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THE BIG INTERVIEW: How America’s West Coast giant jeweller Ben Bridge...

Under two years into taking control of the company, CEO Lisa Bridge found herself grappling with the greatest business challenge since World War II. What’s more, she was still in the maternity ward having just given birth to her first daughter, Rose.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: How Beaverbrooks bounced back after the covid quarter

2019 saw record sales and profits as Beaverbrooks celebrated its centenary. When covid arrived in the UK, sales dropped to zero. Managing director Anna Blackburn and chairman Mark Adlestone reveal how they survived lock down and bounced back as stores reopened.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: How Berry’s did lock down

Berry’s managing director Simon Walton is as confident as ever about the group’s future after the greatest shock it has faced in its 123 year history.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: How Christopher Ward is thriving through the Covid-19...

Pressing forward while the industry has shrunk back helped sales soar by over 70% in early April for the British watch business, according to its managing director Mike France.

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.

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.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Prestons takes Rolex retail in a fresh direction

As Prestons opens a new Rolex concept store in Leeds, WatchPro catches up with managing director Karl Massey to get his view on the wider luxury watch market.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Jean-Claude Biver on waiting lists, unicorn watches and...

Mr Biver, freed from his daily responsibilities running LVMH's Watchmaking Division, now tours the world as an ambassador for the entire Swiss watch industry.

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.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: David M Robinson delivers Michelin-star service

Entering David M Robinson’s refurbished and extended Manchester showroom is like walking into a Four Seasons hotel with Michelin-starred levels of service and attention to detail.


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