Consumer Goods Analyst
Celebrating watchmaking excellence at Vontobel
At Vontobel, we focus on quality and precision, and we partner with others who emphasize these same values. Watchmaking is renowned for its attention to detail, and we are thrilled to announce an upcoming collaboration within this industry.
This spring, we are partnering with the online watch magazine “WatchAdvisor – Your Time. Our Passion." to sponsor their coverage of this year's event, “Watches & Wonders”. It is a celebration of watchmaking excellence, and we provide WatchAdvisor's direct reporting from the fair, along with in-depth industry knowledge in Vontobel's latest "Swiss watch industry outlook" livestream replay.
See the releases from the “Watches & Wonders” fair below:
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For more info about our partner WatchAdvisor, please see watchadvisor.com
The Swiss watch industry has one of its toughest years behind it. Exports plummeted by 22% due to the global lock-down, similar to the decline seen in 2009 during the financial crisis. Swatch Group in particular has been hit hard, with smartwatches not making it easy for traditional watchmakers. However, Vontobel analysts expect a strong rebound in the second quarter of 2021 (+18%), though not a return to 2019 levels. This rebound will be driven mainly by Mainland China, which became the largest export market for Swiss watches for the first time in 2020.
See the video presentation of the latest report below.
Starting May 2021, Jean-Philippe Bertschy will take over responsibility for the equity research coverage of Swiss luxury brands. Jean-Philippe joined Bank Vontobel AG as a financial analyst 11 years ago. Among other roles, he previously spent seven years as partner and equity analyst specializing in Food, Luxury Goods and Business Services at NZB Neue Zürcher Bank. With more than 25 years of related analyst and consultant experience, he worked closely alongside René Weber as Head of our Consumer Goods team for the past five years. This experience and Vontobel’s long-established relationships with the “who’s who” of the Swiss watch industry are and will continue to be the distinguishing feature of Vontobel’s research coverage of Swiss luxury stocks.
Vontobel Research provides in-depth primary analyses of Swiss companies by specialists with direct contacts in senior management. The primary focus is on business models, technology, strategy, management and ESG aspects, which form the basis for company valuations and stock recommendations. The result is unique and comprehensive Swiss stock research - investing with conviction.
©Vontobel: Our luxury analyst René Weber, who has been with Vontobel for 34 years, presents the "Swiss Watch Industry Study 2021", together with his colleague and successor Jean-Philippe Bertschy.