The future without ETA?
Although Swatch giant ETA has been forced to extend movement supply to 2010, alternatives must be found, and fast, for non-Swatch companies. It may be that we are looking at part of that future right here:
Seiko has introduced this new automatic calibre 6R15 that hacks and can also be hand wound - always the shortfall of the otherwise impressive 7S26. This would take them right into ETA 2824 territory. What with "Swiss Made" meaning so little anyway, it wouldn't take much to see this kind of movement licensed into otherwise Swiss products with a different name on the rotor.