Surprised by this, even if the figures for Hong Kong/China don't look great
Personally, I'm disappointed because I have a great time at W&W every year.
From what I've heard and seen, VC has done extremely well at W&W but the other brands may not have met their objectives with the Exhibit.
VC has been on a roll over the past few years and had great, new, novelties to show at both SIHH and W&W, but many of the other brands did not have a lot in terms of "new" watches being introduced in HK. More like bringing dial changes and the novelties from SIHH.
I think its a product development challenge to do two shows a year...which makes VC's introductions that much more special. They have been hitting it on all cylinders and been quite dynamic over the past few years. Not bad for the Grand Dame of Swiss Horology.
The next W&W will be in 2017, so I hope it proves to be something special given the 2-year cycle.
Ideally, I'd like to see a significant show in the U.S. on the "even" years, to balance out the "odd" years in HK. And obviously annual SIHH in Geneva.
To hold a W&W once every other year in HK and the US
I can schedule myself to be in Geneva, US and Hk accordingly!
I noticed that in the 2015 W&W, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Rolex were not among the exhibitors. Doesn't seem like Rolex to miss a chance to add volume to their sales.
I quite agree with Alex that every other year holding W&W in the US would be a good idea. I'm sure that Boston or NYC would be more than happy to have such an event. (Of course Connecticut would be ideal, located midway between NYC and Boston...just in case anyone happens to ask.)
Following up on Rolex missing the 2015 W&W....
"Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf gave watches to (British) prisoners of war who had had their own timepieces confiscated when imprisoned although
(....wait for it....)
he asked them to pay for their watches after the war was over. "
That's a captive group of consumers if there ever were one!
But PP and Rolex do not particpate with Richemont Brands in common events. For example, they attend Baselworld but not SIHH.
Of course, business is business, but, you know what I mean. Swatch Group is the same, right?
For example, Frankfurt and Paris Motor Shows are held
every two years on rotation with each other.
I think altenating the venue is a good idea.