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COVER STORY: Grand Seiko Rising

Although Grand Seiko was born back in 1960, it only started being sold outside Japan in 2010 and got its first corporate office outside of Asia just last year. Despite its relative youth, the luxury watchmaker is rapidly establishing itself as a collectors’ favourite and giving many venerable Swiss marques a run for their money, as Rob Corder discovers.
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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Baselworld bounces back

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The number of exhibitors to Baselworld has plummeted from over 2000 in 2009 to 520 earlier this year. It looked like the ultimate hospital pass when Michel Loris-Melikoff took over as managing director of the show last year, just weeks after Swatch Group announced it was pulling all of its brands for the show. But, a year on, Mr Loris-Melikoff says exhibitor numbers will rise to over 600 in 2020 thanks to fresh initiatives that aim to lower the cost of participating, attract more consumers to the event and make the whole week far more enjoyable. Rob Corder met the show supremo in Basel for an update on progress.
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Independent watchmakers are having a moment

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Sky high demand for key Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet models is raising the profile of luxury watches as an investment category. But if you can’t offer your customers these unicorn watches, perhaps you could steer them towards interesting alternatives from independent watchmakers.
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