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Will we ever meet again in Switzerland?

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Robin Swithinbank investigates whether Swiss megafairs will ever again have the strength and stature to attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the world, or will more focused in-country events and digital showcases take their place?

SPECIAL REPORT: Garmin watches get smarter, sportier and more lux

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Smartwatches are becoming increasingly sophisticated from a technical point of view, and also raising their games to levels of luxury typically associated with the Swiss.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Burdeen’s bounces back after covid and Chicago riots

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Just weeks after reopening following last year's covid lock down, downtown Chicago erupted as protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent and boutiques were looted. Far from retreating in the face of a year from hell, Burdeen's saw opportunity in the chaos.

CTE Watch Company cruises into calmer waters

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Florida-based CTE Watch Company had to adapt quickly after the pandemic shut down most of the Caribbean travel industry that the distributor supplies.

Ready Player One? First Swiss watchmakers shift promotions into eSports and...

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500 million people are tuning in to watch gamers competing in eSports and playing Fortnite, FIFA and Call of Duty. That is an audience watch brands cannot ignore.

IN DEPTH: Venerable Vacheron Constantin looks to the future

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Watchmakers from the publicly listed groups are often accused of being slow-moving and conservative while privately-owned brands are more nimble and innovative. Richemont’s Vacheron Constantin is proving to be the exception that rule, and is being rewarded with growing enthusiasm from consumers and retail partners across the world and particularly in the United States.

IN DEPTH: How much watchmakers pay to keep Formula 1 on...

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Over the past five years, the Swiss watchmaking industry is estimated to have spent over half a trillion dollars supporting Formula 1; probably the most lucrative partnership in sport. Its intoxicating mix of drama, precision engineering, split second timing, passion and a massive global television audiences make it an irresistible promotional platform, as Caroline Reid discovers.

British CPO business Xupes expects to triple in size next year

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WATCHPRO's Rob Corder takes a tour of Xupes's stylish headquarters and discovers a steely eye for detail.
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Swiss Watch Expo reports record sales during pandemic

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Atlanta-based pre-owned watch expert says family values kept the business motoring.

Rolex is a mere pretender to the Patek Philippe crown at...

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Nine out of the top ten prices paid at auction so far this year have been for Patek Philippe watches.