Hot watches for 2012
The 2012 Baselworld International Watch and Jewellery Show is only months away. Make your plans to attend Baselworld 2012, which will take place from March 8-15 in Basel, Switzerland. As the largest and most exquisite watch and jewelry trade show in the world, Baselworld is the premier event of the year for vendors, industry insiders and the media.
More and more luxury goods and watch enthusiasts have been making their way to Basel each year to celebrate new releases and hobnob with the global elite. Baselworld must grow with demand, requiring expansion and modernization facilities at the Basel fairgrounds. The construction will be completed in two phases, with Phase 1 to be ready for Baselworld 2012.
The existing Hall 1 is being extended towards Exhibition Square, and when completed, will contain three new levels of exhibit space. Another brand new three-story exhibit hall will also be constructed nearby, and a third two-story building above Exhibition Square will link both hall complexes. These ambitious expansions will allow the entire exhibit area to accommodate the larger multistory booths that many vendors prefer, while making the entire exhibit area more compact and accessible for the convenience of visitors.
Despite major building construction at the Basel exhibition site, Baselworld 2012 will not be compromised – the full show, with all customary exhibition space and features, will go on. Baselworld 2012 will not fail to showcase the most coveted and innovative timepieces on the market with all the glitz and glamor that are hallmarks of the Baselworld Fair. After Baselworld 2012, Phase 2 of construction will begin. During this second phase of construction, all existing Baselworld exhibit halls will be dismantled and completely rebuilt in time for Baselworld 2013.
Watch of the year 2010
In Geneva, Montres Passion has awarded for the 17th time its famous Watch of the Year Prize.
The not-to-be-missed autumn gathering organised by the magazine Montres Passion was held this year on 14 October. During the course of the evening, more than 500 people congregated in the hushed lounges of the Hôtel Intercontinental de Genève. The jury, composed of watch industry professionals, made its choice from among a hundred or so timepieces launched on the Swiss market over the past twelve months, produced in quantities of at least 200 and priced for the retail market at not more than 50,000 francs. This number was whittled down to a shortlist of forty.
The Watch of the Year Prize was awarded to Bvlgari for its Octo Bi-Retro model from the Gérald Genta collection. Sporty and contemporary, it has an octagonal case, a ceramic bezel with a “studded” satin finish and a crown set with an onyx cabochon. Mounted on a natural rubber strap, it includes a sophisticated mechanism that displays jumping hours in a large aperture at 12 o’clock, with minutes and retrograde date indicated by hands. Its self-winding GG7722 movement is manufactured in Le Sentier.