SIHH and Baselworld to coordinate their dates from 2020

Dec 18, 2018,09:36 AM

From 2020, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva (SIHH) and Baselworld in Basel, the two major events in the watch industry, will synchronise their calendars. In 2020, the SIHH will be held from 26 to 29 April in Geneva, followed immediately by Baselworld from 30 April to 5 May in Basel. The calendars have been synchronised until 2024.

The coinciding of these dates is good news for the whole industry. Until now, the SIHH took place in January, while Baselworld was held in March. This arrangement meant that the professionals, press, and clients shared by large watchmaking brands would have to travel to Switzerland twice in the space of just a few weeks. This calendar now coming closer together will be effective as of 2020 onwards.

Fabienne Lupo, President and Managing Director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, which organises SIHH, stated: “Our two events have always been different, yet complementary. Resynching with Baselworld will further confirm Switzerland as the foremost destination for watchmaking in the world. This is something we welcome wholeheartedly, as it is in the interests of all.”

“Baselworld and the SIHH are working for the industry and its clients. We have sought dialogue with the SIHH and together have found a solution, which benefits visitors, the media, and the entire watchmaking industry enormously”, declared Michel Loris-Melikoff, Managing Director of Baselworld. “This partnership between the two most prominent exhibitions in the industry represents a major breakthrough for the future.”

A partnership that works for the industry
For visitors attending both events, and in particular those from other continents, these agreed dates will make their trips to Switzerland far easier. This important and essential breakthrough for the Swiss watchmaking industry is also welcomed by major players in the sector.

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An interesting development..

 By: Cpt Scarlet : December 18th, 2018-09:53
the change is due to financial necessity and I hope that the public are encouraged to visit.

Better time of year to attend the SIHH in April

 By: sham1 : December 18th, 2018-10:31
where the weather will be great (hopefully). Less of a chance of flights being cancelled due to the snow and bad weather in January. No comment about Basel The main drawback I see is that there will be almost a zero percent chance of watches launched at e... 

Similar to shows in the USA

 By: cazalea : December 18th, 2018-12:00
moving them away from Christmas break (bitterly cold weather) should improve attendance (such as the Detroit Auto Show). Also by putting shows close together it saves trouble and expense for exhibitors and increases the chance of "the boss" approving trav...