Baselworld 2014: Trends to watch

Apr 13 2014, 00:52 IST
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A Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Sedna wristwatch, produced by Omega, at Baselworld 2014. A Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Sedna wristwatch, produced by Omega, at Baselworld 2014.
SummaryThe just-concluded Baselworld 2014 has given an idea of what to expect in terms of wristwear and technology.

quite stunning, as was Chanel’s masculine-looking J12 Matte Black Superleggera. Bell & Ross are mainly chronograph-makers, but this year, they produced a limited edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Falcon business jet. The one to watch, quite literally, was Patek Philippe’s new-generation Nautilus chronograph. It has a travel time function, enabling the wearer to see the time in two different time zones at once.

As for technology, the clear trend was titanium. It was the metal of choice for most watchmakers. It was visible on expanded ranges for existing titanium watch lines like Raymond Weil’s three new dark-faced versions of its Nabucco Rivoluzione II line. Burberry Britain Dual Time also used titanium on the case, making it super-light, as was the Victorinox Dive Master 500 Titanium Limited Edition. Titanium is a watchmaker’s dream, being both ultra-light and one of the hardest metals around. Chopard’s Monaco Historique Collection 2014 combined all the trends, gorgeous retro looks, a chronograph and encased in titanium.

The star of the show was an unlikely brand: Tissot, the entry-level brand of the Swatch Group. It unveiled a collection that had elements of glamorous, sport, tradition and technology, with mechanical, quartz and solar-powered watches. The collection included the T-Race MotoGP Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition 2014. The composition of the dial gives it the aspect of a chequered flag that marks the start of the race with starting grids on the indices of the counters and around the minute track. It comes in a helmet box that is just as sophisticated as the watch. Then there is the famed T-Complication chronometer, which won the Grand Prix de Chronometrie last December. It attests to the exceptional and extremely precise mechanical movements Tissot produces. Finally, in time for the World Cup in Brazil, Tissot introduced the Quickster Football, a movement specifically designed to time football matches, with half-times and overtime. Its wearer will be able to really get involved in the match as a spectator and as timekeeper.

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