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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

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

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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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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Baselworld bounces back

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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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