Baselworld is universally recognised as the most important marketplace and trendsetting event for the world’s watch and jewellery industry.
With more than 1500 brands representing every sector of the industry, Baselworld distinguishes itself as the only show that regroups all the global key players from watchmakers to jewellers, from diamonds, pearls and gem stones dealers through to machinery suppliers. Each year there is a resplendent display of fabulous gems, timepieces and designs from all around the globe from the finest producers of jewelry and horlogerie at this highly anticipated event. Here are a few select timepieces that will be on display.
PATEK PHILIPPE : Split-Seconds Chronograph Ref. 5370
As a mechanism that measures intermediate times while continuing to time an ongoing interval, the split-seconds chronograph has long been, for collectors, one of the most coveted among Patek Philippe’s specialities. The new Ref. 5370 marks the debut of the CHR 29-535 PS calibre in its purest form, with no additional complications. It also introduces a “double time” device, namely two pushers for the basic chronograph functions and a pusher in the crown to start and stop the split-seconds hand. While celebrating tradition with its architecture, manual winding, two column wheels and horizontal clutch, this is very much a chronograph for the twenty-first century, thanks to the many patented optimisations.
ANTOINE PREZIUSO Tourbillon of Tourbillons
Often considered the supreme horological complication, the tourbillon remains a constant source of fascination. Antoine Preziuso has made it a speciality and now introduces a stunning composition protected by three patents. Working with his son Florian, the independent master-watchmaker has placed three tourbillon carriages on a rotating platform and this association endows the watch with unique precision in all wearing positions. Each of the three tourbillons performs a complete rotation around its axis in one minute, while the entire rotating platform, driven by an original triple planetary differential, requires just 10 minutes to make a complete revolution, with the tourbillons forming a triangle in the centre.
CHRISTOPHE CLARET | Allegro
After Adagio and Soprano, Christophe Claret presents Allegro, his latest musical score. This haute horlogerie watch marries the minute repeater, that most delightful of complications, with useful functions: GMT, large date, small seconds and day/night indication. All within a movement that has been fully reworked, from plate to bridges and even the flywheel. Not forgetting the heart of the movement, with a completely new regulating organ that has been designed and manufactured in-house. The striking mechanism is seen through an opening in the sapphire dial, while the transparent back affords a clear view of the movement architecture.
CLAUDE MEYLAN | LAC « Tortue de Joux »
Claude Meylan looks to the grand tradition of form watches to once again sculpt time. The fully skeletonised mechanical movement appears to float between two sapphire crystals. At the heart of the mechanism, the hour and minute wheels guide the hands in their infinite dance. Decorations inspired by the characteristic shutters on the homes of the watchmaking-farmers of yore can be admired here and there, each hinting at the expert hand of the craftsman who brings these delicate finishes to life. The meticulously sculpted bridges create a harmony of forms and play on subtle contrasts in colour with the plate, further accentuated by the transparency of the whole.
FABERGE | Summer in Provence
The latest creation from the Fabergé ateliers, the Haute Joaillerie Summer in Provence watch was designed like a wreath of flowers woven on a warm afternoon in the south of France. Forming a fascinating interlacing pattern of precious ribbons, diamonds and emeralds mingle with colourful fine stones and dainty flowers individually sculpted in hard stone. Two small supple enamel bands undulate over the creation and stamp it with the Fabergé signature. Others graced with snow-set precious stones wind over the dial to embrace the case. The wrist is gently encircled by a bracelet composed of diamonds set like the beads on a necklace, with a central garland of tiny flowers winding its away along its entire length.
GRAFF | Diamond MasterGraff Grand Date Dual Time Tourbillon
Graff orchestrates a fascinating encounter between Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie with its new creation: the Diamond MasterGraff Grand Date Dual Time Tourbillon. The result of more than 2,000 hours of development, its mechanical movement associates a flying tourbillon with a dual-time display and a large instantaneous date that jumps at exactly midnight. While the exclusive calibre reveals the beauty of its gear wheels through the sapphire crystal, the case and dial exalt the jewellery-making expertise of the House through a dazzling setting of 329 diamonds totalling 13.7 carats. Set against a backdrop of rose or white gold, the precious stones exercise their timeless powers of fascination and sparkle with radiant fire on a dial also lit up by an emerald at noon, as well as forming the emblematic Graff signature on the dial: an invisibly-set mosaic crafted using an exclusive technique resulting from a full year’s research.
CHARRIOL | St-Tropez™ Style
The new St-Tropez™ Style creation from Charriol has what it takes to spark an instant and deep-felt crush. It single-handedly captures the glamour and sparkle of the famous city on the Côte d’Azur. Not only are the dial and bezel adorned in mother-of-pearl, but this model also adapts to every desire thanks to interchangeable clips and chains. The latter are in turn adorned with white zircons, a gem-set double heart, white freshwater pearls and a wealth of other possibilities expressing exquisite wristworn femininity. The watch also comes with decorative clips that can be easily fitted on the legendary cable bracelet. No less than six different motifs are offered to further convey the mood of the moment. Intensely personal and openly romantic, St-Tropez™ Style pays tribute to the inexhaustible strength of love, beauty and serenity. It is the ultimate expression of a unique and infinitely Charriol style.
MATTHIA’S & CLAIRE | Etrusca
Matthia’s & Claire presents Etrusca and once again displays its watchmaking and jewellery-making talent. The gemset yellow gold model enriching the existing jewellery collection refers to an historical period known for its magnificent goldsmithing: the Etruscan civilisation of which the Ticino-based brand reproduces the distinctive granulation technique. This consists of adorning the surface to be decorated with thousands of tiny gold granules and of fixing them to the piece of jewellery by soldering, yet without modifying their finesse. The bezel and bracelet links display this 7th century B.C. expertise now interpreted in a timepiece.
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