For some brands, the Swatch Group’s decision to reduce its delivery of movements and movement kits is becoming a crucial issue. Those who did not take the warnings issued by the Biel-based group seriously have not sought viable alternatives. Since the other Swiss movement producers are currently unable to keep step with the increased demand, the next few months are set to be tough – especially since compliance with ‘Swiss made’ criteria prohibits the purchase of foreign calibres.
The month of August also brought news of the death of Gérald Genta, an outstanding gentleman to whom Swiss watchmaking owes the design of several legendary models such as the Royal Oak, the Nautilus, the Overseas, the Bulgari Bulgari, the Constellation and the Ingénieur. On a more joyful note, IWC distinguished itself by introducing one of the extremely rare summer launches : the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia, representing an impressive compendium of complications and innovations (see Focus p. 45). Check out the daily evolution of these news stories and many more on www.worldtempus.com