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The global launching pad of global trendsetting innovations and trendsBASELWORLD 2016 opening ceremony

Baselworld 2016, the show that is universally acknowledged as the unique platform for the watch and jewellery industry, opened its doors today in the presence of Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga.

With 1,500 of the world’s most famous and prestigious brands exhibiting, more than 4,000 journalistsrepresenting traditional and new media from around the globe attending, Baselworld 2016 is poised to once again capture the hearts and minds of professionals and consumers around the world. Baselworld 2016 will run from 17 to 24 March 2016.

Baselworld is unequalled and unrivalled in providing a unique platform for global key players from the world of watches and jewellery, diamonds, gemstones, pearls, machines and supplies to convene in one place. It is the annual focal point for around 150,000 professionals from over 100 countries who regroup in Basel to take the pulse of the industry, be inspired by the innovations and creations splendidly showcased on 141,000 m2, discover new trends and acquire the latest collections from 1,500 of the world’s most famous and prestigious brands.

For eight days a year, Baselworld is the nerve centre of the whole industry. The impact Baselworld creates reverberates around the world as news of the latest creations disseminates to every corner of the planet and the eagerly awaited new collections find their way to their final destinations and populate show windows in the most illustrious locations of the world’s metropolises.

The opening ceremony of the premier platform for the watch and jewellery industry, Baselworld, was brought to a close by Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga who honoured the guests with a speech.