In a Press Release circulated just hours ago, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, organisers of Watches & Wonders Geneva (Formerly known as SIHH) announced its decision to cancel the 2020 Edition, due to concerns over the worldwide spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. The annual event was scheduled to take place from April 25-29, right before Baselworld.
With The Swatch Group pulling the plug on its 2020 Time To Move showcase, followed by Grand Seiko calling off the Tokyo Summit and now this… All of it boils down to one last question – What about Baselworld? … considering both the FHH and MCH Group – organisers of Baselworld, decided to align their show dates, back in 2018.
In terms of the maisons, showcasing their 2020 novelties, we can only assume that market specific events / showcases will the way to go, well at least for this year.
In view of the latest developments concerning the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, it is the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie’s duty, as organizer of Watches & Wonders Geneva, to anticipate the potential risks that travels and important international gatherings could entail.
Therefore, in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all our guests, press, partners and teams, the decision has been taken to cancel the upcoming edition of Watches & Wonders Geneva (formerly known as the SIHH) and its ‘In the City’ program, initially due to take place in Geneva from April 25th to 29th 2020.
The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie understands the disappointment this year’s cancelation may cause, and remains at the disposal of its partners and guests for any queries they may have. The FHH is already working on the organization of 2021 edition of Watches & Wonders Geneva.