From the opening of Baselworld's cavernous new $450 million exhibition hall to the launch of Swatch’s revolutionary Sistem51, 2013 was a memorable one for Swiss watch enthusiasts and watchers. Here are four stories that we didn't cover but think you should know about:
- In a stunt backed by Breitling on November 6th, Swiss aviator Yves Rossy flew over Japan's Mount Fuji with his jet-engine powered wings. Rossy reached speeds near 190 mph and climbed as high as 12,000 feet.
- A three-member arbitration panel in the Netherlands ruled on December 21st that Tiffany & Co. must pay the Swatch Group $449.5mm (USD) to settle a messy break-up of their partnership which began in 2007. The penalty was more than Tiffany's earnings in 2013.
- Chesley "Sulley" Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully landed a plane safely on the Hudson River in 2009, became a spokesperson for the the JeanRichard brand.
- Dubai emerged as a major importer of high-end fake Swiss watches. At least eight raids were conducted in coordination with the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry yielding some 90,000 forgeries.