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WMR - March 2016

Foreword

WMR - March 2016


Dear friends,

We are already into the first quarter of the year and there have been a few significant events in the watch industry. Firstly, we have witnessed some grand introductions to fine watchmaking at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie held in Geneva in January. Next, we are eagerly looking forward to the Baselworld 2016. Do expect a lot of innovations and some really creative timepieces at the fair. As always, we have got both the fairs covered for our readers. We present a report on the SIHH fair for you in this issue as well as provide a peek into pre-Basel releases in the Essentials and Time Unleashed sections.

The Budget 2016 was also much commented on. As far as the watch industry is concerned, it seems that there has not been any significant impact on the watch industry specifically. How the policies will affect the economy in general, remains to be seen. It is true that the overall mood is a bit somber, but despite that we have a positive outlook for the industry.

We have on the cover, Pierce Brosnan, and I am sure you will enjoy reading about his ambassadorship with Speake-Marin. We are also happy to note that Titan has released a smartwatch that promises to be responsive and not intrusive. Read our interview with with Sridhar Solur, General Manager, Wearables and Smart Platforms at HP Inc. and Somprabh Singh Head of Design (Watches & Accessories Division) at Titan Company Limited to know more. We also chat with Paul D’Souza, a man who is passionate about restoring watches.

In addition, we have the latest events and news in the watch world covered for you.

Happy Reading!

SK Sign

Sunil Karer

Editor