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Going Green. (on your wrist)

Going green has a whole new meaning in the watch industry. When we think of a trend color on watches, what do we think of? What’s behind this movement? From green watch dials, to green bezels and green watchbands, the proof is in the shade of green. 

The Domino Theory in Retailing

by Bonnie McEwan   The Progression of Retail Store Closings Cold Warriors loved an idea called the Domino Theory, which held that once a country

Is Gucci Losing Its Luster?

by John Sealander When luxury logos lose their luster, can the kings of bling survive? When the economy imploded in 2008, luxury goods seemed relatively

Signet Jewelers to Buy Zales

by John Sealander   Who benefits most when two jewelry juggernauts join forces? When Signet Jewelers, the parent company of familiar names like Kay Jewelers

What’s Killing JC Penney?

by Bonnie McEwan Q: What’s Killing JC Penney: Bad Management, E-Commerce or Bad Branding? A: Yes Following-up on our article last week, we continue to

In Memoriam: Raymond Weil

by John Sealander   Watchmaking Pioneer Raymond Weil Dies at 87 On January 26, 2014 one of the true pioneers of the Swiss watch industry

The Smart Watch Cometh?

by Adrian Herscovici Why smart watches are not the future (for now) Who here remembers the cartoon character Dick Tracy? Back in the 1940s, Tracy

Swatch Group Required to Slow Supply Cuts

by John Sealander Weko, the Swiss competition authority, gives smaller watchmakers a reprieve.Consolidation within the watch industry has been hard on smaller watchmakers in recent

Neiman Marcus Files for IPO

by John Sealander Neiman Marcus Proves Luxury Retail is Alive and Well With a $100 Million IPOFive years after being taken private by a private

Gold Prices Plummet to New Lows

by John Sealander Has Gold Lost its Glitter With Investors? It has been a tough week for gold investors. The precious metal has tumbled to

Ron Johnson Out as JC Penney CEO

by John Sealander   After Destroying a Venerable 110-year-old RetailerIn a Single Year, Ron Johnson Gets the Sack What was Ron Johnson thinking? Given his

eBay Rebrands

by John Sealander eBay Commerce Network isn’t just a new name for It’s a whole new way to connect merchants and their customers.When online

eBay Lowers Seller Fees

by John Sealander Is eBay’s New Fee Structure Good for Sellers, or Just Good for eBay? In an effort to compete more effectively with Amazon,

The Swiss Made Dispute

by John Sealander What Wakes a Swiss Watch “Swiss?” Even the Swiss Aren’t Sure These DaysThe words Made in Switzerland can almost double the price

Apple iWatch Rumors

by John Sealander Is the World Ready for an Apple Watch? Rumors abound that Apple’s next blockbuster product will be a watch. The concept of

Inside Basel-Geneva

by John Sealander   Bringing Bling to Baselworld,Glitter to Geneva, and Sophistication to SIHH Baselworld, The Geneva Time Exhibition, and The Salon International de la

SIHH and GTE 2013 Exhibitions in Geneva

by John Sealander The Swiss Watch Industry Celebrates Another Record Year in Geneva Every January, thousands of watch industry professionals descend on Geneva, Switzerland for

Swatch Group Buys Harry Winston

by John Sealander The Swatch Group Adds Another Jewel to Its Empire On January 14, 2013 legendary jeweler and luxury watch manufacturer Harry Winston became

Harry Winston Sale Rumors

by John Sealander Is the Harry Winston Watch and Jewelry Business For Sale? When Reuters and Women’s Wear Daily reported recently that luxury goods powerhouse

Target and Neiman Marcus Join Forces

by John Sealander   Would a Relationship Like the One Recently Established byTarget and Neiman Marcus Work in the Watch Industry? Everyone is talking about