Coronavirus Watch 22: Which Watch Industry Brands Will Die?

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Watch Industry Braces For Historic Downturn HoDinkee proclaims. That’s like saying a car crash victim lying by the side of the road is bracing for impact. Dude, the downturn is here. Last month, Swiss watch exports fell by a staggering 81 percent. There’s no sign of a “revenge shopping” recovery. The real economy is in the tank. Ho’ writer Joe Thompson offers us a piercing glimpse into the obvious, then shares the following eye-opening prediction . . .

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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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New Watch Alert 3/20/2020

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In the presence of the coronavirus epidemic, time suspends itself. As we get used to a different pace of life, as watchmakers and watch sellers shut down operations, all eyes turn to the Internet. And so our New Watch Alert continues – based on product roll-outs scheduled before Coronageddon. We’ll see how long this lasts, but it’s somehow comforting. Rock and roll . . .

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Retail Watch Sales Are Dead

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I recently suggested that this is the week to ask for a 50 percent discount on a new watch. If you make your way to a bricks and mortar store, look out for tumbleweeds. U.S. retail watch sales are dead. In states where retail is still a thing, high end jewelers who are open are selling zero watches. As in none. And as you know . . .

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New Watch Alert: 3/13/2020

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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 . . .

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