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U.S. watch industry veteran Franz Brunner has resigned as executive vice president of Egana of Switzerland (America) Corp., whose watch brands include Junghans, Cerruti 1881, and National Geographic. He has set up his own agency, Swiss Trading Partners, in Boca Raton, Fla., and is now a watch business consultant. His successor was expected to be named early this year. Kurt Koblitz, formerly vice president of Egana of Switzerland (America), has also left the company. In related news, the Pompano Beach, Fla., headquarters of Egana of Switzerland was extensively damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The company has moved to smaller quarters next door. Swiss luxury watch brand Breguet topped 400 million francs (almost $312.7 million) in sales turnover in 2005, a 42 percent gain and a new record. According to the Swiss press, the Swatch Group, which bought it in 1999, has
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