A SUCCESSFUL EDITION
ALL LEADING BRANDS COMMIT TO BASELWORLD 2019
After seven successful days, Baselworld, the world’s most important show for watches, jewellery and gemstones, closed the doors of the 2018 edition yesterday evening. At the closing press conference, Baselworld’s Managing Director Sylvie Ritter summarised that this year’s edition proved to be successful. An overwhelming majority of the exhibitors reported very satisfactory business results. Although this year’s show had been two days shorter than previous editions, the overall number of visitors remained unchanged. The new format, fewer exhibitors and shorter duration, was positively received.
All leading brands will exhibit at Baselworld 2019. Definitive commitments have been received from Rolex, Swatch Group, Patek Philippe, LVMH, Chopard, Breitling, Chanel and many other brands.
René Kamm, CEO of the MCH Group, gave a favourable outlook: “I believe that Baselworld’s present dimensions with 650 brands are optimal. We now have a tailwind for 2019.”
For the next edition, the show will also work on new developments. The management will work closely with exhibitors to define new formats for the various sectors. These new formats will offer medium-sized businesses a presence at Basewlorld in line with their needs.
POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM THE EXHIBITORS
Leading exhibitors were likewise very satisfied with this year’s show. For example, Rolex’s CEO Jean-Frédéric Dufour said: “We are very happy with this year’s edition of Baselworld. Our new products were extremely well received by our clients and the press. This annual event remains a ‘must’ for the Swiss watch industry, its evolution and its dynamism, which was proven by the strong participation and the avid enthusiasm. We are looking forward to Baselworld 2019!”
Patek Philippe’s President Thierry Stern agrees: “We are very satisfied with the positive feedback that our new products for 2018 received from our partners in the specialised trade and from the press. This year will surely be a very positive one and will be characterised by strong dynamism in all our markets.”
Jean-Claude Biver, President of LVMH Watch Division and CEO of TAG Heuer, sees the following advantages: “The whole world comes together in Basel. That’s why the show is called ‘Baselworld’. It is the ‘world’ for our industry, journalists, VIPs and above all for our partners in the specialised trade. That’s why Baselworld is the business platform.”
Chopard’s Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele said: “Baselworld remains one of the most important networking opportunities for our group. It represents a unique window to meet our international business and media partners in a very condensed time frame. We felt the overall mood was very positive and the level of business conducted highly satisfactory.”
François Thiébaud, President of the Swiss Exhibitors’ Committee, said: “Baselworld 2018 was a good year and the Swiss exhibitors were satisfied with this year’s edition.”
Satisfaction likewise prevails among the jewellery brands. Messika’s CEO Valérie Messika sees Baselworld’s advantages in its internationalism: “Baselworld is our most important trade show because we are present in 60 countries with 400 points of sale. Baselworld offers us opportunities to see our customers and agents from around the globe.”
For Maria Carola Picchiotti, who is a member of the Picchiotti family, “Baselworld is the world’s leading jewellery show, where one meets all of the relevant partners in the specialised trade and media representatives.”
Positive feedback was also heard in the gemstone sector. For example, Groh + Ripp’s owner Bernd Willi Ripp declared: “Our Hall 3.0 was well frequented and we could meet many of our elite customers.”
BASELWORLD 2019 WILL BE HELD FROM 21 - 26 MARCH 2019.