An Unprecedented Situation And Opportunity For The Watch Industry

HomeWatch TalkAn Unprecedented Situation And Opportunity For The Watch Industry Watch TalkAn Unprecedented Situation And Opportunity For The Watch Industry No corner of society will remain untouched by the spread of Covid-19 by Rob NuddsMarch 25, 2020 MIN READAn Unprecedented Situation And Opportunity For The Watch IndustryWe live in interesting times. How many times have you heard that over the last few weeks? If you’ve been under a rock/in Space/in a coma, I have some shocking news for you. The world (and watch industry) is being swept by a life-threatening pandemic. If you are crawling out from under you rock/acclimatizing to Earth’s gravity/in the process of making sense of your current surroundings, allow me to summarize: It’s bad.
Don’t worry. It gets better from here on in. I thought I’d get all the doom and gloom out of the way in the first paragraph. That doesn’t mean I’m going to shy away from confronting some very dark possibilities in this article, but I’m approaching the s..

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Citizen Of Japan Aims For Space As It Celebrates 50 Years Of Industry-Leading Titanium Watches

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In 1970, just one year after NASA’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon, Citizen watches of Japan introduced the world’s first consumer wristwatch produced from titanium. Since then, the renowned timepiece and instrument maker has been an innovator in the field of not only designing robust and lightweight titanium metal watches but also in the manufacture and production of precision titanium components.
As Citizen celebrates 50 years of producing titanium timepieces, the conglomerated company also suggests that its Super Titanium material has urgent applications in industries outside of wristwatches — namely private rocket and space shuttle companies. (More on Citizen’s space aspirations below.) First, a brief look at highlights along the chronology of Citizen’s long investment into the study and improvement of titanium wrist watch technology.
1970 Citizen X-8 Chronometer watch with titanium case.

The 1970 Citizen ..

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Some Predictions On What 2020 Holds For The Watch Industry

aBlogtoWatch is, first and foremost, a publication for wristwatch enthusiasts and consumers. It isn’t, however, possible to truly cover the world of timepiece products without discussing the general watch industry’s status and the global economy, which has numerous implications for not only what types of watches are popular, but also what types of new watches are produced. In this article, I will try to summarize my predictions about which watches people will be buying in 2020, as well as general trends the watch industry will see for at least the next 12 months.

To begin, let’s discuss the general state of the watch industry. For most of the larger, established watch brands, 2019 (and 2018 before it) called up the full range of emotions, from unexciting to terrifying. Despite what some published numbers suggest, growth was mostly negative or anemic, and investor confidence greatly suffered as a result. That means corporate group-owned brands had revenue outlooks slashed and investme..

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Jean-Claude Biver Applauds Courage In Watch Industry, Pledges Self To Education

I caught up with timepiece industry legend Jean-Claude Biver in Dubai, where he came to speak at Dubai Watch Week for a day en route to Hong Kong. In a few months, Jean-Claude Biver’s contract at LVMH — where we has worked since the mega French luxury group purchased “his” brand Hublot — will be up. It marks the 71-year-old’s formal departure from the watch industry, though he quickly points out he is not abandoning his “passion” (which is watches).

If anything can be said about the marketing genius, it is that he is always able to deliver a positive spin on most situations — including the current rough state of the larger watch industry. Jean-Claude Biver does not hesitate to admit that the watch industry has some core (and immediate) problems, but his outlook for the long-term future health of the watch industry remains positive. What Mr. Biver and I consistently agree on is that the core appeal of mechanical watches will endure despite the management problems at any given brand in ..

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Jean-Claude Biver Applauds Braveness In Watch Business, Pledges Self To Schooling

I caught up with timepiece industry legend Jean-Claude Biver in Dubai, where he came to speak at Dubai Watch Week for a day en route to Hong Kong. In a few months, Jean-Claude Biver’s contract at LVMH — where we has worked since the mega French luxury group purchased “his” brand Hublot — will be up. It marks the 71-year-old’s formal departure from the watch industry, though he quickly points out he is not abandoning his “passion” (which is watches).

If anything can be said about the marketing genius, it is that he is always able to deliver a positive spin on most situations — including the current rough state of the larger watch industry. Jean-Claude Biver does not hesitate to admit that the watch industry has some core (and immediate) problems, but his outlook for the long-term future health of the watch industry remains positive. What Mr. Biver and I consistently agree on is that the core appeal of mechanical watches will endure despite the management problems at any given brand in ..

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