The moment watch aficionados, retailers and journalists have been waiting for… Watches and Wonders Geneva will finally open its doors on 30 March 2022, for a complete week around horology. It will be the first physical edition of the event since 2019 and since Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard, Chanel and Tudor decided to leave Baselworld and then join the Geneva-based show. This exodus had put the nail in the coffin of the Basel fair. Industry shows matter; the watch industry needs live interaction and powerful events. Everything will happen in Geneva now. Besides Watches and Wonders, many brands will also exhibit their latest creations in Geneva. Following the pandemic, this physical edition of the event with its new format and its new exhibitors will be an interesting first… with hopes that this shift of the centre of gravity to Geneva will be a constructive step for the watch industry.
MONOCHROME will, of course, be present in Geneva and will bring you live coverage of the event, as well as presenting the new watches introduced during the week. Independent brands will even start to pre-release selected models to whet our appetite ahead of the fair (the largest Watches and Wonders brands have a communication embargo until the show opens at 8.30 AM on the 30th of March). So, stay tuned, as there’s a lot coming your way.
Note that most of the following events won’t be opened to the public. Specifically, it will be the case for Watches and Wonders, the main fair. This year, the show isn’t planning on opening its doors during the weekends, and only guests that have been invited by the FHH or the brands will be able to attend. Something to take into account if you are planning to visit these events.
Watches and Wonders Geneva – March 30, April 5 – Palexpo, Geneva
After two digital editions, Watches and Wonders is bringing back its physical (but also digital) presence in 2022, most importantly with an enlarged number of brands including key industry players joining the event.
Exhibiting Brands – A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Grand Seiko, Hermès, Hublot, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Oris, Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels and Zenith
Le Carré des Horlogers (the section of the show dedicated to independent and niche watchmakers) will gather the following brands: Angelus, Armin Strom, Arnold & Son, Cyrus Genève, Czapek & Cie, Ferdinand Berthoud, H. Moser & Cie., Laurent Ferrier, Louis Moinet, Rebellion Timepieces, Ressence, Rudis Sylva, Speake-Marin and Trilobe.
More details at www.watchesandwonders.com
Time to Watches – March 31, April 3 – HEAD, Geneva
Located halfway between Watches and Wonders (at Palexpo, by the airport) and Geneva’s lakeside hotels, Time to Watches will host 40 exhibiting brands at HEAD – Geneva. It will mostly be dedicated to slightly smaller brands, with some high-end independent watchmakers also joining the show.
Exhibiting Brands – Corum, Sinn, Louis Erard, Réservoir, Chronoswiss, Raketa, L’Epée, Charles Girardier, Pierre de Roche, Frédéric Jouvenot, Cuervo Y Sobrinos, Pequignet, Perrelet, Leroy, Vulcain, Anonimo, Milus, Mauron Musy, Behrens, DoppelGanger, ID Genève, Clockers, Tonino Lamborghini, XRLoy, Initium, Wolf, Swiss Kubik and Scatola del Tempo.
A dedicated space for young brands, Time to the FUTURE by Mestel will gather Bernies Watches, Kauri Watches, Khemea Horlogerie, Lundis Bleus Horlogerie Indépendante, Narbel&Co, Rogé Bastide Horlogerie Française, Skill Watches, Timenest Swiss Watch Cases and Vanessa Lecci Atelier
More details at www.timetowatches.com
Barton 7 – March 30, April 5 – Espace FERT, Geneva
On an initiative by Marco Borracino from Singer Reimagined, Barton 7 will gather several indie watchmakers at Espace Fert next to the Fairmont Hotel in Geneva. The small show will mostly gather independent and creative watchmakers.
Exhibiting Brands – Singer Reimagined, Schwarz-Etienne, Depancel, Ikepod, Genus, Le Rhone, Blaken, Bianchet
Masters of Horology (AHCI) – March 30, April 5 – L’IceBergues, Geneva
The Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (also known as AHCI) reunites again for an Exhibition of Independent Watch and Clockmakers in Geneva.
Exhibiting Brands – Aaron Becsei, Konstantin Chaykin, Svend Andersen, David Candaux, Ludovic Ballouard, Vianney Halter, Raul Pages, John-Mikael Flaux, Daizoh Makihara, Kari Voutilainen, Felix Baumgartner (Urwerk), Miki Eleta, Alessandro Rigotto, Robert Bray, Florian Schlumpf, Bernhard Lederer, Marco Lang, Stefan Kudoke, Sebastian Naeschke, Sebastien Billieres, Anton Suhanov, Sylvain Pinaud, Machiel Hulsman
More details at www.ahci.ch
More brands will be showcasing their watches in the frame of stand-alone events or presentations. Here some of these initiatives (non-exhaustive list):
Bovet – March 30, April 5, 2022 – Villa Fondation Jeantet, Geneva
Jacob & Co – March 30, April 5, 2022 – Hotel des Bergues, Geneva
Doxa – March 30, April 5, 2022 – Beau Rivage Hotel, Geneva
De Bethune – March 28, April 5, 2022 – Beau Rivage Hotel, Geneva
Maurice Lacroix – April 1, April 5, 2022 – Eastwest Hotel, Geneva
F.P. Journe Salon – April 1, April 6, 2022 – Manufacture FP Journe
Frédérique Constant – March 29, April 5, 2022 – Beau Rivage Hotel, Geneva and Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates
Independent Days – BA111OD Watch Concept, Claude Meylan, Berney, Carlo Giovanni and Furlan Mari – March 30, April 5, 2022 – Beau Rivage Hotel, Geneva
In addition to watches, on the initiative of H2 Events, 23 jewellery brands will be part of Jewellery Geneva – March 30, April 3, 2022 – President Wilson Hotel, Geneva