HourUniverse – Baselworld Reborn

The watch industry get-together known as Baselworld died of its own weight. (Click here for our coverage.) The show’s organizers and local hotels bled the industry dry. Baselworld also died of its own wait. It ran into the brick wall known as Coronageddon – even as major players bailed (e.g., Swatch, LMVH, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard and Chanel). As Heather O’Rourke famously declared, they’re baaack! As the artist now known as HourUniverse . . .

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Baselworld 2021 Cancelled

“Baselworld organizers are cancelling next year’s show,” wwd.com reports, “and have settled with departing labels, closing a fraught chapter in the Swiss watch event’s history.” As we predicted, as anyone with an ounce of common sense predicted, Baselworld is dead. Or is it? . . .

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Watches & Wonders – More of the Same?

Earlier this week, Rolex, Chopard, Patek Philippe, Chanel and Tudor bailed on Baselworld, condemning the convention to the dustbin of history. In case anyone thought otherwise, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith joined the exodus the next day. They’re all throwing in their lot with Watches & Wonders. Assuming a vaccine by spring 2021, same as it ever was? . . .

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Chopard Alpine Eagle: Fail

If you want the straight sh*t about a watch, learn to read between the lines. Hodinkee, Gear Patrol, A Blog to Watch, Quill & Pad, et al. are so deep in manufacturers’ pockets the writers risk lint suffocation. The mainstream horological press has to couch criticism carefully, lest they lose revenue, junkets and access to new models. Check out Quill &Pad’s take on the Chopard Alpine Eagle . . .

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