(08/2004) Vacheron Constantin took possession of its new Manufacture on August 9th 2004. Located in Plan-les-Ouates/Geneva, the premises designed by Swiss-born French architect Bernard Tschumi also serve as the brand’s international headquarters. It was officially inaugurated on September 8th, after two years of planning and 18 months of intensive building work, and symbolises an significant stage in the development of the world’s oldest brand in uninterrupted operation since its founding in 1755.
Swiss watch industry Exclusive Interview with Georges Kern
(03/2004) When Georges Kern ("GK") became CEO of International Watch Company Schaffhausen in January 2002, he was the youngest CEO of any major company in the Swiss watch industry. He is both a dynamic leader and extraordinarily bright. In this exclusive interview, he discusses IWC's development, strategies and newest models.
Many VIP guests in Hamburg OMEGA celebrates the inauguration of its latest Flagship Store
(11/2003) One hundred guests attended a champagne reception to mark the opening of the first OMEGA Flagship Store in Germany. OMEGA President Stephen Urquhart arrived from the company headquarters in Switzerland to attend the event and he and the OMEGA brand manager for Germany, Marco Beltrami, welcomed the VIP guests, including TV newsreader and watch fan Jan Hofer, society lady Conny Modauer, real estate agent Hannelaure Cobet and celebrity twins Matthias and Stephan Glage.
New store at Neuer Wall 2-6 Germany's first OMEGA flagship store opens in Hamburg
(10/2003) OMEGA is pleased to announce that its first flagship store in Germany has opened in Hamburg. The elegant "Neuer Wall" provides the perfect location for the prestige Swiss watchmaker's first monobrand store in Germany. OMEGA presents its entire collection in the stylish environment of the new store and offers detailed information about the brand.
Latest addition: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Omega celebrates the official inauguration of its first Flagship Store
(10/2003) The new Flagship Store is the latest addition to Omega's expanding network of independent monobrand retail outlets occupying prime locations in the world's major cities. The first OMEGA flagship store opened in Zurich in December 2000 and other stores soon followed in Paris, Cannes, Milan, Bangkok and Hong Kong. This newest store features products that are sure to satisfy OMEGA fans.
Two inaugurations OMEGA Flagship Stores open in Hangzhou and Ningbo
(09/2003) OMEGA opened its Flagship stores in Hangzhou and Ningbo on September 26 and 28 respectively. OMEGA ambassador and Taiwanese pop singer Richie Jen was invited as the VIP guest for both inaugurations. The 75 square-metre premises of the OMEGA Hangzhou Flagship Store - the 13th OMEGA Flagship Store in China – is located in the downtown Hangzhou Plaza: a highly popular shopping area for nationals and tourists alike.
New international advertising campaign New OMEGA campaign - Anna Kournikova, Cindy Crawford and Pierce Brosnan brought together
(09/2003) Prestige Swiss watch manufacturer OMEGA, Official Timekeeper of the London Fashion Week, today launched its new international advertising campaign in the presence of Cindy Crawford and star photographer Arthur Elgort. The stars unveiled the new campaign at a press conference together with Mr Stephen Urquhart, president of OMEGA. In the evening, there was a vernissage of unique behind-the-scenes stills from the photoshoot, including photographs taken by Cindy Crawford.
Ten years Swedish Match Cup Official Timekeeper OMEGA celebrates
(07/2003) The Swedish Match Cup is a highlight in the international sailing calendar, attracting crews of the highest calibre. Official Timekeeper OMEGA is proud to celebrate ten years of the event. The race course of the Swedish Match Cup lies along the cliffs that make up the southern shore of Marstrand Island. These cliffs serve as a natural stadium with the capacity of a Super Bowl arena.
Innovative microchip technology The Swatch Group Ltd. acquires SID Sokymat IDent Component GmbH, Germany
(01/2003) Mr. Markus Spreng, currently General Manager of SID Sokymat IDent Component GmbH, will continue to head operations for the new Swatch Group subsidiary in Reichshof-Wehnrath as General Manager. Mr. Herbert Thyssen, General Manager of Sokymat SA in Switzerland, will become a member of the Board of Directors of SID Sokymat IDent Component GmbH, and will support the activities of SID Sokymat on an assignment basis.
Swiss watchmaker OMEGA Pierce Brosnan opens flagship store in Milan
(11/2002) Pierce Brosnan, who plays secret agent 007 in the 20th James Bond film and is an ambassador for the prestige Swiss watchmaker OMEGA, officially opened the new OMEGA Flagship Store on Via Montenapoleone 25 in Milan. The store is the first of its kind in Italy and promises to become the address for prestige watch and jewellery enthusiasts from all over the world, due to its excellent location on the street that symbolises Italian style.
The City of Sails OMEGA opens new store in Auckland
(10/2002) The first OMEGA boutique in New Zealand will open its doors in the heart of the America's Cup Village. In keeping with its longstanding partnership with the America's Cup and once again as Official Timekeeper of the America's Cup in 2003, OMEGA will provide not only the precision timekeeping services to this event - the pinnacle of competitive sailing - but in design consultation with Team New Zealand, skipper & OMEGA Ambassador Dean Barker, a range of America's Cup watches for competitive sailing will also be released.
Special Constellation Sky First-ever OMEGA Flagship Store in Thailand Opens in Bangkok
(09/2002) OMEGA today opened its first flagship store in Thailand. The store in Bangkok complements the brand's global strategy of setting up retail outlets dedicated exclusively to its products in the world's major luxury shopping districts. The OMEGA flagship store, located on the 1st floor of the Gaysorn Bangkok shopping complex, covers a total surface area of 40m2.
20th James Bond movie: Die Another Day OMEGA backs Bond for fourth time
(04/2002) OMEGA today confirmed that it will be associated with the forthcoming 20th James Bond movie "Die Another Day". James Bond actor and OMEGA ambassador Pierce Brosnan attended a press conference to talk about the association and present a new limited-edition of the OMEGA Seamaster watch worn by James Bond in the movie.
Considerable know-how Swatch Group acquires dial producer Rubattel & Weyermann
(04/2002) The Swatch Group Ltd. acquired today 100% of the shares of the watch dial manufacturer Rubattel & Weyermann in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) from the owner, Mr. Michel Theurillat. Mr. Theurillat will remain head of the profitable company which employs some 80 persons, thus ensuring the supply to all their present clients of the upper price segment within and outside the Swatch Group.
The brand Glashütte Original will be integrated Swatch Group Ltd.: Acquisition of Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb GmbH
(10/2000) The shareholders and the management of Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb GmbH and the Swatch Group Ltd. agreed that the Swatch Group Ltd. acquires with immediate effect all the shares of the German watch manufacture Glashütter Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb, Glashütte (near Dresden, Germany). The Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb manufactures high-quality mechanical watches situated in the luxury segment of the “haut de gamme” watch market.