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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