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Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontrou? gestures during an interview at the Roger Dubuis stand during the opening day of the "Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie" (SIHH), a professional fair in fine watchmaking in Geneva, on January 18, 2016. / AFP / Richard Juilliart        (Photo credit should read RICHARD JUILLIART/AFP/Getty Images)

EXCLUSIVE: Harrods set to open Roger Dubuis boutique in February

EXCLUSIVE: Harrods set to open Roger Dubuis boutique in February

Richemont’s most irreverent watchmaker, Roger Dubuis, will open a permanent boutique in London’s Harrods in February. Jean-Marc Pontroue, CEO for Roger Dubuis, told WatchPro on the eve of SIHH in Geneva, that the shop would open around February 15, or possibly a few days earlier. The 35 square metre boutique within the Harrods Fine Watch

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Blancpain fires diamonds and rubies into the heart of its St Valentin special edition

Blancpain retailers have a special edition for Valentine’s Day this year. The Blancpain St Valentin is a 29 mm timepiece designed for the romantic buying a gift for a lover or for herself. Its steel bezel and lugs are set with 68 diamonds, while the mother-of-pearl dial features another eight stones. The seconds hand is an

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Investors signal the worst may be over for Swatch Group and Richemont

Share prices of Richemont and Swatch Group rose this week after the first quarterly increase in sales for Richemont for a year gave investors hope that the worst may be over. The timely announcement of a return to growth for Richemont, whose maisons present their 2017 collections at SIHH next week, triggered Shares in Richemont were

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H. Moser & Cie mocks Swiss Made laws with £1m watch made from cheese

H. Moser & Cie. is making a mockery of legislation covering official Made in Switzerland legislation by announcing the announcement of a watch made of Swiss cheese. The Swiss Mad Watch is unique, symbolic, and irreverent, but most importantly, 100% Swiss and proud of it, the company’s accompanying press release describes. The watch may be

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UK luxury watch sales contribute to first sales growth for Richemont in 2016

Richemont is crediting the UK market as the key contributor to 3% sales growth across Europe in the final three months of 2016. The in crease in sales, which include jewellery and watches across wholesale and retail channels, is a dramatic turnaround from a 17% decline registered in the first six months of last year.

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HYT brings its macabre mechanical horology to pocket watches

HYT will reveal its first pocket watch at SIHH next week. Just eight pieces of the Skull Pocket are being made, and will use the same light source module that the company developed for its Metropolis to make the skull design glow. “With the Skull Pocket, HYT is restating its desire to invent the watches

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Omega sells watches directly from its own website for the first time

Omega has directly taken orders from customers online for the first time. Until now, only its authorised retailers have sold Omega watches, but a special promotion on Instagram this week linked back to Omega’s own website, where the Swatch Group brand took reservations for a limited edition Omega Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday”. Speedy Tuesday is an

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Christophe Claret creates crystal dome for its 2017 Maestro collection

Christophe Claret has developed a crystal dome for its 2017 Maestro collection that gives a panoramic view into the dial created almost entirely from elements of its mechanism. Beneath the dome you see the movement architecture including Charles X bridges, a cone-shaped date display and what the company calls its 3D Memo function. The 42mm

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IN DEPTH: 60 years of Piaget ultra thin movements

2016 has been a difficult year for Swiss watchmakers, with Richemont Group reporting a 13% drop in revenue for the six months ending September 30. But that won’t stop Richemont-owned Piaget from a major celebration in 2017 as it marks the 60th anniversary of the 9P ultra thin movement that made the Altiplano line of

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MB&F presents itself as comic book superhero of watchmaking counter-culture

MB&F CEO Maximilian Büsser, along with his creative and engineering team, have starred in their own video describing the origins and aims of the maverick watchmaking business. The video talks about the values of MB&F and how they are used in their timepieces. “Rest assured, this is not your usual corporate video featuring grandiloquent 18th

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