February 2020 in Watches: The Year Of 0 Watch Shows?

February 2020 in Watches: The Year Of 0 Watch Shows?

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The second month in 2020 has been a turbulent one for the industry. With the increase in concern of the coronavirus, flailing watch shows are hit with even more bad news...

We did have plenty of features written as and when this month happened. Most revolved around shows like Baselworld, discussing Bulgari and Citizen left the show and the management went out of their way to try and instill some confidence by saying ‘the show must go on!’. However, as you probably know by now the development of the coronavirus and increased presence in Central Europe was enough for not just Baselworld but Watches and Wonders Geneva, Grand Seiko with their planned Summit and Swatch Group’s Time To Move to all pull the plug.

Baselworld is no more for 2020 - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

Baselworld (who opted for a ‘postponed’ approach rather than a flat cancellation) will now (for the moment) be held in January of 2021 with the only news from Watches and Wonders being that they’re working on the 2021 show. But it’s the watch brands who deserve the headlines here. Many of who both big and small will have spent a colossal amount of money on arrangements for the show, all for it to have been in vain. The end result is a start to the decade that is a turmoil one of the brands that shape our industry, as many who rely on these shows to get the news of their new novelties out there now left to explore a more than likely unplanned plan B.

As you can imagine this dominated most of the headlines this month, but there was a small handful of other non-virus themed developments this month…

Apollo 16 astronaut engraves signature on Speedmaster

We start February with a story that actually happened last year, however, Robert Jan Broer of Fratello Watches recently shared the story of how Charlie Duke ended up with a scratch pen in his hand, Robert’s Speedmaster Apollo 13 and a special one of one end result.

We’ll let Robert tell you about it here.

Introducing the Breitling AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition

The Breitling AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition - Image Credit: Breitling

In the past few years, Breitling has been enjoying re-issuing immensely popular vintage models from the archives and it looks like 2020 is no different. The Breitling AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition is the latest new old model added to the range and, well it’s everything you’d expect from a re-issue. Every detail is 1 for 1 the same as the original with only improved water resistance and the removal of ‘GENEVE’ from the dial.

Breitling has also introduced the model in both red gold and platinum with a blue dial for those collectors who want something even more unique.

Introducing the Seiko Presage Crown Chronograph Limited Edition

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<セイコー プレザージュ> 1964年発売「クラウン クロノグラフ」のデザインをオマージュしたカレンダー付き3針メカニカル 1964年、日本で初めての国際スポーツ大会にあわせ開発された、ストップウオッチ機能を持った国産初の腕時計「クラウン クロノグラフ」。 セイコーの時計づくりの伝統を継承するプレザージュから、そのクラウン クロノグラフのデザインをオマージュした数量限定モデルが登場します。「クラウン クロノグラフ」が発売された1964年になぞらえ、1964本の数量限定です。 https://www.seikowatches.com/jp-ja/products/presage/2020_limited_edition SARX069 83,000円+税 SARX073 83,000円+税 SARX071 83,000円+税 #セイコー #セイコーウオッチ #プレザージュ #seikopresage #seikowatch #seikowatches #seiko #presage

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Seiko celebrates their very first chronograph in style, with the introduction of three beautiful new models all using the Seiko 5719 release as a basis for inspiration. It seems with every release, it gets harder and harder to ignore the vast capabilities of Seiko. Although the green, silver and black dial watches all look towards the 1964 chronograph these new SARX models are all-time only. This will massively help the overall cost of the watch which comes in right around £800. There will only be 1964 of these watches so if you like what you see, act fast!

So, the expected new watch season is here. Excluding the above watches, many brands introduced new colours and versions of existing watches but it’s only a matter of time before we see brand new models from the brands we love. That’s what we hope anyway, with the current concerns over the coronavirus 2020 is shaping up to be a turmoil one for the industry.

Tim Vaux

About the Author: Tim Vaux

About the Author: Tim Vaux

I don't think I can remember a time in my life when watches weren't in my life. I've been writing about watches online for a handful of years now, enjoying every moment of it. I'm passionate about experiencing the world of watches and translating those experiences via articles and images for the wider audience to consume.

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