Watch report 2014
The best in timekeeping from Baselworld
TREND: DIVER'S WATCHES
Plumb the ocean depths: these high-tech diver’s watches will take you all the way. Click through the gallery above to discover the latest in diver watches.
A still from Dr No. (1962) (pictured above)
Year after year, the world’s watchmaking capital, Switzerland, brings together the ultimate in horology - and we’ve compiled your go-to guide for the watches of the year, straight from Baselworld 2014. From couture-inspired pieces to aerospace watches and mini dials, click through to discover timekeeping at its best.
'J12-365'; both prices on request, Chanel (pictured above)
Photographs: Imaxtree.com/Alessandro Lucioni (international runway), Shivaji Juvekar (Indian runway)
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‘Sea-Dweller 4000’, price on request, Rolex
‘Original Diver’, price on request, Rado
‘Dive Master 500’, Rs 1,94,950, Victorinox Swiss Army
‘Seamaster 300 Master Co-axial’, Rs 3,57,500, Omega
‘Marine Diver’, price on request, Ulysse Nardin
‘Heritage Ranger’, price on request, Tudor
‘Alpiner 4 Chronograph’, price on request, Alpina
‘Pro Trek’, Rs 36,099, Casio
TREND: RANGER WATCHES
Sturdy straps and tough exteriors thrive in wilderness and the great wide open. Click through the gallery above to discover the latest in this trend.
Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skulls (2008) (pictured above)
‘Navitimer 01 Panamerican’, price on request, Breitling
‘X-Wind Auto Chrono’, Rs 1,44,071, Hamilton
‘Heritage Navigator’, Rs 84,600, Tissot
‘Classic Manufacture Worldtimer’, price on request, Frederique Constant
‘Masterpiece Worldtimer’, price on request, Maurice Lacroix
‘Escale Worldtime’, price on request, Louis Vuitton
TREND: TRAVELLER WATCHES
Smart timepieces that clock in different time zones – perfect for frequent flyers. Click through the gallery above to discover more watches in this trend.
George Clooney in Up in the Air (2009)
‘Slimline Moonphase’, price on request, Frederique Constant
‘Grand Complications’, Rs 94,41,848, Patek Philippe
'HyperChrome’, price on request, Rado
TREND: BLUE DIALS
This season, dials are in focus, and midnight blue is the it-colour for men. Click through the gallery above to discover more watches in this trend.
Lacoste SS14, Narendra Kumar SS14, Burberry SS14 (pictured above)
‘Imperial Blue’, price on request, Ulysse Nardin
TREND: MINI DIALS
Women’s watches with mini dials are having a moment - good things do come in small packages.
‘Mini Chic’, Rs 26,500, Gc
‘Faubourg’, price on request, Hermès
‘La Mini D de Dior’, price on request, Dior
‘Unexpected’, Rs 17,800, Calvin Klein
‘Piazza Mini - Silk DTL’, Rs 33,170, Swarovski
Staying true to the brand’s taste for grand celebrations and master craftsmanship, Dior lends its couture lacemaking technique to these elegant timepieces. The delicate weave of the silk thread with diamonds replicates the opulence of a Dior ballgown.
Dior VIII Grand Bal ‘Fil de Soie’, price on request, Dior
TREND: COUTURE-INSPIRED WATCHES
Intricate, loving craftsmanship meets modern technology to create works of art.
Le Petit Théâtre Dior (pictured above)
Ulysse Nardin, known for its rare artsy enamelled dials, pays tribute to the Chinese year of the horse. Master artisan Donze Cadrans brings realism and adds a lifelike quality to the free-spiritedness of the animal.
‘Classico Horse’, price on request, Ulysse Nardin
Inspired by 19th-century plumasserie, or the art of feathers, the dials are set with peacock feathers and framed with diamonds. Classic design with modern handcrafting techniques creates a symbol of elegance.
‘Feather’ watch, price on request, Corum
Keira Knightley in Ana Karenina (2012) (pictured above)
TREND: DAYTIME GLAMOUR
Take your diamonds out for the day and add a touch of glamour to your routine.
Maria Sharapova, Jessica Alba, Kate Middleton (pictured above)
‘V-Signature’, price on request, Versace
‘Dior VIII Montaigne’, Rs 5,72,500, Dior
‘Datejust Pearlmaster 34’, price on request, Rolex
‘Miss Balmain II’, Rs 32,700, Balmain
‘Femme Bijou’, Rs 28,500, Gc
‘Jasmine’, price on request, Raymond Weil
TREND: MAD MEN-INSPIRED WATCHES
Make your own Don Draper with clean, classic watches fit for any occasion.
‘Jacqueline Cin-e-matic’, Rs 10,950, Fossil
Leather strap watch, Rs 18,995, Emporio Armani
‘Bold’, Rs 24,500, Calvin Klein
‘Maestria Lady Round’, Rs 43,500, Balmain
‘Grand Seiko’, price on request, Seiko
‘Hyperchrome’, price on request, Rado
Leather strap with white gold dial, price on request, Patek Philippe
‘Maestro’, price on request, Raymond Weil
‘Dual Time Manufacture’, price on request, Ulysse Nardin
‘De Ville Trésor’, price on request, Omega
TREND: STATEMENT WATCHES
Breakthrough innovations, one-of-a-kind pieces, classics updated - presenting the best of Baselworld 2014.
Showstoppers at fashion week: Nargis Fakhri for Ritu Kumar, Karisma Kapoor for Vikram Phadnis , Kareena Kapoor for Namrata Joshipura (pictured above)
Flaunting a mother-of-pearl dial and Chinese-inspired intricate butterfly design, the ‘De Ville Butterfly’ is an enchanting addition to the Prestige collection.
‘De Ville Prestige Butterfly’, Omega
The official partner of the Grand Prix Monaco since 2002, the GPMH watch is inspired in design by the single-seater racing car. Technical and streamlined, this watch is a classic sporty chronograph.
‘Grand Prix de Monaco Historique’, Chopard
Rado makes another breakthrough with the first ever ceramic touch dual timer. You can change the time with a sweep of a finger.
‘HyperChrome Touch Dual Timer’, Rado
‘Millefiori’ literally means ‘a thousand flowers’. Hermès brings the art of glassmaking to watchmaking, to create a beautifully lit-up dial that resembles a bed of flowers.
‘Arceau Millefiori’, Hermès
The signature skeletonised movement that shows the calibre through a visible dial exhibits the art of traditional watchmaking, with a touch of modern design.
‘Chemin des Tourelles’ Skeleton, Tissot
For vintage watch lovers, Bucherer adds the advanced tourbillon technology to the elegance of their Manero line to give you a modern classic.
‘Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition’, Carl F. Bucherer
Staying true to the brand’s long association with music, the watch comes with headphones and brings brilliant acoustics to your everyday chronograph.
‘Nabucco Rivoluzione II’, Raymond Weil
Patek Philippe brings together the two best functions of a watch – dual-time and chronograph – in an elegant high-tech design, making it the perfect travel companion.
‘Nautilus’, Patek Philippe
The new ‘GMT Master II’ boasts a dual-coloured ceramic bezel, which was long thought impossible to attain, making it a milestone in emblematic watches.
‘GMT-Master II’, Rolex
The first brand to invent the motor sport chronograph, sponsor a F1 professional driver (Jo Siffert, 1969) and partner with a Grand Prix team, TAG Heuer has a long-standing association with Formula One. The Monaco V4, with its racing car-inspired, belt-driven technology, is the newest generation of high-end sports watches.
‘Monaco V4’, TAG Heuer
With a platinum case of just 5mm thickness and a black lacquered dial, the world’s thinnest tourbillon watch, ‘Octo Finissimo’, is not just technologically advanced but also a mighty fine looking timepiece.
‘Octo Finissimo Tourbillon’, Bulgari
TREND: DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED WATCHES
High-end horology meets exquisite baubles to create watches that dazzle.
Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) (pictured above)
With over 110 carats of rare diamonds, Graff debuted its most expensive watch ever at Baselworld 2014. A kaleidoscope of colour and drama, the ‘Hallucination’ watch demonstrates the best of jewelled watchmaking.
Limited to only five pieces, the J12 Flying Tourbillon, set in a white gold case with baguette diamonds, is a sculptural masterpiece.
‘J12 Flying Tourbillon Baguette-Cut Diamonds’, Chanel
Over 1,185 baguette diamonds cover the surface of the watch, case and bracelet, making the ‘Classic Fusion’ a coveted buy.
‘Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie Tourbillon Skeleton’, Hublot
TREND: TITANIUM WATCHES
Lightweight and resistant, Titanium is the metal of choice for space travel - and also for this season’s timepieces.
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird aircraft (pictured above)
‘The Britain Travel Dual Time’, price on request, Burberry
‘Golden Bridge’, price on request, Corum
‘Chronomat 41’, Rs 6,84,650, Breitling
‘Astron’, price on request, Seiko
‘Dive Master 500’, Rs 1,94,950, Victorinox Swiss Army
‘F-80’, Rs 1,20,090, Salvatore Ferragamo
‘Big Bang Unico’, price on request, Hublot
TREND: NATO STRAP
The Nato strap was the first to be taken to the moon and continues to hold the fancy of space travellers.
Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 mission (pictured above)
‘Grand Prix de Monaco Historique’, price on request, Chopard
‘Speedmaster Apollo 11’, Rs 4,16,000, Omega
‘Unplugged’, Rs 8,900, Guess