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It has only been about 22 years since Panerai watches and straps became accessible to the general public, but during that time the brand has had spectacular success, unseating other watchmakers that have been in business longer. Today these watches are worn by both A-listers and royalty, and below are some reasons why.
The Hublot MDM Automatic Watch is so impressive that many believe it has single handedly put the company into the spotlight. Although based in Switzerland, compared to its rivals the company had been obscure until recently. The introduction of this watch and the creative marketing which was used to promote it has established Hublot as a formidable industry player.
Serious watch buyers have probably noticed that a lot of the brand new luxury watches on the market are being sold for higher than the retail price, and are difficult to get. The most notable examples are Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and Rolex, which can be a real headache for some. Below are some reasons why this is the case, and what can be done about it.
Watchmakers have recognized that luxury timepieces must be produced in limited quantities. However, this poses a challenge to other industry players, such as distributors, brands and retailers, since they must compete for sales profit margins. A new trend is emerging where watch manufacturers are integrating their digital distribution networks.
The Germany Company Sinn, which is well known for its dive watches, has recently developed a strap system that is specifically designed for those who spend lots of time underwater. Called the DuoFlex, its goal is to solve a common issue that both professional and recreational divers will be familiar with, which is the necessity of having a diving timepiece and strap that can rapidly be adjusted so that it fits on a wet suit with ease. While there are extension clasps on the market which advertise themselves as already doing this, most are inadequate at best.
Over the last few years major luxury watch manufacturers such as Rolex have made changes when it comes to their watch bezels, transitioning from stainless steel to ceramic. Many enthusiasts are surprised by the switch, and are interested to know why these watchmakers have made such changes. Below is an overview of ceramic watch bezels and how it compares to steel.