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Creative Academy Luxury Design Program Still Open for 2015
by Kyle Stults on September 17, 2014

Creative Academy Milan logo

Creative Academy, the corporate design school of Richemont Group, is now accepting applications for its 2015 program. Creative Academy was established in Milan in 2003 by Richemont, and the program accepts only twenty designers per year who go on to learn and achieve a Master of Arts in Design, with emphasis in the field of the luxury product design.  Specifically jewelry, watchmaking and luxury accessories.

It is a prestigious program, with an obvious opportunity to find a career with one of the Richemont Group luxury brands.  Famous designer Marc Newson (recently hired by a little company called Apple), among other luminaries, is on the steering academy.

The application process has been extended to September 30th, 2014.   Scholarships are available for the 10-month program (including 3 months internship).  I recognize this is a bit late but if any of you creative types are looking for an exciting path to venture along, check it out: www.creative-academy.com

Richemont Group brands

Jaquet Droz 275 Yr Anniversary Exhibit Headed to Las Vegas
by Kyle Stults on September 11, 2014

Jaquet Droz logo  Jaquet Droz bird

How many watch brands get to celebrate 275 years of history?  Not many (understatement of the day!).   But Jaquet Droz, first established in 1738, can and is celebrating its 275 years of history this year with a world tour showcasing some of the brand’s most intriguing antique and modern timepieces.  The exhibit has already made stops in Moscow, Basel, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau — and now it is the U.S.A.’s turn.

The Jaquet Droz “Enchanted Journey” Exhibit is opening at the end of this month, at The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas.  There is a Tourbillon Boutique there, in fact it is the Swatch Group’s largest Tourbillon boutique in the world.  Tourbillon Boutiques are a retail concept conceived, developed, and owned by the Swatch Group to showcase its prestige brands (Breguet, Harry Winston, Glashütte Original, et al.).

Jaquet Droz Exhibit pieces

The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater — A Superlative Piece of Art and Time

Limited Edition 8 pieces ($493,500)

Jaquet Droz bird

The exhibit opens to the public from September 30 to November 12, and exclusively on the opening day a Jaquet Droz’ master artist will be demonstrating the art of hand engraving and miniature painting on watch dials. 

Check out all of my prior coverage of Jaquet Droz, and you’ll see why I think this is definitely worth a visit if you are in Vegas, or looking for a reason to visit.   Hope to check it out myself and if I do I’ll be sure to report (as with my last two visits to Vegas, for this, then this)!

Jaquet Droz paillonne enamel dialing in process



Kering to Acquire Ulysse Nardin
by Kyle Stults on July 30, 2014

Kering and Ulysse Nardin logosKering announced today it will purchase haute horlogerie watchmaker Ulysse Nardin.  Kering is a luxury conglomerate, with brands such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and watch brands Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard.   This deal will open up Kering’s vast distribution network to Ulysse Nardin.  On the flipside, Ulysse Nardin brings its significant technical expertise into the Kering stable.

Founded by Mr Ulysse Nardin in 1846 with its roots in the nautical world, the eponymous watchmaking house was taken over and re-launched in 1983 by Rolf W. Schnyder who transformed it into a highly profitable business in a healthy financial position. The company benefits from a very strong brand identity based on its historical expertise in marine chronometers and ultra-complication watches. Ulysse Nardin has long been one of the most innovative independent watchmakers. The brand was a pioneer in the use of cutting edge technologies and state-of-the-art materials like silicium, which today ensures that it has the in-house expertise, particularly in regulating systems, to produce its own components. Its coherent range of watches positioned in price segments that are growing and its efficient distribution network are also major assets. – See more at: http://www.kering.com/en/node/8530#sthash.ehdOHArM.dpuf

Official press release at Kering

Bremont BWC/01 Meet TAG Heuer Calibre 1887
by Kyle Stults on July 29, 2014

Bremont Wright Flyer Calibre BWC01

The botched roll-out (at least as far as several watch bloggers are concerned — see links below) of the Bremont BWC/01 is quite like that of the self-inflicted drama brought on by the TAG Heuer Caliber 1887 several years ago.   While Perpetuelle was quite prominent in covering the TAG Heuer Calibre 1887 story years ago (go ahead, read the lavish praise heaped on me for my thorough reporting on the Caliber 1887 (comments section) :-) ), I must say that this Bremont matter was pure deja vu that only had me putting *hand-to-forehead*.

But the distraction is certainly unfortunate for the young Bremont brand who seems to have a lot of good things going for it right now.  I’m not going to hold it against them, and the good thing is that this story will soon be a thing of the past and we can all move on.

But still I am reminded that “Give Credit Where Credit is Due” is generally not a bad maxim to live by.  Live and learn.

More reading:  

TAG Heuer Shoots Itself In the Foot on TAG Heuer Caliber 1887 Launch, December 8, 2009, Perpetuelle.com

Bremont BWC/01:  Ablogtowatch, Professional Watches, Monochrome