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Will the Apple Watch call time on Swiss sales?

The swathe of smart watches entering the market led by Apple's Watch has dented sales of Swiss-made timepieces and looks set to continue weighing on the sector.

Swiss watch exports slowed sharply in the year to September, data published this week showed, with their value sinking around 8 percent compared to September 2014, with Asia and U.S. shouldering the brunt of the decline.

Demand dropped off the most in the lower end of the market, with watches that export for below 500 Swiss francs ($520) being hit the hardest, data from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry showed.

Alternatives to the luxury watches, such as the Apple Watch, have made retailers nervous of stocking cheaper Swiss watches as technological advances are likely to make them "obsolete," luxury analysts warn.

September represents the sixth consecutive...