BUSINESS BRIEFING: Zeon’s global ambitions

Simon Gillham LR
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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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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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Hanging with Hing Wa Lee’s David Lee

David Lee Rolex
Hing Wa Lee and CH Premier Jewelers carve up the Californian market for Chinese customers between them. Interestingly, the former has Rolex as its anchor brand and the latter has Patek Philippe. Neither has both brands, but David Lee, CEO of Hing Wa Lee might change that by acquiring prestige watch retailers in other parts of the United States. What other growth plans does he have and how did the Hing Wa Lee group grow into today’s $300 million enterprise? WatchPro’s Rob Corder spoke to Mr Lee to find out.
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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 own corporate office in the United States last year. Despite its relative youth, the luxury watchmaker is rapidly establishing itself as a collectors’ favorite and giving many venerable Swiss marques a run for their money, as Rob Corder discovers in conversation with Grand Seiko USA president Aiko Naito.
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