1. drunken monkey

    drunken monkey Mar 23, 2016

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    I'm not that far from city airport; it's maybe a 15minute drive so it's not too bad.

    And nope.
    Past conversations with brand employees suggested it's not, or at least wasn't, very non-retail industry friendly. For instance, more than one brand boutique manager relayed to me that if they weren't there for work, it's not guaranteed that they have access either.

    Having SalonQP here later in the year kinda makes Basel secondary, especially given that it is a show for enthusiasts as opposed to retailers.
     
  2. Osmosis

    Osmosis Mar 23, 2016

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    I lived in the City and went from the City Airport which was a few stops on the Tube, nice and easy just a lot of walking when you are there at the show.

    Judging by your posts I think you will really enjoy Basel, any watch aficionado needs to put it on their bucket list. Great spectacle and on a scale that is hard to describe! My only word of caution would be for the most part you will not be able to speak to anyone on the stands as from what I saw they were not staffed to assist the general public. Saying that actually getting a ticket as a member of the public is no problem.

    Point noted about the openness of SalonQP, but multiply it by a few thousand percent and you're getting close to the scale of Basel.
     
  3. drunken monkey

    drunken monkey Mar 23, 2016

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    I don't doubt the scale but I'm a geek and the best bit of SalonQP is being able to geek out with people who actually know their stuff, be it history, watch-making or even global sales patterns/trends.
    It's not every day you get to talk to Arno Haslinger about the Nikki Lauda Carrera that's sitting comfortably next to a Chronomatic Monaco (that everyone passing by don't notice/realise) or have a half hour chat with the head of uk retail about the change in retailer/customer/client relationships over their past 30 years.

    That isn't to say I don't like looking and seeing new stuff, it's just that my interest goes beyond just the stuff of watches. I guess I fear being left unsatisfied because the watch is only part of the story for me.
     
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  4. automobilia42

    automobilia42 Mar 23, 2016

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    If TAG Heuer is on the SalonQP 2016 I might visit London in November.
    And I have had plenty of talks @Baselworld with people from sales, watchmakers, brand owners and for instance even the husband of Fiona Kruger, that you don't see that many female watchmakers, he agreed...
    Here are some pics of me and the Glashutte Original watchmaker, I have sat down there for at least half an hour admiring his work, and we did a lot of talking, he even invited me over to get a look at the factory.
    Same with Jorrit and Mr. Christiaan from Christiaan van der Klaauw watches, and Cameron at Bremont.
    Cameron used to work at TAG Heuer UK before Bremont.
    Also chatted with the lady from the TAG Heuer Boutique in New York at the Carrera Connected table, I gave her a tip to wear her normal watch on the left arm and the connected on the right one which she instantly did, haha.

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  5. drunken monkey

    drunken monkey Mar 23, 2016

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    Great stuff.
    I can't say if it's because there are very few independent visitors report from Basel but it does look much more accessible than previous years.

    And yes, I only ever hear good things about the Glashutte people so it's good to get further confirmation.
     
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  6. automobilia42

    automobilia42 Mar 23, 2016

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    We were even invited for drinks between 18.00-20.00 at the Maurice Lacroix booth, but we forgot...oh well, maybe next year :D
     
  7. Hubert

    Hubert Mar 24, 2016

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    2015 article about him.
    Heritage and Style at TAG Heuer
    http://nyti.ms/1SYTtPB
     
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    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Mar 24, 2016

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    Edited Mar 27, 2016
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  15. calibre11user

    calibre11user Mar 27, 2016

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    Bloomberg Business names the new Tag Heuer Monza as one of the coolest watches of Baselworld 2016.



    Accompanying article:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-18/the-best-new-watches-at-baselworld-2016

    Every year Tag Heuer releases a new watch inspired by a vintage piece in its museum. This year, it came up with the Monza, a 42 mm chronograph with a black titanium case. It was modeled after a watch made 40 years ago, also called the Monza, after the Formula 1 track in Italy where in 1975 Niki Lauda solidified his World Championship win. In 1976, Jack Heuer gave the watch to the Ferrari F1 team, which is why you’ll note this version has the old Heuer logo (without the Tag). It will be made in a limited edition and cost $5,200.
     
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  17. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Mar 28, 2016

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    Alon at ACE Jewelers is certainly reliable, and if anyone would know the price he would.

    Make sure you tell him that you are a Calibre 11 reader ;)
     
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  18. dtf

    dtf Mar 28, 2016

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    Cheers for the recommendation, it's a nightmare trying to find non-grey market online watch stores.
     
  19. calibre11user

    calibre11user Mar 28, 2016

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    Really great 18-minute video overview of the major watch brands at Baselworld 2016.

    Tag Heuer coverage starts at 8:27 into the video.

     
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  20. automobilia42

    automobilia42 Mar 29, 2016

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    Great vlog, seems I missed some booths, like for instance Breitling, haha.