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BUSINESS BRIEFING: Zeon’s global ambitions

Less is so often more. Zeon oversees far fewer brands than a decade ago, but has command over those brands for the whole world. This means it can focus on story-telling and developing deeper relationships with both retail partners and end consumers, and that is leading to less price-sensitivity the company’s managing director Simon Gillham describes to Rob Corder.
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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Re-calibrating Chisholm Hunt

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Growing up in Easterhouse, a Glasgow suburb synonymous with deprivation and crime in the 1970s and 80s, gave Chisholm Hunter’s managing director Harry Brown a steeliness and determination to carve a new life for himself and his future family. The jewellery and watch business has delivered exactly that, but he has never forgotten the struggles of his early years, and takes nothing for granted that his company’s success will endure without endless hard work and re-calibration for the ever-changing modern market. Rob Corder caught up with the tireless executive as he was building a new flagship in Glasgow that, he says, will take customers on a peerless journey of discovery.
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What Jean-Claude did next

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Since retiring, Jean-Claude Biver now tours the world acting as an ambassador for the entire Swiss watch industry, which he feels has the potential to double in size over the next 20 years. Hot from handing Mr Biver a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s WatchPro Awards, Rob Corder caught up with the inspirational leader at Dubai Watch Week for a chat.
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COVER STORY: Grand Seiko Rising

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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

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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