While scale and sheer volume are part of Baselworld’s importance and even its allure, the fair offers the opportunity to see in close detail both some historic pieces and the very latest, often extremely limited production, watches.
Watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin went to watchmaking school with Stephen Forsey of Greubel Forsey. The fact that both gentlemen are in Basel, showing some of their work, illustrates how dynamic this exhibition is.
Beauty, they say, is in the details. Well, at Baselworld, there is an avalanche of detail, and here is one vivid example: Girard-Perregaux, which introduced two completely new timepieces at Baselworld this year.
Basel, Switzerland is, by all accounts, a quiet little town, nestled not far from the German-Swiss border. But the discreet town comes almost bursting apart at the seams when Baselworld, the largest exhibition of fine watches on the planet, descends each year.