Knowing What Makes Women Tick Essential For Swiss Watch Makers

Audemars Piguet | Source: Audemars Piguet

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.

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Swatch Sees Smartwatches as Opportunity, Not Threat

Swatch store in Osaka, Japan | Source: Shutterstock

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.

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Market Pulse | China Slowdown Casts a Cloud

Savigny Luxury Index April 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) lost 1.5 percent in April, underperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by almost two percentage points. Luxury spending in Europe has been hit by a drop in tourist demand, as well as price increases by brands seeking wider margins. The unusually cold weather, particularly in March, also contributed to weak demand for Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collections.

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Market Pulse | A Steady Ship in Volatile Waters

Savigny Luxury Index March 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) gained 1.6 percent in March, outperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by just half a percentage point. The SLI has been quite volatile over the month with the eurozone crisis and the US debt ceiling taking centre stage again.

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Market Pulse | Dealing in All Shapes and Sizes

Savigny Luxury Index January 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) gained 2.8 percent in January, outperforming the MSCI World Index (MSCI) by a touch over 1 percent. Positive economic news coming out of China sent the SLI into a mini-rally at the beginning of the month, however mixed corporate results announcements took some of the wind out of its sails. From a mergers and acquisitions perspective though, the year has started off with a

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Year of the Snake, Swatch upbeat, Denim corsets, Non-stop Carine, Chanel at Grand Palais

Beyonce Knowles, Solange and Kim Kardashian at NYFW | Source: Fan Pop

Luxury Labels Are Scaling Up for China’s Year of the Snake (WSJ) “Luxury brands are rolling out a menagerie of merchandise to capitalize on the holiday, which marks Asia’s biggest shopping season. And more Western brands are getting in on the Year of the Snake, pushing snake- and red-themed goods, from Vacheron Constantin’s $150,000 watch with an engraved snake etched onto its face to the serpentine,

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Lunch with Bailey, Swatch buys Harry Winston, Generation gap, Picky investors, Thomas Tait

Christopher Bailey | Source: Rumi Foundation

Lunch with Christopher Bailey (FT) “Bailey is so famous for his un-diva-ness that it risks overshadowing his fame as the designer responsible for the anointment of Burberry as Britain’s greatest global brand. Since Bailey’s arrival in 2001 as creative director, Burberry has almost doubled its revenues, from £1bn to £1.85bn, and now has 462 stores around the world.” Swatch buys Harry Winston jewelery arm for $750 million

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