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The world's biggest watch fair opened this week in Basel, offering an industry showcase for the world's most extravagant, rare and complex time pieces.Nearly 1,500 exhibitors, including Swatch and other leading watch brands like Rolex, Breguet and Omega, will be there, offering up all different styles for all different budgets and setting the trends for contemporary watches.Hublot has teamed up with a Swiss scientific team to develop a new way to work with osminum – a rare metal in the platinum family that when crystallized has a rare shine to it, the brand said.Jerome Bloch, head of men's fashion at Parisian trend agency NellyRodi, for instance, expects to see a resurgence of 1970s looks.The analyst nonetheless expects to see industry growth of around 8 percent this year, as exports to Swiss watchmakers' biggest market Hong Kong appeared set to stabilize.
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