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Japan Becomes a Rising Star for the Swiss Watch Industry

TOKYO — Once considered Switzerland’s biggest rival in watchmaking, Japan is fast becoming its former foe’s best customer. Not only has it overtaken mainland China as the No. 3 market for Swiss watch exports worldwide, but Japan has proved more resilient to the swings of the global economy than Switzerland’s top two markets, Hong Kong …

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Looking for Sales, Watch Brands Extend Warranties

Some watch brands, searching in a down market for ways to attract new buyers and retain the ones they already have, are improving their warranties. After all, what better way to assert confidence in your product? Traditionally, watch warranties are good for two to three years after purchase, covering manufacturer defects affecting the performance of …

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A Canadian Watch Collector Hunts for the Unusual

“I look for something unusual,” Dan Tanenbaum, a 45-year-old watch collector in Toronto said about his fondness for timepieces made by independent watchmakers. That kind of quest actually is a big part of his life, from his internet start-ups to his hobby of making mini-motorcycles out of watch parts. Mr. Tanenbaum has been a collector …

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From Van Cleef & Arpels, a Fairy Tableau

For the past decade Van Cleef & Arpels has been honing its Poetic Complications range, a narrative-based watchmaking collection designed for women. As Nicolas Bos, the Parisian company’s president and chief executive, explained: “As a jewelry house, we have been telling stories that we feel resonate with feminine tastes. We have colleagues that create fantastic …

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A Watch Fan in Hong Kong

It was his love of watches that led Sean Li to change careers. The Hong Kong resident, an enthusiastic watch collector, was working as a management and technology consultant in 2009 when a friend introduced him to the publisher of the Singapore-based luxury watch magazine Revolution. The publication had just started a Hong Kong edition …

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Fashion Review: ‘Fight for Art’: Jeremy Scott of Moschino Responds to Donald Trump

MILAN, Italy — Jeremy Scott has been the designer of Moschino since the waning days of 2013, but he remains very much an American in Milan. He lives in a hotel within walking distance of Moschino’s offices on Via San Gregorio; asked to name a favorite Milan restaurant, he couldn’t. (He often dines at the …

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Some Watch Brands Go Shopping for Showcases

For many watch retailers, brands and fans, highlights of the first few months of each year include the industry’s pre-eminent trade fairs: the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, which opens in Geneva this week, and Baselworld, in March. This year, however — in a climate of weak sales, economic uncertainty and growing …

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