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    1. February 4, 2016

      Colin Evans, Collinson Group, chairman

      Colin Evans was suffering chaos in the departure hall of Tokyo’s Narita airport, when he caught a glimpse of...

    2. February 3, 2016

      Swatch feels impact of strong Swiss franc

      Swatch has blamed the “dismal currency situation” in Switzerland for a squeeze on exports and a sharp fall in profit....

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    1. Watches & Jewellery April 2013

      The principal reason for the industry’s uncertainty is the clampdown on the giving of ...
    2. Special Report: Watches & Jewellery Jan 2013

      A decline in gift giving in China may not be a temporary phenomenon and the next 12 mo...
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    1. Fast FT

      February 3, 2016

      Swatch hit by 'dismal' currency situation

      Swatch Group has blamed the “dismal currency situation” facing Swiss exporters for a painful 21 per cent drop in net...

    2. January 6, 2016

      Swiss luxury: biding time

      The chief executive of Swatch, Nick Hayek, memorably described it as a “tsunami”. The Swiss National Bank’s decision in...

    3. December 6, 2015

      Business schools respond to globalisation of luxury sector

      A sense of savoir faire has always been vital to the success of luxury brands. But now Europe’s business schools, in...

    4. November 30, 2015

      Swatch takes on Apple with Visa payments tie-up

      Swatch, the Swiss watch company, is expanding its counterattack against Apple and other smartwatch manufacturers by...

    5. September 5, 2015

      Swiss watch industry finally moving into an era of self-reliance

      After a decade of heavy investment, the Swiss watch industry is finally moving into an era of self-reliance. At this...

    6. July 16, 2015

      Swatch: moment of reckoning

      The back of an iPhone proclaims that it is “designed in California, made in China”. That will not do for Swatch. The...

    7. June 19, 2015

      Swiss watches: clocking it

      Swiss watchmakers have been going slow. Shares in Swatch and Richemont (home to luxury brands such as Longines and...

    8. June 5, 2015

      Manufactured, assembled and decorated — in 28.5 seconds

      Swatch has confirmed plans to double the manufacturing capacity behind its Sistem51 watch, in a move that is expected...

    9. March 19, 2015

      Swatch collection for sale: 5,800 plastic watches, never worn

      Swatch may be a byword for cheap plastic watches. But a single-owner collection of the Swiss brand’s most notable...

    10. March 19, 2015

      Baselworld 2015: Swiss watch brands make the best of it

      As the Swiss watch industry gathers on Thursday for the annual Baselworld trade fair, the biggest and most important of...

    11. January 18, 2015

      Strong franc brings new risk for Swiss watch exports

      Last year was difficult for Switzerland’s watchmakers. The lingering impact of China’s clampdown on corporate...

    12. November 7, 2014

      Perfect storm closes in on luxury goods sector

      When pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong in September, the luxury industry was challenged by...

    13. November 7, 2014

      A behind-the-scenes look at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

      About this time of year, the watchmaking industry rolls up at Geneva’s 19th-century Grand Théâtre to gossip, network...

    14. November 7, 2014

      Breitling chooses to do its own thing with quartz

      Leading watch brands have invested heavily in developing mechanical movements in-house in recent years, in response to...

    15. September 10, 2014

      Swiss watchmakers keep their cool over Apple launch

      Barely a day after California-based Apple unveiled its Watch, and the luxury goods industry was already wrestling with...

    16. September 5, 2014

      British watchmaker offers modestly priced in-house movement

      ‘In-house” and “manufacture” are terms brands use to impress on consumers that they really do make their own watches,...

    17. September 5, 2014

      Swiss watch industry awaits Apple smartwatch

      Consumers have been bombarded by smartwatch launches by some of the world’s biggest technology companies in the past...

    18. July 22, 2014

      Swatch warns over uncertain Hong Kong outlook

      Swatch Group warned that the outlook in Hong Kong, the world’s biggest export market for Swiss watches, was uncertain,...

    19. March 26, 2014

      Budgets are blown as luxury exhibitors beat a path to Baselworld

      The world’s largest and most costly watch and jewellery fair begins in Basel, Switzerland’s third city, on Thursday and...

    20. March 26, 2014

      Watchmaking industry prepares to unveil its showstoppers

      At time of writing the doors are closed, the turnstiles locked and the stands under construction. But behind the...

    21. March 21, 2014

      Tiffany profits tarnished by Swatch legal battle

      A hefty one-off charge following a legal battle with Swatch took the shine off fourth-quarter results for Tiffany & Co,...

    22. February 5, 2014

      Swatch foresees 2014 ticking along nicely

      Swatch Group on Wednesday reported an “auspicious” start to the year and predicted “continued healthy growth” for the...

    23. January 19, 2014

      Swatch decision on ETA movements shakes up world of chronographs

      Among the most significant launches at this year’s BaselWorld fair will be the first watches containing TAG Heuer’s...

    24. January 10, 2014

      Swatch and Tiffany ease concerns for luxury goods sector

      Swatch Group and Tiffany & Co have reported buoyant holiday sales and issued bullish outlooks, easing concerns over the...

    25. December 22, 2013

      Tiffany cuts forecasts after losing damages claim to Swatch

      Tiffany & Co slashed its full-year expectations on Sunday after a Dutch court ruled that it must pay Swatch $449.5m in...

    26. November 8, 2013

      Luxury brands follow wealthy customers

      Call it the year of transition. A slowing in the Chinese luxury goods market, returning confidence among US buyers, the...

    27. October 25, 2013

      Swatch to phase out supplying key components to rivals

      Switzerland’s competition commission will allow Swatch Group gradually to stop supplying rivals with key components, in...

    28. September 6, 2013

      Modern art: Demand calls for ideas to fit tiny canvasses

      Salvador Dalí, the Spanish surrealist painter, dreamt up his paintings of melting watches after watching Camembert...

    29. September 6, 2013

      Diversity and broad reach help Tissot weather the squalls

      As a native of the French watchmaking capital of Besançon, there was always a good chance that François Thiébaud would...

    30. September 6, 2013

      High stakes battle for clients and components

      The world’s luxury watchmakers have survived the upheaval caused by the quartz crystal, the digital watch and the...

    31. September 6, 2013

      Movement wars: Deal comes unstuck after months of haggling

      For the past two years, Swatch Group has been battling to persuade Switzerland’s competition authorities to let it stop...

    32. July 23, 2013

      Swatch: shopping spree

      Swatch – maker of upmarket brands such as Omega and Breguet as well as plastic timepieces – spent the first half of the...

    33. July 23, 2013

      Swatch upbeat despite slowing demand for luxury watches in China

      Swatch Group struck a positive note as it presented its half-year results, predicting a “strong second half-year”,...

    34. July 12, 2013

      Swiss regulator winds back on Swatch deal

      The Swiss competition commission has dealt Swatch a blow by backpedalling on an agreement that would have allowed the...

    35. June 13, 2013

      Italian banks lead Eurofirst recovery

      Turbulence in Europe’s equity markets kept investors on their toes as sharp opening losses gave way in afternoon trade,...

    36. June 8, 2013

      Diamond sales: Records broken as frenzy for rare rocks takes hold

      A record-breaking diamond is exciting, but to have a flush of record-breakers is more than just a coincidence....

    37. June 8, 2013

      Brand awareness: Swatch Group set to start another revolution

      On the wall outside the office of Nick Hayek Jr, a Jolly Roger pirate’s flag is permanently hung. “It means ‘never...

    38. June 8, 2013

      Provenance: ‘Made in Switzerland’ has its pros and cons

      The question sounds simple: how Swiss does a Swiss-made product have to be? Finding a widely accepted answer, however,...

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