Bimetallic watches made the biggest contribution to the general upturn with an increase of 31.7%. Steel and gold timepieces on the other hand registered a slightly below par performance. In volume terms, bimetallic watches also featured prominently, as did the category of other materials.
A problem encountered by a supplier of data prevents us from publishing statistics by price segment today. They will be updated as soon as possible.
The Swiss watch industry’s three main export markets recorded particularly strong growth in January. This outcome was unexceptional for Hong Kong which remained aligned with the 2011 trend, as did China. The United States however picked up the pace slightly, following a minor slowdown at the end of last year. In contrast with these results, Singapore posted a significant decline. This downturn is however only an isolated variation reflecting an unfavourable base effect and an exceptionally strong month of December. France also recorded a two-digit decline, the largest in two years, which confirms the marked slowdown evident on this market since last autumn. Japan continued its good results of the second half of 2011 and numbered among the top six markets for the month of January.