Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/27

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Subject: [Leica] Interview on Zeiss Ikon
From: mikiro at (MIKIRO)
Date: Wed Oct 27 02:44:51 2004
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Thanks a lot for the interesting story of the Swiss watch industry. I 
made a little research and was surprised to know so many brands 
(Breguet, Blancpain, Omega, Longines, Rado, Tissot, etc.) are now under 
Swatch. With such a group, German camera industry would be very 
different from what it is. As you point out, Cosina may be able to play 
a role, but chooses one behind the scenes as in Zeiss Ikon (They know 
why they should).

What people really want to see in Leica cameras is fascination as grand 
complication watches have.


Didier Ludwig wrote:

> Mikiro
> Comparing Leica vs. digital (today) to swiss watch manufacturers vs. 
> quartz (70ies) makes quite sense. Only the top swiss brands with the 
> upperclass mechanical watches have survived this battle.
> Meanwhile, many things have changed. Most of these brands (not IWC) and 
> especially the heart of this industry, the clockwork manufactury ETA, 
> are today owned by the Swatch group - a swiss company, too, but making 
> it's money with - quartz watches!
> So the analogy could be Swatch = Cosina?...
> But expecting the Solmsers to be wise is definitely another question :-(
> Didier
> A Fortis Spacematic Chronograph Alarm fan
>> ...I can only hope that Leica will be wise enough to survive the 
>> digital and L vs Z wars as not a few Swiss watch
>> companies did the quartz war.
>> an IWC fan
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