Walter von Känel and Sowind Group CEO Michele Sofisti paint a similar picture of differing approaches and expectations.

We also took a closer look at some of the new products from these brands, with Kristian Haagen discussing the new Girard-Perregaux Neo-Tourbillon with Stefano Macaluso and David Chokron examining the sumptuous Grand Feu enamel dials - and a contrasting all-black divers' chronograph - presented by Blancpain.

If tourbillons are your thing, you will appreciate Marie Le Berre's double-take at the new Cecil Purnell V15 double tourbillon. Or if you are looking for something more down-to-earth, Miguel Seabra reviews the latest Eterna models and the versatile new in-house Calibre 39. Look out, too, for Miguel's report on Raymond Weil this week. His interview with Elie Bernheim was prescient: the elder son of Olivier Bernheim was only last week confirmed as the new CEO of the company.

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