10 Things Rocking the Industry, February 2016

Watches Visitors to Geneva’s 26th annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie had more to see than usual last month. The exclusive venue—home, traditionally, to 15 primarily Richemont-owned brands such as Cartier and Panerai—welcomed for the first time nine independent watchmakers, including Christophe Claret and MB&F. Organizers had long sought to promote the artisans pioneering “the nouvelle horology,” says Fabienne Lupo, managing director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, but didn’t have the space. Then, Ralph Lauren Watches announced it was leaving the fair. With the global economy on delicate footing, however, growth for any of SIHH’s watchmakers is far from certain. (Top) Soprano in 45 mm red gold and chocolate brown PVD-treated titanium case; CHF 468,000 ($466,265); Christophe Claret, Le Locle, Switzerland; 41-22-706-1960; christopheclaret

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