Girard-Perregaux unveils the 1966 East to West, in celebration of the 160th anniversary of its trading relationship with Japan, together with Darren Romanelli, the celebrated streetwear designer.
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Grand Seiko has put together a dazzling agenda for its 60th anniversary, marked by the opening of new manufacturing facilities, the inauguration of a flagship boutique on Place Vendôme, a dozen limited editions fitted with new calibres, and the unveiling of a concept movement.
The famous Japanese architect and the Italian Maison join forces in creating a limited-edition Octo Finissimo.
For sports fans who are already in the starting-blocks for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, these two limited editions from Omega will help pass the time until the opening ceremony.
Roger Dubuis lit up Osaka at an exclusive event to celebrate the launch of the Excalibur Blacklight trilogy.
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.