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Swiss Watch Exports Spike on Asia Resurgence

March 21, 2023  |  Leah Meirovich
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Exports of Swiss watches rose in February, driven by the reopening of China and Hong Kong as well as increased demand from all other major markets.

Total shipments rose 12% year on year to CHF 2.24 billion ($2.45 billion) for the month, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry reported Tuesday.

Orders from the US saw their 25th consecutive month of double-digit increases, advancing 16% to CHF 345.9 million ($377.7 million). Exports to China were up 8% to CHF 253.9 million ($277.2 million), while supply to Hong Kong rebounded 22% to CHF 213.2 million ($232.8 million).

“Watch exports to China revived after four months’ decline and despite a very unfavorable base effect,” the federation explained. “This probably marks a recovery in the Chinese market. This assumption is strengthened by the growth achieved in Hong Kong, suggesting a stabilization, or even an upturn, in the local market. The other main Asian markets also grew.”

Higher-priced timepieces were the most sought after, with those costing more than CHF 3,000 ($3,276) seeing a 14% rise in exports. Those ranging from CHF 500 ($546) to CHF 3,000 also increased 14%. Shipments of watches valued under CHF 200 ($218) grew 12%, while those priced between CHF 200 and CHF 500 slipped 19%.

For the first two months of the year, exports rose 11% to CHF 4.1 billion ($4.47 billion).

Image: A Rolex watch. (Shutterstock)


Swiss watch display credit Shutterstock Swiss Watch Exports Spike on Asia Resurgence

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