Beginning of August, Borge Ousland and Vincent Colliard started their epic journey - which will bring them to cross the twenty largest glaciers in the world over the next ten years - by crossing the Main Spitsbergen Glacier in the Svalbard Archipelago in Norway.
At the end of August, Bumotec began construction of its new factory situated in the commune of Vuadens, in Gruyère. The firm, which specialises in the production of high-precision, multi-function machine tools, has clients in the watchmaking, medical and micro-engineering sectors.
A reconnaissance flight over the South of France on 31 July 1944 brought an abrupt end to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s career and passion for flying. After taking off from a military base in Corsica, his Lockheed P-38 Lightning vanished without a trace.
At the end of August, TAG Heuer introduced its new advertising campaign: «Don’t Crack under pressure». Far more than a claim, it is a powerful mindset. Those who know the brand may recognize the motto, a tribute to an early 90’s campaign which for many remains the most archetypal expression of TAG Heuer’s unbreakable determination.
Walter Lange is a man who takes movement to be the purpose of life. In his mid-sixties, instead of retiring like other people, he set up a company. On 7 December 1990, in his home town of Glashütte, which he had to leave in 1948 after his family was expropriated, he founded Lange Uhren GmbH and brought back to life the inheritance left to him by his ancestors. 145 years before, to the day, his great-grandfather Ferdinand A. Lange had set up his watch manufactory and thus laid the foundations of fine watchmaking in Saxony.
The place where Switzerland was born is also the birthplace of Victorinox! A few kilometres as the crow flies from the Grütli meadow where the Old Swiss Confederacy was formed lies Ibach, a small, bucolic village in the heart of which, in 1884, Karl Elsener founded a cutlery works which he named Victorinox (a contraction of Victoria, his mother’s first name, and «inox», from the French «acier inoxydable», meaning stainless steel).
On 11 July this year, at the end of a rapid and efficient investigation, the public prosecutor ordered another large-scale operation in the area between Prato and Empoli. The workshop bosses, eight Chinese nationals, were arrested, and an impressive quantity of goods, dispersed over several sites, were confiscated.
Swiss watches enjoy an unrivalled worldwide reputation.
The Swiss watch industry has decided to strengthen the criteria of the Swiss made label.
Buying or selling counterfeit products undermines know-how, finances organised crime, and threatens jobs and innovation.