New 2002 Dates Set for Basel, SIHH

The Basel Fair and the International Committee of Fine Luxury Watchmaking (CIHH) have set new coordinated dates for their Swiss trade fairs in 2002. The Basel Fair runs the world's largest timepiece and jewelry show, and the Geneva-based CIHH runs the International Fair of Luxury Watchmaking (known by its French abbreviation, SIHH). Basel, with 2,300 exhibitors, will be held April 4-11; the SIHH, showcasing 17 top luxury watch brands, is slated for April 8-15. The two shows usually overlap. However, Basel 2002 was first set for March 14-21, 2002. That forced the SIHH to move to Jan. 18-25 (due to a car show in mid-March at Geneva's Palexpo center, where it is held). The difficulties in attending both Swiss watch shows in early 2002—or choosing between the two—concerned many retailers who visit both. Between 5,000 and 6,000 visitors to Basel also go to the SIHH. When Basel 2001 ende
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