Given the premier nature of Switzerland's watchmaking industry, the level of excitement, glitz and glamor that surrounds Baselworld should come as no surprise. The town of Basel, nestled as it is just minutes from the French and German borders, was littered with banners, flags and posters this month, signalling the arrival of the biggest event on any watchmaker's calendar. Once again, Gizmag joined the thousands of trade, press and public attendees in search of the latest and greatest in wrist-worn fashion and innovation.
However, while Vector took the opportunity to show off its long lasting smartwatch, Mondaine provided Gizmag with a look at its undercover fitness tracker and Tag Heuer announced its long rumored partnership with Intel and Google, it was technology of the mechanical persuasion that once again took center stage.
From HYT's newest hydro-mechanical movement to the latest Christophe Claret creation and beyond, a total of 1,500 brands had their latest ranges on display. In excess of 150,000 visitors attended the event, including more than 4,300 journalists.