Dateline: Geneva

The spring 2007 international luxury watch shows in Geneva posted some of their best results ever, in business and attendance, propelled by strong global demand for luxury products, especially from growing affluent classes in China,India, Russia, Europe, and North America. The 17th edition of the invitation-only Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the best-known Geneva show (April 16–21), drew some 13,000 visitors from about 2,500 points of sale around the world to Geneva's Palexpo. Buyers came from China, Hong Kong, and South Korea and included leading retailers from Europe, the United States, and Latin America. While SIHH doesn't release business figures, its postshow report said it ended “on a more than positive note,” with its exhibitors “highly satisfied with the amount of business.” The growing importance to the watch business of women's luxury timepieces, esp

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