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04/15/14

Rolex names new CEO

Rolex SA announced the appointment of its third CEO since 2008 on Tuesday, tapping current Zenith head Jean-Frédéric Dufour to lead the luxury watch brand. 

04/11/14

Founder’s grandson takes over at Raymond Weil

Swiss watch brand Raymond Weil announced Thursday that Elie Bernheim is its new CEO, taking over for his father, Olivier Bernheim. 

03/28/14

Graff debuts $55M diamond watch in Basel

Graff Diamonds is marking its first appearance at Baselworld with the introduction of a $55 million colored diamond watch called “Hallucination,” a creation it estimates is the most valuable timepiece ever to be created. 

03/27/14

Baume & Mercier ads position watches as gifts

Swiss watch brand Baume & Mercier has partnered with photographer Peter Lindbergh for the first advertising campaign it has launched in years, which aims to portray watches as the perfect gift for commemorating special events. 

03/20/14

Tissot ads to convey affordable luxury

Watch brand Tissot is launching a new global advertising campaign that aims to emphasize its Swiss heritage and convey the brand as an affordable luxury. 

02/05/14

Swatch profit rises due to Tiffany settlement

Biel/Bienne, Switzerland--Swatch Group reported a 9 percent increase in net sales and a 17 percent increase in operating profit, boosted by the watch giant’s multimillion-dollar settlement with Tiffany & Co. 

01/27/14

Watch pioneer Raymond Weil dies at 87

Raymond Weil of the eponymous Swiss luxury watch brand died on Sunday, leaving behind a legacy of creating luxurious yet affordable timepieces.

01/13/14

Faulty pump believed to be cause of Swatch fire

While the investigation into the fire that destroyed part of a Swatch Group factory remains under investigation, a company spokesperson said early results indicate the fire was caused by a “technical deficiency” in one of the pumps in the galvanic workshop. 

01/09/14

Audemars nets Royal victory in trademark case

A watch company has been ordered to pay Audemars Piguet more than $9 million in damages for selling a watch that was deemed to be a knockoff of the luxury watchmaker’s “Royal Oak.”

12/30/13

Swatch assessing damage following factory fire

A spokeswoman for the Swatch Group said the company is still trying to determine how a fire that destroyed a unit within its ETA factory on Sunday will impact production.

12/23/13

Tiffany ordered to pay Swatch $449M in watch case

Following confidential arbitration, a court in The Netherlands has ruled in Swatch Group’s favor in its multi-million-dollar legal battle with Tiffany & Co. over the companies’ now-severed watch contract.

12/23/13

Lull in Chinese luxury market hurts watches

The luxury market in China has slowed considerably in 2013, impacting high-end watch sales there, according to a report from global consulting firm Bain & Co.

12/17/13

Bovet joins watchmakers opening boutiques in US

Bovet 1822 has opened its first store in the United States, adding its name to the growing list of high-end watchmakers launching stores here. 

12/17/13

Singer Clarkson named newest Citizen ambassador

Kelly Clarkson, who got her start as the first winner of American Idol before rising to fame and snagging three Grammy Awards,  is the newest face for Citizen watches, the brand announced Monday.

12/10/13

Swatch Group opens multi-brand boutiques in US

Swiss watch maker Swatch Group is bringing its multi-brand retail store, Hour Passion, to the United States, and the first shops will be in New York and Las Vegas. 

12/06/13

Seiko opening high-end boutique in the US

Japanese watch maker Seiko announced Thursday that it’s expanding its global presence with the opening of its first high-end boutique in the United States next year. 

11/27/13

Movado’s Q3 sales climb 18 percent

Movado Group Inc. reported Tuesday that third quarter sales increased 18 percent year-over-year, led by growth in the accessible luxury and licensed brand categories. 

10/28/13

Swatch to continue supplying movements until 2019

A Swiss competition body has ruled that Swatch Group must continue supplying third-party watchmakers with at least some finished movements through Dec. 31, 2019.

09/11/13

Watch News: Bremont opens Hong Kong store

Following the opening of its standalone flagship store in London, English luxury watch brand Bremont now has its first overseas boutique, located in Hong Kong.

 

08/28/13

Q2 sales climb 17 percent for Movado

Watch design and distribution company Movado Group Inc. reported strong increases in both sales and income in the second quarter. 

07/16/13

Swatch Group ordered to slow cuts of supplies

 The Swiss competition authority, Weko, has ruled that it is too early for Swatch Group to cut supplies of Nivarox assortments to third-party companies, a ruling that is a victory for smaller watchmakers anxious about procuring all the parts needed to build watches.