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Graff Unveils $40 Million Watch at Baselworld
March 20, 2015
By Rob Bates, News Director
Graff Diamonds once again made a splash at Baselworld, introducing a $40 million watch topped with a 38 ct. D Flawless that can be converted to a bracelet or ring. Billed as the world’...
TAG Heuer Teaming With Google, Intel for Smartwatch
March 19, 2015
By Rob Bates, News Director
TAG Heuer has teamed with two of Silicon Valley’s biggest names—Google and Intel—to launch a TAG-branded smartwatch by the end of the year.
March 16, 2015
By Rob Bates, News Director
Maxfield, the only non-Apple store in the U.S. so far confirmed to be carrying the company’s new watch, is a tony Los Angeles-area boutique once called the fifth most expensive store in America.
Top Apple Watch Selling for $17,000; Gold Alloy Debated
March 10, 2015
By Rob Bates, News Director
Swiss watches are getting some company on the high end.The Apple Watch Edition, the company’s top-of-the-line timepiece designed with a new 18k gold alloy, will be priced from $10,000 to $17,000...
Frédérique Constant smartwatch
March 2, 2015
By Jennifer Heebner, Senior Editor
Switzerland and Silicon Valley married last Thursday night, with a new joint venture that aims to lead the Swiss timepiece industry into the smartwatch future. A San Francisco press event...
Swiss Miffed: Will Watch Prices Rise as Franc Soars?
March 1, 2015
By Rob Bates, News Director
Swatch Group chairman Nicolas Hayek didn’t mince words when he heard about the Swiss National Bank’s surprise Jan. 15 decision to remove its three-year cap on the franc.The decision is a “...
February 19, 2015
By Rob Bates, News Director
A shareholder class action is targeting Movado, claiming the watchmaker issued overoptimistic forecasts that artificially inflated its stock.According to the suit filed Feb. 4 in New Jersey...
Andrew Block Named President of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry
February 12, 2015
By Logan Sachon, Social Media Journalist
Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, the Menlo Park, Calif.–based designer and retailer, has appointed Andrew Block to be its president.Block has spent 30 years in the luxury industry, including 21...
5th Annual Madison Avenue Watch Week Announced
February 11, 2015
By Logan Sachon, Social Media Journalist
The Madison Avenue Business Improvement District will hold the fifth annual Madison Avenue Watch Week, a celebration of the largest fine-watch marketplace in North America, from April 20 to April 25...
February 5, 2015
By Rob Bates, News Director
Swatch will release a smartwatch within two to three months, around the time when Apple is due to release its widely anticipated first timepiece, the company said. 
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