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The centrepiece of the September magazine is our Big Interview with Beaverbrooks managing director Anna Blackburn and chairman Mark Adlestone, who discuss the success of their centenary year in 2019 and how it set them up to survive the devastating Covid quarter earlier this year.
Our cover story reports on developments at U-Boat, an Italian watch business (manufacturing in Switzerland) that is best-known for its oversize timekeepers but is marking its 20th anniversary this year with innovations including oil-filled watches it calls the Capsoil collection.
Audemars Piguet has had a comparatively quiet year. It was planning a big launch event at its brand new museum, but that was nixed by the virus. There have been limited additions to its blockbuster Royal Oak family and a broad new range of CODE 11.59 watches but, according to the company’s CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias, lock down was not spent idling and he is promising a revolutionary new concept that he dreamed up under curfew.