Latest News from: Baselworld 2015 Press Conference—Live Report

The undisputedly premier event that unites key players from all sectors of the global watch and jewellery industry under one roof, Baselworld 2015 commenced this morning with the inaugural press conference. The conference hall was filled with key players representing the print, TV and digital media from every continent who were eagerly awaiting the Baselworld press conference which marks the start of the landmark event in the annual calendar of the watch and jewellery industry: the show that will unveil the trends of tomorrow.

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What is Baselworld?

Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show is a trade show of the international watch and jewelry industry held every Spring in Basel, Switzerland. It hosts approximately 2,100 exhibitors from over 45 countries, including the leading watch and jewelry manufacturers, as well as companies specializing in precious gems. The show attracts nearly 150,000 visitors (4,000 press) making it a one of the top watch and jewelry shows.

For a brief history of this trade show, check this information from Wikipedia:

The history of the show dates back to 1917 with the opening of the first Schweizer Mustermesse Basel (muba), of which a section was devoted to watches and jewellery.
•    1925 muba invited several watch manufacturers
•    1931 the Schweizer Uhrenmesse (Swiss Watch Show) was first held in a dedicated pavilion.
•    After 1972’s Europe’s meeting place exhibition, companies from France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom were also invited.
•    1983 the show changed its name to BASEL and two numerals denoting the exhibition year, e.g., BASEL 83.
•    1986, companies from outside Europe were included for the first time, reflecting the increased number of visitors from outside Europe.
•    1995 the show was renamed to BASEL 95 – The World Watch, Clock and Jewellery Show.
•    1999, a new hall with 36,000 square meters exhibition space was added. The year 2000 saw an increase of 6 per cent in trade visitors.
•    2003 the show was again renamed to Baselworld, The Watch and Jewellery Show.
•    2004, with the introduction of a new hall complex, the exhibition area extended to 160,000 square meters, attracting more than 89,000 visitors.

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Two things that Basel has plenty of — restaurants and shopping.

There are several department-store-style places to shop, conveniently located — as so many things in town are — close to tram stops, and all with a grocery store right below the ground floor. Here are the main stops.

Globus bills itself as upscale shopping with a gourmet grocery store and restaurant. Their grocery store is located partly on the ground floor and one floor down, and in the rest of their department store you can find make up, clothing, accessories, household items, and more. There’s even a restaurant on the top story.

Globus Basel
Marktplatz 2 • 4001 Basel
Tel: +41 58 578 45 45
(Website in German and French.)

Shopping Hours
Mon – Wed: 09.00-18.30
Thurs – Fri: 09.00-20.00
Sat: 9.00-18.00

Another popular shopping destination, with two locations in Basel. The one closest to Basel centre is in Kleinbasel, right off the Rheingasse tram stop. You’ll find clothes for men, women, and children, toys, media, household goods and decorations, luggage, electronics, office and craft supplies, accessories and jewellery, and all the rest, and at the top of the store is a cafeteria-style restaurant called Manora with different lunch “stations” daily (pasta, fish, schnitzels, pizza, curry, salads) and a small outdoor play area for children. The restaurant overlooks the city’s rooftops and displays a vivid mural of Basel on one wall — a relaxing stop whether for lunch, dinner, or a quick afternoon tea and cake. Also home to the Manor grocery store, a slightly more expensive choice to Migros and Coop.

Greifengasse 22 • 4005 Basel
Tram Stop: Rheingasse
(Website in German, French, and Italian only.)

Shopping Hours
Mon – Fri: 08.30-20.00
Sat: 08.00-18.00

Coop City
A smaller all-in-one store located right near Marktplatz, this expanded site of one of Basel’s main grocers includes a small restaurant on the top floor, and a Coop grocery store. Also a spot you can find some Swiss memorabilia like specially packaged chocolates, t-shirts, baseball caps, pencils, etc.

Gerbergasse 4 • 4001 Basel

Shopping Hours
Mon – Wed: 08.30–18.30
Thurs – Fri: 08.30–20.00
Sat: 08.00–18.00

Also technically a Coop City, Pfauen is much larger than its Marktplatz sister store. It’s located on Freiestrasse and sells high-end cosmetics and perfumes in addition to all the many levels of fine department store goods. The top-story cafeteria also holds an indoor play area for children. Also a very popular lunchtime stop, so expect crowds until early afternoon. Coop grocery store below.

Freie Strasse 75 • 4002 Basel

Shopping Hours
Mon – Wed: 08.30–18.30
Thurs – Fri: 08.30–20.00
Sat: 08.30–18.00

Photo Credit: Von Chrisderheld – Eigeni Arbet