Spotlight: Lancaster Watches

Recent years have seen a renaissance in Italian watch design and production, and more Italian brands are entering the U.S. watch market. One of the most recent arrivals is Lancaster watches, based in Bari, Italy, and distributed in North America by J-Watch Inc., Miami, Fla., which does business as Lancaster Time Inc. Why does an Italian watchmaker have an English name? The company traces it to Edward Higgins, an 18th-century clockmaker based in Geneva, Switzerland, who named his timepieces for his hometown of Lancaster, England. When the Italian firm's owners started it in 1992, they acquired and registered the name "Lancaster" for use on their products. Since then, Lancaster has become a top seller in Italy, where it's carried by some 2,000 jewelry stores. More than three years ago, the company went international. It entered the U.S. market at The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas in 2002 and al

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