We considered the impact from the rapid rise of the Swiss franc on the watch buyer last week. Barely had the article been drafted, however, before the situation looked likely to change again. A new, far-left government in Greece places an additional burden on the currency and renewed fighting in Ukraine could mean further sanctions on the ever-weaker Russian economy. In the middle of the busiest period of the year for the watch industry, the outlook is far from certain.

“Answer three simple questions to win a TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch”

Paul O'Neil

But there remains a steady flow of new launches to delight watch fans, whether in the form of reviews of the numerous watches we saw at the SIHH or the latest previews of what we can expect in Basel this year. To cover the growing demand for news, we have further strengthened our team of international contributors. Rafael Fernandez, editor of the Venezuelan watch magazine Time Avenue, attended the exclusive preview of Montblanc’s Vasco da Gama collection in South Africa so that WorldTempus could be among the first to reveal the collection during the SIHH week. After experience working in communications in the watch industry, Eléonor Picciotto is now focusing her attention on jewellery pieces through her new website The Eye of Jewelry. In her first article for WorldTempus she reviewed the jewellery pieces presented at the SIHH.

Amongst all our reviews, we also continued our dossier on watchmaking finishes with a look at circular graining, published the first content from the latest issue of GMT magazine and, with it being the start of a new month, launched our latest competition. Answer a few simple questions about TAG Heuer and you could win the brand’s best-selling Formula 1 Calibre 16 Automatic worth CHF 2,600.

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