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22 Feb 2024

Swiss watch exports rose modestly in January

Monthly exports increased 3.1% to 1.9 billion Swiss francs ($2.2 billion) by value, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said Tuesday. Growth was as high as 11.8% in the first half of last year. The number of timepieces exported rose 2.9% to 1.2 million as shipments of the Swatch brand’s Blancpain and Omega collaborations drove demand at the low end. The number of exported watches priced above 3,000 francs fell 4.5% in January, even as their value rose 4.3%, the Federation said in a statement. At the same time, the number of watches exported with a wholesale price of less than 200 francs surged 5.5% driven by the Swatch Group AG’s namesake brand. Exports to the US, the biggest market for Swiss timepieces, rose by a modest 2.2% by value. Mainland China exports gained 5% while shipments to Hong Kong fell 4.7%. Exports of watches hit a record 26.7 billion Swiss francs by value in 2023, but the rate of sales growth slumped to just 3.6% in the second half of the year as consumers pulled back. source : swissinfo

4 Jan 2024

Luxury watch prices in the secondary market have collapsed

In less than 2 years, the price has declined by more than 35% WatchCharts Market Index tracks secondary watch market price trends It consists of 60 watches from the top 10 luxury watch brands, which are sorted and weighted by transaction value The index tracks the price movement of these watches in USD over time And is rebalanced every year on 1st Jan. Source: Game of Trades

4 Jan 2024

Watch prices

Source: www.watchcharts.com

18 Dec 2023

Bottom? Will the Turmoil In Used Rolex and Patek Market End After Fed's Pivot?

Extract from a zerohedge article: The secondary market for pre-owned Rolex and Patek Philippe watches has been spiraling down since peaking in early 2022, mainly because the Federal Reserve ended helicopter-dropping trillions of dollars in stimulus checks and was forced to begin the most aggressive interest rate hiking cycle in a generation to curb inflation. Now, the Fed's bizarre, unexpected pivot this week has spurred hope that a bottom nears for the luxury watch market. Bloomberg spoke with Christy Davis, a co-founder of Subdial, a UK-based secondary watch market dealer and trading platform, who believes the turmoil in the secondary luxury watch market is ending. "As we look toward 2024, the potential for a soft landing of stable and eventually declining rates is reason for optimism in the watch market," Davis said. Source: www.zerohedge.com

16 Oct 2023

The 10 Biggest Swiss Watch Brands 🏆by revenues

Source: Morgan Stanley

25 Aug 2023

Watches of Switzerland shares plunge by a quarter after Rolex buys retailer Bucherer

The UK’s biggest seller of Rolex watches lost nearly a third of its value on Friday after the Swiss brand bought Bucherer AG, taking its first major step into retailing. Watches of Switzerland Group Plc shares fell as much as 30%, wiping out almost £500 million ($629 million) in market capitalization. Rolex unveiled the surprise move to buy Bucherer late Thursday, prompting analysts to question what the deal means for Watches of Switzerland’s future relationship with the brand. Peel Hunt’s Jonathan Pritchard noted that Rolex accounts for half of the company’s sales, and cut his rating on the stock to hold from buy. Rolex executives assured the UK’s biggest retailer of the brand that it will continue to be allocated watches by the same distribution system, Watches of Switzerland Chief Executive Officer Brian Duffy said in an interview. Source: Bloomberg

27 Jul 2023

Watches trading at Premium above retail

While luxury watches secondary market prices are declining, most Rolex, Patek, and AP trade above retail prices. Source: Bloomberg

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