As part of our investigation into the business of watches in Formula 1, WATCHPRO wanted to share the story of how former Ferrari F1...
Opening in Mayfair’s famous Grosvenor House in the summer of 2019 looked like a golden opportunity for Swiss Gallery, the UK luxury watch and jewellery outpost of an Iraqi-owned operation. After a promising start, covid shut down the hotel for six months out of the past two years, but director Swiss Gallery Nadeem Sarwar is now seeing life and customers return as Rob Corder discovered on a recent visit to the boutique soon after it reopened in the spring.
Beaverbrooks acquired two Fraser Hart stores, both Rolex doors, in Milton Keynes and Croydon before the pandemic in 2019 and has spent almost two years developing a brand new concept for the stores, which reopen in July under the name of Loupe.
Zenith is building its future around digital leadership, strong partnerships with leading retailers and on two platform collections: Defy and Chronomaster.
WatchPro's Rob Corder spoke to Neil Dunwell, managing director of Dunwell Jewellers on the Isle of Man in early February, just days after the island allowed non-essential retail to reopen, becoming the only part of the UK at the time where jewellers could trade from their stores. Having steered the business through one of its most tumultuous years, Mr Dunwell is now looking forward to slowing down and easing into retirement.
“As far as I know, there is no other watch company that has been committed to protecting the environment for such a long time."
Following the launch of 18ct gold watches with in house tourbillon movements, WatchPro wants to find out how the push upmarket is affecting Gucci's strategy and tactics this year.
Moser's retail sales grew by 27% last year, but the company's CEO Edouard Meylan tells WatchPro he needs to get to physically presenting watches in order to maintain the brand's current momentum.
2020 was a year to forget for most watch brands but, for Matthias Breschan, the storm clouds had a silver lining thanks to his promotion last summer from running Rado to the top job at Longines.
Greubel Forsey is on a mission to attract a new generation of collectors and Mr Calce is the man with a plan.