×

This search is sponsored by Chaumet

Search in :
WorldTempus Newsletter
Newsletter - Pleasantly surprised

Newsletter Pleasantly surprised

We’re back from Baselworld and a long Easter weekend. Here is a preview of what you can read on WorldTempus this week and in the weeks to come.

Pierre Maudet, the Canton of Geneva’s Minister for Security and the Economy, summed up Baselworld 2016 at a press conference towards the end of the show by borrowing a phrase specific to the neighbouring Canton of Vaud where I live. “Déçu en bien” is an oxymoron that translates literally as “positively disappointed” but more comprehensively as “pleasantly surprised”. Based on what I heard at this year’s Baselworld, it’s an expression that hits the nail on the head.

« Ce mois-ci, gagnez une montre Eterna pour dames »

The February export figures published by the Swiss Watch Industry Federation did not make for great reading, as exports continued to decline. Unofficial forecasts ranged from stagnation until the end of 2017 in the worst case to low single-digit growth this year at the other end of the scale. The only talk of breaking records this year came from Bulgari, which presented the world’s thinnest minute repeater.

Whether consciously or not, the industry seems to be concentrating on its core expertise. After the last-minute smart watch rush last year, there were few notable smart watch launches at the show, the surprise (and equally last-minute) team-up between De Grisogono and Samsung being the notable exception. Instead we saw important base calibre launches from Carl F. Bucherer and Glashütte and huge competition on price – see David Chokron’s article for more details

You will get a better idea of the state of the industry, the latest collections and future trends over the next few weeks as we write-up our hours of interviews and sift through countless press kits. In the meantime you can take a wander beyond Basel with a look at the latest IWC movement in a redesigned Ingenieur, quietly launched at Goodwood in the UK in the middle of Baselworld, and get a detailed overview of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s tourbillon developments over the years with the help of Stéphane Belmont later this week. 

Our 15 days of competitions during Baselworld come to a close at midnight tonight, which is your last chance to win a bottle of champagne from our friends at Infinite 8 and our monthly competition to win a watch from Ernest Borel’s Jules Borel collection. A new watch will be up for grabs as of Friday this week.

We also start a series of articles that look back through the WorldTempus articles. Over the next months we will be publishing an article from each year of our 15-year existence on the web, starting today with an article dating back to 2001, when Patek Philippe launched its Skymoon Tourbillon.

 

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get all the watch news right in your mail box.

 

Watch Finder

Search by:

Find your watch

Brands

Bulgari has its own clear definition of excellence, which involves the perfect balance between design, added-value, quality of its products and its worldwide service. In the case of Bulgari...

Find out more

Watches of technical perfection and beauty, through tradition and the force of innovation. Carl F. Bucherer is an independent Swiss watchmaker with expertise in the production of precious...

Find out more

Chronoswiss prides itself on being an independent family-owned company that upholds century-old traditions such as enamelling and engine turning. It has always used top-quality components from...

Find out more

Glashütte Original is the rightful heir to Germany’s 170 years of legacy in the art of watchmaking. Glashütte Original is an authentic high-end manufactory that outfits all of its watches with...

Find out more

With a clear emphasis on technology and development, IWC Schaffhausen has been manufacturing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. Its philosophy, based on a passion for watchmaking, aims to...

Find out more

Ever since the brand was established in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been enchanting lovers of beautiful objects. Its craftsmen and craftswomen, the guardians of the inventive spirit of company...

Find out more

Patek Philippe enjoys outstanding renown and rare prestige, due to the constancy with which the Manufacture has applied its philosophy of excellence ever since it was founded.

Find out more