Timex Group

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Timex Group B.V.
Privately Held
Industry Watch manufacturing, Luxury Goods
Headquarters Hoofddorp, Netherlands
Owner Fred. Olsen & Co.[1]
Number of employees
5,000+
Website timexgroup.com

Timex Group B.V., or Timex Group, is a Dutch holding company headquartered in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, and the corporate parent of several global watchmaking companies including Timex Group USA, Inc.,[2] TMX Philippines, Inc., and Timex Group India Ltd.

The Timex Group itself is privately held by the Norwegian holding group, Fred. Olsen & Co. and releases no data on its sales or production.

Businesses and exclusive worldwide licenses include the Timex Business Unit (Timex, Timex Ironman, Opex, Nautica), Timex Group Luxury Watches (Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo), Sequel (Guess, Gc), Vertime (Versace, Versus) and Giorgio Galli Design Lab.[1]

Timex Group B.V.'s products are manufactured in the Philippines, Hong Kong, China, France, India and Switzerland, often based on technology that continues to be developed in the United States and in Germany.[citation needed] The group has operations in a number of countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.

Shortly after purchasing the Waterbury Clock Company in 1941, founder Thomas Olsen renamed the company Timex, as a portmanteau of Time (referring to Time magazine) and Kleenex.[3]

Companies and brands[edit]

Timex Business Unit, A division of Timex Group USA, Inc.

Sequel AG

Vertime SA

Timex Group Luxury Watches

Giorgio Galli Design Lab (Design studio, acquired 2007) Galli designs watches for:

  • Timex
  • Nautica
  • Versace
  • Versus
  • Salvatore Ferragamo

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Buchanan, Norma (2007). "Inside the New Timex" (PDF). WatchTime. Ebner Publishing International (October 2007): 112–119. 
  2. ^ Staff – JCK Online (2005-01-01). "'...and keeps on ticking'". JCKonline. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  3. ^ Shawn Tully (March 7, 2015). "The crazy, true-life adventures of Norway’s most radical billionaire". Fortune. A few years later Thomas Olsen would rechristen the company Timex. He hatched the iconic name from an unusual confluence of sources. Recalls Fred: “My father always loved to noodle with words. He liked to read Time magazine, and he used a lot of Kleenex, so he put the two names together and got Timex.” 

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