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World's top luxury watches on display at Basel

Watchmakers give upbeat forecasts for 2011 at Baselworld, the watch industry's largest fair in Switzerland

World's top luxury watches on display at Basel
Watches are displayed at the booth of the Swiss watchmaker Storm on March 23, 2011 during a preview day at the Baselworld fair in Basel. Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. (AFP/Getty Images)
World's top luxury watches on display at Basel
A visitor is seen in silhouette at the booth of watchmaker Pierre Lanner during a preview day at Baselworld fair on March 23, 2011 in Basel. Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. (AFP/Getty Images)
World's top luxury watches on display at Basel
A watch is seen a the booth of the Swiss watchmaker RSW during a preview day at Baselworld fair on March 23, 2011 in Basel. Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. (AFP/Getty Images)
World's top luxury watches on display at Basel
Watches are displayed at the stand of Swiss watchmaker Rolex on March 23, 2011 during a preview day at the Baselworld fair in Basel. Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. (AFP/Getty Images)
World's top luxury watches on display at Basel
A watch is displayed at the stand of the luxury brand Davidoff on March 23, 2011 during a preview day at the Baselworld fair in Basel. Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. (AFP/Getty Images)
World's top luxury watches on display at Basel
A visitor looks at a watch displayed at the booth of the Swiss watchmaker Hamilton on March 23, 2011 during a preview day at the Baselworld fair in Basel. Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. (AFP/Getty Images)
World's top luxury watches on display at Basel
Co-founder of UN Cells, Bobby Yampolsky's hands shows on March 23, 2011 with two mobile phone that his company made for Swiss luxury watchmaker Ulysse Nardin claimed to be 'the world's first and fine luxury hybrid smart phone,' integrating a mechanical watch rotor into the telephone, during a preview day at the Baselworld fair in Basel. With younger generations opting to use their mobile phones to tell time, the watch-making industry is being forced to go more high-tech to recapture consumers. On show at Baselworld, the biggest watch and jewellery fair this year, are not only complex diamond encrusted mechanical watches with complex movements, but an increasing number of watches with a link to the smartphone. (AFP/Getty Images)
World's top luxury watches on display at Basel
A watch is displayed at the booth of the Swiss watchmaker Hublot on March 23, 2011 during a preview day at the Baselworld fair in Basel. Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. (AFP/Getty Images)
World's top luxury watches on display at Basel
People look at the stand of Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe on March 23, 2011 during a preview day at the Baselworld fair in Basel. Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. (AFP/Getty Images)