Only one 5-star hotel in Basel has signed-up to maximum prices during the week of the watch fair.
Replacing Baselworld for de Grisogono will be a private exhibition in the Royal Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva that will run from January 13th to 18th, 2019.
'Central Plaza' will feature new services for the media and new restaurant and social spaces for visitors.
Thierry Stern insists that the exhibition has a future, while also reflecting on Patek's own booming global trade that vindicates its retail model
The area is already fully booked, with exhibitors including Alexander Shorokhoff, Ebel, MeisterSinger, Michel Herbelin, Mühle Glashütte, Sinn Spezialuhren, Staudt Watches, and Tutima Glashütte.
The exhibition business in Switzerland, in consultation with brands, retailers and other stakeholders, can and should find a way to move forward.
CEO Georges Kern, a veteran of SIHH anchor Richemont, signs Breitling as 43rd partner of FHH.
Watchmaker ends a 30 year association with Basel exhibition in the wake of Swatch Group's exit in 2019.
This latest blow comes on the back of the high profile withdrawals of Swatch Group and Raymond Weil.
Jean-Claude Biver agrees with rival's claim that the fair has never adapted to the 21st century but is willing to remain loyal if changes are made