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BaselWorld 2017 Report



From March 23 to March 30, the world horological industry converged at Basel, the watch capital of the world. We were there, right in the middle of all the action! As key Baselworld Media Partners, Hours and Minutes has been an avid participant in the fair over the years, observing and writing about the changes and innovations in the very exciting realm of watches.

This is the only place where you find all the players of the watch industry under one roof: watch brands, jewellery brands, emerging design talents, retailers and distributors, watch aficionados, suppliers of diamonds, gemstones, pearls and machinery and the global press!

Every year, a member of the Swiss Federal Council inaugurates the show. This is a tribute to the high value of the show. This year, Federal Councillor, Alain Berset, Head of Federal Department of Home Affairs and Vice President of Federal Council officially opened the show.

“At Baselworld, beauty, perfection and dedication are celebrated,” he said. The Watch and Jewellery show, Baselworld, also represents a work ethos “without which there could be no excellence; an ethos that exemplifies our country, and not just the watch industry. Since hardly any industry is as strongly associated with Switzerland and its
lifestyle as the watch industry, Councillor Berset concluded by saying: “We measure thousands of seconds, but we still have a long time horizon.”

Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, welcomed all present to the world of watchmaking and jewellery with this special edition of Baselworld. She emphasised that for a century, watchmakers and jewellers have presented their creations right here, in the heart of Basel, to visitors to Switzerland and consumers around the world! This represents 100 years! She said that Baselworld was a key date in the calendar of the industry and that each new edition is awaited with interest, and often with great

The complete feature is in Hours & Minutes on pg. no. 4 in the BaselWorld 2017 - A Speical Report.