Roger Dubuis lit up Osaka at an exclusive event to celebrate the launch of the Excalibur Blacklight trilogy.
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The Japanese market, with its codes, rituals and demands, remains a case apart in Asia. A booming economy until the 1990s, it is now returning to the spotlight, particularly where luxury is concerned. For watch brands, Japan is already emerging as the year's fastest-growing market.
Ten years already since Breguet opened in Ginza, Tokyo's most exclusive shopping district. Always anxious to tailor its offering to its Japanese clientele, the brand is celebrating this anniversary with a special series of ten watches, made for the Japanese market.
Grand Seiko's success on international markets has been the cue for the Japanese firm to transform the collection into a full-fledged brand with its own production resources, logistics and sales support.
Japanese watch firms are intent on beating the crisis and, with competition rife at entry level, are strengthening their footing in the mechanical market, as shown by last year's takeover of Frederique Constant by Citizen, and by Grand Seiko's international launch.
Grand Feu enamel and particles of gold, pearl, platinum and diamond illuminate the dials of the first three watches in the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection. Geneva, New York and Paris sparkle like jewels in the night.
A neutral base effect and one more working day in August 2016 did not alter the trend that the branch has been experiencing since the beginning of the year. The value of watch industry exports was 8.8% lower than in August 2015 at a total of 1.4 billion francs.
Terra-brown sets the tone for two new versions of the Saxonia Automatic by A. Lange & Söhne, issued for the reopening of its Tokyo boutique.
The downturn in Swiss watch exports continued in May. Their value dropped 9.7% compared to last year, to stand at 1.6 million francs. Over the first five months of the year, the level was lower than that of 2012.