Basel, SIHH set dates through 2007

Coordinated schedules for their Swiss trade shows through 2007 have been announced by managers of the Basel international watch and jewelry show and the International Salon of the Luxury Watches in Geneva (SIHH).

“It is in the interests [of] international clientele and the media to coordinate the dates of the shows,” said the two fairs in a joint statement.

The exhibition dates are:

* For 2002 – Basel (Apr. 4 -11), SIHH (Apr. 8 – 15)
* For 2003 – Basel (Apr. 3 – 10). SIHH (Apr. 7 – 14)
* For 2004 – Basel (Apr. 15 – 22), SIHH (Apr. 19 – 26)
* For 2005 – Basel (Mar. 31 – Apr. 7), SIHH (Apr. 4 – 11)
* For 2006 – Basel (Mar. 30 – Apr. 6), SIHH (Apr. 3 – 10)
* For 2007 – Basel (Apr. 12 – 19), SIHH (Apr. 16 – 23)

The new schedule means that the SIHH will now officially open annually on a Monday. The Basel show will continue to hold its pre-show Press Day on Wednesday, and open on Thursday.

The two shows normally overlap each other, but next year, Basel was originally set for mid-March. However, at the Geneva convention center there were no free dates for SIHH at that time. To insure what SIHH officials called “concurrence,” and avoid logistical and travel difficulties for retailers who attend both Swiss watch shows, the managers of both fairs met earlier this year to work out a schedule acceptable to both.

They also were responding to requests from important watchmakers who participate in the two shows who wanted the events to continue to complement each other and make it easier for clients around the world to plan their visits within a limited timeframe.