Baselworld 2019: Don't Miss a Beat Featured

A first look at Baselworld 2019’s most exciting new launches. 

by Cheryl Chu 21 March 2019

It’s always exciting to read about new products online right when they get announced. If you love fashion, you will inevitably tune in to the catwalks in New York, London, Milan and Paris during the Fashion Weeks. And if you like watches, you will not miss the two fairs that kick off the spring season every year: the Salon International de Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) and Baselworld. Of course it’s a privilege to personally go there, from wherever you might be around the globe, and see everything for yourself, but nowadays you can get informed about all the novelties even before the fair begins, and within a few months - even a few weeks - you will be trying on the new watches yourself in the boutique nearest you.

As fast as things are going, the luxury sports watch still reigns supreme. I’m almost sure you are wearing one right now, whether you are relatively new to watches or are a knowledgeable collector. Everyone loves the look of ’luxury sports’. Once an oxymoron, it has become one of the prevailing - and most popular - designs, and the classic just keep getting better and better.

Geometry and innovation

BVLGARI has done it again: the newest Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT debuts as the world’s thinnest mechanical chronograph. Just 6.9mm thick, the iconic octagonal-shaped watch is also incredibly light, with a titanium case, dial and bracelet to match. For the purist at heart. In one exciting new launch, BVLGARI combines some of the most desirable qualities in a watch. Sleek, sexy and sophisticated.

bulgari octo finissimo chronograph GMTBulgari, Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT

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All-round icon

Appreciating a Patek Philippe watch is all about the details. One of them is the “Croix de Calatrava”. Well, to be precise, it is the very emblem of the hallowed Genevan maison. The name Calatrava can be traced to a knighthood in 12th century Spain. The cross, made of four fleur-de-lis, symbolises chivalry, courage and independence. Embodying this spirit is Patek Philippe’s iconic Calatrava collection, which has been around for 85 years. Today, it continues to open our eyes to what a round watch can achieve. The new Ref. 5212 Calatrava Weekly Calendar is the perfect example, with a newly researched and developed self-winding movement that offers optimised performance, and all of Patek Philippe’s prestige marked by its PP symbol on every calibre.

patek 5172G chronographPatek Philippe, Chronograph

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Flying colours

For every occasion, there is a Rolex to match: the Yacht Master 42 - with a matt black ceramic bezel and black elastomer strap, sporty yet discreet enough for the office; the black and gold, incredibly tough Sea-Dweller, ready for your next diving trip in Thailand; and the new eye-popping blue and black GMT-Master II - with a fine new Jubilee strap - that lets you quickly see the second time zone. And what do these new references have in common? A slightly larger diameter, at 42mm, 43mm and 40mm, respectively.

rolex luxosRolex 

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