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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


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

WatchPro managing editor Rob Corder.

CORDER’S COLUMN: Swiss wake up to potential of online sales – but proceed with care

Omega sold its first ever watches online on Tuesday. Cartier kicked off online sales with The Watch Gallery in the UK and Tourneau in the United States last summer. Georges Kern has been given a brief to oversee digital strategy for the whole of Richemont. The Swiss are waking up to selling watches online. To


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


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


Cartier uses UK as test market for ramping up online sales via authorised retailers

Cartier kicked off selling its watches online in the summer of 2016 with Goldsmiths has already followed, and Cartier itself has a transactional website, but sources close to the roll-out say that the Richemont brand aims to help every authorised retailer with an appropriate online presence to start selling directly to consumers. Selling luxury

Bentley Supersports B55

Breitling celebrates fastest ever Bentley Continental with connected chronograph

Breitling for Bentley has created a 500-piece limited edition chronograph to celebrate the launch of the Bentley Continental Supersports. The Breitling for Bentley partnership dates back to  2003 with the launch of the Continental GT, for which Breitling designed the dashboard clock. Several mechanical chronographs have been created over the past 13 years to coincide


Berrys Jewellers announces 7% rise in revenue to £36.2m for its 2015-16 financial year

Berrys Jewellers, which operates eight luxury jewellery and watch boutiques across the UK, has reported sales of £38.8 million for its full financial year that ended June 30, 2016. Revenue rose over 7% from £36.2m in the previous financial year. Profits rose 24% to £5.3 million for the year. The result is particularly impressive because


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.

Ernest Jones store in the Westfield Derby centre.

Ernest Jones and H.Samuel suffer 3.7% drop in same store pre-Christmas sales

Same store sales at Ernest Jones and H.Samuel dropped by 3.7% in the nine weeks before Christmas, parent company Signet Jewelers Ltd. reports. The higher end Ernest Jones same store sales dropped 2.2% compared to the same nine weeks in 2015, while H.Samuel sales dropped 4.9%. “Same store sales decreases were driven primarily by fashion jewellery