Baselworld is known as THE international industry event of the year. This is where the hearts of watch and jewelry lovers beat quite a bit faster. Everything in the industry with a reputation and a name is represented here. As a visitor one doesn’t quite know where to start. This is where the world’s most famous and popular brands come together, such as Breitling, Bulgari, Chanel, Chopard, Gucci, Hublot, Omega, Patek Philippe, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Tiffany & Co., Tissot, Swarovski and many more. Everything sparkles, glistens and shines everywhere you go. Already the names of the various convention halls sound promising—”Hall of Dreams”, “Hall of Desires”, “Hall of Visions”, “Hall of Innovations”…
Many exhibitors announce new products or developments at Baselworld. Well in advance of the trade show, many manufacturers made use of various print and online media to generate curiosity. Omega, for example, presented a sneak peek video on YouTube and made several announcements on its Twitter channel. That way the company was able to offer a preview of its new watch models and pique the public’s interest without revealing too much of the actual look. Swarovski allowed us a glimpse on Twitter of the sparkling wall of its booth, its “Lake of Shimmer”.
A Hint of Hollywood
One further prominent guest surprised not only the media, but apparently also Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver: Arnold Schwarzenegger also made an appearance at Baselworld after visiting an auto show. The former governor of California and Hollywood icon loves watches. Biver had the opportunity to show him the ultimate Hublot show-piece—valued at 5 million US dollars. But even the former „Terminator“ decided not to splurge on that one.
Studex introduces its Kids Line at Baselworld, a line of piercing earrings made especially for kids. Already on the first day the products, which allow for amazingly gentle ear piercings, caused quite a stir and generated great interest among jewelers. These kid studs offer shorter posts as well as smaller heads and earring backs. According to Juergen Weiss, managing director of Studex Europa, earrings for kids are definitely trending internationally.
Until March 15, Baselworld will be open daily from 9 am until 6 pm (from 9 am until 4 pm on the last day of the convention). A day pass costs 60 Swiss Franks, a pass for the duration of the trade show costs 150 Swiss Franks. Something practical: The Baselworld App is a free trade show guide for your iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry or other smartphone.