Swiss & International Watchmaking – Watch Magazines & Websites
HONG KONG - WATCHES & WONDERS 2014:
SMALL IS… WONDERFUL
Although the Asian version of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is in only its second edition, its influence is already being felt. The 13 prestigious brands present welcomed visitors with a festival of innovation.
LAKIN@LARGE - AND THE WINNER IS… WITHOUT TEARS
I’m sure you already know the seventeen winners of the 14th edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) from the local press and television, a press release by e-mail ‘announcing with pride’ a brand’s win, or you attended the event at Geneva’s Grand Théâtre. Over the years, Grand Prix has grown from what appeared to be a somewhat biased and subjective awards process for uniquely Swiss made watches to what is now a notarized voting procedure with an objective modus operandi that now includes brands from outside the country’s frontiers. So far, so good.
23, 237, 000
Twenty-three million, two hundred and thirty-seven thousand Swiss francs: that’s the figure on everyone’s lips, the price of the famous Patek Philippe Henry Graves sold by Sotheby’s in Geneva on 11 November 2014. It is the most expensive watch ever sold at auction.
DISTRIBUTION - PIERRE DEROCHE “It’s Becoming Harder and Harder to be Represented in a Multibrand Boutique”
As the head of watchmaking brand Pierre DeRoche – which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary – Pierre Dubois shares his views on the ongoing challenges faced by independent watchmakers today.
STRATEGIES - The Rise and Rise of
The Parisian house is continuing its push for vertical integration. A visit to its new watchmaking factory in Geneva and a meeting with Hamdi Chatti, director of the watch division.
Très Haute Horlogerie - PATEK PHILIPPE’s Other Jewels
The Grandmaster Chime is not the only timepiece of note launched by the Genevan manufacture on its 175th anniversary. Here is a selection of new watches deserving of equal attention from watchmaking aficionados.
SIGNALS, DATA & MARKETS
A column featuring key data and business facts, mixing numbers and statements for a condensed market overview.
WATCH CLUB - ELEVEN JAMES
Luxury isn’t Just for Owners Anymore
Eleven James allows watch customers to “try before they buy.” The jury is still out as to whether this is good or bad for the watch industry.
Nouveau - Parution Janvier 2015:
EUROPA STAR PREMIÈRE - Le journal de l’écosystème horloger suisse
Depuis plusieurs années déjà, notre société de médias publie la newsletter Première, qui donne un avant-goût en français des éditions internationales du magazine horloger Europa Star. Aujourd’hui, cette newsletter au très fort taux de lecture se transforme en un réel business journal, EUROPA STAR PREMIÈRE, qui s’adresse à l’ensemble de la communauté horlogère suisse élargie à tous les acteurs de son écosystème…
ONLINE RETAIL - BRICKS AND CLICKS: The New Battle of the Web
Can the online market place replicate the success and personal touch of the traditional brick-and-mortar store experience? Actors of the watch industry have their say about this critical question and share their mixed experiences.
RESTORATION - The JAQUET DROZ Museum Watch
The Swatch Group subsidiary has inherited a pocket watch dating back to the 18th century. A delicate operation for its watchmakers.
WORLDWATCHWEB - SIHH 2015: New Heights for HAUTE HORLOGERIE
While other segments record a decline, the online interest for brands active in Haute Horlogerie is surging all over the world, except in… Switzerland. China remains the top country on the list, with almost half of all searches originating from the country.
SIHH 2015 - LADIES’ WATCHES:
YESTERDAY AND TODAY
As we approach this year’s SIHH, Europa Star looks back at the origins of the ladies’ watch. There follows a selection of past ladies’ models from brands that will be present at the exhibition, and a comparison with current models, reflecting the evolution of ladies’ movement design and characteristics.
CHANEL’S SECRET GARDEN
The Mademoiselle Privé collection of jewellery watches opens a window on the private universe of Gabrielle «Coco» Chanel, revealing the symbols that the great couturière held dear. The collection illustrates Chanel’s watchmaking philosophy: aesthetics before mechanics, a far cry from the pervasive obsession with technical wizardry.
EXPRESS INTERVIEW - "LUXURY BRAND BOUTIQUES ALL LOOK ALIKE"
Window dressing and shopfitting are crucial elements for brands and retailers alike. Here are ten tips from visual merchandising expert Brigitte Beeler.
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.
RETAILER PROFILE - FROJO, SELLING WATCHES AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD
Mountain resorts provide a very interesting customer base for watch retailers. French group Frojo recently made the move to Val d’Isère to grab a piece of the action. Interview with CEO Edouard Frojo.
BACK TO THE FUTURE - TISSOT & SMARTWATCHES: The Swiss Response
Tissot is planning to launch a smartwatch that will be very different from current Apple and Samsung products. Interview with director François Thiébaud.
DIVING WATCHES - BLANCPAIN:
The Man, The Watch and The Sea
Since the origins of modern diving, the watchmaking industry has always maintained close ties with the world of the sea. Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms collection embodies these historic bonds. Retrospective with Alain Delamuraz, Blancpain vice-president.
GALLERY - Black & White
The dark and the light. Man has defined them as ‘evil’ and ‘good’. Remember how the bad cowboy always wore black and the good guy white? Black has often been associated with the gloomiest of representations… White on the other hand will often evoke innocence, purity, and endearing childhood thoughts of milk and fresh snow… But should one combine the two, old references and common beliefs will lose their tang, making place for a whole new entity: Black & White!
SERVICE, PLEASE! - SOFTENING AFTER-SALES DELAYS WITH "COURTESY WATCHES"
The increasing demands on after-sales service have resulted in long delays for customers. In order to minimize the bad mood that accompanies this period, the watch industry is investigating new solutions, such as loaning replacement watches to customers. A good idea?