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THE BIG INTERVIEW: The public Life of Brian

For the first five years as chief executive of Aurum Holdings, now renamed as The Watches of Switzerland Group, Brian Duffy answered only to his American private equity owners Apollo Global Management. But since May last year, the business is operating in the public glare of a stock market listed corporation with turnover of over $1 billion, more than 140 stores in the USA and UK, and a staff of 2,500 people. How is life in the public eye? Rob Corder spoke to Mr Duffy just ahead of Christmas last year to find out.
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BUSINESS BRIEFING: Zeon’s global ambitions

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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 Hunter

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

Jean-Claude Biver and Rob Corder
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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