A record half-year for WatchBox, brick and mortar openings in Paris and Geneva for Watchfinder, a certified pre-owned gallery in Bucherer's Parisian flagship… the pre-owned watch market keeps on growing.
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Last year Richemont announced its acquisition of Watchfinder.com, sealing its entry into the pre-owned market. More recently, the multi-brand Bucherer store in Geneva opened a fourth-floor Gallery dedicated to the buying and selling of vintage watches. And Antoine de Macedo in Paris? He has been buying, selling and servicing high-end pre-owned watches for 33 years.
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