Baselworld fair, world's largest and oldest watch fair, in transition

There are just over 500 exhibitors at this year's Baselworld fair in Basel, Switzerland, including Ronda, a Swiss-based manufacturer of quartz and mechanical watch movements.
There are just over 500 exhibitors at this year's Baselworld fair in Basel, Switzerland, including Ronda, a Swiss-based manufacturer of quartz and mechanical watch movements.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

In keeping with the times, the watch fair features live fashion shows, reconfigured halls and a section for start-ups

The world's largest and oldest watch fair opened its doors two days ago - smaller, quieter and a little more sober compared with previous years.

This is for good reason. For some time now, Baselworld has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons - among them, poor service, exorbitant costs and arrogant management.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2019, with the headline 'Baselworld fair in transition'. Print Edition | Subscribe