Baselworld 2019

Baselworld is the world's foremost show for watches, jewellery, precious stones and related industries. It interconnects the industry’s top brands (including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Breitling), the most influential media and the world’s most important buyers. Baselworld is the exclusive platform on which the major watch and jewellery brands present the year’s innovations to an eagerly curious international audience. Everyone who wants to know what the latest trends are and how 2019 “ticks” will find the answers live and firsthand at Baselworld.

How Can You Improve Perfection? You Can, If You’re Rolex


by Hyla Bauer – How can you improve on perfection in a watch that's already top notch, and wildly successful to boot? Rolex manages to do just that, year after year. The brand is painstakingly meticulous with new offerings, and why shouldn't they be? As the saying goes "If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it." And Rolex doesn't need to fix a thing. But they do…

Graff's Masterful Creations Are More Than Just Sparkles


by Frédéric Brun – Some exhibitors like to make noise, others prefer to dazzle by their creations. The refined Graff lounge at Baselworld is a peaceful oasis. The Art Deco decorum embarks you on a luxury cruise boat or in the plush café of a London palace. All smiles, voluptuousness, and sparkles. If Ali Baba had owned a store, he could have associated with the Graff family as each display abounds with jewels and treasures…

Oris' 2019 Introductions Focus On Preserving The Ocean


by Rhonda Riche – Oris never bores us. Not only do their reasonably priced, traditionally designed timepieces satisfy all the form and function needs of most watch aficionados, but there's also a feel-good element to the brand with their continued, conscious efforts to protect the waters of the earth…

Watchonista’s Baselworld Picks And Opinion, Can We #SaveBaselworld?


by Josh Shanks & Benjamin Teisseire – The final numbers coming out of Baselworld are here, and they're not pretty. In fact, they closely reflect the feeling we all had on site. Attendance was down: 81,200 people (-22% from 2018), 3,300 media representatives (- 18%), 500 exhibitors (-12%). Disappointing to say the least. Still, there are some positives to note. Ben and Josh take a closer look…

Chopard’s L.U.C Flying T Twin Tourbillon Has To Be Seen To Be Believed


by Hyla Bauer – Chopard has just given birth to twins. Twin barrels that is, in the brand's outstanding new L.U.C Flying T Twin tourbillon. In addition to this being the first in-house flying tourbillon for the brand, they’ve put the icing on the cake with not one but two barrels, that hold a power reserve of no less than 65 hours…

A Closer Look At The Rugged Citizen Promaster Aqualand


by Josh Shanks – The Citizen Promaster Aqualand is certainly not the first diver from the Japanese brand, but it may very well be one of the most robust. Citizen's latest diver packs quite a punch. Let's go deeper!

Gucci’s New Gender-Neutral Jump Hour Watch


by Rhonda Riche – Much has been made of the way creative director Alessandro Michele revived the luxury house Gucci by exploring and expanding the brand’s codes. In their watch and jewelry collections, this means embroidered bees on the dials, king snakes on the straps, and the interlocking double G logo everywhere else. Gucci has even gone back to the archives, resurrecting its Lucite watches from the 1970s in classic red and green colorways.
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Black Bay Bonanza! Why Tudor's 2019 Novelties May Be The Boldest Yet


by Ross Povey – I fondly remember Baselworld 2012 when Tudor unveiled the second installment of their Heritage line of watches. These pieces celebrated models from Tudor’s rich past in a reimagined way which bridged the fine balance between re-editions and new concepts…

Hands-On With Ferdinand Berthoud's New FB 1L Lunar Watch Collection


by Benjamin Teisseire – Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, acquired the rights to the name Ferdinand Berthoud in 2006. In 2015, he decided to revive the historical brand and built the Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud in the heart of Fleurier, a village in the area where he was born. Scheufele is known for his steadfast commitment to craftsmanship, and this is abundantly clear in the renaissance of Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud. Scheufle has a decidedly contemporary vision in watchmaking and has engineered an artistic approach into Berthoud's innovative watchmaking…

Chanel’s New J12 Movement For The Future, And The Future Is Now


by Hyla Bauer – The J12 has seen many iterations since it first burst onto the watch scene almost 20 years ago, sending shock waves throughout the industry. Chanel's ceramic watch has - ahem - seen its share of copycats over the years, but make no mistake, this is the original. The sleek ceramic case and bracelet have become an iconic design worldwide and a bestseller for the brand…

How Alpina’s AlpinerX Is Changing What It Means To Be A Smartwatch


by Rhonda Riche – Most big-time wearable tech launches tend to take place at consumer electronic tradeshows. So at Baselworld, we were delighted to get a chance to experience the four new versions of the Alpina AlpinerX horological smartwatch up close and personal…

Hublot Gets a New Tattoo and Launches a Tourbillon Too!


by Hyla Bauer – Hublot has a long-standing reputation of reinventing itself, pushing the boundaries with innovative materials, designs, creativity, and collaborations. The brand is very much alive and active in the art and sports worlds. At Baselworld 2019, art partnerships took center stage alongside a brand-new in-house tourbillon…

Baselworld 2019: Five Of Our Favorite Chronographs


by Josh Shanks – While much of the news out of Baselworld was doom and gloom – the brands exhibiting at this year's fair certainly didn't rest on their laurels. Up and down Baselworld's renowned Hall 1.0, we saw innovations as far fetched as a US Navy Prototype reissue to today's selection of cool chronographs…

Schwarz Etienne Introduces A Psychedelic Tourbillon


by Benjamin Teisseire – Fine watchmaking is a serious world. Humor is rarely seen in luxury. Schwarz Etienne denies both statements with joy and asserts her own character, her welcomed indifference. Proof that serious watchmaking does imply being systematically serious. It is refreshing! The following story is inspired from real facts…

Frederique Constant Updates Its Best Bang For The Buck Tourbillon


by Rhonda Riche – A quick recap: The husband-and-wife team of Peter and Aletta Stas founded Frederique Constant in 1988 with a goal to produce reasonably priced Swiss watches with high-end complications and finishes.
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Bulova Revives The Computron, And It’s Damn Cool!


by Rhonda Riche – Every year at Baselworld, there is that one retro watch that the internet has willed into existence, and Bulova's Computron is the 2019 version. Bulova is no stranger to consulting with vintage collectors for its Archive Series. The Devil Diver reissue, for example, was the result of an online poll.

 But the revival of this digital driving watch feels particularly inspired. It may be the first time an LED watch has been revived, making it a bit of a bold move. But if it’s a hit outside of the collector community, it might also go a long way in reviving the reputation of electronic timekeeping.…

How The MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT Came To Be


by Benjamin Teisseire – There comes a time when one needs to acknowledge the most important persons in one’s life. To thank, to pay homage, to please. A quick look around him showed Max that women needed to be recognized: his late mother, his wife and his two daughters. As Max has always been a man of challenges, he also liked the idea of putting himself in danger, of getting out of his comfort zone. The first idea of an MB&F feminine model emerged…

Tudor Expert Ross Povey Breaks Down The Polarizing Black Bay P01


by Ross Povey – Tudor watches and the military go hand in hand, or rather watch on wrist. Since the late 1950s, Tudor has supplied some of the biggest Navies and military forces in the world. In line with founder Hans Wilsdorf’s promise of producing watches that had all the reliability and quality of sister company Rolex, but at a more accessible price point, Tudor was the perfect option for defense departments opting for field watches for their forces. The French National Navy and the Marine Nationale (MN), was one of the first navies to work with Tudor and was actually a research partner for field-testing and development of the brand’s dive watches…

Hands-On With Grand Seiko’s Sexiest Spring Drives


by Rhonda Riche – It’s hard to believe that Grand Seiko’s game-changing Spring Drive technology is 20 years old. For such a significant achievement (it combines the best bits of quartz and mechanical precision and without the need for a battery), it still amazes that many consumers remain unaware of what this mechanism can deliver…

Breitling Impress At What May Be Their Final Baselworld?


by Benjamin Teisseire – Every day, Breitling's strategy becomes clearer and clearer. Collections are becoming more and more refined. The target is larger and younger. Since Georges Kern’s arrival as CEO in July 2017, Breitling is on a mission: revive its past to write its future, using methods taking inspiration from the world of fashion…

Casio Adds Patina To Its Full Metal Collection – The New G-Shock GMW-B5000V


by Josh Shanks – In the span of just a year, the G-Shock 'Full Metal' collection (read HERE) has become one of the most coveted G-Shocks of all time. This modernist take on the legendary DW5000 sells out the minute they hit retailer's cases. It's not a one-shot operation either, collectors have quickly snatched up the entire range of Full Metals. From the rare gold GMW5000TFG-9 to the more accessible silver GMWB5000D-1, the Full Metal is here to stay…

TAG Heuer Carbonizes Baselworld With The New Autavia Isograph


by Rhonda Riche – Inspired by TAG Heuer’s classic automotive chronograph, this new family in the Autavia collection features seven new 42mm references including two in bronze. But the biggest story in this restart is that these iconic timepieces now incorporate the carbon-composite hairspring technology that the company introduced earlier this year with the Carrera Caliber Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph…

The Five New Patek Philippe Watches You Need to Know Now


by Hyla Bauer – Everyone who’s anyone in this watch-obsessed world knows that year-in and year-out, Patek Philippe will introduce extraordinary new watches at Baselworld. The latest and greatest watches are eagerly anticipated by one and all and quickly become the talk of the show. This year, Patek certainly did not disappoint. Let’s take a look…

At Baselworld, Brands Are Focusing On What Women Want


by Rhonda Riche – Answering the question “what do women want” is simple. Like male watch aficionados, we want everything! Some of us like super complications, some of us want modernist time only watches. Some of us like girly, gemstone studded timepieces, and some of us want a vintage style like dad used to wear. And some of us want all of the above. Brands recognize that women buyers represent a huge part of the market and have been asking the what women want question for ages, but this year they seem to be listening. It’s only day one of Baselworld, and we're already impressed by the diversity of women’s watch offerings…

Stepping Into Rexhep Rexhepi's World Of Akrivia


by Benjamin Teisseire – Since the foundation of the Akrivia workshop in 2012, the young exceptionally gifted watchmaker has forged himself a solid reputation among the most demanding collectors and rightfully so…

Bulgari And Watchonista's B-Dinner At Baselworld 2019


by Watchonista – Watchonista isn't a closed community, we believe in friendship, inclusion, and most of all fun. Which makes for the perfect recipe for a night out with friends and colleagues from the watch industry. We last saw each other in Rome for our first B-Dinner (read HERE). It had been almost a year, so Baselworld 2019 made the perfect moment! For the second time, we joined forces with our friends at Bulgari to present the B-Dinner, Baselworld edition!

DOXA Releases $70,000 Solid Gold SUB 200 T.Graph


by Josh Shanks – Over the years, legendary dive watch brand DOXA has become a bit of a cult hit in the dive watch community. Coupled with the rise in forums and social media, we’ve seen interest in vintage DOXA explode. Watches once meant to serve the purposes of every day aqua men are now commanding five-figure prices in the vintage market.

Bulgari Impresses With The New Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT


by Vincent Daveau – Initially launched in 2012, the Octo collection immediately captured collector’s hearts with its highly distinctive design. The Octo range went on to reveal its full potential in 2014 with a foray into ultra-slim watchmaking (a market that only a few qualified watchmakers dare to enter) when the brand unveiled its manually wound Octo Finissimo Tourbillon…

A Look At Bulgari’s New Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic Carbon


by Rhonda Riche – First, I must acknowledge the fact that I am biased when it comes to Bulgari. I love all things Octo. Yet, I will be clear-headed when describing the daring new Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic Carbon because its aesthetic and technical achievements speak louder than any purple prose that I might compose to convey my passion for this timepiece.

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