The sun is shining on the show’s third day. The sunny weather outdoors is reflected by the cheery mood inside the show halls. This year’s Baselworld has welcomed 8% more visitors than during the same period last year. Its exhibiting brands account for 80% of Switzerland’s watch exports. Many of them report good responses to their new products and successful business transactions.
Frédéric Grangié, CEO of Chanel Watches & Fine Jewellery, affirms that “Baselworld is a must-see rendezvous with our retailers, members of the international press and media partners. Chanel has proudly presented its collections and commitment to watchmaking in this highly distinguished and competitive environment since 2003.”
“Further business expansion”
The Citizen Watch Group considers Baselworld to be the most significant event and the best place to tell its brand story. “We are very happy that our new products and installation art are very positively welcomed by retailers, the media and visitors at Baselworld this year”, says Citizen’s President & CEO Toshio Tokura. “We expect to see further expansion of our business.Citizen and Bulova have presented their latest watches and movements which, we believe, bring a new breeze to the industry and energise it.”
“The annual highlight”
The exhibiting brands in Les Ateliers, the area dedicated to independent watchmaking, are likewise satisfied. Christine Hutter, CEO of Moritz Grossmann, states: “For us, Baselworld is the annual highlight and an indicator of how the year will develop. The tendencies are showing good potential. We have already made some promising new contacts and we are looking forward to the coming year!”