Watches: Free FHH Workshops; Pricey Ikepod Hourglasses

Time for Higher EducationFor all the talk of the Swiss watch industry’s obsession with China, a few recent initiatives have underscored the trade’s commitment to the American market. Case in point: At a breakfast presentation in Las Vegas in June at the Swiss Watch at JCK show, representatives from the Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie, a 6-year-old Geneva-based coalition of 28 Swiss brands dedicated to promoting fine watchmaking, announced a major education initiative. From Oct. 1 to Nov. 15, the nonprofit organization will hold a handful of three-hour watchmaking workshops for high-end watch retailers in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas (and potentially other markets, as demand dictates). Limited to 10 people each, the workshops will instruct attendees on how to take apart and reassemble a mechanical movement. The best part? They’re free (for now).“It helps clien

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