When will this end! Starting in 2009 and run every second year, the Concours International de Chronometrie was plagued with a lack of brand participation after a very promising initial event. It was even cancelled for 2017, creating a four year gap for the organizers to cajole the Swiss watch industry into supporting an independent and public test of their timekeeping abilities. It should be a no-brainer considering that there are all of these Seals and standards held up by the brands as proof of their technical excellence. Ah but only one winner and so many losers, n'est pas?
So with the 2019 edition, the awards ceremony scheduled for December 16th at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Le Locle has now become a "celebration of watchmaking precision". This shift of language became understandable when I read the Press Release...
"The law of mathematics technically precludes any announcement ceremony. Because, since the first round, which is an elimination round, has passed, only one watch is still in the competition!"