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  1. 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, as it...

  2. 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 is...

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  1. 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 scenes,...

  2. 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,...

  3. 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 rest...

  4. 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 in-house...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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 a...

  9. 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 cheese...

  10. 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 end...

  11. 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 mobile...

  12. 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...

  13. 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 year...

  14. 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”, despite...

  15. 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...

  16. 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, with...

  17. 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. Christie’s...

  18. 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, is...

  19. June 8, 2013

    Hard luxury confronts a world turned upside down

    Richemont, the conglomerate behind Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Montblanc, recently provided the clearest indication of...

  20. 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 accept...

  21. June 8, 2013

    Formula One: Rolex begins fightback on track to retain top spot

    There is strong evidence that Rolex’s recent deal to become Formula 1’s global partner and official timepiece is an attempt...

  22. May 31, 2013

    Swiss watchmakers lead retreat of luxury goods sector

    European stocks had a volatile week and month, and investors rode it out by taking profits from cyclical sectors which had...

  23. May 16, 2013

    Richemont gains despite wider slide

    European stocks rowed back on Thursday, giving up initial gains to follow US stocks lower. Shares in Richemont , the luxury...

  24. May 15, 2013

    China agrees free trade deal with Switzerland

    China has agreed the technical details of a free-trade agreement with Switzerland, and the deal is likely to be signed in...

  25. April 25, 2013

    Retail: Multibrand store opens its doors in the City of Light

    Earlier this month the first customers crossed the threshold of a new retail venture in Paris: a multibrand watch and...

  26. April 25, 2013

    Jewellery crossover: Historic houses explore feminine side to boost growth in sales

    The Omega ring on Nicole Kidman’s finger at the launch of the new Ladymatic models in Vienna highlights the rise of the...

  27. April 25, 2013

    Watch industry faces ‘unpredictable’ future

    After three years of relentless growth, the path the Swiss watch industry will follow in 2013 is less clearly signposted....

  28. April 25, 2013

    Technology: Omega’s invention protects against magnetism

    Omega’s range of mechanical watches will see another technology-led price rise over the next two to three years. After...

  29. April 25, 2013

    SIHH assessment: ‘Shaky momentum’ as industry faces some difficult realities

    It has now been three months since the curtain fell on the 2013 edition of Le Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie...

  30. April 23, 2013

    Richemont’s annual profits set to soar

    Richemont, the Swiss luxury group, said that it expects its annual net profits to rise about 30 per cent, countering...

  31. March 28, 2013

    Italian and Spanish stocks feel Cyprus heat

    Italian and Spanish stocks were the biggest fallers on pan-European indices during a week dominated by resurgent fears over...

  32. March 13, 2013

    The smartwatch is a sign of the times

    It sounded like hubris last week when Nick Hayek, chief executive of Swatch, dismissed out of hand the threat from a...

  33. February 4, 2013

    Swatch ticks higher on upbeat guidance

    Luxury goods were back in favour after Swatch Group reported higher margins and provided upbeat guidance for 2013 thanks to...

  34. January 25, 2013

    Novozymes enjoys strong week of gains

    Novozymes, the industrial enzymes maker, put in a strong performance after reporting forecast-beating fourth-quarter profit...

  35. January 21, 2013

    Richemont sales miss spooks luxury stocks

    Slowing demand for Richemont’s luxury goods in Asia prompted a sell-off in its shares and sent a chill through investors in...

  36. January 20, 2013

    Corporate strategy: Swatch fills gap in portfolio with purchase of Harry Winston

    For all its other successes, the ventures of Swatch Group into the world of high-end jewellery watches have not always ended...

  37. January 20, 2013

    The iPad effect: How to unite physical and digital worlds

    While bricks and mortar boutiques and an emphasis on human contact would seem to be the perfect antidote to too much time...

  38. January 20, 2013

    Luxury location: Cluster of wealth puts focus on Palm Beach

    Last month, A. Lange & Söhne opened its first store in the US. It was not in the expected markets of New York, Los Angeles,...

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