Having been thrust into an uncertain time of reputable dispute with the withdrawal of the Swatch Group from Baselworld, many now question what the future of the watch industry will look like. Some, like Ulysse Nardin’s CEO, believe that the path lies is connecting with the consumer, to create a less elitist and more welcoming environment.

For many independent watchmakers, disenchantment with the corporate giants of watchmaking is nothing new. They have long thrived in their flexibility, allowing them to forge stunning works of art with an incredible level of personal input and unconventional flair. This freedom of creativity produces some of the most desirable timepieces on the market and ones which any real watch enthusiast should aspire to get on their wrist.