LVMH Bails, Kering Cuts – Coronavirus Watch 36

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“They hoard their most desirable watches for their own boutiques, force less popular pieces on their partners and price them in such a way that the only way to shift them is out of the back door on the grey market.” That’s watchpro.com‘s Rob Corder’s take on the war between watchmakers and retailers. No question: the watch industry is in turmoil. And not just at the sharp end. LVMH is bailing on their deal to buy Tiffany & Co. . . .

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Patek Philippe Rules – Here’s Why

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Swiss horology has a Holy Trinity: Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. They’re also known as the New King, the Old King and the Young Prince. While this doesn’t provide a complete picture of modern haute horlogerie, it’s true: Patek Philippe rules . . .

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Ugly Watches On Parade

Richard Mille RM 33-02 Automatic head on

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what is that on his wrist? Here’s hoping it’s not one of ugly watches below – my personal selection of the worst of 2020 so far. You may not agree with my choices, but that’s the beauty of subjectivity. To each his own. Here are eight watches I’d never own . . .

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Geneva Watch Days 2020 – Cynical, Stupid, Deadly and Doomed

Geneva Watch Days 2020

Coronageddon claimed Watches and Wonders and Baselworld. Both held off on deep-sixing their events as long as they could. Shortly after they pulled the plug – and not-so-coincidentally – the Swiss government banned all large-scale public gatherings. So that’s that. And then a conglomerate of Swiss watchmakers decided to create a new event with limited-size groups: Geneva Watch Days. Here’s part of their press release . . .

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