Each year at BASELWORLD is displayed a dazzling array of the latest jewelry and timepieces from top watch makers. Some of the stunning pieces that will be displayed are featured here. This collection was selected by our editor in chief as her picks. She chose them based on their characteristics of artistry, beauty, elegance and design excellence.
Top 10 Timepieces at BASELWORLD 2016
L. LEROY AUTOMATIC TOURBILLON REGULATOR
L Leroy demonstrates the full measure of its expertise with the Automatic Tourbillon Regulator. A large flying tourbillon freely orbits at its summit, unobstructed by any bridge. Its heart is in diamond with an openworked structure. The pure technique behind this regulating organ ensures a degree of precision that is certified by Besançon Observatory. The entire movement, oscillating weight and dial of the Automatic Tourbillon Regulator have been delicately skeletonised and chamfered by hand. A meticulously fashioned rosette, with echoes of the early 1900s, adorns the off-centre hour dial, signalling the regulator configuration of this seven-piece limited series. Hand-finishing extends even to the heat-blued slender hands. Leroy respects the elegance and ornamentation of French style, and Swiss standards of precision, which remain unequalled. Movement: Mechanical automatic, hand-skeletonised L512 calibre, chronometer certified by Besançon Observatory, 23 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 22K gold oscillating weight, flying tourbillon with two balance springs, diamond escapement, 52-hour power reserve.
HARRY WINSTON MOON PHASE 36 MM
Harry Winston presents the Premier Moon Phase 36 mm, a poetic and surprising timepiece. Whereas in the majority of moon-phase mechanisms, the moon disappears completely before beginning a new cycle, here the golden moon takes cover behind a delicate mother-of-pearl lattice, hidden but not completely out of sight. This supremely elegant design echoes the light and shade cast between Earth and the sun in a completely unprecedented manner. The deep blue mother-of-pearl sky forms an eloquent contrast with the immaculate white mother-of-pearl dial, a composition that irresistibly draws the eye to the centre of the watch. Bringing this magical tableau to life, 18 brilliant-cut diamonds are set just above the date at 6 o’clock, like a sunbeam reflecting the halo of precious stones that adorn the dial, bezel, arches and buckle. Together they form a dazzling ensemble of 104 diamonds for 2.58 carats. Model presented at Baselword 2015. Movement: Quartz, HW5201 calibre.
CHOPARD HAPPY FISH
It was in 1993 that Caroline Scheufele created one of the Chopard icons, the Happy Sport watch. Ever since, recurrently reinterpreted over the years in occasionally humorous and consistently elegant ways, it has appeared under countless highly evocative identities. Today, the beautiful Happy Fish collection is enriched with a splendid model. This watch vividly evoking the underwater world showcases artistic crafts applied to creating a poetically romantic effect. The textured mother-of-pearl and gold leaf fish swims gently amid an ocean of blue sapphires, appearing to make its way around seven moving diamonds. Amid the darkness of the depths, a gentle turquoise light suffuses this splendid luminescent décor. The exquisite jewellery craftsmanship continues on the bezel, set with diamonds of three different alternating sizes for a softer effect. This 25-piece limited edition is exclusively available in Chopard boutiques and corners. Model presented at Baselworld 2015. Movement: Mechanical automatic, 25 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève, 42-hour power reserve.
BVLGARI SERPENTI INCANTATI
ARTYA CUMBERE TOURBILLON
KERBEDANZ TREE OF LIFE
The horological creations by Kerbedanz are infused with powerful symbolism. These messages are conveyed through an artistic interpretation of the cases and dials on Kerbedanz watches. The Tree of Life is a jewellery anthem to immortality, symbolised by the tree after which it is named. With its deep roots and spreading branches, it unites heaven and earth, spirituality and eternity. Framed by a case entirely set with green emeralds that are the colour of life itself, a hand-sculpted gold tree adorns the green enamelled dial. This scene is suffused with the light of sparkling diamonds. These dainty chatons embedded into the gold and enamel are the fruits of the tree, each a token of immortality. Kerbedanz has also decorated the original Technotime base calibre with equally meticulous care. This 41-piece limited series speaks of mystery, life and hope, making the Tree of Life a complete and rare work of art. Movement: Mechanical automatic, KRB-03 calibre, 35 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, twin barrels, 120-hour power reserve.
SARCAR THE TREASURE ROYAL STALLION
GENIE MOTHER OF PEARL
Aesthetic refinement and horological complications engage in a subtle dialogue on this watch in pink gold PVD-coated stainless steel that gives pride of place to the graceful charm of mother-of-pearl. The romantic touch of an elegant moon phase is complemented by the useful day and date indications. The shimmering iridescence of the white mother-of-pearl dial is softened by a wave motif that glows in the light of the hour-markers set with Swarovski crystals. The pink gold PVD-coated stainless steel bezel is also adorned with a halo of 60 Swarovski crystals. The dainty elegance of this timepiece extends onto the bracelet featuring a pleasing contrast between the warm shades of pink gold PVD-treated stainless steel and the sporting touch of white ceramic. The feminine wrist is thus gently caressed on any occasion, whether in daily use for sparkling evening wear.
Movement: Quartz, Ronda 706.1.
GIRARD-PERREGAUX 1966 SKELETON
The new 1966 Skeleton invites us on an enchanted journey into the mechanics of time. The large 13¼”’ (30 mm) movement has been skeletonised with the stylistic imperative of creating a perfect visual balance. The contrast between the rhodium-plated gear train and the anthracite treatment chosen for the plate and bridges is an exhortation to travel deeper into this fascinating labyrinth. Inert matter springs to life, organs breathe, and suddenly we are confronted with the details of this meticulous staging – chamfering, drawing, polishing and satin-brushing – all hand-executed by artisan-watchmakers. Time becomes a pretext to reveal the mechanical watch as a piece of art, in which the 173 parts are akin to the brushstrokes of an old master. Movement: Mechanical automatic, GP01800-0006 calibre, 173 components, 25 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 54-hour power reserve.
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