Monday, 12 December 2011
The world’s largest shop for luxury watches in Paris in 2013
Luxury Swiss retail giant Richemont, owner of such brands as Cartier, Piaget and Jaeger-LeCoultre, is to open the world’s largest shop for luxury watches in Paris.
Business Montres quoted an internal memo saying a three-storey 2,200 square metre (24,000 square foot) shop would open early 2013.
The shop would take over the premises of the landmark Old England shop near the Place Vendome, famous for its luxury watch shops and hugely popular with Middle Eastern and Asian tourists, in particular Chinese.
France’s La Tribune daily said Richemont would pay 70 million euros ($94 million) for the site.
Swiss luxury watch distributor Bucherer would run the new shop, with Richemont stumping up the cash.
“Watch-lovers will find a top-level selection of famous and prestigious watches, in an exclusive atmosphere,” Bucherer’s management was quoted as saying in the memo dated November 30.
Cartier boss Bernard Fornas told Les Echos financial daily that the new site would make it easier to receive coachloads of tourists.
Business Montres said that the Paris watch market would undergo major changes, with the rise of big shops forcing the closure of many small retailers.