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The Biggest Watch Events in the World

FROM SHOWCASES TO LAUNCHES AND BIG REVEALS, THESE ARE THE EVENTS THE WORLD OF WATCHMAKING LOOK FORWARD TO EACH YEAR

FROM SHOWCASES TO LAUNCHES AND BIG REVEALS, THESE ARE THE EVENTS THE WORLD OF WATCHMAKING LOOK FORWARD TO EACH YEAR

Every major industry has a trade fair or show to call their own – a place or event where enthusiasts, businesses and brands can come together to celebrate the industry that they’re a part off. The popularity of trade fairs rose exponentially in the late 19th century, fuelled now doubt by the rising manufacturing sector. Over time, these trade shows solidified themselves as not just events to market their latest products but also use them as a platform for their biggest launches.

In the world of horology there have been several events that have duly established themselves as the preeminent fairs for the watchmaking community. For collectors and enthusiasts, these fairs help fan the fires of passion for timepieces, bringing together watchmakers and brands together under one roof.

Whether it’s about learning about the history of timepieces or getting an up close look at a unique collection or learning about the latest advancements and trends in watchmaking, these events ensure that the appeal for timepiece continue to tick on for years to come.

Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)

Next Event: 25-28 April 2020

History: Organised by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), SIHH has celebrated the art of fine watchmaking for nearly 30 years. Since its inception in 1991, the fair has grown from becoming a meeting place for prestigious Maisons to an annual watch fair that essentially sets the tone for the year ahead for the watch making industry. Typically held in January each year, SIHH continues to draw in the world’s best watchmakers, artisan-creators and brands, becoming a platform for trade professionals as well as visitors to peruse the latest collections.

2019 Big Reveals: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel was certainly one of the highlights from this year’s event. But the high-complication timepiece also shared the spotlight with IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN “Mojave Desert” Edition and the Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition. In the ladies department, the Cartier’s Panthère Watch and the Piaget Extremely Lady luxury watch combined the worlds of watchmaking and jewellery in truly stunning form.

Baselworld

Next Event: 30 April- 5 May 2020

History: The origins of Baselworld dates back over a century, with the opening of the Schweizer Mustermesse Basel (Muba) in 1917. Over time the Swiss watch fair began to grow in prominence, eventually expanding over the decades with an increasing amount of exhibitors lining up to participate. In the early 70s, watchmakers from Europe joined in on the fun, eventually leading to Baselworld being created in the mid-80s, officially becoming a truly global event. Today, it remains the most important international watch and jewellery fair in the world, a status it is not likely to lose for a long time to come.

2019 Big Reveals: Reissues were a common theme at Baselworld 2019 with TAG Heuer reintroducing the Autavia Isograph as part of a standalone collection. Tudor also looked through its archives to reveal the Black Bay P01, a model based on a prototype developed for the U.S. Navy in the 60s. Advancements in the field of watchmaking were also addressed with the Zenith Defy Inventor, which essentially reinvented the traditional sprung balance principle. Bvlgari also defied convention with the unveiling of the Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic –the world’s slimmest self-winding watch.

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG)

Next Event: 7 November 2019

History: Since its inception in 2001, the GPHG has stood as the watchmaking industry’s quintessential awards ceremony. Equivalent to what the Oscars are for films, the GPHG awards watchmakers and timepieces across various categories, including Artistic Crafts, Complicated Watches and the Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix – the best overall watch among all categories. The awards are chosen by a panel of hand-picked judges made up of established watch experts from around the globe.

2019 Awards: Ever-evolving, the GPHG has introduced several new award categories for this year’s event. This includes an Iconic Watch Prize – awarded to the best watch from an emblematic collection that has been exercising a lasting influence on watchmaking history and the watch market for more than 25 years, a Diver’s Watch Prize, a Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize and a Horological Revelation Prize, which honours the achievements of a young brand. The award ceremony will be held on 7 November in Geneva with a GPHG 2019 travelling exhibition held in major cities such as Sydney and Hong Kong in September and October.

Every major industry has a trade fair or show to call their own – a place or event where enthusiasts, businesses and brands can come together to celebrate the industry that they’re a part off. The popularity of trade fairs rose exponentially in the late 19th century, fuelled now doubt by the rising manufacturing sector. Over time, these trade shows solidified themselves as not just events to market their latest products but also use them as a platform for their biggest launches.

In the world of horology there have been several events that have duly established themselves as the preeminent fairs for the watchmaking community. For collectors and enthusiasts, these fairs help fan the fires of passion for timepieces, bringing together watchmakers and brands together under one roof.

Whether it’s about learning about the history of timepieces or getting an up close look at a unique collection or learning about the latest advancements and trends in watchmaking, these events ensure that the appeal for timepiece continue to tick on for years to come.

Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)

Next Event: 25-28 April 2020

History: Organised by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), SIHH has celebrated the art of fine watchmaking for nearly 30 years. Since its inception in 1991, the fair has grown from becoming a meeting place for prestigious Maisons to an annual watch fair that essentially sets the tone for the year ahead for the watch making industry. Typically held in January each year, SIHH continues to draw in the world’s best watchmakers, artisan-creators and brands, becoming a platform for trade professionals as well as visitors to peruse the latest collections.

2019 Big Reveals: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel was certainly one of the highlights from this year’s event. But the high-complication timepiece also shared the spotlight with IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN “Mojave Desert” Edition and the Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition. In the ladies department, the Cartier’s Panthère Watch and the Piaget Extremely Lady luxury watch combined the worlds of watchmaking and jewellery in truly stunning form.

Baselworld

Next Event: 30 April- 5 May 2020

History: The origins of Baselworld dates back over a century, with the opening of the Schweizer Mustermesse Basel (Muba) in 1917. Over time the Swiss watch fair began to grow in prominence, eventually expanding over the decades with an increasing amount of exhibitors lining up to participate. In the early 70s, watchmakers from Europe joined in on the fun, eventually leading to Baselworld being created in the mid-80s, officially becoming a truly global event. Today, it remains the most important international watch and jewellery fair in the world, a status it is not likely to lose for a long time to come.

2019 Big Reveals: Reissues were a common theme at Baselworld 2019 with TAG Heuer reintroducing the Autavia Isograph as part of a standalone collection. Tudor also looked through its archives to reveal the Black Bay P01, a model based on a prototype developed for the U.S. Navy in the 60s. Advancements in the field of watchmaking were also addressed with the Zenith Defy Inventor, which essentially reinvented the traditional sprung balance principle. Bvlgari also defied convention with the unveiling of the Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic –the world’s slimmest self-winding watch.

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG)

Next Event: 7 November 2019

History: Since its inception in 2001, the GPHG has stood as the watchmaking industry’s quintessential awards ceremony. Equivalent to what the Oscars are for films, the GPHG awards watchmakers and timepieces across various categories, including Artistic Crafts, Complicated Watches and the Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix – the best overall watch among all categories. The awards are chosen by a panel of hand-picked judges made up of established watch experts from around the globe.

2019 Awards: Ever-evolving, the GPHG has introduced several new award categories for this year’s event. This includes an Iconic Watch Prize – awarded to the best watch from an emblematic collection that has been exercising a lasting influence on watchmaking history and the watch market for more than 25 years, a Diver’s Watch Prize, a Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize and a Horological Revelation Prize, which honours the achievements of a young brand. The award ceremony will be held on 7 November in Geneva with a GPHG 2019 travelling exhibition held in major cities such as Sydney and Hong Kong in September and October.