On Thursday, April 25, Baselworld 2013 opened in Basel, Switzerland. With 1460 exhibitors from 40 countries and an expected 100,000 visitors from 100 countries, this weeklong show is the watch and jewelry event of the year. Check back here for daily coverage of Baselworld 2013.
News for Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th:
- This year's Baselworld boasts a new hall complex, designed by Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron.
- On Thursday, Jacques J. Duchêne, President of the Exhibitors' Committee, spoke optimistically about the future of the watch industry, citing Baselworld's ability to adapt to changes in the industry as symbolized by the exhibition's new building and infrastructure.
- Girard-Perregaux introduced the caliber GPO 3800-0001, a hand-wound column-wheel chronograph.
- McGonigle launched the Tuscar Bánú, featuring their new time-only in-house calibre movement.
- Among new additions to Rolex's lineup is the GMT-Master II, announced on Thursday. This timepiece includes a rotatable bezel featuring a two-color ceramic Cerachrom bezel insert in black and blue, to represent night and day. Rolex is the first to create a single timepiece featuring a two-color ceramic bezel.
- Bayco Jewels revealed a 206.09-carat Colombian emerald, which the company purchased earlier this year from a private collector.
- Swatch introduced Sistem51, the world's first mechanical movement with a completely automated assembly.
- Raymond Weil revealed the Freelancer Visible Balance Wheel. The balance of this timepiece's movement is visible at 12 o'oclock.[gallery ids="855,856,857,858,859,860,861"]