PARIS — Swiss watch exports rose 12.7 percent in August, bolstered by the continued popularity of gold timepieces.


Foreign sales of Swiss watches in the month totaled 1.5 billion Swiss francs, or $1.55 billion at average exchange for the period, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said.


The number of exported timepieces decreased 1.7 percent compared to August 2011, negatively impacted by a 5 percent unit decline of watches costing less than 200 francs, or $206. However, sales of timepieces costing more than 3,000 francs, or $3,093, grew 21.5 percent, maintaining their strong momentum.


Swiss watch exports to Hong Kong rose 11.1 percent, and China registered a 1.1 percent gain after two consecutive months of decline. Meanwhile, Singapore posted a 20.6 percent drop.


Europe showed a strong performance, with Germany up 35.6 percent and France up 22.6 percent. Sales in the United States increased 11.1 percent.


Cumulative Swiss watch export growth in the first two-thirds of this year was 16 percent.