Rolex, Patek Philippe, Tudor, Chanel and Chopard Leave Baselworld and Create their Own Watch Fair April 2021

This is something BIG, quite possibly the main bits of information we’ve got as of late. This, trust us, will have the impact of a bomb on the business: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chanel, Chopard and Tudor have reported they will leave Baselworld to make another watch expo in Geneva together with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. We definitely realized that the circumstance was complex for Baselworld, which needed to confront pressure from Rolex and the absolute greatest actors in the business – something we clarified here, seven days prior . Indeed, this is currently official, as the two brands – Rolex and PP – that were some way or another liable for the endurance of Baselworld are presently leaving, and some other top-level brands have followed suit.

In an authority articulation that we got a couple of moments prior, the members clarify that “this takeoff follows various one-sided choices made without counsel by Baselworld the board, including the delay of the watch show until January 2021, just as its failure to address the brands’ issues and expectations.” The circumstance with Baselworld has been full of challenges a few years at this point. Furthermore, the deferring of the 2020 Edition , without the brands being discounted is the last advance in this complex situation.

This new show, which will be held early April 2021, will be connected to Watches & Wonders, coordinated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, and will occur at Palexpo. This implies that the show will be nearby to the ex-SIHH observe reasonable, where IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, A. Lange & Söhne, the wide range of various Richemont brands, just as different free watchmakers are likewise displaying. As clarified in the official statement, “other brands may likewise be added, as per terms that have not yet been defined.” For the occasion, five industry pioneers are taking part, Rolex and sister-brand Tudor, Patek Philippe, Chanel and Chopard.

What we’re discussing is an expertly arranged watch reasonable, along these lines as Baselworld and SIHH, as “this new occasion will be outfitted overwhelmingly towards retailers, the press and VIP customers.

What will this mean for Baselworld? This is the primary inquiry, yet realizing that generally different brands had left – including the fundamental Japanese actors, Seiko and Citizen – just as Breitling, notwithstanding the heavyweights that are Rolex and Patek, the eventual fate of the Basel-based watch reasonable is more questionable than any other time in recent memory. This could be the finish of Baselworld. Plain simple.

More news to come before long concerning this tragic however profoundly foreseen decision.


Some cites from the brand’s representatives:

Jean-Frédéric Dufour, Chief Executive Officer, Rolex SA, and Board Member, Montres Tudor SA, said: “We have participated in Baselworld since 1939. Lamentably, given the manner in which the occasion has advanced and the new choices made by MCH Group, and disregarding the extraordinary connection we had to this watch show, we have chosen to pull out. Following conversations started by Rolex, it appeared to be simply normal to make another occasion with accomplices that share our vision and our unending, steadfast help for the Swiss watchmaking sector. This will permit us to give our new watches in line our requirements and assumptions, to unite and better protect the interests of the industry.”

Thierry Stern, President, Patek Philippe said: “The choice to leave Baselworld was not a simple one to take for me, being the fourth era of the Stern family to take part to this conventional yearly occasion. Be that as it may, life develops continually, things change and individuals change too, regardless of whether it is at the level of those answerable for the watch reasonable association, the brands or the customers. We continually need to adjust, question what we do, since what was correct yesterday may not really be substantial today! Today Patek Philippe isn’t in accordance with Baselworld’s vision any longer, there have been too numerous conversations and unsolved issues, trust is no longer present. We need to answer the genuine requirements of our retailers, the customers and the press from around the planet. They must have the option to find the new models from Swiss watchmakers every year, at one time, in one spot, and this in the most expert way possible. That is the reason, following a few conversations with Rolex and in concurrence with other partaking brands, we have chosen to make, all together, a one of a kind occasion in Geneva, agent of our savoir-faire.”

Frédéric Grangié, President of Chanel Watches & Fine Jewellery said: “Like its accomplices, CHANEL has a similar freedom and a similar longing to ensure and advance the qualities, expertise, most extreme quality and accuracy of Swiss Watchmaking. This activity denotes a critical milestone in the history of CHANEL Watchmaking and is essential for a drawn out technique, which started with the dispatch of this movement in 1987. This display will permit us to introduce the entirety of our new manifestations in a climate that meets our excellent standards.”

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President Chopard et Cie SA said: “Chopard originally showed at the Basel reasonable in 1964 with a remain of somewhere in the range of 25 square meters. After cautious thought, our family chose to help the Rolex activity and resign from Baselworld – an excruciating choice. The formation of this new watch show in Geneva, in corresponding to Watches & Wonders, will permit us to more readily serve our watchmaking accomplices and our customers. Through the coalition, these grandes maisons can likewise work together in advancing the qualities and eventual benefits of Swiss watchmaking.”

Jérôme Lambert, in the interest of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie Council said: “The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie is enchanted to welcome another salon which will reinforce the historical Watches & Wonders occasion in Geneva one year from now in early April.”