Benetton Enters into Licensing Deal with Timex India

Benetton has joined hands with Timex India, to introduce an exclusive line of watches in the Indian market.
Benetton Enters into Licensing Deal with Timex India

Clothing brand Benetton is partnering with watchmaker Timex India, to launch an exclusive collection of watches in the Indian market targeted towards men, women, and kids.

Timex India will spearhead the overall designing, manufacturing, and distribution of the watches while Benetton will provide creative inputs as part of the licensing deal.

The ‘Timewear’ collection will roll out in the second quarter of the current financial year. The partnership, exclusive to the Indian market, will help Benetton and Timex to deepen their footprint and reach in the country, the two said in a statement.

This one-of-a-kind collaboration is part of a licensing deal where Benetton India will be at the forefront of creative inspiration stemming from the brand's DNA of colors and social, while Timex India will spearhead the overall designing, manufacturing, and distribution.

India’s watch market is estimated at $100 billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8-10% in the coming years. Titan Company Ltd is India’s largest watch manufacturer. However, over the years the popularity of smartphones and digital watches has reduced the consumer appetite for analogue watches.

The move will help Benetton diversify its product portfolio, said Sundeep Chugh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Benetton India. "The category penetration is limited, allowing us to fill a market gap by a heritage brand like ours. We hold a robust footprint in the apparel and accessories category in the country and this partnership will mark our foray into watches, strengthening our presence towards two of the fastest-growing consumer segments; youth and kids," he added.

The collection is aimed at younger customers. Sharmila Sahai, Managing Director, Timex India, stated, "This partnership will help us increase preference amongst the youth segment across important markets, metros and tier I, II cities by bringing the best of the craftsmanship, design-oriented, style innovative and reliable fashion watches."

The product portfolio for men, women, and kids will span across four key categories of Signature, Sport, Iconic, and most importantly Social, with an end-to-end sustainable collection.

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