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No longer some­thing to be scoffed at, non-her­itage horo­log­i­cal brands such as Braun, Hy­sek, Bell & Ross, Ressence and Dolce & Gab­bana have made the cut this year, demon­strat­ing they’re also ca­pa­ble of telling time in a qual­i­ta­tive, beau­ti­ful and orig­i­nal man­ner. own to ac­com­mo­date both me­chan­i­cal and smart­watch mod­ules. And now we’re be­gin­ning to see a re­bound in sales. LVMH, which owns such brands as Bul­gari and Hublot re­ported watch and jew­ellery sales had risen 8 per cent, yearon-year, in the fi­nal three months of 2016, which helped guar­an­tee pos­i­tive growth for the year as a whole. Richemont, the com­pany be­hind brands like Cartier and IWC, which had been forced into cut­ting jobs, de­stroy­ing un­sold in­ven­to­ries and slash­ing me­dia spends, re­ported sales in the fi­nal three months of 2016 had ex­ceeded those of a year ear­lier by 5 per cent. And Swatch, own­ers of Omega and Breguet among oth­ers, which had stead­fastly re­fused to cut jobs, ar­gu­ing the

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