Commentary: Swiss Watch Industry Still Ticking Despite Decline

Just about a week ago, Bloomberg published a very good article about the decline of Swiss watch exports and the factors influencing this fall. The article came on the heels of the release of industry export numbers by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. Certain other online publications and blogs referenced the story in…

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Monday Cheers! American Whiskey at its Finest, and the Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

With August upon us we enter what may be the hottest month of the year. So, cooling off and relaxing this month is in order (especially for the Swiss who are celebrating the country’s birth today). One brand that has ideas on how to do that is a new American-made blended whiskey brand: Virgil Kaine…

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Philippe Leopold-Metzger, CEO of Piaget, Talks About the Significance and Design of the Piaget Polo S Line

Recently Piaget unveiled its newest Piaget Polo S watch in New York, where we also had the opportunity to talk to global CEO, Philippe Leopold Metzger about the launch of the new line that is created only in stainless steel and that represents a new opening price point for the brand. Consisting of five models,…

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Tiny Jewel Box’s Jim Rosenheim to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Yes, this is a watch industry insider news story. One that deserves telling because the person involved deserves recognition. Yesterday, Jewelers of America announced that Jim Rosenheim, chairman of Tiny Jewel Box, a Washington DC retailer, has been named to receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Rosenheim is the third-generation in the family jewelry business, which…

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Inside View: What It’s Really Like to go Aerobatic Flying …. Soaring Across the Skies with the Breitling Jet Team

Recently, I had the incredible honor of flying with the Breitling Jet Team. While i wrote a little about that on HauteTime, i now bring you all the inside details, as well as the upside down details of formation and aerobatic aviation flying. The day started like every other in my life. I awoke, and…

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Industry Retail Legend, Harold Tivol, Dies at 92

I remember being new to this watch and jewelry industry. It was in the early-mid 1980’s and I was working for National Jeweler Magazine – then one of the top publications in the industry, owned by Milt Gralla and his brother. One of my first assignments was to fly to Kansas City, Mo., and visit…

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