Baselworld 2019 Predictions
The eagerly anticipated Baselworld 2019 will be held March 21st – 26th and organisers are gearing up once again to showcase the latest innovations from jewellery and watch industries to an international audience.
Boasting 100,000 visitors per year and up to 4,000 journalists, all keen to learn about the latest trends and designs, Baselworld 2019 is the event of the year in our industry calendar. All eyes are focused on what brands will be exhibiting and hosting industry talks during the six-day event, with many commentators and collectors make their own early Baselworld 2019 predictions.
As the proud stockists of many major watch brands featured on the Baselworld platform, here at Miltons Diamonds, we have collated a number of our favourite Baselworld 2019 predictions expected to be showcased this year.
Less Watch Brands Than Usual
The development of smart and polished online communications means that much of the showcasing can be done for you, and many giant watch brands are opting to take this route to exhibit their latest designs. In 2018, many designer watch manufacturers such as Movado, Hermes and Louis Vuitton chose not to attend the event, and Baselworld 2019 has also seen brand drop-offs. We don’t expect to see any brands from the Swatch group represented at Baselworld 2019, including Longines and Omega.
Seiko Vintage Reissues
With the current trend of reissuing vintage models, Seiko may add to this with a look to the past planned for Baselworld 2019. The original Seiko Astron watch has its 50th anniversary in December this year, so it would be a safe bet to predict a possible reissue with a subtle redesign, featuring increased accuracy and functionality, to commemorate the occasion.
Redesigned Rolex Launches
It’s often difficult to predict what the iconic Rolex brand will do next with their creations, as designs differ so much from year to year. Some Rolex watch commentators are secretly waiting for a redesign of the Milgauss model, as most of the Rolex watch models in the most recent collections have already received a redesign. Revisiting the Rolex Milgauss to ensure a higher resistance to magnetism would put them back in the race with Omega for watches of excellent quality that feature anti-magnetism elements.
Rolex with a splash of colour
Rolex appears to be focussing particularly on the colour element of recent watch designs, and why not? Every sports model watch they produce with a coloured element seems to cause a flock of fans to each design causing massive waiting lists and a huge buzz around the brand.
Reintroduction to Rolex GMT Master II Coke
Rumours have been circulating that the Rolex 116710BLNR ‘Batman’ may be getting discontinued, creating the perfect place for the Rolex GMT Master II ‘Coke’ to take the limelight. Last years release of the Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO ‘Pepsi’ was a huge success, so an updated version of the red and black bezel Rolex GMT-Master II is the perfect progression of last years release.
Ladies Rolex Submariner 36
It may also be about time that Rolex ladies watches got some attention. Will Rolex cater for young, modern women with perhaps a Rolex Submariner 36mm model? Usually marketed at men, the Rolex Submariner is a high-performance timepiece with a ‘bulky’ appearance, so perhaps the reimagined version will be slimmed down to perhaps a 36mm watch casing. There would definitely be a market for women searching for a feminine version of the classic Rolex Submariner.
What would you like to see at Baselworld 2019?