The next edition of BASELWORLD, planned to take place in March/April 2022, will primarily be a B2B platform in the mid-range luxury segment, organisers said.
“After the pandemic stalled BASELWORLD over the last two years, we took a lot of time to talk to our partners and exhibitors,” says BASELWORLD Managing Director Michel Loris-Melikoff. “One thing became very clear: the BASELWORLD brand must remain, but it must fundamentally change.”
Whereas BASELWORLD used to be the most important annual meeting place for the luxury brands in the watch, jewellery and gemstone industry, the new BASELWORLD will be a platform on which smaller watches and jewellery manufacturers and gemstone traders can present their products and retailers will have efficient and easy access to the diversity of manufacturers.
BASELWORLD will become a digital platform, supplemented by live events, which will be available to the jewellery, watch and gems industry around the clock, 365 days a year, worldwide.
The date of BASELWORLD 2022 will be coordinated with the trade fairs taking place in Geneva at the same time and is intended as an important supplement and additional platform for the exchange of information between all the players in the industry, including those who did not participate in BASELWORLD in the past.
To be launched in autumn 2021, the digital platform will become a forum for exchange between all relevant representatives of the industry, the public and the media at BASELWORLD 2022. New tools for content creation will be used, allowing a maximum “touch and feel” experience and providing the opportunity to expand one’s network and exchange information on the latest trends. It will be the first independent platform that combines digital and live events.
“Everyone will meet on our platform. The brands, the manufacturers, the retailers, the fans and the media,” said Michel Loris-Melikoff. “We will offer attractive conditions and prices for all brands that want to benefit from this unique platform.”
BASELWORLD’s new orientation is in line with the MCH Group’s strategy, which has been confirmed by the newly composed Board of Directors. It focuses on platforms for communities in select (international or national) ecosystems, the provision of experience marketing solutions with holistic support for customers worldwide and the operation of the group’s own infrastructures in Basel and Zurich.