The CIC 2019 was a full success. Over the last two days, more than 600 participants from Switzerland, Europe and Asia discussed key topics of horology research in the past, the present and the future in the Strawinsky Arena in Montreux. The Congress was a perfect platform for an intensive, active and constructive exchange of experience among key technology players, which was very much appreciated by the participants. The new, interactive Q&A system with question rating allowed the discussions to be focussed on key issues of current and future research in order to keep the watch industry at the forefront of innovation and development.
Presentations on the historical development of Horology research have been combined with presentations of latest developments, for example in the field of silicon, carbon nano tubes and watch swirls. New ageing processes, an IP update and the perspectives of cooperative research have been discussed equally well as practical issues of manufacturing. A pitching session for startups was newly introduced, and the program was enriched with several presentations from japanese watch manufacturers.
As every year, the SSC award for Chronometry was attributed, and the event peaked in the rollout of the Price of the Omega Foundation.
The conferences all performed at a very high level of quality and content. Sincere thanks go out to all the speakers. Most conferences can be studied in the acts which are available for CHF 150 at info(at)ssc.ch.