with great interest although, some 75% of what I read, I knew already. In Corporate lingo, in-house, means made under the corporate roof, regardless of the subsidiary that ACTUALLY manufactures it. On top of that, the practice of buying parts from outsiders, it's ALSO accepted in stride. International trade dictates that if you manufacture the greater percentage of components inside one of your products, you can claim "paternity" for the whole shabang What saddens me, is the fact that if they chose to concentrate all the movements' production in one of the subsidiaries (Valfleuriers, in this case), they should also have created separate sections, where different QUALITY of movements were manufactured, according to the models in which they were to be used. That would at least ensure that all the "bells and whistles" that are expected in a top of the line movement, where actually there. I find it totally desplicable, using cheap movement in what will be sold as high end models. But hey, corporate philosophy is just that, cutting corners, the hand's quicker than the eyes etc etc I have no comments for the bloggist or web-zines that litterally "lick the potent's boots". They also, are part and parcel of our..modern society. I have written many a time, in several fora, that the world has gone through eras: the era of iron, the era of bronze, the era of gold etc The one we're living in at the moment, in MY PERSONAL OPINION, is the: styrofoam era. Everything is cheap, disposable and price factor has overtaken the...value one, by leaps and bounds. The buyer is PERFECTLY aware of this status quo. There was a time, when you walked by a luxury shop window and just marveled at all the beautiful things inside, perfectly aware you could never afford them and perfectly as ease with yourself. Today, in front of the same luxury shop window, a great number of people start calculating, how much money they can BORROW and what they can SELL, just to be able to afford the CHEAPEST object in the window. Again what I write reflects MY PERSONAL OPINION and is not based on market researches or any other "scientific" studies.