Baselworld, Iconic Watch Fair, Dies at 103

Baselworld, a leading watch and jewelry trade show whose annual expositions have long been the highlight of the watch industry’s calendar, died on Thursday. The show was 103 years old and is survived by Watches and Wonders, Bremont’s Townhouse, and Grand Seiko’s annual summit. The death of the show as the world knows it, following a series of self-inflicted wounds and irrecoverable missteps,…

Baselworld Update: LVMH Pulls Tag Heuer, Hublot, Zenith, and Bulgari From Show

Earlier this week we reported that Rolex, Tudor, Chopard, Chanel, and Patek announced their departure from Baselworld. But on top of that, they announced a new trade show they would be launching in April 2021 with FHH. That announcement occurred in conjunction with small to medium sized exhibitors putting Baselworld in the compromising situation of demanding their money back from the "postponed"…

Baselworld Update: Show’s Death Knell Sounds in the Departure of Rolex, Tudor, Chopard, Patek, and Chanel

As most people have been hearing (and as we've been covering) Baselworld has been facing an uphill battle recently. From brands leaving the event, COVID-19 wrecking havoc, and exhibitors demanding their money back, people have been speculating that the end was near for Baselworld. Today we found out that it just got nearer. Previously we learned that Rolex and Tudor were postponing future…

Baselworld 2020 Exhibitors Demand Their Money Back

We covered earlier how Baseworld 2020 was set to be postponed to 2021. With that decision Baselworld probably figured they were covered for the rest of 2020 so they could just pick things back up in Jan 2021. Well, unfortunately it isn't that simple. In a confidential letter written to MCH (the organizers of Baselworld), Swiss brands who have already paid to attend Basel 2020 are demanding to…

Baselworld 2020 Postponed Due to COVID-19

What many have been expecting has now been confirmed: BaselWorld 2020 is officially postponed. In a release today, event organizers cited a desire to ensure health and safety amid the growing spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). The other driving factor for their decision, as stated, is the Swiss Government's ban on large gatherings of over 1,000 people, put into place today. While that ban has…

Ep. 122 Baselworld 2019: Our Money’s Worth

It's done, everyone. Baselworld 2019 is behind us and now we can look back at everything with non-frenzied perspectives sans the BS "keeping-up-with-the-horological-jones'" rat-race that consumes us in medias res. Sooo.. what does Baselworld 2019 actually mean for normal watch-folk like us? Were there any releases that TBWS would legitimately spend money on? That's what we're focusing on this…

Ep. #121 Baselworld 2019 Summary Discussion!

Baselworld 2019 is over, everyone! So naturally it's time for Mike and I to sit down and talk about the pieces we loved, hated, and were just generally confused as hell over. We also did our best to cover pieces and news that no one else was mentioning in our on-going Baselworld 2019 coverage piece - so check out that link below. Overall the general tone was mainly positive but we discuss…

Tudor Baselworld 2019 Summary

Tudor Baselworld 2019 Summary By: Greg Bedrosian Tudor is one of those brands that piques the interest of a wide spectrum of watch enthusiasts. No matter what our opinions are of the brand, quality, and price point, Tudor captures our attention. The Tudor 2019 Baselworld releases were confusing to say the least. Social media teasers, spoilers, strange marketing videos, and preconceived…

Baselworld 2019 Coverage: Our Thoughts So Far

Baselworld 2019 Coverage: Our Thoughts So Far By: Kaz & Mike As we make our way through Baselworld 2019's press day, it's already evident that, from a distance, this show feels quite different from what we've encountered in the past. Almost immediately, the Swatch Group's absence has been realized and from the TBWS side of things, this almost significantly cuts down on the number of watches…

Ep. #24 – Baselworld Wrap-Up

Episode. #24: Baselworld Wrap-Up We made it, guys! Freaking Baselworld is over! Kaz apparently works with Gowron from Star Trek - plus, Mike is neck-deep in spiders and the guys are trying to establish if Marilyn Manson is still performing. If you want to take part in the TBWS fun tag #twobrokewatchsnobs is your watch shots for a chance to be featured in our Two Broke Watch Snobs Listener…