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WatchPro Awards returns to 8 Northumberland on November 6

WatchPro Awards returns to 8 Northumberland on November 6

The 2018 WatchPro Awards will take place on November 6 at London’s most central venue, 8 Northumberland. The annual celebration, now in its third year, is now firmly established as the most anticipated event of the year for the British watch industry. Tickets are now on sale for the event, which last year welcomed the


Liverpool success extends impact of Hublot partnership with Champions League

Liverpool Football Club have one foot in the final of this year’s UEFA Champions League, maintaining British interest in the tournament right through to its conclusion on May 26. Hublot retailers will be delighted with the British success, and will be eager to get their hands on a limited edition Classic Fusion Chronograph UEFA Champions

Formex expects augmented reality to go mainstream for promoting watches

Global Market Insights predicts that the augmented reality market will nearly double in size by 2024 with the vast majority of companies utilising some form of augmented reality to connect with and engage their customers. Formex Watches, a Switzerland-based watchmaker that sells only online, is embracing the technology, which allows its customers to see what

Swiss watch sales into UK channel dip in March as retailers wind down inventories

Data for March suggests that retailers in the UK took a cautious approach to holding sizeable inventories of Swiss watches ahead of this year’s main buying season. The Federation of Swiss Watch Industry recorded a 22.3% fall in exports of watches to the UK in March, compared to the same month in 2017. It is

JOB OF THE DAY: International Sales Manager for International Luxury Group

International Luxury Group is seeking an International Sales Manager to head up one of our key sales divisions and work with one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of watches to both retailers and distributors Globally.  The appointee can be based either in the UK or Europe and is expected to travel 50% of the time. The

Fossil pounces on smart sports watches market with Puma global licensing deal

Fossil Group has signed a global license agreement with sportswear and equipment company Puma for the design, development and distribution of watches and smartwatches. The licensing deal will see the first watches hitting stores in 2019, and will run through to 2028 and takes Fossil into the sports accessories market that is stronger for smartwatches

Guess Watches works with Barclays bPay to bring contactless payments to fashion watches

Sequel UK welcomed retail partners, journalists and influencers to London last week to unveil the AW18 watch collections from Guess and Gc. The East London venue was hard to miss thanks to a Graffiti mural that aimed to bring a taste of Guess’ home city of Los Angeles to the gathering. Highlights of the Guess range

Jean-Claude Biver urges multi-brand retailers to specialise or lose to watchmakers selling direct

Multi-brand luxury watch retailers need to focus on fewer brands or lose business to mono-brand boutiques and brands’ ecommerce sites selling directly to consumers, says Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and president of the LVMH Group Watch Division. In an interview to be published in the May edition of WatchPro, Mr Biver says that the

Baselworld creates 60-second video blast to remind absentees what they missed this year

Baselworld has blasted its global e-mail database with a video showing the highlights of this year’s exhibition in 60 seconds. The organiser appears to be rolling out a year-round marketing campaign to ensure that support does not dip further than in 2018 when the number exhibitors stood at around 700 exhibitors, half the number of