Baselworld is the world’s leading show for luxury watches, jewelry with a unique design, precious stones and related industries, where high-end brands will present their latest creations from 21 – 26 March 2019, bringing abundantly of glamour to the exhibition halls.
Let’s dive into what we can expect from these luxury brands.
Probably the best known high-end brand in the world of luxury watches is of course Rolex. Last year it debuted the GMT Master II with a Pepsi ceramic bezel, in stainless steel and with a jubilee. It also featured an updated case for the Datejust 36 line up of two-tone models as well as a crazy gem set rose gold Daytona.
Rolex uses Oystersteel for its steel watch cases. Specially developed by the brand, Oystersteel belongs to the 904L steel family, most commonly used in high-technology and in the aerospace and chemical industries, where maximum resistance to corrosion is essential. Oystersteel is extremely resistant, offers an exceptional finish once polished and maintains its beauty even in the harshest environments.
Influenced by the pioneering Datejust, the date on the Datejust 41 is displayed in a window at 3 o’clock and changes instantaneously. The Cyclops lens on the crystal, invented by Rolex in 1953, magnifies the date for easy reading. Gold is coveted for its lustre and nobility. Steel reinforces strength and reliability. Together, they harmoniously combine the best of their properties.
As we have learnt since Georges Kern has taken over as CEO of Breitling, one aim for the company is to encourage a new youthful audience to be invested in the brand. 2018 was Kern’s first step towards this new approach with most noticeable releases being the new, updated Navitimer range as well as the end of last year saw the re-introduction of the Premier line.
The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 TWA Edition has a transparent sapphire caseback featuring a TWA logo. The Airline capsule collection will be available from April 2019 at Breitling boutiques and official retailers. This stainless-steel watch has a shimmering silver dial with contrasting anthracite subdials and is presented on a vintage-inspired brown leather strap with a pin buckle. Its in-house mechanical chronograph movement delivers both remarkable precision and a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. This model is also available with a brown leather strap with a folding clasp or a stainless-steel mesh bracelet.
NAVITIMER 1 B01 CHRONOGRAPH 46 – The classic Navitimer 1 features a generous 46 mm diameter accentuating its presence on the wrist and enhancing the originality of its design, while optimizing the readability of the dial and the circular aviation slide rule. A transparent caseback reveals the chronometer-certified, high-performance self-winding chronograph caliber, Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01. In addition to the steel and steel & gold versions, this model is available in red gold. A larger-than-life take on the legend.
Another name that comes to minds when it comes to Baselworld is Patek Philippe. The brand has a place of its own in the world of luxury watchmaking. So as the Nautilus Collection among Patek Philippe product line. The Nautilus Collection, which is the first choice of not only the users that meet the brand for the first time but loyal Patek Philippe fans, remains an object of desire since the day it has been launched.
The Contemporary Collection
As heir to Geneva’s great watchmaking tradition, Patek Philippe perpetuates all the skills that have long played a role in the decoration of timepieces. Every year, the manufacture presents a range of creations produced as one of a kind or as limited editions, reflecting extremely diverse sources of inspiration. With pieces comprising wristwatches, pocket watches and dome table clocks, the Patek Philippe contemporary collection shines the spotlight on a wide variety of rare decorative handcrafts.
5539G – GRAND COMPLICATIONS – The first minute repeater with a dial in Grand feu miniature painting on enamel, this limited edition depicting a stag hunting scene celebrates the art of azulejo, the famous blue and white glazed ceramic tilework that first appeared in Portugal and Spain in the sixteenth century.
To create this unique trompe l’oeil that even reproduces the relief of the tiles, the enameler painted the picture in monochrome, building it up in small deft touches with a range of blue oxides on a ground of white enamel. The Patek Philippe logo is also hand-painted in enamel. Each dial required about twelve firings at temperatures ranging from 800 ºC to 830ºC. Blued white-gold pear-shaped hands point to the time.
Housed in a white-gold case, the caliber R TO 27 PS manually wound movement with minute repeater, tourbillon and small seconds may be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back. The watch also comes with a interchangeable back in solid white gold.
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