Postcard From Basel

The 2006 BaselWorld watch, clock, and jewelry fair took place March 30–April 6, drawing some 90,000 buyers from more than 100 countries. Exhibitors numbered 2,127 and represent 45 countries. Here are some highlights: • In the jewelry building, the new First Avenue allowed multifloor stands for the first time. Extensive changes to the building provided the setting for fine- jewelry exhibitors to present both their jewelry creations and their watch collections. First Avenue also marked the end of a project, begun in 1999 and costing $500 million, to reorganize, restructure, and renovate the fairgrounds and buildings. • A significant upgrading of the Hall of Elements underscored the increasing significance of the global trade of diamonds and precious stones to BaselWorld. Key exhibitors included more than 200 leading dealers in precious stones and diamonds and sightholders such as

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