The Salon was held for the first time in one of the pavilions of the largest and most modern Russian exhibition complexes - the Expocentr. The general exhibition area increased by 20% to 2,500 m2, of which 700 m2 was used for 'foreign' exhibitors and 1,800 m2 for Russian watch manufacturers and distributors. More than 200 brands of various categories were exhibited with models ranging from the inexpensive to the top of the range - many of which had never been seen before in Russia.
15,000 visitors from different regions of Russia, Byelorussia, Moldova, Armenia, Kazakhstan, the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe (Poland, Germany etc.). attended the Salon, participating in the presentations made by companies such as Maurice Lacroix, Raymond Weil, Nina Ricci, Casio, Certina and Orient. There were also training seminars concerning dealers and retailers and Master Classes held by Witschi.
7.5. million watches are sold annually in Russia and about one-third of them are Swiss. According to the Swiss manufacturers, the Russian market takes sixth place in volume in world sales.This year brands such as Ebel, Rado, Pierre Balmain, Longines, Maurice Lacroix, Raymond Weil, Fendi, Nina Ricci etc. participated.
There was also a public competition in which 25 companies took part whereby 2219 visitors voted for the best watch in 8 different categories. The results were:
According to the participants, the Salon was considered to be successful and the organizers anticipate a further development.