TICK­ING OVER

WHILE DIF­FI­CULT ECO­NOMIC CON­DI­TIONS ARE CAUS­ING TUR­BU­LENCE FOR THE WATCH IN­DUS­TRY, BASEL­WORLD SHOWS THE PACE OF IN­NO­VA­TION IS AS STRONG AS EVER. SEAN LI AND CHAR­LENE CO RE­VIEW SOME OF THE DE­SIR­ABLE PIECES UN­VEILED IN BASEL

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The watches launched at Basel­world show the pace of in­no­va­tion is as strong as ever, de­spite slow mar­kets

MINIA­TURE ART

More brands are adding artis­tic time­pieces to show their ca­pa­bil­i­ties go well be­yond de­vel­op­ing cut­ting-edge me­chan­i­cal move­ments. Blanc­pain’s Métiers d’art line has pro­duced a time­piece in­spired by Kat­sushika Hoku­sai’s fa­mous wood­block print The Great Wave off Kana­gawa. It uses sil­ver grey ob­sid­ian as the base of the dial, and gold-coated rokusho lac­quer for the wave. Ja­quet Droz evokes its fas­ci­na­tion with na­ture with the hand-en­graved and hand-pati­nated cham­pleve de­pic­tion of a but­ter­fly in flight, while Boucheron carves the like­ness of a cypris swan upon a moth­erof-pearl dial. H Moser harks back to its artis­tic past with the Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar Her­itage, fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent types of enamel. Ulysse Nardin pays homage to the Amer­ica’s Cup with the Clas­sico Amer­ica, the di­als painted with enamel cloi­sonné. At Gi­rard-perregaux, the watch­maker re­vis­its its Cham­ber of Won­ders col­lec­tion with the Cen­tre of the Uni­verse Sun, a won­drous map that has been ren­dered in minia­ture paint­ing and stone mar­quetry, in­clud­ing aven­turine and grey jade. Co­rum stresses that pho­tog­ra­phy is an art form by its own virtue, and has worked with lens­man Dani Olivier to repli­cate his “ab­stract and psychedelic nudes” (yes, this was pho­tographed, not painted) on the dial of its Bub­ble watch.

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5 1. Blanc­pain Métiers d’art The Great Wave 2. Ja­quet Droz Pe­tite Heure Minute But­ter­fly Jour­ney 3. Boucheron Épure Cypris 4. Ulysse Nardin Clas­sico Amer­ica 5. Gi­rard-perregaux Cham­ber of Won­ders Cen­tre of Uni­verse Sun 6. Co­rum Bub­ble Dani Olivier 7. H Mo

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