That the watch industry is dominated by mega watchmaking conglomerates (or "groups") is a well-known point of discussion. Indeed, groups such as Swatch, LVMH, Richemont, Kering, and Movado control many of the most coveted brands at any and all price ranges. So where does that leave independents? What if some of the last bastions of independent watchmaking were to be absorbed into a new group? The oft-discussed selling of Breitling to a private equity firm has me speculating about various "group" configurations if it were to be sold off again. Here's one example. Any other thoughts?
The Breitling Group
Bovet - "halo" brand
Eberhard & Co. - luxury brand (mainly Euro market)
Breitling - mass-market luxury brand
Oris - mid-level brand
Edox - mid-level sports brand (mainly Euro market)
Claude Bernard by Edox - entry-level brand