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Russia Seized Millions of Dollars of Swiss Luxury Watches in Moscow – Russian customs service agents took millions of dollars of Audemars Piguet watches. Audemars Piguet had closed its boutique in Moscow. The Russians allege that Audemars Piguet was in breach of customs regulations. The reality is that its retaliation for Switzerland joining other countries in levying sanctions on Russia. In this respect its similar to the state-sanctioned theft of aircraft from Irish aircraft leasing companies. There are a few problems with these Audemars Piguet watches. The Russian market for Swiss watches in 2021, accounting for 260m Swiss francs (£212m) of shipments, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry; which puts the country in the top 20 acquirers of Swiss watches.

Audemars Piguet 26320 Macro

Audemars Piguet Offshore models are long sought after by watch collectors. The problem that Russia will have with the watches is the inability of them to be serviced. The company will have a record of the serial numbers involved and won’t service them when they come up for maintenance in a few years time. AP watches have a reputation for being great watches, but aren’t robust like say a Rolex in terms of their need to be serviced.

Russia seems to be pretty determined to have western sanctions on the country for a long time to come yet.

China

China is making new billionaires much faster than the U.S. – I wonder how many of these are in areas like real estate

Foreign businesses in China need to heed the lessons of Russian exodus | Financial Times

Economics

Republican stance on free markets is shifting when it comes to China | Financial Times worthwhile reading in conjunction with this Biden turns to former Trump officials on China competition bill 

Energy

China sets green hydrogen target for 2025, eyes widespread use | Reuters 

EETimes – US Backs Accelerating Push for Fusion Energy 

Oligarchs, power and profits: the history of BP in Russia | Financial Times

Geely questions future in Russia despite opening for China’s carmakers | Financial TimesTu Le, managing director of Sino Auto Insights, noted that the Chinese carmakers are relatively inexperienced when it comes to maintaining a brand’s reputation in western markets. “They’ve never had to deal with these kinds of external pressures in how they were perceived by foreign consumers,” he said. “A lot of these companies, they’re going to have to do business in Europe, or they’re going to have to do business in the United States. If they seem too eager to fill that void [in Russia], I will bet you money it is going to have some backlash in those regions.”

Ethics

Google Ordered Translators to Replace References to Ukraine “War” | The Intercept – I think Google needs to get ahead of things like this by being transparent about ethical considerations on their corporate blog

Finance

Chinese ADR delisting threat looms over ETFs | Financial Times 

Gadgets

Apple Studio reviews are in | Boing Boing 

Hong Kong

Why I Won’t Walk Away From Hong Kong | Foreign Policy

Ideas

The Ukraine war is not about democracy versus autocracy | Financial Times

Judy Asks: Are Europeans Ready to Pay the Price for Ukraine’s Sovereignty? – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceThe grim truth is that many in the West would be ready to accept compromises over Ukraine’s sovereignty in order to stop the war. In countries neighboring Russia, there is a strong understanding that such compromises would seriously weaken our security, hence they are ready to pay a high price to avoid them. However, among Western experts and policymakers, assessments of the balance between different interests seem to vary. The thinking that some degree of accommodation of Russia’s interests might be needed to reach stability has not disappeared. This is a dangerous and misguided logic

Innovation

EETimes – Patent Trends Foretell Chipmakers’ Fortunes 

Lessons from History: The 1980s Semiconductor Cycle(s) 

Chip-Making Companies Can’t Buy Enough Lithography Machines – ExtremeTech 

At SXSW, A Pathetic Tech Future Struggles to Be Born 

Japan

EETimes – Denso Leads Quadric’s $21-Million Series B 

Japanese company offers service that converts your child’s school bag into useful accessories | SoraNews24 -Japan News- 

Korea

South Korean super app Toss takes on SoftBank-backed Grab in south-east Asia | Financial Times

Downtown Eateries Stay Empty as Workers Telecommute – The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition)

Luxury

Jean Arnault, scion of LVMH, on watchmaking’s Gen Z appeal | Financial Times

Lanvin Group plans New York IPO in SPAC deal | Vogue BusinessLanvin Group, the fashion arm of Chinese conglomerate Fosun International which includes the French heritage label Lanvin, plans to list in New York in a SPAC deal, the second high-profile fashion firm to make the move since Ermenegildo Zegna late last year. Lanvin Group announced Tuesday it is combining with special-purpose acquisition company Primavera Capital Acquisition Corporation in a deal that values the group at $1.5 billion, according to an emailed statement. Lanvin Group expects to raise up to $544 million from the deal and from existing investors, and will use the funds to expand its portfolio, including future luxury acquisitions

Inside the London agency bringing musicians and creatives to luxury campaigns | Vogue Business

A South Korean Museum Is Refusing to Return Loaned Art to Russia – Robb Report

Marketing

Burger King France Lowers Whopper Prices to Offset Fuel Cost | Adweek 

Materials

Ukraine war to have ‘long-term impact’ on chip industry | Financial Times

A Chinese Nickel Market Mystery – WSJMarket ructions amid war aren’t unusual. But the London Metal Exchange’s retroactive cancellation of nickel trades this month appears to be unprecedented. One question is whether the Hong Kong-owned exchange intervened to rescue a Chinese nickel tycoon. – the exchange is owned by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Security

Anonymous Hackers Fire ‘Warning Shot’ at Companies Refusing to Pull Out of Russia – HS Today

EETimes – US Electronics Reshoring Plan Risks Missing the Boat 

Viasat Satellite Hack Spills Beyond Russia–Ukraine War | WIRED UK

The Central Bank of Russia is hacked by Anonymous group – Gizchina.com

Taiwan

Engrave Condition: Apple’s Political Censorship Leaves Taiwan, Remains in Hong Kong – The Citizen Lab

Technology

The Big Tech Antitrust Movement Is Finally Showing Results | Big Technology 

Telecoms

CEO Interview: Phil McKinney of Cablelabs – Lightning in a Bottle   – EETimes