Having compiled these reports for many years, it occurs to WatchPro that there are a few former hot trends that have not made the list this year. This does not mean they were entirely absent at this year’s exhibitions, but more that they did not stand out as new, different or as ubiquitous as in the past.
Blue watches are still in the top two colors for almost every style of watch sold in the US today, and there were of course plenty of blue watches on view.
But when it came to brand new collections or line extensions to existing families, it was less common for blue to be used this year.
Connected watches were almost entirely absent at this year’s Baselworld.
In the case of Fossil Group, which has bet the farm of people wanting their fashion watches to speak to their smartphones, there was a glaring smartwatch-shaped hole in its presentation.
We were not shown a single connected hybrid watch or touchscreen smartwatch from a single Fossil Group brand.
There are in fact line extensions to connected watches from Fossil, Michael Kors, Skagen, Armani and other brands within the group, they simply were not shown to us at our presentation, which was odd.