Swatch Group AG, the biggest Swiss watchmaker, said it doesn’t rule out forming agreements with consumer-electronics companies to help produce smartwatches amid increasing competition in timepieces with more functions.
Swatch Group AG’s Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar watch has a compass, tells the altitude and runs on solar power. It costs $1,250 — more than three times the smartwatch Apple Inc. unveiled yesterday, putting it squarely in the crosshairs of the tech giant’s latest gizmo.
The Savigny Luxury Index fell a further 3.8 percent this month. The outlook for the luxury goods sector darkened as disappointing results from industry leader LVMH showed how the strong euro and political protests in Hong Kong were curbing spending and hitting profits.
The Savigny Luxury Index fell 2.2 percent over the month, as adverse foreign exchange movements continue to weigh on the luxury sector’s growth.
ZURICH, Switzerland — Swatch Group AG, Switzerland’s largest watchmaker, will probably fall short of double-digit revenue growth this year amid unfavorable foreign exchange rates, Chief Executive Officer Nick Hayek said.
The Savigny Luxury Index fell 2.2 percent this month, as the standoff between the West and Russia over its annexation of Crimea sparked fears of a drop in luxury goods sales to valuable Russian tourists.
BASEL, Switzerland — Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group SA
BIEL, Switzerland — Swatch Group AG, the biggest maker of Swiss watches, reported a 17 percent increase in 2013 earnings as it won compensation from Tiffany & Co. in a legal battle over a failed alliance.
GENEVA, Switzerland — After 2013 marked the slowest sales growth since the global financial crisis, companies from Audemars Piguet to Richard Mille have said they are targeting women, seeking to secure new customers from a segment that only accounts for 35 percent of sales at the moment.
ZURICH, Switzerland — The emergence of smartwatches, gadgets allowing the wearer to check text messages or capture video, is an opportunity rather than a threat for traditional watchmakers, the head of Swatch Group told Reuters on Friday.
The Savigny Luxury Index lost ground in October, as consumer appetite for mega-brands continues to cool and management changes shake up the industry.
Market sentiment has turned back in favour of the luxury sector, driven by solid second quarter results, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.
BIEL, Switzerland — Swatch Group AG, the maker of $50 colorful namesake watches as well as $5,000 Omega timepieces, said it expects a strong second half after first-half profit rose 6.1 percent.