Bonus Audio: Excerpts from Our Interview with Festina Group’s Jean-Claude Schwarz

Schwarz_Soprod_150In the September-October 2012 issue of WatchTime, on sale September 11, executive editor Norma Buchanan profiles the Festina Group, one of the few companies that make movements, including hairsprings, from scratch, and hopes to cash in on cutbacks by the Swatch Group. Click below the photos to listen to audio outtakes from her exclusive interview with Festina Group’s Swiss CEO Jean-Claude Schwarz.

Click here to start the audio file: Schwarz on Festina Group’s movement production


Soprod's Jean-Claude Schwarz

Jean-Claude Schwarz, CEO of Festina Group Swiss Operations

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MHVJ in Le Sentier makes high-end movements for brands both inside and outside the Festina Group.

Click here: Schwarz on Festina Group’s movement production

About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

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