March 28, 2014

Turning Around an Industry Steeped in Tradition

Jean-Claud Biver, tapped by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to head its watch division, is known for the successful reinvention of Hublot.
March 26, 2014

Swiss Watchmakers Skeptical of Digital Revolution

Smartwatches are growing in popularity, but watch industry leaders show little interest in combining diamond bezels with digital wizardry.
December 24, 2013

Swatch Wins Case Against Tiffany Over Failed Partnership

Tiffany was ordered to pay the equivalent of $449.5 million in damages to the Swiss watchmaker, an amount that exceeds Tiffany's earnings for last year.
April 30, 2013

Small Auction House Makes a Comeback

Since acquiring the Hôtel des Ventes in 2006, Bernard Piguet has sought to reverse the fortunes of a business that struggled for much of its three decades. Now his efforts appear to be bearing fruit.
April 27, 2013

Watchmakers Find Gold Rush in China Is Slowing Down

Shipments of timepieces to China from Switzerland, the world's dominant watch production center, have fallen below the levels of two years ago, after setting a record in 2012.
November 24, 2012

Watchmakers Move Toward Single-Brand Stores

The shops are intended to control prices and maintain quality, but they cause rough times for retailers.
April 28, 2012

Watch Industry Quarrels Over Swiss-Made Labels

The Swiss watch industry wants to tighten requirements so that 80 percent of the value of the watch has to be made locally, rather than in countries like China.
February 21, 2012

Parlaying a Watchmaker’s History Into Brand Appeal

Watch houses, eager to bring attention to their history, are organizing their own museum exhibitions and in turn giving their brands extra panache.
December 10, 2011

Swatch Group to Trim Sales of Watch Parts to Rivals

In January, Swatch, the Swiss timepiece maker, will cut back its sales of watch components to competitors, a move that is fanning resentment of Swatch’s clout and size in the industry.
April 23, 2011

A Quandary for Swatch: It’s Too Popular

The world’s largest watch company is struggling to find enough qualified people to expand production.