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James D. Malcolmson

Contributing Watches Editor

James D. Malcolmson has been covering the Swiss watch industry as a journalist for more than 15 years. As a contributing editor to Robb Report and the editor of Robb Report Watch Collector, he has enjoyed an insider’s perspective and witnessed a new appreciation of fine mechanical watches blossom in the United States. James visits the factories and workshops in Switzerland several times each year, and brings a unique comparative knowledge of the various techniques used in the industry today to Robb Report’s readers.

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