If you’ve been following the recent watch industry upheaval that has centered around Baselworld over the last few months, today’s news likely won’t come as much of a shock. It was announced today that the 2021 Baselworld show, which had been scheduled to begin January 28 of next year, has been canceled. This comes after a steady stream of brands exiting the fair over the last two years, the Covid-19 related postponement of the 2020 show, and tentpole brands Rolex, Tudor, Patek Philippe, and others dramatically cutting ties with Baselworld to start a new show of their own in Geneva.
Following the walkout of Rolex, Tudor, Patek, Chanel, and Chopard (which we covered in a podcast here), the LVMH brands followed suit, leaving Baselworld in a situation where the fair’s key exhibitors would all be absent from the next show. At this point, it seemed to be not a matter of “if” but “when” the MCH Group, Baselworld’s parent company, would make the decision to cancel the event outright.