Pos­i­tive pres­sure

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

It must be said that it’s been a num­ber of re­lent­less weeks for the REVHLUTION team in Hong Kong, as the first half of the year has, as per tra­di­tion, been filled with new time­pieces from the Salon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie and Baselworld, giv­ing us plenty to talk about, and many dif­fi­cult choices to make on what to present on our pages. One of the high­lights so far has def­i­nitely been at Mont­blanc, with its Meis­ter­stück Her­itage col­lec­tion. The full pic­ture though is def­i­nitely more com­plex, as it’s a man­u­fac­ture that takes pride in the di­chotomy of its youth at Le Lo­cle, and the long her­itage of its In­sti­tut de Recherche Min­erva in Villeret. For this is­sue’s cover story, we’ve taken pieces that show the best of both worlds, and a peek into the man­u­fac­ture’s fu­ture. How­ever, sum­mer is only the eye of the storm, as Mont­blanc and 12 other pres­ti­gious man­u­fac­tures, namely, A. Lange & Söhne, Aude­mars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre, Pan­erai, Pi­aget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Con­stantin and Van Cleef & Ar­pels, will be very hard at work in the next few weeks, pre­par­ing to wel­come you to the 2nd edi­tion of Watches & Won­ders in Hong Kong. While last year’s show may have been con­sid­ered an “ex­per­i­ment,” its un­de­ni­able suc­cess meant that its ex­hibitors would be even more keen to come back, tak­ing the lessons learned from the first time ‘round. This means that you can ex­pect even more new time­pieces, and of course, mag­nif­i­cent jew­elry, to take the stage in a few weeks’ time. Fabienne Lupo, the chair­woman and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Fon­da­tion de la Haute Hor­logerie, the or­ga­nizer for Watches & Won­ders, shares some of those learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, and how they’re help­ing shape the up­com­ing dis­plays. Of course, this does come at a time when our lo­cal re­tail­ers and a hand­ful of brands are re­port­ing that the sales of watches have per­cep­ti­bly de­clined in the past few months in our re­gion. The ac­tual num­bers are dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine from our per­spec­tive, but the net ef­fect, while caus­ing some con­cerned looks for the time be­ing, may turn out to be pos­i­tive, as the brands are ever more de­ter­mined to bring us ap­peal­ing col­lec­tions at all lev­els. The col­lec­tors I’ve spo­ken with cer­tainly seem even more ea­ger to see and ac­quire new watches, so the onus is on the brands to ful­fill those ex­pec­ta­tions. As al­ways, REVHLUTION Hong Kong will be on hand to bring you all the very best of th­ese in our up­com­ing is­sues!

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