From May, 2004

Hot Sales of Swiss Watches Seen in Asia

Hot Sales of Swiss Watches Seen in Asia. “May 20–Growing affluence in Asia, spurred by revived economic growth, is expected to significantly increase sales of upmarket Swiss wristwatches this year. The increasing number of millionaires in Asia would be the key factor driving sales of high-end Swiss timepieces, said Kenny Chan, managing director of The Hour Glass, a Singapore-based listed company that operates 18 retail shops in nine countries including Thailand. [...] Sales in Thailand are expected to grow substantially now that the import tax on luxury watches has been reduced from 30 percent to 5 percent, according to an…

Chanel J12

Model: J12Brand: Chanel CHANEL bestseller since its launch in 2000, the J12, the brand’s first sport watch, now has a mirror image. The deep black version has undergone a metamorphosis to opalescent white to amazing effect. Sheer beauty, perfect balance, white ceramic enriched with white pigments to give it a quasi-polar, almost unreal colour, with its radiance heightened by numerals, hands, date display and inscriptions…in black.

Book: Louis Vuitton: A French Saga

As Louis Vuitton marks its 150th anniversary this year, French journalist Stephanie Bonvicini just published a book retracing the brand’s storied history from the birth of its eponymous founder in 1821 to the present. “Louis Vuitton: A French Saga,” published in Paris by Fayard, documents historic events in the house’s past, including the baggage it made for the French emperor’s wife, Eugenie, its conquest of the U.S. market and the Vuitton family’s much-criticized relationship with the collaborationist Vichy government in World War II. Among the other touchy subjects the unauthorized book examines is luxury mogul Bernard Arnault’s hostile ousting in…

I.W. Marks and Ellen DeGeneres

I.W. Marks gives watch, gets publicity.(Watch)(Brief Article) HOUSTON — Before heading to work one day in March, I.W. Marks, president of I.W. Marks Jewelers, watched part of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and saw a golden publicity opportunity. DeGeneres mentioned on the nationally syndicated talk show that someone had sent her a gift, but what she really wanted was a Rolex Submariner. So Marks sent her one overnight. DeGeneres thanked Marks for the watch in the opening segment of her show. Within hours of the mention, the store received dozens of calls from potential and existing customers. “We’ve gotten numerous phone…

New watch checks blood sugar

Jerusalem Post Internet New Edition: “Although it costs NIS 19,000 apiece, there’s already a long waiting list for a digital wristwatch imported from Switzerland that measures blood sugar levels several times a day without needles. The non-invasive device, unveiled on Tuesday at a press conference by the Israel Diabetes Society and the importer, is due to be marketed here starting September and is made by the Pendragon Medical company of Zurich. The watch, using radiowaves which gauge electrical resistance, detects changes in glucose that influence the electrolyte level in the blood and translates the figures into conventional sugar level values.…

Eight Years ago: Plastic is pase for Swiss watch buyers.

SWITZERLAND: Plastic is passe for Swiss watch buyers:For Swiss watch buyers, all that glitters is indeed gold. “Consumers are turning away from Swiss watches made of plastic in favor of pricier and more durable models made of gold and steel, a trade association said Thursday. The Swiss watch industry also appears to be doing better overall, according to figures published by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. [...] Steel watch exports rose 10.4 percent in volume terms, and by 32.8 percent in terms of value. “If you buy a plastic watch, the next day the model has already changed.…

Eight Years ago: Plastic is pase for Swiss watch buyers.

SWITZERLAND: Plastic is passe for Swiss watch buyers: For Swiss watch buyers, all that glitters is indeed gold. “Consumers are turning away from Swiss watches made of plastic in favor of pricier and more durable models made of gold and steel, a trade association said Thursday. The Swiss watch industry also appears to be doing better overall, according to figures published by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. [...] Steel watch exports rose 10.4 percent in volume terms, and by 32.8 percent in terms of value. “If you buy a plastic watch, the next day the model has already…