For all the buzz that went on pre-Baselworld, the fair itself felt markedly subdued. This was partly due to the fact that multiple brands had pulled out; official numbers released by Baselworld organisers put the number of exhibitors at 520, 22 per cent fewer than 2018. It was partly also due to the fact that while there were a whole lot of beautiful watches, there didn’t seem to be too many buzzworthy pieces.
We’ve now had ample time (weeks!) to let the dust settle and reflect on the fair as a whole and share our opinions with you. We decided to tackle the topic with some of our Revolution editors around the world, including Darren Ho, the Editor-in-Chief of our Asia and Australia editions, as well as Taitan Chen, the Editor-in-Chief of our China edition.
With our editors, we discuss our first impressions of Baselworld 2019, highlights, the relevance of watch fairs today and what to expect in 2020.
(00:38) Darren Ho: Editor-In-Chief, Revolution Asia & Australia
(26:34) MB&F LM Flying Tourbillon
(30:51) Taitan Chen: Editor-In-Chief, Revolution China
(50:09) Patek Philippe Ref. 5212a
(53:10) Zenith El Primero Revival
(54:17) Rolex Day-Date 36
(56:11) Rolex Datejust 36
(01:01:49) De Bethune Yellow Tones
(01:04:41) Next year’s SIHH and Baselworld dates not finalized?