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The Premier Watchmaking Event of the Summer: Geneva Watch Days 2024

The most anticipated horological event of the summer is set to take place from August 29 to September 2, 2024, in Geneva.

Wed, Apr 3, 2024 4:47pmGrey Clock 2 min

Maintaining its relaxed and casual ambiance, the event will welcome new participants this year, adding a fresh dimension to the gathering. For the first time, brands such as Beauregard, Cvstos, Daniel Roth, Edox, Favre Leuba, Fortis, Genus, Lederer, L’Epée, Micromilspec, Ming, and Speake-Marin will be joining.

They will be in good company with Breguet, Blancpain, and Glashütte Original, who are enhancing the event with special animations in their boutiques, signifying a united effort to highlight the excellence of fine watchmaking. Including the 36 returning brands, the event will boast participation from a total of 51 distinguished Maisons.

The Evolution of Geneva Watch Days

Launched during the pandemic as a temporary solution for the industry to come together, Geneva Watch Days has solidified its status as a key institution in the watchmaking world.

Initiated in 2020 by six founding members—Breitling, Bulgari, De Bethune, Girard-Perregaux, H. Moser & Cie., and MB&F—the event has expanded significantly. It’s characterized by a common pavilion for displaying brands’ timepieces and hosting discussions on pertinent topics.

Additionally, decentralized locations such as boutiques or hotels allow each Maison to personally welcome watch enthusiasts. This format fosters a convivial and festive environment, underpinned by straightforward yet effective organization, all set against the backdrop of Geneva’s iconic Jet d’Eau in the late summer warmth.

Antoine Pin, President of the Geneva Watch Days Association and Director of Bulgari Watches

A Promising 2024 Edition

Antoine Pin, President of the Geneva Watch Days Association and Director of Bulgari Watches, has highlighted the growing success of the event and said: “The increasing success of the Geneva Watch Days must be attributed to the participating brands, as well as the constant support from our partners, especially the State and the City of Geneva. The 2024 edition looks very promising”.

With the last edition attracting over 8,000 visitors, 600 media representatives, and 300 retailers globally, the inclusion of a full weekend in the 2024 edition, complete with a public program, indicates the potential for even greater success. A teaser event is also scheduled for June 4 in Zurich, offering a preview of the festivities and revealing the final list of participants.

Community Support and Solidarity

In a show of solidarity and commitment to preserving the craft, the Geneva Watch Days, in partnership with Phillips and Bacs & Russo, organized a charity auction on August 30, 2023, raising CHF 110,000. The proceeds went towards establishing the “Pierre Amstutz Fund” in honor of the late Director of the Geneva Watchmaking School.

This fund supports students in need, ensuring they can complete their training under better conditions. This initiative demonstrates the watchmaking community’s dedication to supporting its future artisans, setting the stage for another auction in 2024.



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The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) alongside Etihad Water and Electricity (Etihad WE) have collaborated to form UAEV, a new joint venture aimed at strengthening the electric vehicle (EV) charging framework throughout the UAE. This venture is the first EV charging network entirely owned by the government, aimed at broadening access to EV charging facilities across the country.

The project seeks to revolutionize the UAE’s transport sector by enabling broader adoption of EVs via a robust and widespread charging infrastructure. This initiative is expected to strengthen communities, generate employment, and promote eco-friendly transportation options.

Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said: “UAEV embodies the power of partnership between government and industry, and aims to provide vital electric vehicle infrastructure to boost adoption of EVs, energize communities, and unleash the economic potential of the UAE.

“We hope that this partnership will further accelerate the transition to cleaner transportation and significantly reduce emissions from the transportation sector, thereby helping to bring our Net Zero 2050 Strategy within reach.”

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“Together, MoEI and Etihad WE form a powerful force that can help future-proof the UAE and achieve the twin objectives of economic growth and climate action, which underpin UAEV.”

The UAEV is also a perfect platform for Etihad WE, the largest employer in the Northern Emirates and a company with a customer base of over 2 million households, to use its core competency and enhance its product offering.

Yousif Ahmed Al Ali, CEO of Etihad Water and Electricity and Board Member of UAEV, explained: “It is part of a deliberate strategy to diversify our operations, using the knowledge and experience acquired from our role as long-standing pioneers in the energy sector, to explore new products, services, projects, and investments which will benefit our customers.

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