Here's why this '80s electronic band held a private concert at Baselworld 2017

Here's why this '80s electronic band held a private concert at Baselworld 2017

Just can't get enough

Text: Adibah Isa

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Depeche Mode and Hublot continue their collaboration with a private concert and watch launch at Baselworld 2017

14 albums on, and we still can't get enough of Depeche Mode. Since their beginnings in 1980, the trio that consists of frontman Dave Gahan, songwriter Martin Gore and keyboard and synth player Andy Fletcher (former band member Vince Clarke left in 1981) have paved the way for electronic pop music to flourish. Returning to the spotlight with their first material in four years, the group debuted Spirit, their 12-track album in mid March. Produced by relative newbie James Ford (who's also produced material from the likes of The Last Shadow Puppets, Jessie Ware and Birdy), their latest effort is a political one, in light of current events. They'll also be embarking on their upcoming Global Spirit Tour.

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Even the folks at Baselworld 2017 are hooked. Notably, Hublot's marking their seven-year-old collaboration with the band by releasing the Hublot Big Bang Unico Depeche Mode, limited to 250 pieces. A "watch for water", the timepiece is launched to promote and uphold the supply of water to the underprivileged. The funds that have been raised since 2013 have helped countries such as Nepal and Ethiopia by supplying 220 standpipes and drilling 19 wells, with over 30,000 people benefiting from this cause.

Big Bang

Celebrating this milestone and more to come, the Brit electronic godfathers treated Baselword 2017 with an exclusive live rendition of their hits, Enjoy The Silence and World In My Eyes. Judging by the favourable response at the watch convention, the decades-old Depeche Mode has truly stood the test of time.

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