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Baselworld 2017: Five Well-Designed Women's Watches
More often than not, women's watches tend to condescend to the consumer base—throwing in a delicate or funky colorway or adding some gemstones atop a fairly normal timepiece without much to its core. With the amount of innovation and craftsmanship...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2017: Modern Skull Art
With the tens of thousands of watches on hand at the Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, it's actually quite easy to draw out numerous thematic links or color stories—and yet, many of them never take hold outside of the fair. The use of skull iconography...
CULTURE
Notes: Baselworld and Trade Show Life
I call it my week of suits. In actuality, it's my other life. Four years in a row now I've woken up in an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, dressed myself quite professionally, hopped on a tram and worked a nine to six or seven job—for one week each...
TECH
Baselworld 2017: New Fossil Q Smartwatches
Forever on the quest to contextualize releases in the worlds of smartwatches and wearable tech we got all the advanced details on Fossil's forthcoming Q smartwatches. Revealed during the Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, the new Q pieces can be...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Basel, Switzerland
Basel, Switzerland doesn't draw the traditional tourists for Swiss outdoor sports or the après-ski lifestyle. In fact, a large influx of internationals can be tied to the fairs, conferences and trade shows taking place in the city's epic Messeplatz...
WATCHES
Accutron II Alpha Watch
More than featuring an uncommon, space-aged design, Bulova's Accutron II Alpha collection references their historic "tuning fork" powered Spaceview watches from the 1960s—a groundbreaker in the early electronic watch movement game at the time. Inside...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2016: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze
Since their reintroduction to the American market a few years ago, Tudor has excelled at releasing pieces that reference their illustrious past. At this year's Baselworld watch and jewelry fair, they've once again succeeded in delivering a refreshing...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2016: The Future of Reflective Faces
In a world of limited wrist accessories for men, sometimes one wants their watch to shine brightly. This doesn't necessarily mean a 61mm powerhouse piece distributing lighthouse rays, but it can definitely extend beyond the traditional and understated...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2016: Reinventing the All-Black Watch
With hundreds of brands present, Baselworld—the globe's largest and arguably most prestigious watch and jewelry fair—doesn't intentionally play host to themes or trends, but it does offer an opportunity to notice through-lines across multiple watchmakers...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2016: Zaha Hadid + Georg Jensen
At the dinner of a mutual friend, David Chu, the Chairman and Chief Creative Director of Danish design brand Georg Jensen, sat beside globally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid. Chu, a longtime fan of Hadid's work, was taken by the jewelry she was...
DESIGN
Hautlence's LABYRINTH Watch Doesn't Tell Time
Ahead of Baselworld 2016, Hautlence (a luxury watchmaker that was founded in 2004) has just released their newest product—and describe LABYRINTH as an "entirely essential yet fundamentally useless object." Designed to make the wearer slow down...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2015: Moon Phase Watches
A rather popular complication in luxury watchmaking, a moon phase indicator is often a nice design touch rather than a useful tool—unless one looks to the stars for more than inspiration. At this year's Baselworld, many brands presented stellar updates...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2015: Mondaine Helvetica NY Edition
Best known as the brand to feature the Official Swiss Railways clock design on their watch face, Mondaine debuted a new series in 2014—the Helvetica No. 1—to much acclaim. Employing an equally clean, classic touch, punctuated by the use of the font...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2015: Six Green Watches
At last year's Baselworld, we took note of the impressive array of watches sporting brilliant blue dials. They ranged from classy and classic, to fun and vibrant. And this year, we felt the same about inflections of green throughout watches. With variations...
DESIGN
K0 Northern Lights by Sarpaneva Watches
Finnish folklore holds that the Northern Lights are caused by a fox sweeping its tail on the snowy slopes of the mountains. While of course now we know it not to be true, the allure of that mystical glow remains ethereal. Premiering at Baselworld...
DESIGN
The New Ressence Type 3 Wristwatch
It's been two years since Benoît Mintiens, founder and designer at Ressence, shook up the watch world with his debut of the Type 3. This crown-free timepiece has a distinct visual identity unlike any other watch—and it's due to a crystal dome that...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2014: Flight
Artists have been inspired by the sky since the dawn of time; from the clouds and birds soaring, to human ascent and even the outer reaches of what we know—and can further imagine. Gravity-defying limitlessness propels the imagination, and it's no...
TECH
Baselworld 2014: GPS Driven Watches
Regardless of where you are in the world—be it an unexpected adventure or a quick layover—GPS watches can be a huge help; naming your location and automatically adjusting the time on your wrist. By coordinating your location based on multiple satellite...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2014: Brilliant Blue Dials
We observed the onset last year, but at this year's Baselworld 2014 it was evident: blue watch dials are increasingly popular—and an impressive, classy alternative to the more common black or silver. There are plenty of variations in the blue, running...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2014: Extreme Complications
There are certain timepieces that not many individuals will ever actually own. A select group of collectors with plenty of disposable income may snatch them up—hopefully wearing them out and about every so often so that others have the chance to catch...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2014: MB&F's Starfleet Machine
As a symbol of their 175th anniversary, Switzerland's last remaining specialized high-end clock manufacturer L'Epée has engineered and crafted another visionary design by conceptual micro-engineering lab MB&F. The resulting desk clock, Starfleet...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2014: Christophe Claret's Margot
To commence this year's illustrious Swiss watch and jewelry fair, Baselworld, veteran watchmaker Christophe Claret announced the release of Margot, a magnificent, limited edition, automatic winding addition to the world of haute horlogerie. For...
STYLE
Baselworld 2013: Innovation
Industry firsts are a hallmark of the Baselworld watch fair. Companies are eager to show off their latest complications, materials and designs. Innovation can be found in all corners of the market, and here are a few that we think merit notice...
STYLE
Valerii Danevych's Wooden Timepieces
We've seen our fair share of wooden watches in the past, but nothing prepared us for the work of watchmaker Valerii Danevych, which we saw at while visiting Baselworld 2013. Working from his hometown in Kiev, Ukraine, Danevych comes from a long...
STYLE
Tag Heuer MikroPendulumS Concept Chronograph
The latest concept from TAG Heuer has been unveiled at Baselworld, showing off an innovative new direction for the tourbillon construction. Hailed for their beauty and complexity, tourbillon movements can occasionally favor style over substance...
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