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Monday 24 June 2019   

Swiss watch exports to the United States surging in second quarter
The country is comfortably the second largest watch market in the world for the Swiss, with imports worth CHF 954 million ($968 million) in the first five months, a rise of 10.4% over the same period in 2018.
Westime helps Arnold Schwarzenegger raise over $5m for After-School All-Stars
The Governor hosts 150 stars for a night of fundraising that included a slew of watches from Westime partners auctioned for charity.
Watches of Switzerland Group CEO rewarded with cash and share option deal worth $15.8m at IPO
London Stock Exchange disclosure shows Brian Duffy rewarded handsomely for his stewardship of the company up to and through its public listing.
Mechanical watches battle back despite surging sales for smartwatches in United States
Traditional watches captured nearly two-thirds of industry dollars in Q1 2019. While smartwatch sales surpassed that of traditional watches during the 2018 holiday quarter, traditional watches have otherwise represented the majority of the market’s annual sales, according to the March 2019 NPD Watch Total Market Report.
Patek Philippe’s magnificent seven for 2019
This has not been a vintage year for innovation and advancement from many major watch brands, but Patek Philippe is the exception, using its 180th anniversary year to launch some genuinely new movements and timepieces alongside updates to its most popular models.
TAG Heuer makes fiery red limited edition Monaco
The second of five 50th anniversary Monaco watches is introduced at Le Mans, a link to the iconic picture of Steve McQueen wearing the watch during the filming of the Le Mans movie.
Texas watch business Tockr names latest aviator watches Skytrain after public vote
Tockr invited watch enthusiasts from around the world to contribute names for the new model, and Skytrain was announced the winner last weekend after entries from over 1,200 people.
Omega claims bragging rights from Rolex for record-breaking deep dive watches
Specially-made Omega Planet Oceans beat Rolex's Deepsea Challenge watches by 30 meters in Mariana Trench missions.
Hublot makes special Classic Fusion for Major League Baseball Hall of Famer
Limited edition Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph created in tribute to Mariano ‘The Sandman’ Rivera, one of New York Yankees’ greatest pitchers.
Wempe gives Ulysse Nardin a berth at its Manhattan flagship
5th Avenue showroom will display the full range of Ulysse Nardin watches, including limited editions and the latest in the X Collection. 
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