Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Watch Brands: Death Wathc for Tourneau?

-from The New York Post

The 116-year-old luxury watchmaker-retailer Tourneau is said to be running out of time.
The New York company, owned private equity firm, Leonard Green & Partners has been for sale for months but has yet to field a single serious nibble, according to a report.

As more people rely on smartphones and other gadgets to keep track of time, the watch industry has been struggling, and Tourneau may have also hurt itself by overexpanding, industry experts say. Tourneau has had declining sales and is losing market share, according to a report by Debtwire, which covers distressed debt.

“The fact that this process has been going on for a number of months without a buyer could be a sign of challenges in this process,” said Elsa Berry, founder of Vendôme Global Partners, an M&A advisory firm specializing in the luxury industry who is not involved with Tourneau. “The market is much more unforgiving today for underperformers or brands losing money,” she said.

Tourneau, which has 33 locations and which claims its Las Vegas store is the largest watch store in the world, appears to be trying to change.
Its Web site on Tuesday featured not a $3,960 Nomos Glashütte, but a $250 Samsung Gear S2 watch.

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