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EXCLUSIVE: Laings group on course for £35 million turnover in current financial year

EXCLUSIVE: Laings group on course for £35 million turnover in current financial year

The freshly re-united Laings group will achieve sales of £35 million in its current financial year that ends this month. Managing director Joe Walsh reveals to WatchPro in our Big Interview for the March edition, that the former Laing and Parkhouse businesses, owned by Michael Laing until summer of last year, will deliver sales of


Daniel Wellington seizes control of prime central London retail locations

Daniel Wellington is increasing competition with its partner retailers in Central London with the opening of a third monobrand store in March. The Swedish brand has been represented by AFH Distribution in the UK since parting company with Peers Hardy in 2016, but the branded shops in London are all owned and operated directly by

Laings flagship in Glasgow to add 50% more retail space in major refurbishment

Laings is investing in a major expansion of its flagship store in Glasgow’s Argyll Arcade. In plans shown to WatchPro by managing director Joe Walsh, the ground floor of the large corner unit will expand its footprint as its frontage is brought into alignment with neighbouring units. The front of the store and its windows,

Electricianz plugs into UK retailer network with Cable Z timepiece

Electricianz, a Swiss-based start-up that came to the UK last year, is introducing a second collection of electricity-inspired timepieces. The Electricianz team hails from a branding and design agency that wants to give customers cutting-edge, daring products that explore the impact of electricity on the world. The watches are distributed by MDS Time Limited, which

Fake Rolex dealer who made over £650,000 in sales is fined only £28,000

An online trader of fake Rolexes has pleaded guilty to the offence at Lewes County Court. Jamie Thorpe, trading under the name of Ludgate Watches, notched up sales of over £659,000 but was ordered to pay back only £28,000. West Sussex County Times reported that Mr Thorpe was investigated by Trading Standards after a consumer

Speake Marin says Pierce Brosnan can rejuvenate its brand image with younger and more impertinent clichés

Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan is continuing as brand ambassador of Speake Marin for a fourth year. A photo shoot to promote the brand’s One & Two Openworked timepiece show the 64-year-old actor in leathers posing with a motorcycle. “For these new shots, Speake-Marin had the objective to rejuvenate its brand image with younger and more

Watch sales start 2018 on a positive note as year-on-year sales rise 5.6%

Jewellers described last year’s Christmas trading period as one of the toughest in years, with sustained discounting after Black Friday eroding the total value of sales and squeezing margins, particularly for jewellery. Christmas Day falling on a Monday was also blamed for a truncated final rush for the shops as many workers did not wrap