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Travel in Time to Baselworld 2014

Elizabeth Wang

It could be called the Paris Fashion Week of the watch and jewellery industry. Held in Basel, Germany, Baselworld is the hottest yearly event for timepiece fashion trends and cutting-edge technological advances. About 2,000 exhibitors and more than 100,000 professional buyers and visitors, as well as thousands of international media were treated to a wonder-filled palace of metal and precious stones. Take a look at Baselworld 2014’s most unforgettable treasures. 

Extra-thin with complicated functions

Watchmakers’ eternal pursuit is how to fit the most functions into the smallest volume. Light and satisfying watches still demand multiple complications such as tourbillons, perpetual calendars, and moon phases. At Baselworld 2014, a new generation of wrist watches made their debut with movements thinner than 8mm but with a host of must-have functions.

 

Chopard
L.U.C Collection Lunar Big Date
Self-winding mechanical movement L.U.C 96.20-L is 5.25mm thick with date display and small second’s indication. The moon phase complication errs just one day every 122 years. Moon phases shown for both Northern and Southern hemispheres.
chopard.com, At Lugaro Jewellers, 604 925 2043

 

Breguet
Classique Grandes Complications Collection 5377pt/12/9wu
Dial in 18 ct gold, silvered and engine-turned in four different patterns. Height of the movement is 3mm in a 7mm thick case. Small seconds on the tourbillon axis at 5:00. Power reserve of 90 hours.
breguet.com, At Montecristo Jewellers, 604 263 3611

Blancpain
Villeret Collection perpetual calendar
New, self-winding Calibre 5939A comprising 379 parts measures 7.25mm thick. Stays abreast of the varying month lengths and leap years without any need for adjustment until the year 2100. Patented under-lug correctors create the smooth lines of the case.
blancpain.com, At Montecristo Jewellers, 604 263 3611

Patek Philippe
Complications Collection 5960/1A-001
Annual calendar, 154 parts, 2.48mm thick. 60-minute and 12-hour mono counter. Stainless steel complications with sapphire-crystal case back. Day, date and month in apertures. Chronographs of 6 minutes and 12 hours at 6:00.
patek.com, At Brinkhaus Jewellers, 604 689 7055

 
 
 

A world of blue sapphire in jewelry watches

Time and again at this world-renowned watch and jewelry show, jewelry watches highlight a theme. This year, manufacturers put the sky and the ocean on feminine wrists, rendering a blue sapphire world of infinite time and space. Some are with tourbillon and some show the day and night. Others have brilliant diamonds or enamel dials.

 

Chanel
Mademoiselle Privé Watch
Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Dial Set “Grand Feu” Enamel and Sculpted Mother of Pearl. Two watches, inspired by Chinese coromandel screens, are sold as a pair, each with 18 ct white gold case with more than 500 snow-set diamonds. Colourful “Geneva technique” enameling on one, the other, sculpted mother-of-pearl under sapphire crystal.
chanel.com, 604 682 0522 

 

Bulgari
Naturalia Collection IL GIARDINO MARINO DI
Mother-of-pearl, coral, turquoise and diamonds underscore the maritime theme. 18 ct pink gold case, non-set or set with 36 brilliant-cut diamonds. Each version limited to 50 pieces. Tourbillon movement.
bulgari.com, At Montecristo Jewellers, 604 263 3611

Patek Philippe
Twenty~4 Haute Joaillerie Ref. 4909/110 “Aquatic Life”
1,937 diamonds and sapphires are placed in such a complex way so as to portray blue sapphire fishes of various sizes swimming in an ocean of diamonds. Gemstones in the case are cut individually to correspond to their exact location.
patek.com, At Brinkhaus Jewellers, 604 689 7055

Breguet
Reine De Naples Collection 8999BB/8D/874 DD0D
Day and night indicator in upper half, hours and minutes below. The sun, a Breguet balance-wheel, and a titanium moon, rotate in 24 hours in the lapis lazuli sky among mother-of-pearl clouds. 412 diamonds. Self-winding movement.
breguet.com, At Montecristo Jewellers, 604 263 3611

Chopard
Happy Diamonds Collection Butterflies
Two sapphire and brown diamond butterflies perch in relief on case. Diamond-studded, curved case and dial echo each other, seven diamonds dancing between them. Diamond butterfly profile rests on purple mother-of-pearl dial centre.
chopard.com, At Lugaro Jewellers, 604 925 2043

 
 
 

Practical watches with multiple time zones

However brilliant its decoration and complications, a watch always tells time, so precision and convenience will never be outdated qualities. Practical and professional wristwatches are the best choice for corporate types who hop time zones, but color and style will always catch fashionistas’ eyes.

 
 

Girard-Perregaux
Traveller WW.TC
Displays all 24 global time zones, each represented by major city in-zone. Rotating ring on dial’s inner edge reads time. Bisected face: light-toned day, sun; black night, crescent moon. Large central second, 1:30 date display.
girard-perregaux.com, At Palladio, 604 685 3885

Ulysse Nardin
Dual Time Manufacture
Forward and backward-adjusting second time zone and date. Hours, minutes, oversized small seconds at 6:00.Water resistant to 39m. 49 jewels. Alligator strap. 18 ct rose gold case.
ulysse-nardin.com, At Lugaro, 604 430 2040

Louis Vuitton
Escale Worldtime Travel Watch
A hand-painted, colorful take on classic travel watches. 12 o’clock yellow arrow sets local time. World-time read by lining up other cities with corresponding hours on 24-hour ring around dial’s outer perimeter.
louisvuitton.com, 604 696 9404

Patek Philippe
Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1A
New complication and cult-status stainless steel design. 60-minute chronograph. Local and home time zone display. Local and home day/night indicators. Local date handwound. Water resistant to 120 m.
patek.com, At Brinkhaus Jewellers, 604 689 7055