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Many no­table brands have an­nounced their in­ten­tion to leave Basel­world in 2019. Most sig­nif­i­cant was Swatch Group, the fair’s big­gest client with 17 brands show­ing each year. “It is nec­es­sary that [trade fairs] rein­vent them­selves, re­spond­ing ap­pro­pri­ately to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and demon­strat­ing more dy­namism and cre­ativ­ity,” the group noted in an of­fi­cial state­ment. “At the mo­ment, the trade fairs are fail­ing to do so.”

In sim­i­lar news, Co­rum, af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing for 62 years and Mau­rice Lacroix af­ter 30, also an­nounced that they will leave the fair. Ray­mond Weil, whose de­ci­sion is “re­in­forced” by Swatch Group’s res­ig­na­tion, also an­nounced that they’ll exit the fair, af­ter more than 40 years of at­ten­dance.

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