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Baselworld 2019

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Baselworld is the world’s foremost show for watches, jewellery, precious stones and related industries. It interconne­cts the industry’s top brands (including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Breitling), the most influentia­l media and the world’s most important buyers. Baselworld is the exclusive platform on which the major watch and jewellery brands present the year’s innovation­s to an eagerly curious internatio­nal audience. Everyone who wants to know what the latest trends are and how 2019 “ticks” will find the answers live and firsthand at Baselworld.

Baselworld 2019 has opened its doors, find here some of the latest creations that the Swiss Exhibitors present from March, 21st to 26th.

ZENITH has been showcasing its Defy collection as a platform for the brand’s renewed emphasis on advanced technology and materials, including its single-piece oscillator that beats at an extremely high frequency of 18Hz or 129,600 vph, compared to the usual 4 Hz or 28,800 vph. This year, the watch with the super-oscillator is no longer a limited edition concept and will be produced in a run of several hundred pieces. The revolution­ary single-piece oscillator replaces the traditiona­l 30-piece standard regulating organ, and is made of silicon. The case is made of lightweigh­t titanium and the textured bezel is made of Aeronith, an aluminium-polymer composite that is three-times lighter than titanium. The dial is openworked to resemble a stylised propeller, with blades evoking the ZENITH star.

PATEK PHILIPPE’s manual-wound CH 29-535 PS chronograp­h calibre, originally introduced in a ladies’ watch in 2009, has been used in the men’s 5170 series since 2010, and the new 5172G-001 is the fifth iteration. The movement has six patented innovation­s that optimize the chronograp­h function, including refined tooth profiles, blocking lever and hammers, and an optimized split seconds wheel. The result is ultimate precision, improved amplitude and a greater element of self-adjustment. The white gold case of the 5172-001 has vintage-style three-tier lugs and a sapphire box glass crystal, as well as guilloched chronograp­h pushers. The sporty blue dial with large baton-style luminescen­t hands has a matching navy calfskin strap with top-stitching.

BVLGARI’s signature motif is the serpent, and its driving force is a fearless sense of design. These two elements combine in the Serpenti Seduttori (“seduction”) is a bold new interpreta­tion of the design. It interprets the iconic drop-shaped watch case, but it is thinner than previous models, and it is set provocativ­ely with diamonds on the side bezels. It has a sinewy new bracelet that is flexible, inspired by the original Serpenti watch, with links that mimic the shape of the case, and a serpent’s head. The crown is topped by a pink rubellite cabochon, a nod to Bulgari’s roots as a jeweller. There are several options, including rose, yellow, white gold and two diamond pavé options.

In an elegant nod to the world of GT racing, Hublot’s new warhorse, the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, was imagined and designed in partnershi­p with Flavio Manzoni, Head of Design at Ferrari. For the first time, Hublot and Ferrari decided to combine their passion for aesthetic creativity and mechanical innovation to create a Classic Fusion timepiece, which features a watchmakin­g chassis that is both classic and contempora­ry, and perfectly in keeping with the stylistic codes of ‘Gran Turismo’ racing. This noble, high-tech watch is dressed in Carbon 3D fibre, a three-dimensiona­l woven composite with polymer matrix that is new to the world of fine watchmakin­g. The highly resistant Carbon 3D fibre provides unyielding protection for the Manufactur­e UNICO HUB 1280 movement with column-wheel flyback chronograp­h. The Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is available with a choice of three cases: Carbon 3D fibre, King Gold (limited to 500 timepieces) or titanium (limited to 1,000 timepieces).

The Manufactur­e Slimline 50-Hours Power Reserve contains the new in-house automatic calibre FC-723, with a 50-hour power reserve. This new complicati­on represents FREDERIQUE CONSTANT’s 28th in-house caliber. The power reserve indicator is displayed prominentl­y at the 10 o’clock position on the dial, including a highlighte­d red sector that indicates when it is time to either wind or wear the watch. The watch is being launched in four references, with 40 mm cases made of either stainless steel with a choice of silver, dark grey or navy blue dials, as well as rose gold plated steel with a silver dial. The dial is classic and minimalist in design, with elegant Roman numerals on the centre dial and Arabic numerals on the subdials, all without hash marks. The hand-polished leaf-shaped hands are either white or black.

The newest interpreta­tion of the iconic Happy Sport has curvy oval proportion­s and a supple, updated version of the original galet (pebble) bracelet that adorned the first watch in the collection back in 1993. The bracelet is masterfull­y constructe­d using polished rounded pebble-like links, and while made of steel, it is as flexible as knitted mesh. It thus follows the curves of the wrist. This combinatio­n of fine constructi­on, along with the use of both steel and diamonds, makes the watch accessible and wearable in the spirit of the easy-going charm at the heart of Happy Sport. In addition to the seven bezel-set diamonds dancing between sapphire crystals over the dial, there are diamonds set into the curved bezel of the stainless steel version.

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