One of the trends on display at the Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show 2010 was for timepieces that are more complicated than ever. We showcase the innovative mechanics and engineering that were exhibited in Basel.
The annual Baselworld Watch and Jewlery Show is where the leading watch and jewelry brands come to exhibit their collections and reveal their latest creations. Along with the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), which takes place in Geneva every January, it is the most important date in the horology calendar. This year the fair took place during March 18 through 25, with 1915 exhibitors from 45 countries. Among them were traditional watch brands (Patek Philippe, Rolex), jewellers that create watches (Bulgari, Chopard) and fashion houses that also create watches (Chanel, Ferragamo). Of the trends on show – including a return to classic shapes and an increased use of high jewelry – the tendency to use ever more complicated mechanics was most prominent. From newly invented movements to impressive innovations in chronographs, the watches of the moment are feats of engineering.
This watch is available in stainless steel treated with AlTiN (Aluminium, Titanium, Nitride) or 18k gold treated with AlTiN. Time indication is by hour satellites rotated by Geneva crosses and Orbital cross, hours and minutes. Only 60 will be made.
Bulgari Daniel Roth Collection, Tourbillon lUMIERE, 18-carat rose gold case
Chronometre a Resonance
The new Chronomètre a Résonance will be, as its predecessor was, available in two versions: one with a platinum case and white gold dial and the other all in red gold. The two dials in silver guilloche indicating the hours, minutes and seconds are secured on the 18K gold dial by polished steel rings, a patent by F.P.Journe.
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Breguet Tradition, Fused Tourbillon with Silicon Spiral
Octo Grande Sonnerie Tourbillon
From the Gerald Genta Collection, this watch comes with a case crafted from 18-carat white gold.
Big Bang out of Africa
Tortue perpetual calendar watch, calibre 9422 MC
As part of Harry Winston’s Opus Series of watches created in partnership with the industry’s most revered independent watch makers, the Opus X was made with Jean-François Mojon. Replacing a traditional fixed dial and watch hands, time is displayed as a system of rotating indicators mounted on a revolving frame, which was inspired by the mechanics of the solar system.
Launched in 2006, the 5960 was Patek Philippe's first self-winding chronograph with an annual calendar. The new platinum version with the matt blue dial emphasizes the dynamic personality of this timepiece.
J12 Rétrograde Mystérieuse
Limitied to 10 pieces, this watch in black high-tech ceramic and 18-carat white gold uses a manual winding movement exclusively designed for Chanel by Renaud et Papi.
Chronograph Conquistador Grand Prix
This watch makes use of the FM 7000 automatic movement.
RM 010, the Richard Mille Skeletonized Automatic
Skeleton Central Tourbillon Co-Axial Platinum Limited Edition
TAG Heuer Pendulum Concept
Dior Christal Tourbillon with black diamond face
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Bulgari Daniel Roth Collection, Tourbillon chrono rattrapante, 18-carat pink gold case