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Taking place just over a week after the devastating earthquake in Japan, and little more than a month after political revolution swept eastwards across North Africa and the Middle East – crucial markets for the horological industry – many expected this year’s BaselWorld watch fair to be a lacklustre one. But initial fears were proved wrong with around 100,000 visitors descending on the Swiss town and 627 watchmakers attending the week-long event. The outlook of the luxury sector looked largely positive.

“Obviously we have constraints because of the…

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