SJX and Chronos Japan are breaking some significant news toward the beginning of today: Seiko has reported that they won’t be taking part in the upcoming Baselworld, booked for May of 2020.
Baselworld is the biggest watch expo on the planet, however as of late has seen brands escaping the show as the watch retail scene has changed drastically. The Swatch Group retired from Baselworld in 2019.
As detailed by Yasuhito Shibuya of Chronos Japan, Seiko’s official position is that they are leaving the reasonable because of its planning. Next year’s reasonable imprints the primary year the occasion will be held in May, planned to concur all the more intimately with the SIHH show (presently known as Watches and Wonders). Shibuya likewise writes: “The reasonable happens a month later, harmonizing with the Golden Week in Japan – a period with four successive public occasions inside seven days. This is an especially disillusioning time for Japanese watchmakers.”
Just as Swatch Group brands held their own occasions outside of the Baselworld biological system to advance their new items and sell through to their retail channels, Seiko will dispatch next year’s product offerings at an as of late reported occasion in Tokyo to happen in March: the Grand Seiko Summit.
More data can be found at Watches by SJX here and Chronos Japan here (in Japanese).