Baselworld Novelties 2017
Come March 23, 2017 the watch and jewellery industry presents a multifaceted universe at Baselworld, one of the most prestigious fairs worldwide. A perfect place to discover the latest trends and innovations, it gives our partners a unique opportunity to present their pieces in a carefully orchestrated context. The passion for perfection is truly inspiring and we sincerely hope you will enjoy the eye-catching highlights below.
A year with two anniversaries and fascinating debuts
Patek Philippe can look back to an uninterrupted legacy of 178 successful years in business, so it is not surprising that the suite of anniversaries is becoming denser.
They prompt the Genevan manufacture to craft commemorative watches that recall significant events. In 2017, the Aquanaut collection is celebrating its 20th birthday with an anniversary model while the ultra-thin self-winding caliber 240 movement can showcase its many facets with a number of timepieces presented on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. The future is unfolding with a new perpetual calendar watch featuring a timelessly classic "vintage" design, and also with the latest milestones in the "Patek Philippe Advanced Research" series that are united in a limited edition of the Aquanaut Travel Time.
The new version of the famous Patek Philippe World Time watch evokes dreams of traveling in style. The center of its dial depicts the world in cloisonné enamel – for the first time from the perspective of the North Pole. It is an unusual view with depth and realism created by the artist with numerous coatings of different enamel paint colors. The platinum case and bracelet pay homage to the Far North, cloaking it with a silvery sheen.
Paying tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut launched in 1997, the men’s models is now available in the new 42.2-millimeter “Jumbo” format. It features an embossed dial subtly gradated from black to night blue. Decidedly masculine looks for this incarnation of casually elegant chic framed by a delicately satin-finished bezel. The white-gold case is water resistant to 120 m and protects the self-winding caliber 324 S C movement.
Patek Philippe has launched a new self-winding perpetual calendar with a contemporary “vintage” style in a case with three-tier lugs as well as a lacquered cream dial graced with luminous numerals and hands. The timepiece was inspired by exhibits in the Patek Philippe Museum from the 1940s and 1950s. Its heart is a newly developed caliber 324 with double apertures for the day/month and an analog date.
With the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Glashütte Original adds sporty charm to the existing range of Senator watches. The introduction of a modern steel version is a nice extension of the classic collection which features models in platinum and red gold. Understated elegance and a timeless appeal come to mind, when having a closer look at the overall design of the chronograph. The black dial nicely balances the steel case, the hands with their generous application of SuperLuminova® ensure optimal visibility. In short, a perfect companion.
Senator Chronograph Panorama Date
The Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date presents a brushed and polished stainless steel case. The black dial features the chronograph counters as well as the signature date aperture at six o’clock. Arabic and Roman indices as well as the hands are coated with SuperLuminova®. The transparent case back presents the automatic calibre 37-01 which offers a power reserve of 70 hours. An attractive black leather strap with blue contrast stitching adds the finishing touch.
Zenith proudly presents the new Defy El Primero 21. Building on the legendary chronograph heritage, the 21st century Defy El Primero flaunts standout performance. The COSC-certified in-house movement drives a hundredth of a second display, a patented new carbon composite material insensitive to magnetic fields and temperatures well above the norms ensures maximum accuracy. Although this powerful new watch embraces the El Primero heritage, it holds the company promise of constant innovation and is bound to become a master of extreme precision.
Defy El Primero 21
The Zenith El Primero 21 presents a black ceramicized aluminium case with an openwork dial and transparent back. Black indices and hands are coated with SuperLuminova®. The El Primero 9004 automatic movement ensures a power reserve of 50 hours. Apart from hours and minutes, the 1/100th of a second chronograph offers a power reserve indication, small seconds, a central chronograph hand as well as a minute and second counter. A black alligator leather strap with rubber lining adds the finishing touch.
Hublot celebrates its love for colour with the indigo blue Big Bang Moonphase. Perfect for summer, the delectable shade perfectly mirrors a longing for balmy nights. The iconic 42 mm tonneau case underlines the beauty of this monochrome complication. Six o’clock draws the eye to the moon phase presented in a round window, the skeletised hands let the intriguing dial take centre stage. With this timepiece Hublot presents a truly indulgent complication.
Big Bang Moonphase
Part of the Hublot Big Bang collection, the Big Bang Moonphase features a polished and satin-finished titanium case with a sapphire-set stainless steel bezel fixed in place by six signature H-shaped titanium screws. Powered by the HUB1770 skeleton movement, the watch has a power reserve of 50 hours. The dial presents two skeleton hands, the moon phase at six, the small seconds on nine and the date window past one o’clock. A blue alligator and black rubber strap adds the finishing touch.
With the unveiling of the LVCEA MOON PHASES, BVLGARI celebrates femininity with an exclusive introduction. The Roman jeweller loves a juxtaposition and presents romantic individualism with a bold, eye-catching twist. A moon phase complication calls for great precision. The Maison therefore matched the accuracy of watchmaking with their powerful creativity. By enriching the flagship LVCEA collection with a moon phase indication, BVLGARI caters to women’s daily life and presents a beautifully timeless companion to take her from day to night.
LVCEA MOON PHASES
The LVCEA MOON PHASES watch celebrates femininity with an 18 ct pink gold case featuring a diamond-set bezel. The delicate mother-of-pearl dial presents diamond indices and pink gold hands, a ruby moon phase disc lets the radiant moon take centre stage. The crown of the Swiss Made automatic watch with a 42-hour power reserve is decorated with a pink cabochon and a diamond, a red glossy alligator leather strap with an 18 ct pink gold buckle adds the finishing touch.
With the Avenger Hurricane, Breitling is ready for take-off with a new version that combines the extremely light and sturdy Breitlight® case with a yellow dial and the high-performance chronograph Breitling Calibre 01. Built for extremes, the proprietary case material is lighter than titanium or steel yet significantly harder. The new model stays true to the extra-large 50 mm diameter, the display indicates the time in the 12-hour mode, reliable and precise as guaranteed by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). As an instrument for professionals, it is considered a technical superlative.
With the Avenger Hurricane, Breitling presents a chronograph built for extremes. The Breitlight® case is fitted with the self-winding Breitling 01 calibre providing a power reserve of 70 hours. The unidirectional ratcheted bezel presents the cobra yellow dial with luminous stencil-style indices as well as the red highlights on the tip of the seconds hand. The chronograph pushpieces and crown are fitted with non-slip grip. The military type strap with rubber lining makes for an ultra-durable finish.
CHANEL celebrates its Parisian heritage and the inspiring location of the Place Vendôme. The shape of the fêted place brought forth some legendary designs ranging from the shape of the bottle stopper for the CHANEL N˚5 perfume to the design of the distinctly feminine PREMIÈRE collection of watches. Originally introduced in 1987, the watch collection draws its inspiration from the world of fashion and reminds us, that elegance and contrast can go hand in hand. The collection presents a unique silhouette. The new limited edition PREMIÈRE ROCK presents steel with interlaced details for a modern yet feminine style.
Limited to 1000 pieces, the PREMIÈRE ROCK watch celebrates the elegance of contrasts. The octagonal steel case houses the precision Swiss Made quartz movement. The white mother-of-pearl dial is reminiscent of a faceted gem and features the CHANEL logo as well as two silver-tone hands. The crown is decorated with a steel cabochon. A triple row linked chain bracelet with an interwoven red leather ribbon adds the finishing touch.
For the latest Big Bubble, Corum teamed up with Italian DJ, composer and producer Matteo Ceccarini. Big Bubble Anima, Big Magical M. Ceccarini which is limited to 88 exclusive pieces is the stunning result of the creative collaboration. With the new design, the Big Bubble is taken to new dimensions: For the artist, the eyes are the mirror of the soul, a protective symbol and lucky charm. Enhanced by 3D technology and the renown domed sapphire crystal, the unique dial is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Big Bubble Anima
Limited to 88 pieces and designed in a collaboration with Matteo Ceccarini, the exclusive Big Bubble Anima features a titanium case with the signature domed sapphire crystal. The exceptional 3D dial depicts a blue-green eye, carefully applied to a brass base, two black dots represent the hands. The automatic watch is powered by the CO 390 movement and offers a power reserve of 65 hours. The open case back allows for a glimpse of the movement, a black vulcanized rubber strap adds the finishing touch.
With the Slim d’Hermès, L’heure impatiente watch, Hermès proudly presents a new singular complication which invites us to embrace the upcoming moment. The extravagant idea of objectifying anticipation has reconciled the technical artistry of watchmaking with whimsical fancy. By setting the counter of the watch to the time of the eagerly anticipated event, the wearer will be reminded, in due course, by a delicately audible note. With this introduction, the Maison proves that rather than just controlling and measuring time, they dare to explore, arouse emotions and create space for spontaneity.
Slim d’Hermès, L’heure impatiente
The Swiss-made automatic “L’heure impatiente” module is powered by the Hermès Manufacture H1912 movement and features a 50-hour power reserve. It is hold in a 40.5 mm rose-gold case, while time is displayed over an opaline silvered dial. Distinct Arabic numerals mark the hours, as well as the “heure impatiente” function. An abyss blue matt alligator leather strap with a rose-gold pin buckle adds the finishing touch.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Link design, TAG Heuer presents a masterful makeover which retains the signature elements of the popular collection. Designed for men, the new version features a sleek mix of shapes, merging the cushion-shaped case with a round bezel for a soft and understated appearance. Supremely comfortable, the iconic bracelet provides a fluid look, with each of the links rounded for exceptional smoothness. A perfect fusion of elegance and comfort.
Link Calibre 5
With the new Link, TAG Heuer celebrates the 30th anniversary of a legendary timepiece. The stainless steel case presents a blue sunray dial with a date window, the white steel baton indices and hands feature a coat of SuperLuminova®. A glimpse of the TAG Heuer Calibre 5 is visible through the transparent case back, the automatic timepiece offers a power reserve of 38 hours. A brushed and polished stainless steel S link bracelet with a folding clasp adds the finishing touch.