Senator Sanders’ fate as a presidential candidate will be decided tomorrow, on Super Tuesday. Or will it? While that drama plays out, let’s have a look at his horological habit and what it says about the man . . .
Watches & Wonders, The Geneva Motor Show and now Baselworld have all bitten the dust for 2020 thanks to the coronavirus outbreak. The official
Baselworld cancelled postponement statement promises a return-to-form in 2021. Given the virus’ uncertain trajectory and the show’s dubious return-on-investment in the Internet Age, that’s hardly a foregone conclusion (hence their “new digital service”). Not that you’d know it reading their statement . . .
Watches & Wonders – the Swiss watch get-together formerly known as Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) – has been cancelled. Without mentioning the coronavirus by name, the organizers made their decision “to protect the health and wellbeing of all our guests” (statement below). It’s only a matter of time – and not much of it – before Baselworld bows out. What does that mean for the Swiss watch industry? First, consider what would have happened at Watches & Wonders . . .
Hamilton vs. Vortic. A five-year legal battle between the Swiss-owned formerly American Hamilton watch brand and an American company repurposing Hamilton pocket watches into wristwatches. At stake: Vortic’s survival and the survival of hundreds of American companies “upcycling” branded products. The confrontation began when . . .
The Italian outbreak of coronavirus dooms Baselworld. The map tells the tale. It’s 193.4 miles between Codogno – center of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak – and Basel, Switzerland. As we’ve predicted, it’s all over bar the official announcement. It’s important to note that the coronavirus was only the final nail in the event’s coffin . . .