Swiss & International Watchmaking – Watch Magazines & Websites
MECHANICAL - Are IN-HOUSE MOVEMENTS Important?
Lately, in-house movements are all the rage. Since the Swatch Group/ETA started talking about limiting supply, many watch companies have developed their own movements, making them in-house. Due to the high investment needed for movement development and the relatively small volume, in-house movements necessitate a premium in price. So, given the increase in price, are in-house movements important? Well, it depends on who you ask…
WORLDWATCHWEB - WOMEN’S FASHION WATCHES, A World of Opportunity
There was once a time when ‘fashion’ was a dirty word in watchmaking. When a watch could either be technical or beautiful, but never both. Fashion watches served as the mechanical equivalent of the buxom blonde cliché; very pretty to look at with little going on upstairs.
MARKET FOCUS - RUSSIA: Sanctions and a New Wave of CONSUMERS
Exports to Russia are still good, but the mood of retailers is worsening. Where does the Russian watch market stand right now? Where did it come from, and where is it heading?
BESPOKE - The Present and Future for CUSTOMISED TIMEPIECES
Bespoke watch production is growing as more customers want something that no one else has. Some companies have been doing it their entire history, while others have started responding to this demand.
LAKIN@LARGE - WHAT’S IN A NAME?
It all began when Lauren, my youngest daughter, was recently given a puppy. A delightful little chocolate-coloured female Bichon Havanese, so we set about searching for a name in keeping with the puppy’s playful and affectionate nature. It took us a while, but we finally settled on Maya and the puppy bounces around seemingly happy with her name and blissfully oblivious to the fact that in another household she could have been lumbered with anything from Artemisia to Zephyrine via Philomena.
THE DEBATE - "WATCHMAKING WILL METAMORPHOSE"
A group of people got together to found Watch Thinking, the first think tank devoted to watchmaking. Among other things, they discuss the link between watches and new technologies. A wide-ranging, no-holds-barred interview.
RETAILER PROFILE - A Look Inside the Newest M.A.D. GALLERY
The newest M.A.D. Gallery in the world is the one in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. Opened by Swiss Prestige, which is the distributor for many high-end brands, including MB&F, Frederique Constant, Fendi, Graham, Greubel Forsey, HYT, Christophe Claret and Laurent Ferrier, this is Swiss Prestige’s first foray into retail.
RETURN TO SIMPLICITY - Simplicity is a Complex Business!
In the quest for the truth about what appears to be a mechanical “back to basics” movement, Europa Star asked a number of watchmakers to help navigate the complex route that leads to simplicity. With the participation of Denis Flageollet (De Bethune), François-Paul Journe (FPJ), Edouard Meylan (H. Moser & Cie), Luc Perramond (La Montre Hermès), Sandro Reginelli (Maurice Lacroix) and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht (Agenhor).
HERMÈS, TIME VEILED
With its Dressage L’Heure Masquée, the Parisian house continues its exploration of the imaginary. With wit and elegance, it toys with the conventions of minutes and hours as few watchmakers have dared to do before.
MECHANICAL - Who will succeed ETA?
From 2020, Swatch Group will be allowed to stop supplying third party clients with ETA movements. For Sellita and Soprod, the two biggest alternative manufacturers of entry-level and mid-range Swiss made calibres, the stakes are high. Probing the heart of Swiss watches.
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BRANDS - Straight Talk with GUCCI’S PATRIZIO DI MARCO
At Baselworld, I had the honour and the pleasure of sitting down, one on one, with president, chairman and chief executive of Gucci Worldwide, Patrizio di Marco. Not one to give many interviews, I was fortunate to get some time with him, and we talked about a number of key issues for Gucci and watches.
GENDER - Brands get in Touch WITH THEIR FEMININE SIDE
A number of watchmaking houses have decided recently to invest in expanding their catalogue of women’s watches. It’s a strategic decision.
Smart watches are in the news today, as Apple readies its own version and other companies struggle to make their smart watches as full featured as possible. Casio, with the new EDIFICE EQB-500, is going the other way, allowing an interface via Bluetooth with your smartphone, making setting and usage much, much easier.
33rd HONG KONG WATCH & CLOCK FAIR, The Baselworld for Fashion Watches
For its 33rd edition the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair welcomed 765 exhibitors from 19 countries. Among the hottest new trends were silicone and the first smartwatches.
STRATEGY - MID-SIZED GROUPS Punch Above Their Weight
The few medium-sized groups that exist in the shadow of the watchmaking giants are looking to make their mark, albeit in very different market niches. A portrait of some of these discreet actors.
SERVICE, PLEASE! - Talking Service with GRAFF
An interview with Michel Pitteloud, Chief Executive Officer of Graff Luxury Watches, about the importance of after-sales service.
WHICH WATCH IN 2050?
The influx of smartwatches from Apple and other international electronics giants is forcing the watchmaking industry to undertake an uncomfortable but no doubt salutary exercise in perspective. By encroaching on what we have always regarded as ‘our’ turf, Silicon Valley is sowing discord in Watch Valley.
MANUFACTURE - MÉTIERS D’ART:
Has the Industry GONE TOO FAR?
Métiers d’art has never been more popular. Is it over-exposed and what does the future hold?
ACCESSORIES - Should you offer MORE THAN JUST WATCHES?
In today’s changing retail landscape, watch retailers have to do just about anything they can to pull through the market. For some, that means offering other products beside watches. Here we speak to some of the world’s best retailers for their take on the pros and cons of selling other luxury products. Here’s what they had to say.
SMARTWATCHES: Watchmaking Federation Presidents Air Their Views
At the 33rd Hong Kong Clock & Watch Fair it was impossible to escape the ubiquitous smartwatch. The watchmaking world is asking: how do we categorise it? What is it for? Will it really open up a market estimated at 50 billion dollars by 2018? And most of all, will it sound the death knell for the traditional watch on the wrist of the 21st century ‘homo internetus’? Watch federation presidents express their views.
SINO-SWISS FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: Consequences for Hong Kong
Over the next ten years China will gradually reduce import duties on Swiss watches by 60%, at a rate of 18% in the first year and 5% each subsequent year. Hong Kong is the world’s foremost market for Swiss watchmaking, but with 90% of its customers hailing from China, will this harm its ability to compete? Here are the responses of Geoffrey Kao, president of the Hong Kong watch federation.