Meanwhile he Coronavirus created a bleak atmosphere in the world and especially in the watchmaking sphere due to the essential role of the Chinese market, not only as a buyer but also as a producer, the great Swiss watch fairs Watches & Wonders and Baselworld saw things from an even more catastrophic angle, until their total cancellation was announced last week.
Geneva watches and wonders: canceled in 2020
Known until then under the name of Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), 2020 would announce the name of a renaissance. Transformed and Renowned Geneva watches and wonders, the fair organized by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie finally took place just before his partner, from April 25 to 29, 2020, to facilitate the trips of professionals in the field. Participants would also discover the formula “In the city” to see behind the scenes watchmaking in the heart of the city of Geneva. Therefore, it was a big but responsible blow that led the organizers to announce on February 27 the cancellation of this large-scale international event that could have favored the dissemination of the COVID-19 virus.
Baselworld: postponed until January 2021
After this announcement, all eyes were on Baselworld. The organizers did not take long to respond to this announcement, especially for theban issued on February 28 for him Swiss federal and cantonal authorities to organize large-scale events, with the cancellation of the 2020 edition. The first in 102 years! While the show will take place one day after Watches & Wonders, from April 30 to May 5, Baselworld will take place from January 28 to February 2, 2021. This will allow professionals not to have to wait a full year, but it can also force them to return later (unless the FHH also moves their own room). Subject to follow.