Watch industry’s times are changing

One of the luxury goods sector’s showpiece events returns this week with its mix of innovation, art and wealth – topped off with a sprinkle of celebrity stardust from “brand ambassadors” from Hollywood or sport.

It’s Geneva’s annual watch fair, Switzerland’s global promotion of an industry that is still the country’s third biggest exporter, after chemicals and machinery.

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is where manufacturers (the event is dominated by Richemont and its many brands) and small artisan workshops display their latest products to dealers, collectors and the general public.

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The name Omer was registered in 1945 by Manufacture d’Horlogerie Otto Maire SA of Longeau, Switzerland.

This example is calibre OM 118 and The Vintage Wrist Watch Company has clarified that the Gents Omer Wrist Watch (LA57762) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1960s.

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