Which Watch Industry Brands Will Die? – Coronavirus Watch 22

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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Richemont Swan Dives – Coronavirus Watch 18

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 . . .

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Patek vs. Vacheron – It’s Complicated

  No, you’re not seeing double. That’s the A side and the B side of the new Vacheron Constantin Grand Complication Split-Seconds Chronograph – Tempo. Or is that the B side and the A side? The GCSSCT is reversible. So as long as you can afford it – and I’m thinking you probably can’t – you can wear the watch comme tu veux. Which seems kinda dumb, but then how else could VC fit 24 complications into a watch? This is how we do it . . .

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Swiss Watch Survivors – Coronavirus Watch 3

Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Hublot – Switzerland’s horological heavy hitters have ceased production. The reason given: they don’t want to put their workers at risk. Be that as it may, there’s no point making a Swiss watch. The world market has gone from freefall into hibernation. When it ends, which Swiss brands will survive? . . .

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