Underrated Watch Brands – 3 of the Best

The 6 Most Popular Brands for Luxury Watches, the headline at 1stdibs.com announces. Are they measuring the number of searches or sales? Former New York Times advertorialist Karen Quarles ain’t sayin’. But she is naming names: Patek Philippe, Cartier, Rolex, OMEGA, Piaget and Breitling. Hmmm. What about underrated watch brands? And where are . . .

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HourUniverse – Baselworld Reborn

The watch industry get-together known as Baselworld died of its own weight. (Click here for our coverage.) The show’s organizers and local hotels bled the industry dry. Baselworld also died of its own wait. It ran into the brick wall known as Coronageddon – even as major players bailed (e.g., Swatch, LMVH, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard and Chanel). As Heather O’Rourke famously declared, they’re baaack! As the artist now known as HourUniverse . . .

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LVMH Bails, Kering Cuts – Coronavirus Watch 36

“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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Do Luxury Watches Make You Smarter?

“Why do people pay the enormous price premiums for luxury brands?” consultant Daniel Langer asks at scmp.com. “Most people perceive luxury as mainly bought to signal power. But what if this answer is too simple? What if there are other hidden reasons?” Like an appreciation for luxury watches’ design, construction and heritage? Mr. Langer has other ideas . . .

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