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!