Every quarter, GMT will analyze the best-selling watches in the flagship market based on the most outstanding retailer reports. In the end, the survey was led by Richard Courbrant, Khaled Jbara, and Thomas Wanka, three editorial staffers in Argentina, Arabia, and Germany.
From GMT Issue 28-Summer 2012
RICHARD COURBRANT, Editor-in-Chief, TWG Magazine (Argentina)
Despite Argentina’s ongoing tariffs, retailers in key South American markets continue to perform well. According to Simoneta Orsini, Eve, Chronos, Danfer and other relevant local retailers, customers still show a consistent interest in buying fine watches. They continue to pay close attention to the purchase of limited edition and special models and wait patiently for the opportunity, so they are particularly concerned about what special models are available in the local market.
Simoneta Orsini has full confidence in Lange, Panerai and IWC brands. They have obtained exclusive sales rights for these brands in the Argentine market and are very optimistic about the market expectations. In addition, they highlighted the outstanding performance of the brand and its subordinate series: Hublot and its special edition of Maradona, Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, which is closely related to the polo world, Vacheron Constantin’s highly complex series, and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak series. The 40-year anniversary sparked an enthusiastic response on the market. Eve also confirmed that Royal Oak’s current position in the Buenos Aires market cannot be underestimated. At the same time expressed satisfaction with the sales of Harry Winston’s black Midnight and Richard Mille. Chronos added that Ulysse Nardin’s Dual Time and Marine series brought them good results. Danfer focused on two brands: the full range under Breguet, and Piaget’s Altiplano line.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
KHALED JBARA, General Manager, Day & Night Magazine (United Arab Emirates)
The performance of the United Arab Emirates with the luxury watch market has proved that it has survived the wave of global economic recession. In the first quarter of 2012, sales totaled 193 million-55,000 Swiss francs. The United Arab Emirates currently ranks ninth in the Swiss watch export market worldwide, ranking first in the entire Middle East, ahead of Saudi Arabia. As a result, the value of Swiss watch exports to the country in the first quarter of 2012 increased by 10.2% compared to 2011 and 34.4% compared to 2010. A major factor in the success of the country’s luxury watch market is the avant-garde style of high-income consumers and their ability to appreciate fine watches, which is also their well-known business experience.
Wealthy tourists have undoubtedly stimulated the growth of the local luxury watch market, as the government’s efforts to promote tourism in the region are world-famous. Because the United Arab Emirates is known as the ‘duty-free paradise’ of the world, the price of watches here is lower than in other parts of the world, and consumers benefit a lot. This competitive advantage also explains why high-end watch manufacturing brands not only supply the latest collections in the local market, but are also happy to supply limited edition models.
Richard Mille RM 037 © Richard Mille
Due to its cost-effective and long history, Rolex is the most purchased brand for men. Since the average age of the UAE population is 30, most watch connoisseurs are relatively young. Therefore, the demand for top sports watches is prominent. For example, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44mm has a long list of waiting to be purchased. Also in the UAE market are Richard Mille, as well as Breguet and Zenith. Among them, the demand for red gold El Primero Chronomaster is particularly high. Of course, Patek Philippe is also a favorite of collectors. With the influx of Chinese tourists, with their pursuit and love of the Omega brand, it has also promoted the rapid growth of the brand’s sales. As for women’s watches, Chopard is the unshakable market leader whose consumers cover people of all ages. Coupled with a comprehensive portfolio of products from sunglasses to watches to jewellery, Chopard has even established brand loyalty and stickiness among young customer groups, and it is obvious that this group of shopping carts has become more and more high-end.
THOMAS WANKA, Editor-in-Chief, UHREN Magazine (Germany)
As an agent for more than 60 brands in Aachen, Germany, Studio Küpper was particularly impressed by the new IWC pilot series that debuted at the SIHH in Geneva this year. According to the merchants, both the size and the use of ceramics are extremely modern. The Portuguese series is also a popular star model, this kind of popularity has lasted for several years, and shines because of its diversified functional options, especially the chronograph models, its size is suitable for men and women. Moreover, the 8-day manual winding style has achieved greater success in the male market due to its technical characteristics.
In the latest model released by Basel, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean equipped with a new self-produced movement has attracted much attention. A representative of Studio Küpper, who is a watch enthusiast, expressed his voice: ‘I really appreciate the classic appearance and timeless quality of Breitling Navitimer. It is my favorite.’
Seamaster Planet Ocean © Omega
Among the new collections displayed in his home window, his favorite is Zenith, whose El Primero movement has been rated by connoisseurs as one of the best automatic movements, and is also “outstanding” among classic movements (according to tests Platform Paper).
After refurbishing and expanding the store in Ludwigstrasse, Germany, Mühlbacher Jewellers saw great potential in Hublot. In addition to the well-known evergreen brands Patek Philippe and Rolex, the appeal and influence of IWC and Omega among consumers continues to grow. ‘I am now happy to place these brands in the top ten. Cartier and Bulgari can be classified as brands with a positive brand image and increasing demand, as the number of retailers in Germany and elsewhere in Europe decreases. This advantage is further strengthened. ‘
Based in Fürth, northern Bavaria, Kuhnle Jewellers, like many other retailers, has chosen Patek, Rolex, and Breitling. The merchant claims to have been impressed with the new brand HYT, and its watchmakers have created some revolutionary innovations-adding a series of hybrid engines to their watches. This successful combination of mechanics and hydraulics is like combining combustion and electric motors in a car. Finally, the ladies’ needs were met from the Patek Philippe perpetual calendar. The Swiss watchmaker has once again proven his expertise with the Grande Complication 7140 with an ultra-thin movement. The slim hands can indicate the day, date, month, leap year, moon phase and 24 hours.
In Commemoration Of The 25th Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, Lange Organized Wonderful Art Creation Activities In The East Side Gallery
The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 marked the beginning of a new era for Lange. The unification of Germany opened the door to the reconstruction of Lange and reinvigorated Saxony’s fine watchmaking. In line with the 25th anniversary of this historical event, Lange held a wonderful temporary (note) art event at the East Side Gallery in Berlin on November 3, 2014.
Jakub Hortig and ‘his’ LANGE 1. The date and time display for this historical moment:
November 9, 1989, 6.53 p.m.
Street artist Jakub Hortig painted a large-scale LANGE 1 work with spray paint. This watch has been the brand’s signature since Lange returned to the Saxony watchmaking world. Unlike in the past, the number displayed on the Lange’s large calendar changed from the usual ’25’ to ‘9’, which symbolized November 9, 1989. The time is set at 6.53 pm, the moment when Günter Schabowski, a member of the Politburo of the German Socialist Party (SED), announced at a press conference the immediate removal of East German citizen travel restrictions. The news sent a large number of citizens to the border crossing and toppled some of the surrounding walls that night.
Graffiti artist Jakub Hortig, who lives in Dresden, was born in Louny in 1983, and the town is now part of the Czech Republic. The skilled goldsmith and jeweller has been responsible for the finishing of Lange watches since 2007. Hortig first encountered graffiti art at the age of 13. He completed his first mural in his grandfather’s garage. His street art themes include brush-painted text and template designs. Hortig often focuses his work under a watchmaking magnifier, and street art is an important way to express his feelings.
The 1.3-km-long East Side Gallery is located on Mühlenstraße in Berlin-Friedrichshain. It is arguably one of the world’s best-known and largest open-air galleries. Since the spring of 1990, a total of 118 artists from 21 countries have left artistic marks on this wall.
LANGE 1 is made with the help of 12 templates, and the process takes 8 hours.
Note: The East Side Gallery is a protected site. Therefore, the graffiti cannot be sprayed directly on the wall. Instead, replace it with a canvas and remove it after the event.
Breitling’s aerobatic flight show is undoubtedly the biggest highlight of the aviation festival
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Bayi Skydiving Team
2013 The 2013 China Xinjiang Karamay Aviation Tourism Festival with the theme of aviation performance and aircraft display will be held at Karamay Civil Aviation Airport from August 16th to 18th this year, which is also the first aviation tourism festival in Northwest China. The slogan of this aviation tourism festival is: ‘Karamay, dream of taking off.’
‘2013 Xinjiang Xinjiang Karamay Air Tourism Festival’ is co-sponsored by Xinjiang Autonomous Region Tourism Bureau, Civil Aviation Xinjiang Administration, Karamay City People’s Government, Karamay City Construction Investment Development Co., Ltd., Zhuhai Blue Classic Aviation Culture Co., Ltd. unit. The Autonomous Region Government stated that the holding of this aviation festival is to fully demonstrate the great situation of Xinjiang’s national unity, prosperity and development, and rich tourism resources, to increase the public’s understanding of the aviation industry and knowledge, and to promote Xinjiang’s aviation industry, aviation culture industry and tourism development of.
According to the person in charge of the “2013 Xinjiang Xinjiang Karamay Aviation Tourism Festival”, at present, with the great attention of governments at all levels and the strong support of relevant departments, the preparations are progressing smoothly. The person in charge also stated that Karamay’s air is clean, its sight is wide, and its visibility is high. This is a natural condition that is not conducive to aviation performance in other big cities.
航空 This aviation festival is not only powerful but also rich in content. The parachute skydiving of the Bayi Skydiving Team of the internationally renowned Chinese People’s Liberation Army, a superb and superb Swiss Breitling jet flight super show, as well as aerobatics, powered delta wings, aeromodelling, light aircraft and other aviation aircraft Performances and static displays.
The Bayi Parachuting Team of the People’s Liberation Army of the world’s top level will perform a parachuting performance every day. At that time, the gorgeous umbrella flowers falling from the sky will become an unprecedented beautiful picture above Karamay.
Breitling’s aerobatic flight show is undoubtedly the biggest highlight of the aviation festival. Breitling is the world’s largest civilian professional jet aerobatic flight demonstration team. It is equipped with 7 L-39C albatross two-seat jet military trainers. The pilots are all highly experienced flight experts. Their superb and spiritual performance won ‘Walking’ reputation. Karamay is the last stop of Breitling’s ‘Asia Trip’ from last year, and also their last ‘walk in the clouds’ in China.
During the aviation tourism festival, the organizer will also hold a ‘ground interactive event between aerobatic pilots and skydivers and the audience’. Breitling Jet pilots and Bayi skydivers will launch fun interactive games with the audience at the scene and present memorabilia to the audience. The audience signed and posed for a photo with the audience. A small number of viewers can also enter the cockpit of the Breitling Jet fleet and have a ‘close contact’ with the aircraft to feel the pride of the fighter. ‘Static display’ means that before each air show, all participating aircraft will be quietly placed in the airport, which can be used for science education, and the audience can also come in close contact with the aircraft and pilots to take pictures.
During the aviation tourism festival, Karamay City will launch supporting tourism cultural activities. There are flavor food festivals focusing on Xinjiang’s special flavor snacks, there is an aviation forum on the theme of combining the development of general aviation economy and tourism resources in Karamay, and aviation Souvenirs, tourism products-based exhibitions. This means that the audience can not only enjoy the thrilling flight feast, feel the infinite charm of the flight, but also fully appreciate the customs and customs of Xinjiang, and feel the unique charm of beautiful Xinjiang....
Sweet and affectionate Valentine’s Day is over, romantic and warm White Valentine’s Day has come with the mellow spring. Purity, warmth, perfection … People endlessly give white a beautiful interpretation, just as we expect for eternal love. On this white day, Tang Wei, the global brand spokesperson for Rado, brought the HyperChrome 1314 ‘Lifetime I’ limited edition automatic mechanical watch to the pure beauty, and cherished it. Add beauty to your white day.
In Chinese culture, many numbers have special meanings. 1314 is a homonym with ‘One Life, One Life’, symbolizing eternal love. In the limited edition of HyperChrome’s 1314 ‘Lifetime I’, the Rado Swiss radar carefully engraved this magic code on the back of each watch. This implication is also in line with RADO’s watchmaking philosophy. It has always been the unremitting pursuit of Swiss Rado to create timeless and beautiful watches. The HyperChrome Series 1314 ‘Lifetime One’ Limited Edition is made of polished high-tech ceramics that are not easy to wear.
The Rado HyperChrome 1314 ‘Lifetime’ limited edition automatic mechanical watch is a dazzling white high-tech ceramic watch. The light, non-wearing high-tech ceramic material is subtly blended with warm rose gold or gold elements, and the diamond scale on the dial is even more icing on the cake. The unique charm is hard to resist. Limited edition of 1,314 pieces, each with its own serial number.
White Valentine’s Day, for your beloved her, choose a token that protects her precious love forever-RADO SwissRadar HyperChrome Series 1314 ‘Lifetime One’ Limited Edition, witness your precious and lasting love.
Movement: 8 3/4 ETA 2681, automatic mechanical movement, 25 stone, 3 hands, calendar display at three o’clock, 38-hour power reserve, black automatic hammer, polished decorative movement
Case: white high-tech ceramic material, one-piece case
Polished gold PVD stainless steel side inlays
White polished high-tech ceramic case back with sapphire mirror
Double-sided anti-glare curved sapphire crystal
Polished gold PVD stainless steel crown
Limited number engraved on the bottom cover: N ° XXXX / 1314
Water resistance: 5 bar (50 meters)
Dial: Mother-of-pearl, 12 diamonds, 115/120, top Wesselton diamonds, VS-SI, fully cut, 0.078 carats, white dial ring, gold swingable anchor logo, gray ‘Rado’ and ‘Automatic’ Logo
Hands: Gold-colored hands
Bracelet: Three-row white high-tech ceramic, titanium tri-fold clasp with white high-tech ceramic buttons
Case dimensions 36.0 x 41.9 x 10.4 (width x length x height Unit: mm)