— At the Baselworld fair this month, the Swiss replica watch industry will showcase how it plans to grapple with troubling global conditions for the timepiece market.

Since March 2015, exports of luxury replica watches from Switzerland have been steadily declining. In January, the value totaled 1.5 billion Swiss francs, which is down 7.9 percent from the same month a year earlier.

The dampening factors are well-known, starting with the spike in relative value of the franc after Switzerland’s central bank changed its policies in January 2015 and stopped pegging its own currency to the euro. To the rest of the world, suddenly Swiss replica watches became more expensive, while not much within the Swiss manufactures had actually changed. Followed by extreme global market uncertainty later in the year, and China’s slowdown, the combined effect was tough for an industry that had previously been on something of a roll.

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The Big Bang Unico Sapphire, which will debut at Baselworld 2016, lets you admire Hublot’s in-house movement through the transparent case.

And yet, international luxury watch and jewelry brands will gather at Baselworld this coming week in Basel, Switzerland, to show off their wares and try to gin up excitement for the coming year. We’ve been seeing a trickle of previews from companies large and small, and it looks like the major brands are still traveling in the same trajectories as last year: experimenting with new materials, tiptoeing into the smartwatch world, and attempting to excite with new colors and skeletonized faces.

This is because watches take years to develop, and because riffing on past successes is what these brands do best. But journalists, who travel from appointment to appointment over the eight-day fair, will be wondering about the future of the industry. The questions on their lips: Are you going to change your pricing? Are you going to make more replica watches at entry-level price points?

What Is Entry Level?

According to a Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry report (PDF), exports of replica watches made of gold and other precious metals declined 14 percent in January alone, steel watches and steel alloy watches only declined 9 percent and 6 percent, respectively. The latter could be a bright spot for many watch brands facing a retrenchment among their ultrahigh-net-worth clientele. The introductory luxury timepieces still have opportunities among the growing Chinese middle class and an American upper middle class that is saving money on gas and enjoying a strong dollar.

On the flip side, at the very lowest end, exports of replica watches in the 200- to 400-franc range ($203 to $408) also slumped 12 percent. That’s the price range of an Apple Watch and comparable smartwatches, which have been giving quartz watches a run for their money.

Regardless of whether the brands will find a sweet spot in terms of price, and will evolve in the face of changing global financial conditions, what we’ve seen so far from sneak previews is promising in terms of technology and aesthetics. There will be a lot of exciting watches on the market this year. Here are a few.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Master Chronometer 39.5mm Sedna Gold.

One of the many replica watches to debut at Baselworld that will experiment with rare and proprietary materials, this elegant Seamaster from Omega is small enough to be called “unisex” (39.5mm) and boasts a new movement for the series. The black enamel face and bezel is an attractive match with Replica Omega’s proprietary pink Sedna Gold—an alloy of gold, copper, and palladium that’s scratch-resistant and less likely to suffer from discoloration.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered

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Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered.

Even if you don’t know Jaquet Droz watches, you’ll notice immediately that the simple face here features a figure-eight pattern in the overlapping hour-and-minutes dial and seconds dial. The JD watches have proved very popular in China because of exactly this—the layout looks like a lucky number eight. This “Off-Centered” version is a new design, though the automatic movement is the same as in previous brand models. In this model, the polished black onyx face adds a modern sleekness.

Bulgari Diva’s Dream

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Bulgari Diva 102561.

While Bulgari’s new women’s watch, the Diva’s Dream, is powered by a quartz movement, it’s hard not to get titillated by so many diamonds handled in such an elegant, straightforward way. Here, the Diva’s Dream dial consists of 233 brilliant-cut pavé diamonds and blued hands. The straps are satin, but you could replace them with whatever you like and still have a showstopper.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono

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Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono.

This manual flyback chronograph and perpetual calendar is a new addition to Chopard’s L.U.C line of replica watches. It’s made with Fairmined 18-karat white gold (ethically sourced from mines in South America), and the Calibre 03.10-L movement is structured around a column wheel that serves as the backbone of all the chronograph operations. Only 20 will be made.

Romain Gauthier Logical One Natural Titanium

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Romain Gauthier Logical One Natural Titanium.

This partially skeletonized watch is another experiment with an unusual material: titanium. While the metal is light, strong, and resistant to scratches, it’s just not common in high-end luxury timepieces. The movement is also rare—it features a chain-and-fusee style constant force system, and the winding is not accomplished through a crown, but rather a pusher.

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Hublot replica’s presence in the UAE has been expanding over the past few years thanks to the hard work of Regional Director Marco Tedeschi. The young executive has expertly utilized social media to connect to young watch enthusiasts and grow the brand’s clout in the area. Tedeschi’s approach has transformed Hublot replica into a big player in the Middle East. We sat down with the Regional Director at Baselworld to talk about the brand’s successful watch launches.

What’s your position in the UAE and what do you do for Hublot replica?
I’m a regional director for Hublot replica in the Middle East and Africa. I’m also looking after Indian Ocean countries. My goal is to apply the strategy of the brand in the Middle East.

You’ve launched limited edition pieces in Dubai, Qatar and Kuwait. Tell us about the process.
Those limited editions are very important to our partners and us because people in the Middle East are very proud of their countries. There is a really huge demand for such limited editions. We started three or four years back with our retailer in Dubai, Mr. Ahmed Seddiqi himself, and we created a watch we called ‘The Vision,’ featuring Arabic numerals.

And how many pieces were made?
It was a limited edition of 100 pieces. People are still trying to buy if for five times its retail price, which means it really is something special. More recently, we did the Classic Fusion Dubai edition, and that one was 50 pieces for men and 25 pieces for women. The only way we promoted that watch was via social media and it was sold out in two days.

You also proved the Middle East could serve as a launching pad for other replica watches such as the Classic Fusion Forbidden X, a watch made with Arturo Fuente cigars….
I’m very proud of this one. I worked on the design of the watch, and it was an honor to have the international launch in Dubai. We flew Mr. Carlos Fuente Jr. into Dubai and we created a little Havana at the best hotel in Dubai, The Palm. It was amazing because my clients in Dubai were telling me: “We feel most comfortable smoking cigars in Cuba.” That was the concept behind the launch, and we sold 20 watches during an event with only 60 to 80 people. Now that’s a success.

What are your favorite pieces launched by Hublot replica watches this year?
It’s always difficult to pick only one. I love the new Big Bang UNICO Italia Independent because it introduces a new material, a new style, and comes with cool sunglasses. The blue Texalium is something stunning and different from what is currently on the market. I also love the Big Bang Unico “10 years” Haute Joaillerie, and sold two immediately out of the ten pieces released, so that’s quite good for me.

Did the Big Bang Ferrari Carbon get the same reaction?
Ferrari is an amazing brand, and one of their biggest markets is the Middle East. All of my friends in the Middle East drive a Ferrari, and of course, they like to match their watch with their car.

Now that you know what the 2015 collection looks like, what will you be turning your attention to?
My biggest challenge will be to deliver the latest novelties as quick as possible. It’s always a big challenge.