The seized assets of Indian diamond magnate Nirav Modi, arrested in Britain last year over fraud allegations, will be auctioned within the next two months, the Mumbai-based Saffronart auctioneers said on Tuesday.
Strong demand in mainland China helped Cartier-owner Richemont offset a weaker performance elsewhere in its first quarter, as protests in Hong Kong hit sales, revenues fell in Europe and its watch business faltered.
The YNAP buy lit a rocket under Richemont sales last year, but it dented profitability. Yet the group remains strong with jewellery and watches buoyant while Chloé and Dunhill have seen good reactions to new products.
One of the abiding mysteries in luxury is the far greater ability of Paris brands to outperform their venerable, respected and often very classy London rivals. Dunhill may be about to become a significant exception.
The growing importance of ‘hard luxury’ was further illustrated on Thursday as Yoox-Net-A-Porter’s high-end menswear arm Mr Porter announced the launch of its new watches offer combining commerce with content.
Online luxury retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) will be delisted from the Milan Stock Exchange on June 20 after Cartier owner Richemont reached nearly 95 percent of YNAP’s ordinary shares after a takeover.
Richemont has launched a new watch brand, Baume, offering trendy time pieces priced in the hundreds rather than the thousands of dollars to lure young people away from using their smartphones to tell the time.