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  1. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Apr 7, 2020

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    Certainly possible. Having said that, Rolex and PP has such strong demand for its existing models that it could not release a new watch for 3 years and still have full demand. I imagine that there will be real pressure from Authorised Dealers who support brands like TAG Heuer to get new product into the market to help keep their businesses afloat. The brands needs to balance protecting their eco-system and the need to not be seen promoting luxury while people are economies are suffering
     
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  2. Hubert

    Hubert Apr 7, 2020

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    Yes, I think you're right on point. The brands need to find the right balance and tone. I see a good chance of getting the two LE Carreras, and a few other minor updates on the other lines, without drawing too much attention. Then come back in full force in January with all the announcements.
     
  3. dtf

    dtf Apr 7, 2020

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    Did they get all the 2019 watches out yet?
     
  4. TP61

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    Albert-AMG Apr 10, 2020

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    Hubert Apr 10, 2020

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  7. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 10, 2020

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    That Calibre 16 F1 was in a sale at my local AD... unbelievable, it had only been out about two months!
     
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    TP61 Apr 10, 2020

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  9. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Apr 14, 2020

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  10. Hubert

    Hubert Apr 14, 2020

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    ^ I was about to post this. Pretty much a near fatal blow. Hard to see how it can survive now.
     
  11. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 14, 2020

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    Rolex was the last hope... so that's that then.
     
  12. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Apr 14, 2020

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    Yeah I guess so. Kind of expected but a sad day still, BaselWorld has been a nice highlight of the year.
     
  13. kappa_md

    kappa_md Apr 14, 2020

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    ““Embracing the change,” as Loris-Melikoff explained. He is initiating popup events around the world during the year, plus “experience platforms” at future editions of Baselworld that include hospitality platforms, event zones, a retailer summit, CEO talks, and even an e-concierge to provide travel help on the new Baselworld app, which will be launched in next few weeks.”

    Baselworld Becomes The Story: Baselworld 2020 And Beyond Will See Big (And Positive) Changes
    by Elizabeth Doerr
     
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    kappa_md Apr 14, 2020

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    IMHO, for traditional “luxury” brands, the philosphy of “change” is probably the last thing they want in their portfolio. I’m not sure how but I think it’s also the same reason how they’ve kept their “perceived”
    value up there. For them, Baselworld doesn’t fit this direction anymore. Probably they still want to maintain their own “exclusivity.” It’s just plain ol’ boring. General watch enthusiasts are often confused about TAG Heuer on how to view it as a “luxury” brand while embracing its “avant-garde” philosophy. Tilting the balance is always the challenge for TH. Just my 2 cents ;)
     
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  15. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 15, 2020

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    That's true, combining Avant-Garde with luxury is a tough gig, and don't forget to add into that mix 'entry-level' luxury as well....
     
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  16. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 15, 2020

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    What really surprised me about Baselworld was when I read that the halls aren't used for anything else, just Baselworld one week a year... how is that possible? So it's no wonder they charged so much money really, someone must have paid a ton of money to build that place and they can only recoup the investement one week in the year! Ridiculous.
     
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  17. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Apr 15, 2020

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    Yes I agree, its insane
     
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  18. Hubert

    Hubert Apr 15, 2020

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  19. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 16, 2020

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    I love how Mr Biver is never interviewed, he just talks....
     
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  20. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 17, 2020

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    So.... yes, this pandemic will push online purchasing more, and as we are already seeing shops are collapsing at a worrying rate. But do we really want a world without shops? What about all the packaging that online sales creates? What about all the coffee shops and snack places that rely on proper shops to bring customers? And do you really want to buy your £50,000 Patek online?
     
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