Baselworld and Watches & Wonders Geneva Is Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

The rising concern for Covid-19, also known as Coronavirus, has led to Baselworld and Watches & Wonders postponing each of its events to 2021. Aside from health safety reasons, the Swiss federal authorities have issued a ban on large-scale public and private events.

Baselworld, which was to be held from April 30 to May 5, has postponed it to January 28 to February 2, 2021 (with the Press Day on Wednesday 27th January). On the other hand, Watch & Wonders who were scheduled to have its event prior to Baselworld (April 25 to 29)  are already working on its 2021 event although no official date has been released.

Through an official statement, Baselworld was much candid about taking the decision when “all preparations, in particular, construction in the halls and of the stands”  was scheduled to commence in the first week of March. Managing Director of Baselworld Michel Loris-Melikoff said that by postponing the show to January 2021, it was the best solution in hopes that the industry and all its customers “would avoid losing a full year and at the same time reset their calendars for the beginning of the year, a period that is conducive to the presentation of their new products, new trends and order taking.”

Organizer of Watches & Wonders Geneva, Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, also confirmed about its decision has to cancel the upcoming edition of Watches & Wonders Geneva (formerly known as the SIHH) and its “In the City” program.