After the industry bombshell announcement from the Swatch Group that they (and their 18 watch brands) were pulling out of the Baselworld show, it did not take long for the CEO of the MCH Group (the company responsible for the show) to resign. In this post, we give you all of the latest news that we have. Baselworld 2019 is still on. However, major changes are coming.
In a bold and unexpected move, the Swatch Group announced via a newspaper interview on Sunday (07/29/18) that they were leaving the Baselworld show and none of the 18 brands would be present at the 2019 show! What will this mean for Baselworld? What will the other major brands do? This article has everything we know thus far. This very well could be the watch industry story of the year!
Some rather drastic changes were made concerning the Baselworld 2018 show (and beyond) that are sure to bring some serious changes to hundreds of the brands that have been exhibiting there for years and also for brands making plans on presenting and attending. We give you all the information that we currently have so that you can stay up to date on this evolving situation.
The trends lately for almost all of the major watch fairs (think Baselworld, JCK, Hong Kong, etc.) have been down. Why is this? Are they fading and on their way out entirely? Tim Temple takes you through the current state of affairs and explores various causes as to what we are seeing in the industry.
Over the time Mike and I have publicly discussed watches, you may have heard one or both of us discuss the custom work that boutique brands bring to the table. Of all boutique brands, the one I’ve been asked to review the most is the Nord Zeitmaschine Variocurve . Meet the watch we discovered at Baselworld 2013, within a well deserved spot in the "Dream Factory".
Travel to any foreign country can be fraught with traps and pitfalls. But, travel to the Baselworld show in Switzerland even more so due to the nature of it being a worldwide or global event. Being prepared and having the knowledge going into it can be a huge time saver that is sure to lower your stress levels and make for a much more enjoyable event.