Expectations for the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show This Week

By the time you read this blog, I’ll likely be checked into the flat I’m renting for the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery show, which opens tomorrow for journalists. (Wednesday is always a media day, complete with press conferences about show updates.)

I’ll start off this trip with an appointment to see Mikimoto, followed by Stephen Webster, Roberto Coin, and a host of others, as well as leaving plenty of time to walk the most important halls to see who is new to the show.

As far as expectations for business, I don’t have many. Christmas sales in the U.S. were just so-so, and business at the VicenzaOro fair was definitely more about sales to Asia, Russia, and other countries, though American manufacturers and a handful of store buyers came to see innovations from the Italians.

I’m looking forward to seeing Arunashi’s one-of-a-kinds—which always sell out quickly, a number to certain American boutiques—while styles from the Brazilian and Italian vendors always delight. I’m particularly interested in seeing additions to Verdi’s VicenzaOro offerings, which were stunning and included blue-and-brown color combinations. Stay tuned for live updates from the show here on the blog, as well as pictures and updates on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

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