VINTAGEMANIA - Beyer Chronometrie Zurich - “The brands are returning to their roots”
29 August 2016

VINTAGEMANIA - Beyer Chronometrie Zurich - “The brands are returning to their roots”

Interview with Juergen Delémont, manager of vintage watches at Beyer Chronométrie Zürich.
VINTAGEMANIA - Iconeek: “today, everything sells”

VINTAGEMANIA - Iconeek: “today, everything sells”

Interview with Vanessa and Fabien Chicha, founders of Iconeek.
ENTRY-LEVEL - Chez Maman, an Aladdin's cave of watches
29 August 2016

ENTRY-LEVEL - Chez Maman, an Aladdin’s cave of watches

When a vintage furniture store in the Marais in Paris starts selling watches, you’d expect no less than an affordable, varied and quirky selection. And that’s what we found.
2015 results for the French watch market
17 March 2016

2015 results for the French watch market

Lower volumes but higher values: the French market holds a mirror to global trends, with a few Gallic peculiarities, such as the importance of the Asian client base, the desire of some to rebuild the national watchmaking industry, and the emergence of new start-ups. Simon Beillevaire, a partner at Mazars France, spoke with Serge Maillard.
EUROPA STAR ARCADE / In the watch aisle of Les Galeries Lafayette: interview with Daphné Barré de Jenlis
17 March 2016

EUROPA STAR ARCADE / In the watch aisle of Les Galeries Lafayette: interview with Daphné Barré de Jenlis

In addition to its Parisian department store, the company owns France’s largest watch distribution network Louis Pion as well as Royal Quartz, a leading French luxury watch distributor. We met with Daphné Barré de Jenlis, Managing Director of Louis Pion – Royal Quartz.
ALL AROUND THE WORLD - Watch Retail Map
23 December 2015

ALL AROUND THE WORLD - Watch Retail Map

Retail Map is the new Europa Star regular column which monitors the watch boutiques and stores movements throughout the world. We encourage all our professional readers and retailers to send us news about their retail activities.
ALL AROUND THE WORLD - Watch Retail Map
19 November 2015

ALL AROUND THE WORLD - Watch Retail Map

Retail Map is a new Europa Star regular column which will present the openings – or closures – of watch boutiques and stores throughout the world. We encourage all our professional readers and retailers to send us news about their retail activities.
Walking in the death zone: how aggressive discounting is threatening the watch industry
19 November 2015

Walking in the death zone: how aggressive discounting is threatening the watch industry

The watch industry’s slowdown has trapped many brands in a dilemma: price rebates are supposed to motivate consumer demand and boost sales. Yet aggressive price incentives put gross and profit margins under pressure. In the death zone of continuous discounting many brands risk being wiped out. The air is getting thinner.
GIANFRANCO RITSCHEL: "The reality is that, when we open boutiques, we put watch retailers out of business"
19 November 2015

GIANFRANCO RITSCHEL: "The reality is that, when we open boutiques, we put watch retailers out of business"

Smartwatches, the younger generation, retail: an overview of the state of the industry with watchmaking consultant and instructor Gianfranco Ritschel, one of the most knowledgeable insiders in the business.
HÜBNER - A century of Haute Horlogerie in Vienna
19 November 2015

HÜBNER - A century of Haute Horlogerie in Vienna

All Austrian collectors are familiar with the name of Christian Hübner, a retailer who has been a fixture on the local scene for more than a century. Over the last one hundred years the shop has seen everything, from war, to fire, to the arrival of watch brand boutiques just a few doors away.
INHORGENTA 2016: a focus on watches
19 November 2015

INHORGENTA 2016: a focus on watches

Last January, Stefanie Mändlein became the new Exhibition Director of the German jewellery and timepiece trade fair Inhorgenta Munich. She has made it a priority to strengthen the watchmaking side of the fair and bring in smaller independent brands. Interview.
DISTRIBUTION - Paris: One Street, Two Breakaways: Colette - Chronopassion
30 September 2015

DISTRIBUTION - Paris: One Street, Two Breakaways: Colette - Chronopassion

Located only a few metres away from each other, they are both influential and extravagant in a conservative territory: one caters to hipsters and the avant-garde, the other to independent watchmaking connoisseurs. A combined visit of the two distinct worlds of Colette and Chronopassion.
DISTRIBUTION - Future in motion, in-store versus online sales?
30 September 2015

DISTRIBUTION - Future in motion, in-store versus online sales?

In-store versus online sales: some thoughts on the future of retailing.
A BUSINESS TALK WITH…
22 June 2015

A BUSINESS TALK WITH…

Interviews of Jean-Christophe Babin - Bulgari, Mario Peserico- Eberhard, Manuel Emch - Romain Jerome, Adrian Bosshard - Certina, Ricardo Guadalupe - Hublot and Rune Bruvik - Founder of Bruvik.
RETAILER PROFILE - “Watch Brands in Switzerland Will Come Back to the Retailers”
18 March 2015

RETAILER PROFILE - “Watch Brands in Switzerland Will Come Back to the Retailers”

The strong Swiss franc, brand relations, consumer behaviour: Vevey-based retailer Julien Meylan takes us behind the scenes of a multi-brand watch store.

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