Porsche Design’s launched an online configurator for their Chronotimer Series 1 watch. Choose the case, bezel, hands, rotor and stitching from dozens of options, and then go “Wait. It costs that much?” In that sense, building a watch with the Porsche Design watch configurator is exactly like speccing-up a 911. Is this the future of watch retail? . . .
It’s hard to imagine interviewing Montblanc’s Managing Director without asking the Watchmaker-in-Chief about the company’s strategy to combat the twin threats of Coronageddon and the Apple Watch. COVID-19 didn’t make the cut in luxurylaunches.com’s highly edited and no doubt Montblanc-approved question-and-answer session. But the threat posed by the smartwatch did. Kinda. The interchange with Davide Cerrato went like this . . .
Yesterday, Watches of Switzerland revealed that it was pantsed by Coronageddon. Today, Richemont – the world’s third largest luxury goods conglomerate – reported their progress. How goes the battle for A. Lange & Söhne, BAUME, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin, Montblanc and Watchfinder & Co.? There are two key takeaways . . .
Coronageddon is raging worldwide. A year from now, a vaccine will hit the streets and life will return to normal. Not all watch brands will be around to enjoy pent-up consumer demand. Meanwhile, new product keeps flowing into a hugely diminished market – big bargains are on their way. Here’s this week’s New Watch Alert . . .