Baselworld Shows Promise;Exhibitors already keen about Next Year

Baselworld Shows Promise;Exhibitors already keen about Next Year

The 2018 edition of Baselworld ended on 27th March after six days as compared to the eightday format earlier. From last year’s 1300 exhibitors, this year’s edition had 600+ exhibitors. However, the organizers claimed 8 per cent increase in the number of professional visitors attending the show on the first two days compared to last year.

At the closing press conference, Baselworld’s managing director Sylvie Ritter summarized that this year’s edition proved to be successful. An overwhelming majority of the exhibitors reported very satisfactory business results, stated the organizer press release. It further stated that the new format, fewer exhibitors and shorter duration, were positively received. Baselworld is known to provide a stage on which the leading companies in the jewellery and gemstone industries can unveil their newest creations and their most precious rarities in front of a global audience. All leading brands will be reportedly exhibiting at Baselworld 2019. The press release further mentioned that definitive commitments have been received from Rolex, Swatch Group, Patek Phillippe, LVMH, Chopard, Breitling, Chanel and many other brands.

At the time of opening ceremony, René Kamm, Chief Executive Officer of the MCH Group, cordially welcomed Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard and all of the other guests to the ceremony. Kamm emphasized that Baselworld is currently undergoing a process of transformation, but in its core, Baselworld will remain what it has always been: “A unique meeting place for the best in the industry.”

DW Picks Top Watches
OMEGA showcased many exciting new timepieces at Baselworld this year. This year, the iconic Seamaster Diver 300M celebrates 25 years with a range of updated models. Besides, there were other anniversaries and new collections to explore - from the new Trésor to a spaceinspired Speedmaster. However, it was difficult to take eyes off the Seamaster Aqua Terra Jewellery watch. The new design is a perfect mix of captivating design and radiant jewels. Along with a 38 mm 18K Sedna™ gold case, this timepiece takes the craftsmanship of precious materials even further, with a diamond-paved bezel, 12 marquise-cut red rubies for indexes, and 191 diamonds on the dial.

de Grisogono’s New Retro continues to celebrate the past and create the future with two new designs—Double Jeu and Power Reserve. The New Retro Double Jeu, is a surprising and offbeat model that diverts the primary purpose of the oscillating weight. While the dial provides a dual display – in a rectangular sapphire format and in a circular format – either flinqué or snowset, held by four rhodiumplated anthracite bridges –the gaze CARL F. BUCHERER The famous watchmaker once again impressively demonstrated its innovative capacity with the introduction of the new Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral. This watch an elegant and exclusive timepiece that features the globally unique CFB T3000 manufacture caliber. The uniqueness of the complication is honored in the is in fact drawn to the profile-turned outlines of a half-moon oscillating weight. With each flick of the wrist, and when the oscillating weight has performed one rotation, the dial suddenly springs to life. On either side of the dial, the stylised 3 and 9 o’clock Arabic numerals set with 62 diamonds pivot to reveal different colours on the front and back: brown and white diamonds for the pink gold model; and white and black diamonds for white gold.

The famous watchmaker once again impressively demonstrated its innovative capacity with the introduction of the new Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral. This watch an elegant and exclusive timepiece that features the globally unique CFB T3000 manufacture caliber. The uniqueness of the complication is honored in the timepiece’s appearance: the tourbillon floats prominently at 12 o’clock. With a diameter of 43 millimeters, the classically round case made from 18K rose gold provides a harmonious and elegant setting for the new CFB T3000 manufacture movement, which has been developed entirely in-house by Carl F. Bucherer.

CHOPARD This year marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic Happy Sport, the watch with freely moving diamonds between two sapphire crystals over the dial. To celebrate the milestone, CHOPARD has fitted the watch with an in-house automatic movement, with functions that include hours, minutes and a graceful sweep seconds hand. The dial is made of rare textured mother-of-pearl that has naturally occurring wave-like motifs. There are four case options, including stainless steel, 18K gold or a combination of the two metals, with or without diamonds. The mother-of-pearl dials can be white or in a soft pastel shade of either pink or blue.

Graff’s Floral Tourbillon collection of watches elegantly demonstrates the brand’s fascination for flowers and floral designs. This romantic and feminine design combines all of the world’s most complex métiers d’art techniques: enamel painting, micro-painting and extraordinarily intricate diamond setting. Available in four distinct colourways, pink, blue, purple and white; each of these timepieces displays a distinct persona – ranging from the calm, serene tones of the blue dial, to the fiery, passionate hues upon the pink dial – reflecting the myriad personalities of our female clientele.

The brand presented a collection of rare handcrafted timepieces at Baselworld. More than fifty remarkable creations that pay tribute to a broad palette of exquisite artisanal skills were showcased. Manual engraving, cloisonné enamel, miniature painting on enamel or wood micro-marquetry, discover all the limited editions and one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect eclectic sources of inspiration and combine technical prowess with remarkable creativity.

Andreas Altmann, the Swiss designer revealed his first timekeeping piece at Baselworld, an elegant ode to femininity with a delicate, Russian-inspired name: Niura. The focal point of this miniature artwork is the manufacture calibre created especially for, and by, the brand. This doublebarrel flying tourbillon ensures unwavering time-keeping precision. Encrusted with 2,156 diamonds, this dazzling watch is a nod to a glorious age in which jewellery fused both art and breath-taking beauty, mirroring the lifestyles of the times.

DW Picks Top Jewellery

This year, Stenzhorn took up a frosty but sparkling theme called ICE ZEIT. The ICE ZEIT collection is an explosion of diamonds in brilliant, baguette and carré cut. The diamonds are captured in the Invisible Setting and arranged by a technique specially developed by Stenzhorn (2nd Skin), so that, for example, the necklace wears like a second skin. One of the highlights of the collection is the necklace “Storm”, which was created in 2nd skin technique from brilliant and baguette diamonds.

The Happy Hearts line embraces the heart as a symbolic motif of the Happy Diamonds collection, interpreting it with playful creativity. These timeless pendant earrings in 18K rose gold shines with elegant hearts in natural white mother-of-pearl and diamondset, with a single moving diamond that dances in a sparkling celebration of love. Precious expression of the moment of happiness, the Happy Hearts line represents the modern-day talisman - true token of love and free-spirited women.

Brand author of many trends, Roberto Coin’s creations are considered exclusive mix of imagination, creativity and aesthetic sensitivity, true works of art. Here’s a Siberian Tigers Limited Edition ring in 18K white gold with colourless and black diamonds, pink sapphires and enamel. The highest manufacturing art and the unmistakable creativity of Roberto Coin meet once again to give life to The Siberian Tigers. Supreme examples of beauty and force, these sculpture jewels are dedicated to the elegance, sensuality and power that every woman has inside.

German-born designer Tamara Comolli stands for precious jewellery with a twist. The Mikado Flamenco bracelet, a captivating masterpiece of vibrant gemstone acorns set in rose gold. The carefully selected gemstones and the unique colour harmony make it to one of the most stunning jewellery pieces.

The ‘Soul Carousel’ is top on fashion, colourful, interactive and interchangeable jewellery collection. This new line is Reena’s partnership with Aaron Shum Jewelry and Swarovski. The natural diamond jewellery pieces are patented and have multi-layered, spinning forms that can easily be detached to be worn in multipleways. The collection is an explosion of colour, and uses Swarovski® Created Stones in a hyper-energized rainbow palette. The collection has a worldwide patent and design copyright. The designer has used a combination of natural diamonds with Swarovski® Created Stones to add a punch of colour, volume and provide an unmatchable price point to retailers worldwide.

The distinctive signatures of de Grisogono’s the Melody of Colours creations include an original blend of sizes, cuts, colours and types of stone, stunning carat weights, as well the natural intermingling of fine stones and exemplary gems with no concern for hierarchy. From the sparkle of paving to the dancing movement of briolettes and from cabochons to centre stones, Melody of Colours offers daring, vibrant combinations including magnificent cocktail rings, stunning necklaces, opulent earrings and delectable bracelets. And there could not have been a better representation of this than the mismatched earrings seen here.

Dancing Reverse Collection earrings are crafted in 18K gold and are studded in London Blue Topaz, sapphires and diamonds. The collection has earrings and rings that give a nod, with their possible asymmetry, to the play of mirrors that completes refined double face outfits. These are the jewels with double-faced aspect which alternate large natural stones and pavé in different colours, with unique and surprising details.

At Baselworld 2018 jeweller Mattia Cielo aimed to reassert the outstanding features of its high-end creations through what is, and will doubtless remain the signature collection, the so often imitated but never equalled Rugiada. A big jewel was featured at the entrance to the new stand at Baselworld 2018, where the entire collection can be admired in all the external showcases. The ultimate highlight was a “one-off” outstanding 16-turn bracelet.

The FOPE gold newness revolve around Flex’it, the international success it invented and patented in its own factory in Vicenza, Italy. These Flex’it bracelets are entirely made of 18K gold and are stretchable thanks to dozens of gold springs hidden between each link.

K di Kuore introduced “Elegance” it’s another brand new collection. Here the polished gold is mixed with the tubogas giving rise to a timeless classic. It’s a sophisticated jewel but, at the same time, it’s wearable every day.

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