Baselworld, the world’s biggest and most prestigious watch exposition, starts next month. And some brands are already out with previews of what they will be showcasing
BASELWORLD IS the world’s biggest and most prestigious watch exposition and it starts next month. But, as always, some brands are already out with previews of what they will be showcasing. Harry Winston’s Premier Feathers collection used the art of plumasserie (marquetry using feathers) on the dials of its Premier Feather watches for women to create an unusual decorative effect. This year, it will do the same with its men’s collection. They are combined with the Harry Winston speciality, diamonds, and a quartz movement called Midnight Feathers Automatic 42 mm in which the case is 42.5 mm in diameter. The watch has a dial made from domestic goose feathers dyed brown and black, and assembled on the dial to create a vertically-striped pattern that provides a fine visual match for the pink-gold case and brown alligator strap.
The sapphire display caseback reveals the automatic movement. Rolex, the leading luxury watchmaker, has already created quite a buzz with its latest watch nicknamed ‘Batman’. The name derives from the black and blue colours on the bezel of the Rolex GMT-Master II. The bezel is made from Cerachrom—Rolex’s version of ceramic and, though the bezel is two colours, it is a single piece. Rolex says the watch is virtually scratch-proof, corrosion-resistant and its colour is unaffected by ultraviolet rays, so it won’t fade. Another famous luxury watch brand Breguet will be showcasing its latest version of its iconic Tradition collection. The Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 is mechanised with a self-winding movement and retrograde seconds hand. What is eye-catching is the unobstructed view of its intricate mechanism.
The watch is cased in 18-carat white gold with a sapphire-crystal case back. The other major brand to preview watches it will present at Baselword 2015 is Rado, which has come out with a new version of its Rado HyperChrome, the sporty sophisticated watch seen on the wrist of its brand ambassadors: actor Hrithik Roshan and tennis star Agneiszka Radwanska. The new model is more eye-catching with the addition of 56 diamonds on the rose-gold-coloured bezel encircling the dial. The monobloc case houses an automatic movement and the metallic shine of the plasma high-tech ceramic is a signature Rado look. There is also the new Rado HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph Tachymeter. As the name suggests, the ceramic bezel of this watch is engraved with a tachymetric scale, filled with white Super-LumiNova, making it visible even in the dark. The tachymeter enables the wearer to measure speed based on travel time or distance based on speed. Aimed mainly at athletes, racing drivers or sportspersons, the metallic shine of Rado’s patented plasma high-tech ceramic adds a sophisticated look.