(11/2009) Officine Panerai inaugurates five new boutiques in as many international shopping capitals. Between November and December 2009, in fact, Officine Panerai boutiques will be opened in Doha (Qatar), Beirut (Lebanon), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Geneva (Switzerland) and Macao (China). The expansion concerns both recent and fast-growing markets – such as China and the Middle East – and a place of ancient watch-making traditions like Geneva, where the boutique will be inaugurated in the prestigious Rue du Rhône.
The art of watchmaking Glashütte Original special exhibition in the noble atmosphere of Moscow’s GUM
(11/2009) From 11th November to 5th December, the German watch manufactory Glashütte Original presents itself in the legendary Moscow department store GUM. In co-operation with the jeweler “Sublime by Bosco“ the manufactory provides fascinating insights into the art of watchmaking and gives an overview of the skills necessary to produce exquisite timepieces.
Latest technological advances TAG Heuer is Honoured for the Excellence of its Internet Strategy
(11/2009) TAG Heuer has always kept up with the times and embraced the latest technological advances in order to maintain their “avant–garde” status. In this age of social media, TAG Heuer is continuing its pursuit of excellence through its Internet strategy which has been labelled as “brilliant”. It was also awarded first place in the “Watches” category of the "Digital IQ Index: Ranking the Digital Competence of Luxury Brands" survey carried out by the “Luxury Lab” of New York University’s Stern School of Business .
"We are especially proud of this honour which acknowledges our constant desire to develop our brand’s relevance and quality in the new media,” explained Stéphane Linder, TAG Heuer’s Marketing and Design VP.
Elegant, unpretentious timepieces Louis Erard Keeps the Financial Crisis at Bay
(11/2009) While the Swiss watch industry has felt the full force of the financial crisis, with exports down 25% during the first nine months of the year, Montres Louis Erard S.A. is counting on a relative decline of only 5% for fiscal 2009. Without resorting to any triumphalism – this year’s Christmas sales are crucial for realising this figure – the company can nevertheless congratulate itself on not having had to lay off any employees since the crisis began, not even on a temporary basis. In fact, it has even taken on new staff!
Passion for luxury watches Vacheron Constantin and Pisa Orologeria
(11/2009) The Vacheron Constantin Dream Room was inaugurated today at the Pisa Orologeria fine watch boutique on Via Verri (at the corner of Via Montenapoleone 9) in Milan. The Dream Room is the exclusive showcase for the prestigious collections produced by the Geneva watchmaker that Pisa Orologeria has been presenting for decades to its customers who are true connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie.
New boutique A. LANGE & SÖHNE in Dresden`s new Twin-City Hanghzou
(11/2009) As from 16 October 2009 onwards Saxony’s baroque state capital Dresden is twinned with Hanghzou, capital of the Chinese province Zhejiang. The Saxon watch brand A. Lange & Söhne has been on the Chinese market for two years now and already recognised the economic significance of the metropolis with seven million inhabitants some time ago: Among the watch aficionados there is an increasing demand for the handmade timepieces from Saxony.
Strategic buildup First CIMIER Flagship Store open
(10/2009) The official unveiling of CIMIER’s first flagship store in Zurich was celebrated with a prestigious gala on October 30th, 2009. At 7 pm sharp, CIMIER CEO Martin Bärtsch cut the ribbon and treated the curious guests to a tour of the boutique. Held completely in white, the puristic interior design is highlighted with accents in the dark green brand color, giving the rooms an agreeable ambience.
BRAND OF THE CENTURY A. LANGE & SÖHNE has been awarded
(10/2009) On 15 October 2009, the new edition of the bestseller „Brands of the Century“, an encyclopedia of famous German brands, has been presented on the occasion of the book fair in Frankfurt. At the same time the brands, which are represented in the book, have been granted a brand award of German Standards for the first time – beyond them A. Lange & Söhne.
Official launch ceremony on 22 October, 2009 New Glashütte Original boutique opens its doors in Hong Kong
(10/2009) A new Glashütte Original boutique will be officially opened in Hong Kong on 22 October, 2009, showcasing the finest and latest models of the German watch manufacturer. In the presence of Mr. Dieter Pachner, VP Sales of Glashütte Original, Mr. Kevin Rollenhagen, Country Manager of the Swatch Group Hong Kong, and Mr. Leo Poon, VP North Asia of Glashütte Original, the boutique located in Pak Sha Road will be inaugurated at 5.00 pm.
Official Timekeeper The IOC and Swatch Group Ltd Continue Long Term Partnership
(09/2009) The International Olympic Committee IOC and The Swatch Group Ltd. announced the signing today of a long term partnership in the areas of timing, scoring and venue results services for the Olympic Games. The Swatch Group Ltd. will be the Official Timekeeper and Results Service Partner for the XXII. Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, the Games of the XXXI. Olympiad in 2016, the XXIII. Olympic Winter Games in 2018 and the Games of the XXXII. Olympiad in 2020.
Swatch Group Tech-Airport wins the Nice Airport bid
(09/2009) Tech-Airport Holding SAS, a Swatch Group company specializing in retailing at airports, has won the bid to operate watch and jewelry outlets at the Nice Côte d'Azur airport. Tech-Airport already operates twenty-eight stores – nine at Roissy Charles de Gaulle (France); nine at Orly (France), five in Nice (France), one in Nantes (France) and another is scheduled to open in Vienna (Austria) in 2010.
Swatch Group Investigation against ETA
(09/2009) The Swiss Competition Commission COMCO informed today on their website that an investigation against ETA Manufacture Horlogère SA has been opened. It is not the first time that the COMCO investigates against a company of the Swatch Group. The Swatch Group is confident that the results of this investigation will again be positive for ETA.
Yvan Arpa Romain Jerome: parts with CEO
(07/2009) The owners of the limited liability company RJ Watches SA and its watch brand Romain Jerome have decided to part with the CEO, the head of administration, the sales director and two other staff members. Nonetheless, the change of management in no way jeopardises the ongoing success of the company, which continues to enjoy excellent sales, promising order volumes and an extremely strong brand image.
Craftsmanship live New BUBEN&ZÖRWEG Boutique in Beijing
(06/2009) China, the "Middle Kingdom" of old, is still at the centre of economic development in Asia and global markets in general. Following on from Shanghai, BUBEN&ZORWEG has now decided that Beijing should have its own boutique; it was opened at the beginning of June 2009 and will continue to follow the road to success in China.
(05/2009) Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest Swiss watchmaker in continuous operations, is pleased to announce that Mr Yassin Tag has been appointed as new Brand Manager for Middle East & Indian Subcontinent. Yassin Tag replaces Hugues de Pins, who has been recently appointed to the position of President of Vacheron Constantin North America.