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BREAKING NEWS: Citizen And Bulova Announce Withdrawal From Baselworld 2020 Over Coronavirus

BREAKING NEWS: Citizen And Bulova Announce Withdrawal From Baselworld 2020 Over Coronavirus Watch Industry News

The troubling trend of withdrawals from the 2020 Baselworld trade show continued this morning, with Japanese industry giant Citizen announcing that both Citizen and its stablemate brand Bulova will not be attending the show. In its official statement, Citizen cited the growing threat of the coronavirus epidemic as the reason for the abrupt decision.

In November of last year, Citizen Group had delivered a statement reconfirming its commitment to Baselworld for 2020 amid news of scheduling-related withdrawals by several other major brand groups. With this latest announcement, none of the Japanese Big Three brands (Citizen, Seiko, and Casio) are currently scheduled to display at the event.

Interestingly, aBlogtoWatch has spoken with representatives from fellow Citizen Group brands Frederique Constant and Alpina, who have stated that as of press time both brands are still slated to attend the 2020 show. aBlogtoWatch will continue monitoring these brands and report any further changes as they develop.

Citizen’s official statement continues with an assurance that both Citizen and Bulova intend to return to the Baselworld roster for 2021. While this is undoubtedly a major change for Baselworld 2020, show management has stated the event is still on track to occur as planned, currently scheduled from April 30 to May 5 in Basel, Switzerland.

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  • Raymond Wilkie

    This coronavirus is really beginning to affect things. I’ve been waiting for a new fishtank light bulb for 5 weeks now.

    • Pete Yo

      I just started a Go Fund Me for Raymond’s fish. thoughts and prayers…

  • proudAmerican702

    Other mfg’s will follow suit. It’s only a matter of time.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Yes. Of course. All due to the Corona.

  • NaJo

    Coronavirus has actually become ascapegoat for watch brands. Leave basel in the name of health hazard and you wont get charged… save money… RIP basel and all other business overcharging and looting visiting watch enthusiasts and media…

  • PR

    “All doomed we are all doomed eeeaaaagghhh!!!” said nobody.

    Except watch companies when referring to Baselworld

  • Berndt Norten

    An accomplished Scottish moral philosopher, Raymond is channeling Adam Smith and his little finger / earthquake in China parable.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      You mean Adam Smith’s invisible hand.

      • Berndt Norten

        No I mean the parable where Smith elaborates on the concept of concentric circles of empathy (attributed to David Hume). Smith argues that the loss of his finger would mean more to him than millions of deaths on the other side of the world. His point: we don’t empathize with unseen strangers.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          I already felt so smart…

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I’m pretty sure he only had the two.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Well Mr 1 comment, It’s not me am worried about, it’s my poor fish. Am guessing you don’t recongnise a touch of sarcasm when you see it. Of course I’m concerned that we are all doomed. For the first time in decades i didn’t go to India this year. It’s a dreadful situation that’s occuring.
    Did you up this Berndt??

    • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

      “Mr 1 comment”
      Nicely done! ??

    • PR

      Ooh boy feel da berrrnnnn!!!

  • Sheez Gagoo
    • Mark B

      Can’t really blame the man for that rant. His children need wine……….

  • wejpasadena

    The last one leaving should be sure and turn off the lights…

  • cluedog12

    Can we stick on-topic to watches? Which dark timeline would you rather be a part of:

    1) Baselworld 2020 is cancelled and Rolex decides to quietly unveil their 2020 hot release through the backchannels via social media influencers?

    2) Baselworld 2020 is cancelled and luxury watch sales plummet. Richemont decides to destroy $5M in inventory *again*, but this time invites selected journalists to symbolically place one Richemont watch they dislike onto a tray. The tray is then thrown into a vat of molten metal, while frozen pizza bites, party sandwiches and off-brand alcohol are served, accompanied by karaoke as entertainment.

    • Tempvs Mortvvs

      Timeline 2 sounds more fun, but i wouldn’t be part of either one.

      In any case, the whole coronavirus situation might end up having Baselworld cancelled. At the very least, it might end being a very depressed event.

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