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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Grönefeld’s growing pains

Bart and Tim Grönefeld, known in collectors’ circles as the horological brothers or Dutch masters, moved into a building last year that used to be their home town kindergarten in Oldenzaal, the Netherlands. The move into larger premises was almost derailed when the pandemic struck in 2020, but the covid curse has actually accelerated growth to the point where the business has been forced to close its order book as Rob Corder discovered in conversation with Bart.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Billion dollar WatchBox

In the five years since its creation, pre-owned watch trading business WatchBox has generated sales of $1 billion and is currently operating profitably at annual sales of $300 million. Next year the business will dramatically increase its physical footprint with new locations opening across the United States and around the world. What is working today and how is that shaping the future? Rob Corder spoke to WatchBox global CEO Justin Reis to find out.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Introducing the world’s biggest Rolex storekeeper

Dubai-based Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons runs the biggest Rolex store in the world and is also behind one of this year's largest watch events, Dubai Watch Week. Rob Corder meets with CCO Mohammed Seddiqi and head of Dubai Watch Week Hind Seddiqi to hear about what they have planned.

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

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.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Timex Group president and CEO Tobias Reiss-Schmidt

Tobias Reiss-Schmidt has steered Timex Group through one of the most tumultuous periods of the company’s 167-year history, not just keeping it off the rocks during the pandemic, but repositioning brands ranging from Guess and Ted Baker in the mass market fashion space up to Versace and Missoni’s Swiss-made luxury watches. Most important is the positioning of the Timex brand itself, which is adapting to a world where apathy to traditional watches and gadgets from Apple are transforming the landscape. 

THE BIG INTERVIEW: New York’s Cellini sees independent watchmakers boom

WatchPro’s Rob Corder speaks to Cellini’s owner Leon Adams to see what the wider watch industry can learn from the rise of independent watchmakers.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry president Jared Silver on...

Silicon Valley jeweler says independents are increasingly in demand, thanks in part to changing behavior during the pandemic.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Zadok Jewelers’ power move

Jonathan Zadok describes how his family battled through the pandemic to build one of the largest luxury watch stores in the United States.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer on how to build...

Having started as a blogger from his bedroom, Mr Clymer is now at the helm of a business that just raised $40 million from an eclectic mix of investors.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Playing the Long’s game

Long's Fine Jewelers is about to open the largest Rolex showroom in the United States. Rob Corder caught up with CEO Craig Rottenberg in Boston to find out more.