The Swiss Watch Industry Celebrates Another Record Year in Geneva
Every January, thousands of watch industry professionals descend on Geneva, Switzerland for two of the industry’s most prestigious international exhibitions. From January 20 thru the 24 the Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE) welcomed nearly 6000 watch and media professionals, along with collectors and other watch aficionados to the historic Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva Centre. Then, from January 21 through the 25 the prestigious Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) hosted over 13,000 visitors from five continents at it 23rd rendezvous held at Palexpo, Geneva.
Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie
The SIHH event is considered by many to be the foremost international gathering for fine watch professionals. This private event for selected retailers, distributors and media representatives showcases the mechanical and aesthetic prowess of 16 of the world most celebrated watchmakers. Exhibitors at this year’s event included A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Ralph Lauren Watch & Jewelry, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Art Exhibitions at SIHH
In accordance with SIHH tradition, an exhibition staged by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie presented thirteen unique objects on the theme of time, designed by Alessandro Mendini and made by thirteen master craftsmen. The entire SIHH exhibition is defined by craftsmanship, tradition, and technique, with some of the attending brands showcasing over two centuries of watchmaking experience. Attendees agreed that this was the best show ever and are looking forward to returning to Geneva next year.
Geneva Time Exhibition
Across town, an equally elite crowd was exploring over 600 square meters of timekeeping excellence at the Geneva Time Exhibition’s new Bâtiment des Forces Motrices venue. This year’s event received an unprecedented response from both retailers and the press, and attendees were delighted by the warm, friendly atmosphere at the show. With the enthusiastic support of the world’s independent watchmakers, including popular Gevril Group brand RSW, GTE is now firmly established as a key event on the international watch calendar.
Attendees to both events agreed that the Swiss watch industry has never been stronger and are looking forward to returning to Geneva in 2014.
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