Bell & Ross introduces the limited edition BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire

French watchmaker Bell & Ross has just launched the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire. It is the first watch in the brand’s portfolio to have a sapphire crystal case, and is based on the limited edition BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon that was launched in 2015.

Bell & Ross has just raised the upper limit on its BR-X1 collection.

Independent watchmaker H. Moser & Cie. to drop ‘Swiss Made’ label from January 1, 2017

H. Moser & Cie. (HMC) has announced that it will drop the ‘Swiss Made’ demarcation from the dials of its watches from January 1, 2017. The move is in response to new legislation governing the ‘Swiss Made’ label, which the independent brand says are still too lax, and may actually mislead customers. The brand also says it will unveil the most ‘Swiss Made watch ever created’ on January 12, 2017. We can’t wait…

H. Moser & Cie. CEO Edouard Meylan was in Dubai for Dubai Watch Week just a month ago.

Christie’s announces new leadership structure

Auction house Christie’s has announced that it will be making changes to its governance structure, which will take effect from January 1, 2017. The 250-year old auction house has appointed Guillaume Cerutti to be its new CEO, based on the recommendation of current CEO Patricia Barbizet, and with the support of the Pinault family. The Pinault family owns Groupe Artémis, a French holding company that owns Christie’s as well as several other entities.

Guillaume Cerutti and Patricia Barbizet. © Christie’s 2016

Guillaume Cerutti and Patricia Barbizet. © Christie’s 2016

IWC & Behbehani Group launch Portugieser Automatic Edition Kuwait

Swiss watchmaker IWC has just announced a limited edition Portugieser Automatic exclusively for the Kuwaiti market. Limited to 98-pieces, the timepiece boasts a green dial and is the result of the Schaffhausen brand’s ongoing relationship with its Kuwaiti retail partner Behbehani Group.

The Portugieser Automatic Edition Kuwait will only be sold in Kuwait.