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Advancing treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy is by far the most valuable contribution the biennial Only Watch auction makes to the world, a cause that the watch industry has embraced as warmly as Luc Pettavino, who founded the fundraiser. The results of the auction also give a guide to what watch collectors value most these days in terms of brands, materials, styles, provenance and storytelling.
What happens when the free market damages the reputation of an industry's most successful brands?
500 million people are tuning in to watch gamers competing in eSports and playing Fortnite, FIFA and Call of Duty. That is an audience watch brands cannot ignore.
Robin Swithinbank investigates whether Swiss megafairs will ever again have the strength and stature to attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the world, or will more focused in-country events and digital showcases take their place?
After a tumultuous 2020, Switzerland's biggest watchmaker is in recovery mode for 2021.
Robin Swithinbank looks to the past for clues about what Switzerland's biggest watchmaker may unveil in April.
Mechanical watches are about as sustainable a durable good as the world has ever produced, but the profligacy of the industry more generally is enough to make campaigners weep.