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If you are in the watch and jewellery trade you are most likely on the next flight to Basel, Switzerland to attend one of the most prestigious watch and jewellery shows open only to trade professionals — Baselworld. On the other hand, if like me, you are not part of the trade but are a watch and jewellery enthusiast, you are probably eagerly awaiting the show to start to know about all the latest launches and innovations, in terms of both style and mechanisms. After all, Baselworld pretty much sets the stage for upcoming trends.

From March 19-26, nearly 1500 brands will showcase their latest collections at the 141,000 sq. metre Messe Basel exhibition venue. Watch and jewellery manufacturers will exhibit alongside haute couture and even ready-to-wear fashion houses.

Boucheron, Fendi, Gucci, Bulgari, Hermès, Dior, Chanel, Burberry, Brietling, Versace, Hublot, Rolex, Chopard, Blancpain, Carl F. Bucherer, Omega are just some of the brands that will be participating.

We give you a glimpse of some of the watches that will be showcased.

Breitling Transocean Chronograph 1915
A century ago, Breitling created the first independent chronograph pushpiece at 2 o’clock, changing the face of the chronograph forever. Before that, pocket chronographs had only one pushpiece at the crown successively handling the start, stop and zero-reset functions. In 1915, Breitling — a specialist in technical watches — was one of the first to offer a wrist chronograph, where the pushpiece was located at 2 o’ clock and handled the stop/start functions. To celebrate this milestone, the brand is introducing a limited series of its Transocean model — there are only 1,915 of these watches.

Chopard’s L.U.C Regulator

Chopard is reinterpreting a classic from its L.U.C Haute Horlogerie collections — the L.U.C Regulator model. Regulators are watches where the hour hand is not fitted in the centre of the dial. Most regulator watches have the hours at noon, but the L.U.C has it at 3 o’clock. The 18-carat rose gold watch with a black leather strap also provides an exceptional 216-hour power reserve equivalent to nine days.

Dior VIII Montaigne Steel And Diamonds

With the launch of its steel and diamonds collection in 2015, Dior VIII Montaigne completes its ready-to-wear day wardrobe. The three new models in steel set with diamonds and decorated with mother-of-pearl are available in 25mm quartz and 32mm quartz and come with a black alligator strap.

Bulgari’s Bulgari Bulgari

Bulgari’s iconic collection Bulgari Bulgari inspired by the columns of the Pantheon celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015. To mark this, the collection’s latest avatar will be showcased at Baselworld. Bulgari Bulgari 41 mm comes with a sapphire blue dial fitted with a steel bracelet or an alligator strap, while its feminine interpretations in 26mm and 33 mm diametres respectively, have a bezel set with brilliantly cut diamonds, a mother-of-pearl dial, diamond hour markers and a steel bracelet.

Carl F. Bucherer’s Patravi ScubaTec

Launched as part of the Patravi collection in 2014, the Patravi ScubaTec diver's watch, with its sporty, functional design is quite popular. At Baselworld, Carl F. Bucherer is presenting the new Patravi ScubaTec in rose gold with a black dial. The watch is equipped with a helium valve, luminescent hands and indices, an ultra precise automatic movement and a rugged rubber strap, making it ideal for those fascinated with the underwater world.

Gucci Diamantissima

The Diamantissima collection for women consists of five models showcasing the diamante pattern inspired by Gucci’s famous canvas fabric print featuring a crisscross motif. The watches are available in stainless steel and white in 32mm, 27mm and 22mm and in pink gold and black with matching black calf leather strap in 32mm and 27mm. There is also a smaller, more precious variant in 22mm which has a mother-of-pearl dial accented with four diamonds.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 06-04-2015)

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