It remains the world’s largest watch and jewellery fair, but Baselworld has been hard hit by the changes sweeping through the watch industry in recent years, with just 650 exhibitors this year. This represents a stunning 57 per cent drop over the past two years, with big names such as Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, Hermes and the Movado Group having left the fair. While some have chosen to show at rival Genevan fair, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, others have opted to meet their retailers and press at different sites – or simply rely on digital means to do their business. This year, the duration of the fair was cut by two days, running for five days instead of seven.
However, with big names – including Rolex, Patek Philippe, the Swatch Group, Chopard and the LVMH stable – still throwing their support behind it, Baselworld remains an important fixture on the watch calendar. Demonstrating the cautious optimism that many industry leaders have expressed since the upswing following the industry downturn two years ago, commercial appeal was a key uniting factor across the watch launches this year. Largely putting blockbuster pieces on hold for now, companies introduced pieces designed to sell – think updates on luxury sports watches, vintage reissues and smaller watches meant to appeal to (and fit the wrists of) both genders. In short, there was something for just about everyone. Here, we present our (tongue-in-cheek) lists of timepieces for horological temperaments of every shade.
FOR MECHANICAL MAXIMALISTS
FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY SURPRISES
WATCHES THAT ARE MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE LOOKING (A LITTLE) RUGGED WITHOUT BREAKING A SWEAT
SPORTS WATCHES THAT WE WOULD NOT SUBJECT TO ROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
FOR THOSE WHOSE WRISTS AREN’T BUILT LIKE STALLONE’S
SMALL TIMEPIECES THAT CAN WORK FOR EITHER GENDER