Each year, Baselworld brings with it some of the year’s most exciting luxury watch reveals. While this year’s show was somewhat more subdued than in years past, perhaps in large part due to the reduced number of exhibitors, the show still, as always, came with some thrilling luxury watch debuts. While many brands, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Tudor, showed only line extensions this year, other brands showcased exciting new developments. Ready to see the best of this year’s Baselworld? Read on to see our full Baselworld 2019 recap, highlighting the best debuts of the year.
Finnissimo Chronograph GMT
Bulgari broke another world record with a new release revealed at Baselworld 2019. Their new
Breitling’s Navitimer 608 1959
Breitling showed off a notable re-release at this year’s Baselworld with their Navitimer 608 1959, a faithful recreation of one of their legendary aviation watches. The re-release was a showstopper at this year’s Baselworld, with many visitors praising the great lengths Breitling took to stay true to the immaculate design of the original timepiece.
Citizen’s New Caliber 0100
Citizen debuted an impressive new caliber at Baselworld 2019: the Citizen Caliber Eco-Drive movement. This new movement is accurate to an impressive plus or minus one second per year. Citizen’s remarkable new caliber is available in three limited edition watches: the White Gold Model AQ6010-06A, the Super Titanium AQ6020-53X with mother-of-pearl dial, and
Kari Voutilainen’s Vingt-8 Invert
While not particularly technically innovative, the Vingt-8 Invert from indie luxury watch maker Kari Voutilainen is particularly beautiful. This new model from Voutilainen is an inspired redesign of their Vingt-8. The redesign features a stunningly crafted visible movement, a first for the brand, which makes up the watch’s dial.
The Decline of the Major Watch Trade Shows
Of course, we can’t touch on Baselworld 2019 without mentioning the elephant in the room: the show’s
Though Baselworld seems to have issues with exhibitors and attendees, these issues aren’t Baselworld’s alone. Attendance and exhibitor numbers have been declining for all major watch shows, including the other of the two largest shows, SIHH. Experts have wondered if the decline in attendance for these shows comes from a lack
The future of Baselworld seems to be up in the air. While Baselworld has announced that they will be having a 2020 show, they have coordinated with SIHH to ensure their events take place back to back, whereas before the events have generally been months apart. It seems that these two mega watch shows are attempting to boost enthusiasm for the shows by making them, together, a
Watch trade shows have long been the most exciting place to see new luxury watch releases— but will watch shows like Baselworld soon become a thing of the past? Only time will tell.