The world may be staying indoors right now, but it hasn’t kept the world of watches standing still. We have collated all the latest news to help make your time inside a little more interesting.
Is it the end of Baselworld?
After the news that several major watch brands decided not to exhibit at the next Baselworld show – Rolex, Tudor, Patek Philippe, Chanel, Chopard, TAG Heuer, Bulgari, Hublot and Zenith – another surprising announcement was made last week: Baselworld will not go ahead in 2021. This iconic show has defined the watch world for years, and we know it won’t be the same without it.
Zenith restarts production – cautiously
While Switzerland begins cautiously reopening parts of the country, Zenith have become the latest company to partially reopen while adhering to social distancing rules. In a statement, Zenith said: “While the administrative teams will continue working from home to avoid unnecessary exposure and potential contamination, the manufacture personnel will take shifts in smaller teams to ensure that safety measures continue to be respected.”
Bremont is ready to help
In order to do their part, Bremont have offered their Henley-on-Thames facility to manufacture, assemble and test precision parts for ventilators.
Co-founder Nick English said: “There’s a very similar skill set between the medical and the watchmaking industry — you’re machining and assembling parts in often a very sterile environment. A ventilator is made up of many different parts and no one company can make one overnight. However, there are parts which we certainly could manufacture if given the plans. We have got a whole factory which is full of machines which are capable of making these parts.”
Pushed back releases
It may be no surprise that some of the biggest names in watchmaking are pushing their new releases back to 2021 amid the crisis, but it doesn’t mean we are any less regretful. We’ll be waiting at least another year to see new products from Rolex, Patek Philippe and Tudor, along with others yet to announce their plans.
A spokesperson for Tudor said: “In view of the continuing challenge we’re facing across the world, and in order to protect people by avoiding gatherings and one-to-one meetings, we have decided to postpone the announcements to a later date. We have presently not defined a new timing for our release.”
While we are waiting to see what our favourite brands will release next, now’s the perfect time to compile your dream watch list…and where better to find the most gorgeous pieces than our online showroom?
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