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BaselWorld 2017 – Top Exhibitors of the Finest Watches and JewelleryThursday 2 March 2017
The Respected trade show, BaselWorld 2017 is scheduled to happen in March, from the 23rd to the 30th in Switzerland. In a glorious celebration of the best achievements in jewellery and watchmaking, discover the highlighting brands that are going to participate in the internationally renowned event as well as their astonishing and luxurious designs.
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Having an extensive background in watchmaking, the high-end and prestigious brand based in Chaux-de-Fonds, Angelus has become one of the most influential manufacturers in the industry. The luxurious brand will showcase the U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon which is described as “an authentic Haute Horlogerie sculpture”. Seeking for transparency, each element of the watch was preserved while maintaining a much-needed rigidity and sturdiness. Made from sapphire, this majestic watch showcases prominent 3D architecture features.
Renowned for their astonishing skeleton watches, Armin Strom brings in a new interpretation of tradition and architectural movement. Through a complex watchmaking process, the brand follows a philosophy of “resonance, whereby two balance wheels oscillating in close proximity influence each other and ultimately synchronise”, this can be noticed in Mirrored Force Resonance, a precise and energy saving timepiece.
A watchmaker brand of generations that delivers the most symmetrical and skeletonised designs one could possibly hope for as they imbue a narrative of their own as well as an unmatched sophistication. Nebula is an epitome of this notion, as this holistic design offers a wide variety of achievements, from a three-dimensional view to a striking power reserve and mirror effect. In addition, the watch presents a seamless symmetry in all sides.
Guided by Yvan Arpa, the avant-garde and luxury brand takes watchmaking to new extremes by providing ingenious and luxurious timepieces that have a one-of-a-kind aesthetic appeal. Offering the world with a cluster of pieces at BaselWorld, such as the Son of the Sea Tourbillon, the Sun Tourbillon and the Race Red Oz, each creative design has its own set of exceptional particularities.
Always pursuing new forms to reinvent and improve their products while maintaining a certain sense of tradition, the iconic brand has a timeless character that is best understood in its acclaimed collections, take, for instance, the Tradition Dame 7038 which is going to be displayed at the event. A self-winding piece that values a feminine presence in the aesthetics of mechanical horology. Decorated with a rosette motif and adorned by a mother-of-pearl dial, this ingenious piece demonstrates an unparalleled balance and modernity.
Founded by Arnold Schweitzer, the Swiss manufacturer knows how to produce high-quality and luxurious instruments giving them an exceptionally crafted identity. In collaboration with horological laboratory MB&F, Caran d’Ache manufactured a realistic and limited edition, entitled Astrograph, which the best of creativity and technology, it is even considered to be one of the most complex pieces produced by the Geneva-based brand.
Recognised for being a force of nature in regards to the reinvention and transformation of pieces, the imperial brand is often capable of blending in a mechanical precision, a superior level of watchmaking with the finest materials as well as conveying to state-of-the-art electronics. Recently, they showcased the most resourceful cigar cabinet ever, dubbed as Emperador which consisted of twenty-four cigars all rolled in fine gold leaf and severely protected by individual glass sleeves so as to not suffer any damage. It becomes a true experience to the senses while exploration a new another level of sophistication and cleverness.
The luxury watchmaker has a lot of history and cultural significance added to its name since it has been established for over three centuries. Through preciously refined aesthetics, Jaquet Droz has recently launched its iconic line of women’s watches, named Grande Seconde that features as its main player, mother-of-pearl. Contrasting materials and colours, this mechanical sculpture was made to the point of precision.
Combining symbolisms of traditional Swiss watchmaking and artistry with mythological beliefs and cutting-edge materials, the Neuchâtel-based brand focuses on keeping an artisanal heritage while producing high-end jewellery. Sappheiros Tourbillon Black Edition is one of the exhibitions of the brand at BaselWorld. This timepiece is covered in a carbon coating and provides unique light effects. Besides its functionality, this piece is a defying and timeless design that highlights a historical sense and everlasting adoration.
Fusing watchmaking with cars mechanisms, the ingenious brand carries on a passionate and intense approach towards producing high-quality materials. Characterised by a sleek interior, Rebellion’s Predator 2.0 Regulator Tourbillon has a modular and customisable case that symbolises the brand’s principles of tradition and precision. This empowering timepiece has an incredible sum of 65 hours of power reserve.
Kari Voutilainen who shares a highly-esteemed preserving for tradition has managed his own watchmaking manufacture since 2002. Having the expertise and passion for minutes and hours, the independent watchmaker creates complex and vintage timepieces favouring a more classic yet timeless design.
Following a high technological approach to watchmaking, Swiss brand Cvstos was founded in 2005, and since then, it has received acclaimed distinction for its holistic and modern approach to design. Freshly launching their Re-Belle collection for women which consists of mingling watchmaking, jewellery and artistic crafts, Cvstos has created a rhythmic and authentic product made from the finest materials, like mother-of-pearl, diamonds, gold and steel.
Harry Winston provides ultimate fine jewellery and high-end watchmaking when it comes to timeless elegance. Revolutionising aesthetics all over the globe, the brand’s products are known for enhancing the wrists and necks of many wealthy people and luxury seekers. At BaselWorld 2017, Harry Winston is set to present the Avenue Classic Cherry Blossom, a timepiece inspired by the beauty of a cherry tree, in addition to being made of precious stones like white diamonds and pink sapphires.
Seeing time as a subjective element of life, renowned Jura-based brand, Aerowatch has been in the watchmaking industry since 1910 and their mission is to create high-quality timepieces through mechanical processes, self-winding and skeletonized models. The brand’s new numbered edition chronograph displays a contemporary style highlighted by the fine traditions of Swiss craftsmanship.
Taking into consideration that the distinctive Swiss brand is known from retrieving inspiration from natural and grandiose landscapes as well as the strength of the human character, Bergstern presented a dynamic and vigorous timepiece dubbed as Active. This functional and graphic watch has a sporty appearance while engaging to a modern style with chronograph and tachymeter scales.
Characterised by its singular Latin Heritage, Cuervo y Sobrinos has a unique sense of tradition and identity. Its jewellery and watchmaking pieces display a sleek style and high-quality, exuding warmth, glamour and refinement. By virtue of such, the brand’s Torpedo Pirata Chrono Day Date brings the Caribbean spirit to Swiss manufacturing and its design was inspired by the buccaneers.
The recently founded Swiss brand best defines its style as a “Luxury of Tomorrow”. Producing fine pieces of watches and jewellery, Gvchiani is led by Shant Ghouchian who has an avant-garde notion of luxury which can be easily seen in his modern pieces. The Big Square Chronograph is one of the brand’s most distinguished timepieces to be presented at Basel, displaying a lengthened dimension and showing no traditional characteristics whatsoever. “Designed by brand founder Shant Ghouchian, the hands move as if by magic beneath this signature X as if to symbolise Gvchiani’s arrival in the elite circle of luxury watchmaking.”
Recognised as one of the leading watchmakers in the whole wide world, Hamilton is best characterised by its “American spirit and Swiss precision” as well as a supreme aviation heritage. Its products showcase an exceptional design approach as they create sophisticated and functional pieces. At BaselWorld, Hamilton is going to present to the world the astonishing Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono, an exquisite timepiece that offers a classic aviation resemblance, an x-shaped case and a monochrome styling. However, what differentiates this watch from others is the components that make its inside, from automatic Valjoux movement to a drift-angle calculator.
Having the sole purpose of conserving the traditional aspects of Swiss manufacturing and watchmaking, Maurice Lacroix creates the most refined and detailed timepieces. In a quest to modernisation and trendiness, the brand created Aikon Chronograph 44 MM, an all blue beauty that showcases a sunburst dial as well as matching leather straps.
Through tradition, research, innovation and technology, Rado conceives incredible timepieces that are known for its durability and eye-catching factor. In regards to the brand’s HyperChrone Macht Point, Rado returned to this product by conceding a new and far trendier appearance highlighting a perplexing blue colour and innovating details, including a sporting style and high-tech ceramics.
Based in Chaux-de-Fonds, the Swiss company manufactures a cluster of remarkable and luxurious pieces, from watches to fashion accessories. While it was only launched in 2015, the Carrera Heuer-01 has quickly become the brand’s signature Chronograph due to its contemporary, elegant and all-ceramic styling as well as a deep black shade.
The Internationally successful and acclaimed brand makes sure each product concentrates the much-wanted Swiss quality. Having a distinctive touch for innovation and tradition, Tissot produces authentic and efficient watches. During BaselWorld, the brand in collaboration with MotoGP will show the magnificent T-Race Automatic Limited Edition, every component of the timepiece was carefully selected in order to also represent characteristics of the motorcycle industry, resulting in a wonderful design of black and pink gold tones.
Prepared to face any type of challenges or limitation, the worldwide leading brand, Zenith is renowned for its adventurous spirit as well as fine watchmaking. Recently, the Swiss brand has revisited one of its main models by giving it a new Chronograph and vintage flair along with brand-new high-frequency movement which allows the timepiece to have 50 hours of power reserve.
Based in Genève, the brand was established by Aletta Bax and Peter Stas back in 1988. The brand’s style is best described for a traditional approach to design while producing timeless pieces, in their creations, they also showcase the utmost fondness for details. At the esteemed trade show, Frederique Constant is set to disclose the reinvented Classic Worldtimer Manufacture with a case in golden tones and an interior of chocolate colour. The watch is marked by clean lines and an extraordinary simplicity.
Described as the pioneers of innovative movements in the watchmaking industry, Hublot has the knowledge to develop ground-breaking timepieces through the use of cutting-edge materials and forms. Hublot’s Big Bang Unico GMT follows this notion while combining ingenuity with simplicity. It is the perfect watch for those who are often in different time zones.
Hölstein-based luxury wristwatches company, Ortis has been successfully manufacturing purely mechanical timepieces since 1904. Led by innovation and expertise, the brand’s Ortis Atelier Calibre is a timepiece that is represented by an unquestionable technical performance and a mesmerising modern aesthetic.
Following a creative yet technical approach, the young brand produces aesthetically pleasing, cutting-edge and original timepieces that signify and reflect the union and philosophy of brand’s founder Pierre Deroche and his wife, Carole. Exuding a classical touch, the revolutionary model TNT GMT from Pierre DeRoche collection was shown at the prestigious watch and jewellery show, singling out a titanium and steel case.
With over 150 years of history and high-quality timepieces, Albert Riele signature style lies on “effortless refinement” whilst blending in elements of modern and traditional styles. The challenger watch is one of the brand’s most effective and sophisticated designs, not only due to its water-resistant configuration but also its blue shade with luminous hour markers, becoming the ideal timepiece for those who love the deep blue sea.
Setting a standard of excellence and improvement since 1735, Blancpain is celebrated for creating mechanical timepieces that uphold a certain style of tradition as well as a provocative sense. The Fifty Fathoms Bathy is a vintage-inspired timepiece that surveys to the brand’s principles. It is represented by a high-level of precision, “The watch beats to the rhythm of Calibre 1150, an authentic technical feat notably comprising two series-coupled barrels delivering a 100-hour autonomy.”
One of the leading fronts of wrist chronographs, the Grenchen-based watchmaker specialises in conceiving technical watches, and at the same time, it is also a supplier for aviation purposes. This can be understood in Colt Skyracer, a light and sturdy vessel by Breitling. While it may be light, the materials that compose this masterpiece offer paramount resistance against gradual decadence.
Remarked for an unmeasurable passion and experience, Eberhard & Co has a prolonged background and history on producing high-quality and exceptional designs. Showcasing a new automatic model of its Scafograf 300 that is notrious for its bidirectional bezel shaped with steel.
Being a pioneer for watch design all over the world, Favre-Leuba is regarded as the second oldest Swiss watchmaker. A creativity and technical brand that knows its way towards success and high-quality like no other, its timepieces display an unprecedented level of functionality, alluring aesthetics and consistency, just contemplate the brand’s astonishing Raider Harpoon which gives easy and clear access to all of its components, either from a technical or informative standpoint.
The Swiss brand’s timepieces stand for a cluster of measures that envision a quest for greatness, from functionality to quality, to innovation and design, Victorinox was created in 1884 inside a cutler’s workshop and since then it has expanded its ideologies into an international company. I.N.O.X Carbon materialises this concept as the brand created a perfect vessel made from a carbon resin composite that protects the watch, thus achieving the best performance possible.
Known for blending in watchmaking with jewellery design, Bijoumontre gives light to exceeding craftsmanship and tradition. In 2004, Willi Saladin and Volker Fink founded the chic and elegant source of inspiration for women all around the world. “BIJOUMONTRE employs a unique language of vogue design to celebrate the lives of women.” For instance, the Around the World watch has an iconic configuration as it presents ten landmarks, transforming this piece into a one-of-a-kind cultural beauty with sparkling diamonds.
Founded in 1983 by Philippe Carriol, the Swiss manufacturer has an exquisite taste for glamour and fashion. Exhibiting at BaselWorld, the majestic St. Tropez watch is adorned with a cascade of green, exuding a feminine charm – “Vividly evoking the scenic splendour of the tiny village of Saint-Tropez on the Côte d’Azur after which the collection is named, the GreenLight sends a precious breeze wafting across wrists, enhanced by the stunning sparkle of around 432 tsavorites.
Fendi has certainly does have limitations when it comes to creating high-quality and conspicuous pieces, and its Selleria collection reflects just this idea. An exclusive cluster pieces led by contemporaneity, sophistication and versatility. The Sellaria Strap You will give women the ultimate sense of classiness and playfulness due to the timepiece’s highly ornamented composition, from multi-coloured to leather flower touches.
The Global fashion phenomenon is notorious for its workmanship techniques and superb aesthetics. Gucci provides fashion and design enthusiasts with the most curated and luxurious selection of goods, perpetuating a bewitching world of jewellery and watches. Le Marché des Merveilles is no exception to this rule as it highlights gracefully embroidered elements of a bee, a tiger and a snake against the illustrious Gucci stripe. The cases of each watch were made in stainless steel.
Perhaps one of the most indulging American brands of fashion, Calvin Klein is famous for is wide-ranging products that vary from clothing apparel to accessories, to furnishings and watches and several others. The prestigious brand is presenting a beloved Swiss trade show, the Calvin Klein Minimal which is characterised by a harmonious and meticulous design as well as understated graphic lines. This masterwork revisits a grand classic and adds an, even more, vintage and authentic touch to the brand’s collection of watches.
Starting its history and legacy in the 19th century due to the talent of Georges Ignace Cattin, a watchmaker and peasant, Catorex has now grown into a transfiguring watch manufacture of six generations, producing the most enticing watches and pocket ones you will ever encounter. This becomes quite evident in C’Vintage, a self-winding timepiece that restores an antique movement.
Assembling a selective production of prestige watches and fine craftsmanship, the Swiss watchmaker was formed by Edmond Matheny-Tissot in late 19th century. Nowadays, the brand is known for tailoring mechanical timepieces and quartz movements. The brand’s Elisir Special Edition is a timeless classicism piece, “free of any superficial elements, this new Elisir Special Edition stages a particularly legible display of the time and date, natural becoming the indispensable companion of today’s man and woman.”
Creating hereditary classics since 1919, the Swiss brand is showcasing at the grand trade show, BaselWorld its new collection of classic attires for men’s wrists which combines functionality with sturdiness in an astounding steel case.
Founded in late 20th century by Guy Albert Cattin, Grand Prix is an international brand that “aims to be a global provider of charming watches that offer the perfect combination of fine Swiss craftsmanship and pioneer spirit.” In addition, the brand crafts the most amazing mechanical timepieces, such as the Superlative Cosc, a piece of many contrasts and textures which is characterised by a slim and elegant silhouette.
Conceiving authentic and original content, Louis Erard passion for fine craftsmanship and Swiss tradition is quite evident in his designs, like the regulator with power reserve which is a pure and stylish timepiece that amalgamates contemporary and classic details.
Based in Saint-Imier, Longines is has been managed by Walter Von Kanel since 1988. The watch company provides their expertise through the exhibition of traditional, elegant and capable designs performance-wise. Out of curiosity, Academy Award-winning actress, Kate Winslet became, in 2010, one of Longines’ ambassadors of elegance.
Georges Schaeren established in 1918 the Jura-based company, Mido. Many of its pieces are inspired by architecture reflecting the highest levels of functionality and authenticity. Moreover, Mido provides trailblazing technical novelties as well as mechanical movements. At the BaselWorld, Mido will display the new Baroncelli Caliber 80 Chronometer Si which is characterised by an inexhaustible charm of refinement featuring a notable 80-hour power reserve.
Movado is an American watchmaker driven by heritage and innovation, having its own watch museum. At the acclaimed trade show, the watchmaking expert is going to show the new Ultra Slim Collection that embodies the essence of minimalist aesthetics, “Modern yet timeless, effortlessly wearable and extremely comfortable on the wrist, this new Ultra Slim model is very much in sync with the mood of the moment.”
Founded in 1883 by Gottlieb Hauser, the worldwide manufacturer of luxury watches based in Plan-les-Quantes. Alpina demonstrated a restoration of Seastrong Horological Smartwatch – “While it has maintained its diving credentials and its distinctive identity codes of watchmaking craftsmanship along with a pleasing aesthetic appeal, it now also turns smart.” Furthermore, the watch also has a sleep monitoring and activity tracking.
The Swiss company is renowned for combining traditional expertise with state-of-the-art technology. From dials to cases, the brand ensures faultlessness in its timepieces. Although the brand specialises mostly on quartz movements, nowadays they also focus on technical timepieces. The Mecano marked the brand’s return to technical methods in an efficient and transformative design.
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