Acquiring Time: Was it a Mistake for Chai Schnyder to sell Ulysse Nardin to Kering?

 |  July 31st, 2014

The formal announcement came in the morning a couple of days ago: international brand development company, Kering, has acquired the innovative luxury watch brand, Ulysse Nardin. But if you were part of the watch industry and had paid keen attention over the past six months to a year, the writing was on the wall. All of the telltale signs were there that this was going to happen. The last six months have been quiet — suspiciously quiet. Not in terms of product, but in terms of being a bit more closed-mouthed than usual. That’s a tell-tale sign. Something was afoot each time I spoke to brand execs, there was a sort of avoidance happening — another tell-tale sign. As such, I…

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We’re Officially Back: BaselWorld 2014, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 |  April 7th, 2014

This was a particularly long trip f or me. It always is. Basel is an eight-day marathon test of endurance of strength and memory. This year, however, I also went a week early to Europe to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Bulgari (we’ll bring you more about that here soon).  So, two and a half weeks later, we return to the USA – intent on bringing all the news that’s fit to print (and maybe a little that is not).  Here we indulge in giving you highlights of the sheer dimensions and scope of BaselWorld. For those who already know and have visited BaselWorld, we posted an insider’s view a little earlier thanks to a Guest Editorial from watch veteran,…

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Ulysse Nardin Never Disappoints: Introducing the Imperial Blue and the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar

 |  March 28th, 2014

A leader in watchmaking complexities and a pioneer in developing silicium and other high technologies, Ulysse Nardin is a brand we expect great things from. And this company never disappoints.  This year, it offers a host of important new timepieces, including the Imperial Blue and the Perpetual Calendar watch. Personally, I love the new Imperial Blue – a watch that blends haute horology with high tech in superb fashion. The Imperial Blue, with blue transparent sapphire mainplate, features a flying tourbillon and Grand Sonnerie Westminster Carillon.  The musical timepiece houses the Caliber UN-970, which chimes on four notes for every passing hour and also sounds the hours, quarter hours and minutes on demand. Each of the different sounds accomplished in…

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More Happy Chinese New Year Horse Wristwatches

 |  February 3rd, 2014

Last week, on the exact Chinese New Year, we presented a slideshow here of great horse watches created in honor of the Chinese zodiac – Year of the Horse. Before we move fully into the year, we wanted to present a few others that we were unable to get into that slide show — brands ranging from Swatch to Panerai. Enjoy.

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Happy Chinese New Year: Introducing Stunning Year of the Horse Watches (Slide Show)

 |  January 31st, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year. It is the year of the Horse. The Horse is one of the most powerful symbols in the Chinese zodiac. The sign is symbolic of speed and strength, are people born under it are said to be energetic and independent with a free, unbounded spirit. They also demonstrate great taste — especially if one judges by the timepieces being created in honor of this year. Yesterday and today we bring you some exceptional horse-inspired timepieces — today via a slide show. While yesterday’s Ulysse Nardin presentation showed the wild stallion in all its amazing beauty, today’s L.U.C XP Urushi special edition watch is more festive in nature. It is created using an ancestral Japanese decorative art…

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