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Citizen seizes distribution of Alpina in the UK

Citizen seizes distribution of Alpina in the UK

Citizen has taken over distribution of Alpina watches in the UK.  Argento Fine Products brought Alpina and its stablemate watch brand Frederique Constant to the UK and has been distributor for them ever since. Both brands were bought by Citizen last year, leaving Argento fearing that it would lose its UK rights. Claudio Ferro told

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Piaget appoints first ever online watch retailer

Luxury watch brand Piaget is to launch at Net-A-Porter, marking the first time its watches have been sold through a luxury global online retailer outside of its own stores and ecommerce site.   Net-A-Porter will begin the collaboration by launching watches from Piaget’s ‘Possession’ range, a signature collection that also includes a variety of jewellery.

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Swarovski shelves plans for Basel smartwatch launch

Swarovski has shelved plans to launch its much-anticipated smartwatch at Baselworld, citing “execution” issues for the delay. As revealed by WatchPro in January, the company had promised to take the wrapping up off its first independent smartwatch at Baselworld but it has now decided to “postpone” the unveiling indefinitely. A spokesperson for Swarovski directed WatchPro

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Michael Kors ramps up smartwatch supply after overwhelming demand

Michael Kors yesterday revealed that no new men’s watches will be launched this year that aren’t smartwatches or hybrids that connect to a mobile phone. The declaration came from chief strategy officer, Greg McKelvey, who said the group had struggled to keep up with demand last year, such was the appetite for Michael Kors smartwatches.

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Movado unveils its first smartwatch at Baselworld

Movado unveiled its first smartwatch at Baselworld yesterday. The new collection is based on the latest Google Android Wear 2.0 platform, and includes digital watch faces that feature iconic Movado styles including the golden moon at 12 o’clock. Other Movado group brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss are partnering also partnering with Google with

Visitors enter during the press day of Baselworld watch and jewellery show on March 22, 2017 in Basel.
The world's biggest watch fair will open in Switzerland this week, even as slumping exports of luxury Swiss timepieces appear to dash hopes of a market rebound. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Baselworld bosses blocked brands that failed to meet ‘quality’ criteria

The organisers of Baselworld acknowledged the “difficult” times facing the global watch industry yesterday, but said they were sticking to their guns on their policy of only allowing quality watch brands to exhibit at the show.   As the 100th edition of the world-famous trade event officially opened to the world’s media yesterday, bosses revealed

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UK watch start-up triples crowdfund target in a week ahead of launch

Marloe Watch Company, a UK-based start-up, has marked the launch of its wristwatch collection by shattering its crowdfunding campaign target, having raised more than £145,000 in a week. The Kickstarter campaign was launched with the aim of reaching £50,000, to introduce the brand’s latest piece, the Lomond Chronoscope, which is designed to demonstrate both traditional

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