Swiss watch giant Swatch Group is scooping up Harry Winston Diamond Corp.'s luxury goods operation in a deal valued at as much as $1 billion.
The Swiss firm will pay $750 million and assume up to $250 million in debt of the Toronto-based diamond specialist, which Marilyn Monroe crooned about in the 1953 film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Harry Winston said in a statement.
The part of Harry Winston that is not sold will be re-dubbed Dominion Diamond Corp. and will source polished diamonds for Swatch.
"Harry Winston brilliantly complements the prestige segment of the group," said Nayla Hayek, chairman of Swatch Group. "Diamonds are still a girl's best friend."