What began in 1917 with only 29 Swiss brands exhibiting the Baselworld has grown to 220 Swiss brands showcasing their novelties this year on the 100th Edition of the trendsetting show that unites key players from all sectors of the global watch and jewellery industry and sets the tone for the coming year, began today.
René Kamm, CEO of the MCH Group, opened the event by welcoming all present to the 100th-anniversary edition of Baselworld mentioning that the show has been a part of the MCH group’s journey from the outset and that historically speaking from an international perspective.
Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director Baselworld remarked that “for the last 100 years, watchmakers and jewellers have been presenting their creations to visitors of Switzerland and the world in the heart of Basel,” and that this special edition celebrates a century of “Baselworld being an essential date in the industry’s calendar and that each new edition is eagerly anticipated, often with great impatience.”
Continuing she stated that, “this brief retrospective demonstrates one thing: by forward thinking in Basel, we have built the world’s most important watch and jewellery show.”
Commenting on the results of Swiss watch exports, François Thiébaud, President of the Swiss Exhibitors’ Committee, noted that in 2016, Swiss watch exports were 9.88% lower than in the previous year. He pointed out that the last quarter of 2016 saw a slight improvement and recalled that the global political and economic context remained difficult and that watch exports had also been penalized by the valuation of the Swiss franc since the decision of the Swiss National Bank on 15 January 2015.