Today: Apple continues to hire fashion-minded executives ahead of expected watch offering, and shares continue to move toward record highs. Also: Box gets a new round of funding ahead of IPO.

The Lead: Apple hires watch executive, stock hits another 52-week high

Apple stock moved to its highest prices since 2012 again Monday, as the company continued on its path toward a wristwatch offering and all-time record prices on Wall Street.

The Cupertino company hired away the sales director of TAG Heuer, the Swiss watchmaker announced Friday, and the head of its parent company's watch brands confirmed the move to CNBC on Monday. An Apple smartwatch has been expected for more than a year, backed up by trademark applications from the company in several countries for the product name "iWatch," and the company has been especially focused on recruiting high-profile executives from fashion companies as it moves into wearable gear, including