As the snows begin to thaw and spring starts to whisper on the horizon, watch enthusiasts flock to Basel, Switzerland, for an advance preview of the latest and greatest in the luxury watch market. While smart technology has dominated the market in recent years, 2017 saw a return to classic styling. Time piece designers looked to the past to find inspiration this year.
Hublot LaFerrari Watch
Possibly the most buzzed about watch at Baselworld 2017 is Hublot’s newest collaboration with the renowned auto maker, Ferrari. Hublot and Ferrari have had an extremely successful partnership for several years and this year, to celebrate the renowned car maker’s 70th anniversary, Hublot is issuing a very limited edition (only 20 available) of their LaFerrari watch. This stunning timepiece comes in a full sapphire case, and the design of the watch is intended to resemble the engine from a Ferrari car. The sapphire case houses Hublot’s well known 50-day power reserve feature. If you want to be one of the 20 owners of this exquisite timepiece, the price is said to be one million dollars.
Rolex Sky-Dweller Watch
This year, Rolex introduced new versions of the ever popular Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller previously only available in solid gold. This classic watch for world travelers is now available for the very first time in a choice of stainless with a white gold bezel, or a two-tone stainless and yellow gold oyster bracelet with a yellow gold fluted bezel to create an eye catching finish. Also new in 2017 are dials that feature rectangular index hour markers, along with a long-lasting luminescent Chromalight display. Pictured here are the three stainless models with the blue, black, and white dial. Priced at under $15,000, the stainless models offer tremendous value for Rolex’s most complicated movement.
Patek Philippe chose to revisit some of its most iconic bestsellers at this year’s Baselworld, and admirers of fine watchmaking were delighted. New models included a perpetual calendar and a watch that celebrates the anniversary of a bestseller. The Rare Handcrafts series is shown above which Patek Pilippe describes as having artisanal decorations that are collectively referred to as rare handcrafts. The category embraces techniques such as engraving, enamel arts, and guilloching, to name just a few.
Hermes Cape Cod
Designed in 1991, the Hermes Cape Cod watch is a timeless classic. The design evokes a nautical feel, with an anchor chain motif. This watch offers casual elegance. When paired with the alligator leather strap, dial variants of the Hermes Cape Cod watch retail for $6,200.
Breguet broke tradition by devoting it’s 2017 pre-Basel launch to women. The ladies chronograph, pictured above at Basel, feminizes a design that many tend to reserve for men. A rosette motif hand engraved on the barrel, along with pieces available in rose gold, soften the look of these classics. The case is set on its bezel with 68 brilliant cut diamonds.
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Pictures courtesy of Billy Ruvelson.