Happy Monday and welcome to a new edition of The Spin. Today there is big news from the world of watches (reflecting changing times) as well as dispatches from India, Japan and NYC. And although it hasn't officially opened yet, the fashion world is already going crazy for "Crazy Rich Asians." Enjoy the read and here's to the start of a marvelous week! Best, Christopher


#timesup. Swatch Group, the biggest exhibitor at the yearly Baselword timepiece trade show in Switzerland, announced that it will no longer show there as of 2019. The parent company of such brands as Breguet and Longines said that it does not find trade fairs useful in the fast-paced modern world anymore. The longtime event also recently suffered the defection of the Movado Group.


That time of year. Italian tire maker Pirelli has released the images for 2019 of its famous annual calendar. Shot by Scottish photographer Albert Watson this time, it stars ballet dancer Misty Copeland and Gigi Hadid in a cinematic-like story of four women. Not for sale, it is distributed to industry VIPs.


Japanese jump. In another sign that the country's economy is in a upswing, retail sales in Japan rose 1.8 percent compared to the year before in June. The results were better than analysts expected and reversed a 1.7 percent fall in May.

Delhi delights. The annual and four-day Indian Couture Week wrapped in Delhi yesterday with a nature-themed show by Rohit Bal. It also featured the latest collection from Rahul Mishra, the first Indian designer to win the International Woolmark Prize.

Men of Manhattan. Retailers and exhibitors reported being rather pleased with the seasonal NYC men's market (paywall) held last week. Characterized by positivity and creativity, the biannual shows stressed new takes on streetwear, sportswear and other staples.


Bye-bye, Brioni. Just a little over a year since she took the position, Nina-Maria Nitsche has left her role as creative director of Brioni. A longtime veteran of Martin Margiela, she joined the brand in June 2017. Its parent, Kering, has not yet named a replacement.


Fast footing. Accent Group, one of Australia's largest footwear companies that owns 350 physical stores and nine brands including Athlete's Foot, has just launched a same-day delivery service there. The move is to help it better compete against Amazon and will be extended to all of its stores in the next two months.


Fashion flick. Opening in the US on August 15, the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" (with an all-Asian cast) is already being heralded as "the fashion movie of the summer." It features looks by Dior and Ralph Lauren among others and its costume design is by Mary E. Vogt. The industry gathered for an advance screening last week in New York.


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