Let­ter from the Ed­i­tor

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Con­tents -

Zenith’s CEO, head of LVMH Watches & Jew­ellery and liv­ing stal­wart of Swiss horol­ogy, Jean- Claude Biver ob­served – cor­rectly – that watch his­tory is rooted in both the tra­di­tional and the enor­mous tasks that watch­mak­ers un­dergo to cre­ate bet­ter, even rev­o­lu­tion­ary forms of time­pieces. “We are think­ing about the his­tory of to­mor­row,” he boomed dur­ing a re­cent launch of the Zenith Defy Lab, which was equipped with the new Zenith Os­cil­la­tor – a rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent form of the core bal­ance spring – one which has been un­al­tered for over three cen­turies. “In 1,000 years from now, all books writ­ten on the his­tory of horol­ogy will ref­er­ence these present­day in­ven­tions.”

In this is­sue, we fea­ture some of the in­cred­i­ble ad­vance­ments in horol­ogy from the time­piece sea­son’s cur­tain raiser, Salon In­ter­na­tionale de la Haute Hor­logerie. It seemed not so long ago that we were toast­ing to new be­gin­nings and yet, here we are in the bo­som of March. That sense of time pass­ing, and the need to al­ways be ded­i­cated to the be­he­moth tasks we set our­selves – much like the in­trepid watch­mak­ers of yes­ter­year and to­day – is suc­cinctly de­scribed by quo­ta­tion an­thol­o­gist Terri Guillemets who wrote: “Watches are so named as a re­minder – if you don’t watch care­fully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.”


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