Patek, Tudor and TAG Heuer’s latest watches have a case of the blues

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the major watch shows declaring they would not take place this year, many of the world’s watch brands said they would delay releasing new models, and some, including Patek Philippe, postponed their entire 2020 launch programme by a year.

Since February, when lockdowns were imposed in China, there has been steep decline in the industry. In March, Swiss watch exports dropped 21.9 per cent by value compared with 2019. In Hong Kong it was even worse, a fall of 41.3 per cent.

Then, at the end of April, things began to recover

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From Hublot to TAG, luxury brands aren’t giving up on smartwatches

It has been five years since the big Swiss watch brands first responded to the emergence of the Apple Watch. What was once seen as a slightly anaemic offering has been significantly improved since: TAG Heuer and Montblanc have released updated versions of their Connected and Summit watches, and Tissot has turned its long-standing T-Touch platform into a genuine smartwatch.

The latest to enter the fray is Hublot, with the launch this week of the Big Bang E. With other players including Louis Vuitton and Frederique Constant also well established, it is clear that, despite the Apple Watch outselling the

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