As the economy restarts, Veuve Clicquot launches a platform offering discussion and support to women entrepreneurs with the SISTA collective

With the Covid-19 crisis significantly impacting the French economy, the majority of young entrepreneurs find themselves in difficulty. To help them through this unprecedented situation, and as an extension to its established Bold by Veuve Clicquot initiative, the champagne house has launched the SISTA x BOLD program, which is dedicated to supporting female entrepreneurs through the recovery phase and into the future. Veuve Clicquot joined forces with the SISTA collective to create a platform bringing together 100 experts offering 1,000 hours of guidance and discussion to women entrepreneurs who are determined to move past the current situation, safeguard their business activity, and face the future with confidence in themselves and their project.

 

As part of its Bold by Veuve Clicquot initiative supporting female entrepreneurs, the champagne house joined forces with the SISTA collective to create SISTA x BOLD, a program dedicated to supporting female entrepreneurs as they recover from the crisis and prepare for the future.

The SISTA x BOLD platform puts women entrepreneurs in touch with 100 mentors offering 1,000 hours of personalized guidance and discussion. Each entrepreneur can contact a mentor selected according to her needs. The expertise of these experienced entrepreneurs or investors will help the participants to envisage solutions to the range of problems they face in developing their project and to approach the future with confidence and positivity.

The SISTA x BOLD mentoring team includes members of the SISTA network and experts from Veuve Clicquot, as well as past winners of the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award, which has recognized female entrepreneurs every year since 1972.

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According to Tatiana Jama, co-founder of the SISTA collective, the launch of the platform is based on the strong vision of entrepreneurship shared by Veuve Clicquot and SISTA: “The world is going through an unprecedented crisis, which shows our degree of interconnection and our dependence on each other, and there have been magnificent outbursts of solidarity. This crisis can accentuate gender inequalities or be an opportunity to re-imagine tomorrow. Together with Veuve Clicquot, we share an optimistic vision and a desire to make concrete change. It is in this context that we created the SISTA x BOLD program.”

SISTA x BOLD responds to SISTA and Veuve Clicquot’s shared objective to nurture a generation of diverse leaders and to encourage successive generations of women to be bolder and more ambitious.

“Our Maison has worked alongside women entrepreneurs for so many years that it would have been unthinkable for us not to respond to our community’s call in the face of this unprecedented crisis. Even though the crisis affects us all, more than ever we want to support these entrepreneurs through this period. It is one of our priorities and we are pleased to be able to take action with SISTA,” says Jean-Marc Gallot, CEO of Veuve Clicquot and future SISTA x BOLD mentor.

To sign up for the SISTA x BOLD program and receive an hour of personalized coaching, visit the dedicated platform: sistabold.com

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LVMH releases the interactive version of its Annual Report, showcasing 2019 accomplishments

“LVMH’s performance reflects our effective strategy. Pursued with consistency, it inspires and guides our actions, and keeps us on course for sustainable growth despite exceptional circumstances” states Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, in the Chairman’s Message to introduce the Group’s 2019 Annual Report.  With the publication of its Annual Report, the Group looks back at highlights from 2019, an especially rich year marked by exceptional accomplishments and events around the world.

 

Throughout 2019 LVMH once again showed its remarkable international appeal with exceptional accomplishments around the world.

Future LIFE events held in Paris and New York provided an opportunity for the Group to review its advances in environmental responsibility and reaffirm goals for the coming years. For the first time in 2019, LVMH took part in the China International Import Expo (CIIE) trade fair in Shanghai, showcasing its longstanding relationship with China and bringing the Chinese public a chance to experience the excellence of its Maisons and their singular ability to combine innovation and heritage.

LVMH Maisons also offered moments of elegant escape, including the Louis Vuitton X exhibition in Beverly Hills, retracing 160 years of creative collaborations, and the film Cashmere – The Origin of a Secret , a journey to the origins of Loro Piana’s iconic material deep into the Mongolian steppes, directed by Luc Jacquet. Last year also saw the welcoming of Belmond to the LVMH Group with its exceptional portfolio of hotels in breathtaking destinations such as the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and the Sanctuary Lodge, tucked beneath Machu Picchu.

Journeys provided a constant flow of inspiration for LVMH Maisons: Calabria, Italy for Thierry Wasser, Master Performer of Guerlain, who traveled there to find exceptional bergamot, Morocco for Maria Grazia Chiuri, for the presentation of her 2020 Cruise Collection for Maison Dior, and Rome, where Fendi hosted a haute couture tribute to its creative genius Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away last year, against the majestic backdrop of the Roman Forum.

LVMH remains deeply attached to its roots and its native city. After Paris saw Notre-Dame cathedral, the symbol of its heritage and unity, engulfed by flames, the Group immediately mobilized and made a donation to the fund for reconstruction of this architectural jewel.

This year of accomplishments was possible thanks to the drive and energy of the talents at LVMH and its Maisons. The Group can rely on their unwavering collective engagement to respond to the crisis and above all, to rebound with even greater performance tomorrow.

 

Read the interactive version of the LVMH 2019 Annual Report.

4th session at La Maison des Startups LVMH kicks off online

With teleworking the new normal, teams at La Maison des Startups LVMH, the Group’s incubator at the Station F campus, have reinvented standard practices. On April 21 the program welcomed a fourth group of 25 new startups online. Adapting this key event on the LVMH innovation agenda, which generally takes place face-to-face, the program segued to online alternatives to let the startups introduce themselves and begin their first coaching sessions. 

 

Innovation is deeply embedded in the DNA of the LVMH Group, distinctively shaping its long-term success. One of the pillars of this strategy is La Maison des Startups LVMH, the Group’s incubator at Station F in Paris, the world’s largest startup campus. Launched in 2017, the initiative accelerates cross-fertilization between the worlds of tech and luxury to help them together create the customer experience of tomorrow. Every six months the program welcomes 25 new startups to its space at Station F to mentor them and deepen their collaboration with LVMH Maisons.

With France in lockdown since March 17 and the Station F campus closed, La Maison des Startups LVMH realigned its agenda. Demonstration sessions, which numerous LVMH teams around the world watched last year, were transformed into a series of e-workshops addressing business issues created by the coronavirus crisis, drawing a large audience among LVMH staff from 16 countries.

On April 21 La Maison des Startups LVMH welcomed a new cohort of 25 startups that were introduced to the Group during a special webinar on May 7. The first few months of support will also take place exclusively online, along with initial contacts with LVMH’s 75 Maisons. This adjustment was enthusiastically welcomed by the startups. “Everything looks very promising and ambitious. We’ve already met with over a dozen Maisons, and LVMH teams are completely available to help us better understand the different contexts and issues faced by individual Maisons and the Group in general,” says Olivier Cotinat, founder and CEO of Tapbuy, a startup specialized in mobile e-commerce interfaces.

Despite the constraints created by Covid-19, the launch of this 4th session at La Maison des Startups LVMH definitely maintained a rapid pace. All the stakeholders view this period as an amazing source of opportunities. “Constraints are what drive innovation. Crises have always spawned giants and disruptive ideas. We’re in the midst of an absolute paroxysm of constraints and we’ll need to rethink our models to make them more sustainable and responsible,” Oliver Cotinat adds.

Martin Lehec, Sales Director of the Urb-it high-end delivery service, concurs: “I’m convinced that this crisis is a tremendous opportunity. The uncertainties facing the world and the retail of tomorrow mean we need to totally rethink deliveries. We believe we have to go even further in redefining delivery as an extension of the in-store experience.”

LVMH Maisons outdo one another with imagination during the stay-at-home period, sharing original content with their social media communities

With their customers now growing accustomed to stay-at-home restrictions, LVMH Maisons are doing everything possible to bring people a little comfort, often mixed with refined utility. Social networks are an ideal channel for staying in touch. LVMH Maisons let their imaginations flow on social networks with an array of original content. Join us for delightful escapades!

 

Always wanted to know a little more about tasting champagne? Veuve Clicquot invites its followers to take enjoyment of their glass of bubbly to another level with Didier Mariotti, Chef de Cave of the celebrated champagne house. In the first episode, he explains how to select the best champagne glass to fully experience the notes on the palate with each sip.

Make Up For Ever helps make time at home more fun by sharing some beauty secrets from the Maison’s makeup artists. They host regular live sessions on the Make Up For Ever international Instagram account, revealing their techniques and also inviting followers to make donations to hospitals that are short of resources.

The lockdown is also a chance to discover new horizons. Loewe, for example, has organized “Loewe En Casa”. In conjunction with its Loewe Craft Prize, the Spanish Maison is promoting artisanal craftsmanship by inviting former participants to share their savoir-faire and passion for their craft.

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As part of our 'LOEWE EN CASA' series, we're digging into our archives to look back at some of the studio tours we've captured for past projects and artisan collaborations. Potter @SaraFlynn sat down with lecturer and potter Clive Fiddis at her studio in Northern Ireland in 2017 – the same year that Flynn was a finalist in the #LOEWEcraftprize. Flynn's work was later exhibited alongside Richard Smith’s ‘Shuttle’ work and a series of photographs by Lionel Wendt at the #ChanceEncounters exhibition presented by the @LOEWEfoundation and curated by @Jonathan.Anderson at Art Basel Miami Beach. Flynn had been commissioned to produce a new body of ceramic work for the exhibition, engaging with the space and materiality of the historical Granary building installed there. #LOEWE #LOEWEarchives

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Passion has been central to the adventure of Zenith since the Swiss watchmaker’s creation and is duly celebrated in the new “Zenith On Air” series. Friends of the Maison are invited to talk about the things that inspire them. The first episode welcomes Patrick Mouratoglou, who coaches tennis champion Serena Williams.

Kenzo brightens up each week for its followers with a rich agenda of programs. The week begins on an upbeat note with “Monday Music”, a selection of curated playlists for each day. At the end of the week it’s “TGIF Live Sets”, featuring concerts by musicians and DJs from around the world. In between are “Wednesday Workshops”, a series of tutorials by some of Kenzo’s favorite artists. And finally, Kenzo invites friends of the Maison for “Weekend Conversations”.

Belmond is hosting virtual escapades during these special times with “Belmond Invitations”, a diverse array of live events on Instagram to nourish both body and spirit, including a concert by jazz singer Joe Stilgoe, a yoga class with Nadia Narain and master classes with the likes of celebrity florist Simon Lycett and chef Raymond Blanc Obe for an unforgettable Easter table setting and meal. The workshops are guided by the Belmond Experience Makers who bring travelers exceptional experiences throughout the year.

Le Bon Marché is keeping spirits buoyed during the stay-at-home period with its “Just For You” series. There are reading recommendations from the department store’s book departments on Monday, daily living tips on Wednesday, a mouthwatering recipe from the kitchens of La Grande Epicerie de Paris on Thursday, a nature escape on Friday and a retrospective of exhibitions on Saturday. The agenda also includes a chapter in the history of Le Bon Marché presented by Stéphane Bern every Sunday. Something for everyone all week long!

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Fondé en 1852 par Aristide et Marguerite Boucicaut, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche est le premier grand magasin du monde toujours en activité. Le couple Boucicaut n’a cessé d’innover dans tous les domaines, cherchant inlassablement à devancer les attentes de la clientèle de la fin du XIXème siècle. ​ .​ Qui étaient ces deux fondateurs à l’esprit visionnaire ? D’où venaient-ils ? ​ . Aujourd’hui, @stephane.bern.officiel vous présente Aristide et Marguerite Boucicaut et vous conte les prémices de cette grande histoire dans le premier épisode de cette série, "Un extraordinaire destin"… ​🎞️ .​ Ouvrez l’œil, destination XIXème siècle ! Retrouvez @stephane.bern.officiel tous les weekends sur notre compte Instagram. ​ -​ LE BON MARCHE RIVE GAUCHE'S HISTORY BY @stephane.bern.officiel ​📽️ . ​ In 1852, Aristide and Marguerite Boucicaut created Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, the world’s first still active department store. While they kept on anticipating their clients' expectations in the late 19th century, the Boucicauts never stopped innovating in many fields. ​ .​ Where did these two visionary minds come from and who were they ? Today, @stephane.bern.officiel introduces you to Aristide and Marguerite Boucicaut and tells you the first steps of this great story in this episode, "A extraordinary fate"… 🎞️ . ​ Stay tuned, we are taking you back to the 19th century! Every weekend, you will have an appointment with @stephane.bern.officiel on our Instagram account. ​ . . . #VuAuBonMarche #LeBonMarche #RestezChezVous​ . .​ . #Paris #RiveGauche #StaySafe #StayAtHome #StayHomeStaySafe #LeBonMarcheRiveGauche #stephanebern #patrimoine ​ ​

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“Tips to the Top”: LVMH podcast series spotlights feminine talents

“Tips to the Top”, a new podcast series produced by LVMH, presents the inspiring career itineraries of twelve women from the Group’s Maisons. They talk about their professional growth and key moments in their successful careers. The first ten episodes of “ Tips to the Top” are now available on SpotifyDeezerAusha, Podcast Addict and Apple Podcasts. Don’t miss these compelling profiles of women who contribute each day to excellence across the LVMH Group. 

 

Some 73% of LVMH employees are women, and the Group is proud to spotlight some of them in the “Tips to the Top” podcast series, inviting feminine talents to share decisive moments in their careers. Reflecting LVMH’s vast diversity of Maisons, métiers and geographies,  “Tips to the Top” is a multi-facetted story of commitment told from the perspective of inspiring women.

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In the first “Tips to the Top” episode, Charlotte Toubeau, Assistant Head Pastry Chef at La Grande Epicerie de Paris, recalls how her experience in Kuwait proved a turning point in her career. In episode two,  Karen Williams, Global Academy & Education Director at Make Up For Ever, explains how meeting other professionals made her the manager she is today. And Joyce Weng, UK Managing Director for Bvlgari, recounts one of her most sparkling accomplishments with the Roman jeweler, establishing the Maison in China.

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The fourth chapter gives listeners a chance to discover the story of Mathilde Christiansen, Head of Menswear at Kenzo, who talks about her journey from her native Denmark to London, where she studied fashion before heading for Paris to embark on a successful career. Next is Florence Pennec, who recalls the day when she decided to leave her career as a chartered accountant to become Eaux-de-vie Production Director at Hennessy. Valérie Dubois, Louis Vuitton Manufacturing Director for France, remembers in episode 6 the first time she saw one of the Maison’s bags being made, sparking a life-long vocation.

The seventh “Tips to the Top” episode tells the story of Luciana Farina, International e-commerce Director for Christian Dior Couture. While the fashion industry once seemed a long way from her native village near Milan, she recounts how a career in marketing opened doors and led to her joining the celebrated couture house.

The eighth episode in the series is a portrait of Séraphine Dhellemmes, ambassador of the LVMH Métiers d’Art program. After her degree in engineering she joined the LVMH cosmetics research center and then became development coordinator for the tanneries that work with the Group’s Maisons. Séraphine Dhellemmes explains how her career itinerary has proved tremendously fulfilling.

The ninth episode in the Tips to the Top series spotlights Dominique Giovine, Vice-President, General Manager Mid-South USA for Moët Hennessy. At one point, facing seemingly insurmountable difficulties in the Georgia market, Dominique actually thought about resigning. Thanks to her tenacity, however, she not only overcame the business obstacles, but also triggered fresh momentum in her career.

It is the turn of Masumi Suzuki, Head of Sales for RIMOWA in Japan, to revisit her professional journey, which started with studies in the US and continued for several years in the fine jewelry and watchmaking sector. She joined RIMOWA in 2016 when the German House decided to establish a base in Japan. Masumi Suzuki, who now heads up a 150-strong team, looks back at the challenge of opening the RIMOWA flagship in Ginza, Tokyo, which she sees as one of the defining moments of her career, since it taught her to recognize her own achievements in order to assert herself more effectively in the workplace.

Listen to the first ten episodes of  “Tips to the Top” on  SpotifyDeezerAusha, Podcast Addict and Apple Podcasts.

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TAG Heuer launches third generation luxury connected watch in New York

TAG Heuer unveiled its new luxury connected watch in New York on March 12th. The timepiece combines the purest watchmaking tradition with state-of-the-art technology, accelerating the Swiss watchmaker’s leadership in this category. Jade Ferreol, Product Manager within the team dedicated to the connected watch since the origin of the project in 2015, talks about the Swiss Maison’s avant-garde positioning. 

“Your best performance is the one ahead.” This signature elegantly encapsulates the essence of the new TAG Heuer Connected model and the innovative spirit that has inspired the Maison since its founding.

TAG Heuer pioneered the luxury connected watch segment in 2015 with the creation of its first timepiece in partnership with Intel and Google. “Initially, production of this new watch was set to be a trial,” Jade Ferreol explains. The trial quickly proved a success, spawning the design of a second version in 2017. In the space of six months, the two timepieces emerged as a robust commercial success for the Maison.

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To develop the new model recently unveiled in New York, TAG Heuer built out the initial team, forming an inhouse team with an impressive high-tech skillset. “This is the first time that a team counting around 30 software and hardware engineers has come together to work exclusively on a connected watch,” Jade Ferreol notes.

The three pillars of the third-generation TAG Heuer Connected watch are traditional mechanical details – tapping into its rich heritage of Swiss watchmaking savoir-faire – sports performance (a dedicated app developed inhouse for the first time) and customization, with interchangeable straps and watch faces. It embodies the Maison’s commitment to combining traditional mechanical excellence and digital design, powered by bespoke, state-of-the-art software.

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“The TAG Heuer Connected watch was designed and engineered with the same passion and attention to detail as our mechanical watches. The Connected watch is not only a beautiful timepiece, it’s a truly immersive experience, now part of a complete TAG Heuer digital ecosystem geared towards performance and sports. The TAG Heuer Connected offers limitless possibilities in terms of future innovation. Thanks to the talent and dedication of our teams, the new Connected is a truly brand-defining product that will lead the way into a new era for TAG Heuer,” says Frédéric Arnault, TAG Heuer’s Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, who has led this ambitious project since its start.

The new TAG Heuer Connected bolsters the Maison’s position in the hotly competitive luxury connected watch segment, offering an elegant and versatile chronograph designed for both everyday life and sports.

LVMH presents Echo Day, the Group’s first inhouse radio program, kicking off a tribute to talented women throughout March

LVMH launched the EllesVMH program in 2007 to support gender balance at every level of the organization. In 2020, LVMH is breaking new ground with its first ever radio program, available to all employees worldwide via SHERO, an internal media created to support women in their careers at the Group. Hosted by journalist Marie Drucker along with Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies, the program presents the ambitions and innovative initiatives taken by LVMH and its Maisons to promote gender equality. Also being released is a new podcast series called “Tips to the Top”.

 

LVMH has made gender parity a top priority. This is a natural commitment for a Group whose workforce comprises over 73% women. A new radio program called Echo Day promotes the many actions pursued as part of the EllesVMH initiative. Created in 2007, EllesVMH supports the professional growth of women in all positions and at every level of the Group.

This commitment extends to top management positions, targeting a 50/50 balance between women and men in 2020. Echo Day is an opportunity to spotlight the many initiatives taken over the past 14 years during a conversation between Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies, and journalist Marie Drucker.

EllesVMH Echo Day this year features the voices of feminine talents at LVMH. The radio program includes interviews with women from LVMH, as well as representatives of Maisons that won this year’s Inclusion Index Awards, which recognize top initiatives to strengthen diversity and inclusion at LVMH Maisons.

LVMH women’s voices will also be celebrated in a series of 12 podcasts, available starting today. Produced for both internal and public audiences, the podcasts present inspiring women from the Group who recount the day when they made a decision that really launched them on their career path. Entitled “Tips to the Top”, the podcasts are produced by journalist Karine Le Loët. For this celebration of women in March, LVMH is honoring the Group’s feminine talents, some of whom hold jobs that are not necessarily associated with women.

The diversity of métiers and regions around the world represented in the podcasts mirrors the wealth of the LVMH Group and the contribution of this diverse array of talents to its performance.

 

Podcasts are available for listening on Spotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict and Ausha.

Calling all startups! Only a few days left to compete for the 4th LVMH Innovation Award!

For the fourth consecutive year, LVMH hosts the LVMH Innovation Award. Shortlisted startups will get a spot in the LVMH Luxury Lab during the Viva Technology show in Paris from June 11-13, 2020. The most innovative startup in the field of Crafting the Customer Experience of Tomorrow will join La Maison des Startups LVMH, the Group’s incubator at the Station F campus, for a full year.

Only a few days left to register for the LVMH Innovation Award – applications close on February 21st! Comedian Paul Taylor is trying again, pitching a second revolutionary idea to Ian Rogers, LVMH Chief Digital Officer…

If you think your idea is better than Paul’s following this link to register today:

https://challenges.vivatechnology.com/en/challenges/lvmh

Good luck to everyone!

The search for the winner of the 4th LVMH Innovation Award: game on!

For the fourth consecutive year, LVMH is offering 30 startups from around the world a chance to showcase their solutions in the LVMH Luxury Lab during the Viva Technology show, set for June 11-13, 2020 in Paris. The 30 startups selected will compete for the LVMH Innovation Award, which recognizes the best idea for Crafting the Customer Experience of Tomorrow. The winner will receive a full year of mentoring at La Maison des Startups LVMH, the Group’s incubator.

With less than a month to go until the challenge platform closes, LVMH invited comedian Paul Taylor to pitch his latest idea to Ian Rogers, LVMH Chief Digital Officer…

Apply now to the 4th edition of the LVMH Innovation Award!

If you’re convinced your idea is better than Paul’s, don’t wait, register today for the 4th LVMH Innovation Award: https://challenges.vivatechnology.com/en/challenges/lvmh.

Registration closes on February 21, 2020. Good luck to everyone!

LVMH Watch Week in Dubai January 13-15, right on time for success

LVMH Maisons Bvlgari, Hublot, TAG Heuer and Zenith hosted the first edition of LVMH Watch Week from January 13-15 in Dubai, an international hub with convenient access from around the globe. The venue was the Bvlgari Resort Dubai, the largest establishment in the Bvlgari hotel collection. The event provided a unique opportunity for LVMH Maisons to showcase their new timepieces, complementary brand images and the strategy of the LVMH watchmaking division to retailers and journalists from across the world.

For the first time ever the LVMH Group decided to organize an exclusive event of its own as a complement to the traditional Swiss watch industry shows, which this year decided to sync their scheduling at the end of April and beginning of May. These dates are judged too late by some industry professionals, who want to discover new products, trends and strategies at the beginning of the year.

“LVMH Watch Week, organized during a key period in the year for our partners and the industry, underscores LVMH’s commitment to the strategic watch category and complements our presence at Baselworld. When we began charting this initiative six months ago it seemed particularly ambitious, but thanks to our collective effort it has clearly proved a tremendous success,” confirms Stéphane Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer of LVMH Watchmaking Division and CEO of TAG Heuer.

This first edition welcomed over 200 journalists and almost as many retailers from around the globe. They unanimously saluted the initiative and in particular this unique chance to discover the latest creations by LVMH watchmaking brands and to dialogue with the CEOs and other executives from the Maisons in a truly exceptional setting.

“We are absolutely delighted to have launched this first edition of LVMH Watch Week and showcase the exceptional strength, creativity and innovation of the Group’s watchmaking brands. This event has enabled our Maisons to share a unique brand experience with all our partners and ushers in an exciting new format for watch shows,” said Jean-Christophe Babin, Chief Executive Officer of Bvlgari.

LVMH is already gearing up to build on this success with plans to organize a second edition of LVMH Watch Week in 2021, possibly including other LVMH brands with a presence in watchmaking, enabling the Group to drive further momentum for its Watches & Jewelry division.