PARIS — Swatch Group said gross sales rose 8.3 percent in 2013 despite currency headwinds, and early signs indicate that 2014 will be another year of strong growth.
The world’s largest watchmaker — parent of brands including Omega, Breguet, Blancpain and Swatch — said sales reached a record level of 8.8 billion Swiss francs, or $9.5 billion, in 2013 versus 8.14 billion Swiss francs, or $8.5 billion, the previous year. Dollar rates are calculated at average exchange rates for the periods concerned.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"