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The Swiss replica watch industry is doomed

 
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MessagePosté le: Lun 10 Oct - 08:14 (2016)    Sujet du message: The Swiss replica watch industry is doomed Répondre en citant

There was one accelerate in Tim Cook’s keynote that apparently fabricated the watch industry potentates asphyxiate on their oysters St Jacques. It was a artlessly a bright allegory amid Apple Watch sales and sales of adequate watch brands, both top and low. And it wasn’t good. At the basal of the butt was Japan’s Casio, makers of able replica watches advised to yield on catchbasin treads and avalanche from your dresser. Further up the account was Longines, a mid-level cast with a continued and acclaimed history. Afresh Patek Philippe beneath Citizen and Seiko. Near the top was Fossil, the cast a lot of of us get for top academy graduation. Afresh the Apple Watch. Afresh Rolex. This list, if apprehend with a watch lover’s eye, is an outrage. It’s like assuming a account of car brands – Toyota, Bugatti, Ford, Mercedes – and baronial them by sales, not quality. The account would be an affront. To the watch lover – and the brands that baby to them – none of these upstarts, the Casio’s, the Citizens – deserve to be on the aforementioned accelerate as Patek Philippe and Rolex. Omega and Cartier – mid-level brands – maybe, but not those patresfamilias of the watch industry. But there they are. And that’s absolutely why Swiss watchmaking is doomed. And that’s why added and added abate brands are actualization to ample the alveolate abysm amid affordable and ludicrous. First we accept to accept that the watch industry is about glamour. rolex uk accept a abysmal and important history and are some of the a lot of admirable and well-designed altar of our era. But they are aswell just jewelry, and big-ticket adornment at that. Watch makers accept congenital a avant-garde arrangement of retail “doors” and they created bogus absence by authoritative those doors yield – not accept – artefact of the brand’s choosing. Regional administrator didn’t like your abundance in Pittsburgh? He’d accomplish you buy ten middling watches, a few big-ticket but abstract bands, and maybe a few adequate pieces. Afresh retailers mark them down, accord discounts to admired customers, and abode orders for “grail swiss replica watches ” that wouldn’t be abounding for months or years. The Swiss watch industry, during the 1980s and 1990s even into the 2000s was in close ascendancy of its inventory, retail sales, and profits. And times were good. Now watches are a commodity. Companies like Daniel Wellington and MVMT are affairs millions of dollars account of adequate if poorly-constructed watches – thereby gutting the Swiss low-end – and with avant-garde accomplishment techniques we are seeing abate brands aftermath automated timepieces. Glitzy houses like MB&F and added staid, adequate places like F.P. Journe – companies who accomplish admirable watches for the account of their adorableness and complication – may accomplish it out of this clamor but alone in the aforementioned way vinyl producers accept begin a baby alcove with music lovers. Don’t accept me? Check out this address from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. “July was not a able ages for Swiss watch industry exports,” they wrote. “The actuality that there were two beneath alive canicule this year absolutely penalised the after-effects to some extent, but that was not the free agency because at the aforementioned time Swiss exports were college overall. The industry saw the amount of its exports lose 14.2% compared to July 2015 at 1.6 billion francs.” The media is axle on. CNBC writes “Is time getting alleged on the watch industry as a reliable antecedent of assets for Switzerland?” It gives me no amusement in advertence any of this except for a baby billow of schadenfreude: barring some phenomenon this band will abatement and fall. In short, their airs did them in. Many would affirmation Tim Cook’s accelerate is bogus. Rolex doesn’t broadcast sales numbers but we can appraisal the aggregation is authoritative and affairs about a actor watches a year authoritative it hardly the rarified cast that a lot of watch neophytes anticipate it is. If Rolex is the cast to beat, and you can be assertive they wish you to anticipate so, afresh in a few months Apple will exhausted it handily. Why? Because humans don’t charge watches but Apple understands why they wish them. Superior ability is the aboriginal leg on Apple’s little watchmaking stool followed by a avant-garde ambit of ample accessories. Functionality is the third leg. Can your Rolex acquaint you the temperature in Cupertino? You may not affliction on a circadian base but if you’re about to yield a booze an Apple Watch is far bigger than a Rolex at cogent you whether to accompany a coat. As I’ve said afresh and again, watchmakers brought this aloft themselves. To actualize an air of exclusivity they jacked up prices and created bogus shortages. They abandoned the Internet until it was far too backward and abandoned their accurate bazaar – the watch obsessives who appointment sites like ABlogToWatch and Hodinkee and column wrist shots on Reddit. Samsung even brought on, in its own, ham-handed way, an editor from one of those sites in adjustment to abduct some of the brio from the Swiss brands. Sadly, if things accumulate branch this way the alone things those affected sites will address about are Samsung and Apple smartwatches. The affair that absolutely hurts? The Glycine Airman was already the watch to abrasion pilots in the aboriginal 20th century. It had a 24-hour punch and could acquaint two timezones at once. The Airman rode on the wrists of airline captains and helicopter pilots and there some examples so beat by use and corruption – yet still active – that you admiration how they survived. The watch had a story. Last ages Invicta – a cast added at home on QVC than in anyone’s accumulating – bought Glycine. It was a blaze sale. And it will appear afresh and afresh until there’s annihilation left. Jony Ive said “Switzerland is fucked.” He was right.

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