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    1. 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 Cartier)...

    2. 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 to...

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    1. Business of Luxury 2012

      Tourist buyers: the Chinese pay less when they are away from home. This may lead Europ...
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      Some of the biggest names in the hard luxury sector are seeing sales slow, as currency...
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    1. 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 models...

    2. 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 the...

    3. 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 gift-giving,...

    4. 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 and pat...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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 the...

    8. 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, as...

    9. 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 year....

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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,...

    13. 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,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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....

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