Who Owns Who in the Watch Industry?

Swatch Group, Richemont Group and LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE) are the heavy hitters in the watch business, but who owns the rest?

Twenytwoten.com have compiled a list of the major brands and their respective parent companies. As you find the owner of your favourite brand, take note of the ever-growing list of Independent companies.

The most exciting thing about the watch industry is that even though this list may represent the majority of the market share, it merely skims the surface of the watch brands within the industry. There are the companies arising and consistently challenging the norm with awe-inspiring results.

Swatch (Switzerland)
Richemont (Switzerland)
LVMH (France)
BalmainA. Lange & SohneBulgari
BlancPainBaume MercierChaumet
Calvin KleinDunhillFred
CertinaIWC SchaffhausenHublot
Flik FlakJaeger-LeCoultreLouis Vuitton
Glashutte OriginalMontBlancTAG Heuer
HamiltonOfficine Panerai,Zenith
Harry WinstonPiaget
Jaquet DrozRalph Lauren **Kering Group (France)
Leon HatotRoger DubuisBottega Veneta
LonginesVacheron ConstantinBoucheron
MidoVan Cleef & ArpelsGirard-Perregaux
SwatchAudemars PiguetQeelin
TissotBallUlysse Nardin
Union GlashutteBell & Ross
BovetMovado Group (U.S.A)
Rolex SABreitlingCoach*
FortisESQ by Movado
Festina Group (Spain)HermesHugo Boss*
CalyspoKoboldJuicy Couture*
CandinoMelbourne Watch CompanyLacoste*
Festina GroupOrisMovado
Jaguar*Patek PhilippeScuderia Ferrari*
L.LeroyRichard Mille SATommy Hilfigure*
PerreletThe British MastersLuxuryConcepts Timepieces
Arnold & SonArmand Nicolet
Seiko Group (Japan)GrahamBedat
CredorFossil Group (U.S.A)Citizen Group (Japan)
Grand SeikoAdidas*Alpina
LorusArmani Exchange*Arnold & Son
PulsarDiesel*Bulova AccuSwiss
Seiko GroupDKNY*Bulova Accutron II
Emporio Armani Swiss Made*Bulova Clocks
Timex Group (U.S.A)Emporio Armani*Campanola
GC*FossilCaravelle New York
Guess*Karl Lagerfeld*Citizen
Nautica*Marc Jacobs*DeMonaco
Opex*Michael Kors*Frank Lloyd Wright*
Salvatore Ferragamo Timepieces*MicheleFrédérique Constant
TimexRelicHarley Davidson*
Versus*Tory Burch*Wittnauer
Franck Muller (Switzerland)Citychamp Group (Hong Kong)
Backes & Strauss**Binda Group (Italy)Codex
European Watch CompanyChronotech*Dreyfuss & Co.
Franck MullerFreestyleEbohr
Martin BraunGametime*Eterna
Pierre Michael GolayHip HopJ&T Windmills
Pierre KunzKenneth Cole Reaction*Rossini
Roberto Cavalli*Kenneth Cole*Rotary
Smalto Timepieces*Sperry Top-Sider*
Ted Baker London*
Tommy Bahama*
* Watches/Clocks are produced under a license agreement with the brand owner.
**The parent group and the brand are a joint venture

Update: August-2016 – Citizen Watch Co. aquires Frédérique Constant Holdings SA and it’s three watch brands (Frédérique Constant, Alpina and DeMonaco) for an undisclosed sum.