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60th Anniversary Limited Edition Professional Diver’s 600M Spring Drive Calibrer 9RA5 © Grand Seiko
History & Masterpieces
The powerful roar of the Grand Seiko lion at 60

Grand Seiko has put together a dazzling agenda for its 60th anniversary, marked by the opening of new manufacturing facilities, the inauguration of a flagship boutique on Place Vendôme, a dozen limited editions fitted with new calibres, and the unveiling of a concept movement.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
6 min read
Don't forget Japan!

The Japanese market, with its codes, rituals and demands, remains a case apart in Asia. A booming economy until the 1990s, it is now returning to the spotlight, particularly where luxury is concerned. For watch brands, Japan is already emerging as the year's fastest-growing market.

Monday, 03 June 2019
4 min read
Grand Seiko Black Ceramic Spring Drive Chronograph GMT limited editions collection
Connoisseur of watches
Grand Seiko returns as a brand

Grand Seiko's success on international markets has been the cue for the Japanese firm to transform the collection into a full-fledged brand with its own production resources, logistics and sales support.

Thursday, 06 April 2017
3 min read
Seiko Presage Automatic Chronograph cadran émail, Calibre 8R48
Mechanical watchmaking rises in Japan

Japanese watch firms are intent on beating the crisis and, with competition rife at entry level, are strengthening their footing in the mechanical market, as shown by last year's takeover of Frederique Constant by Citizen, and by Grand Seiko's international launch.

Monday, 13 March 2017
4 min read
Swiss watch exports : the trend remains clearly negative

The downturn in Swiss watch exports continued in May. Their value dropped 9.7% compared to last year, to stand at 1.6 million francs. Over the first five months of the year, the level was lower than that of 2012.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016
The FHH Journal editors
1 min read
Frédérique Constant Horological_Smartwatch
The Swiss honeypot

When Japan's Citizen group bagged Frédérique Constant, it disproved the oft-repeated theory that there are no more Swiss watch brands for sale.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016
4 min read
Survey in Japan: a liking for luxury watches

Every two years, the FH Centre in Tokyo conducts a survey of watch purchases among several thousand Japanese consumers. Finding: the Japanese are fond of luxury and Swiss watches.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Chantal Garbani
3 min read
History & Masterpieces
An isolationist policy

Japan's first encounter with mechanical timekeeping came in the sixteenth century, as it did in Geneva. But whereas Calvin's Protestant doctrine had been the vector in Switzerland, it was Catholicism that brought horology to Japan.

Friday, 21 March 2014
2 min read
The FHH makes a hit in Japan

Switzerland and Japan are this year celebrating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between their two countries, a bond that was further reinforced in 2009 by a free trade agreement.

Friday, 21 March 2014
2 min read
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