Breaking news: PPR acquires 50.1% of Sowind

PPR, owner of Gucci and Puma, has just acquired 50.1% of Sowind Group which comprises Girard Perregaux and JeanRichard. PPR previously held a minority stake in Sowind. Since the passing of Gino Macaluso, there has been speculation on the future direction of Sowind so this is not unexpected. With PPR’s minority stake this was long expected. Both his sons will continue in their roles running GP and JR respectively. This acquisition marks the end of the independence of one of the last family owned high end watchmakers. – SJX

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Breaking News: Ulysse-Nardin Acquired By Kering

French luxury conglomerate Kering has just announced its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Ulysse-Nardin from the Schnyder family, beefing up its watchmaking division.

Breaking news: PPR in talks to acquire Richard Mille

LVMH acquires Bulgari

Travelling from July 5-11.

More interesting content when I return. – SJX

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An interview with Eva Leube

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Eva Leube Ari

The Sydney Tarts, an Australian group of watch and food lovers, just posted an interview with watchmaker Eva Leube. Australia’s first independent watchmaker, Eva’s first creation is the curved Ari, which takes its cues from the Movado Polyplan and Gruen Curvex of the last century.

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A look at Australian watchmaker Eva Leube

Introducing The AHCI 30th Anniversary Pen, With Proceeds To Safeguard Independent Watchmaking History

A Visit With Hajime Asaoka, the Solo Independent Watchmaker Working In a Tokyo Apartment

Hajime Asaoka is a Japanese independent watchmaker who only recently began making timepieces. Entirely self-taught, he works out of a converted apartment in Tokyo which is equipped to make nearly all of the components required for his timepieces.

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