Each spring, some 1800 companies from the watch, jewellery and precious-stone industries showcase their latest developments and innovations in Basel.
About 100,000 visitors from the specialist retail and wholesale trade make their way to Basel from all over the world to
discover the current trends and view the latest creations from the watch and jewellery sectors.
LOUIS MOINET – “Treasures of the World” Australian Opal watch
The Louis Moinet world tour continues! Its new concept of unique “Treasures of the World” models now takes us to Australia. In association with Daniel Haas, world-famous specialist and artisan in the field of precious stones, Jean-Marie Schaller travelled the globe looking for the finest gems.
They now offer a journey to the land of wallabies with the Vertalis Tourbillon Australian Opal watch featuring a dial adorned with the famous stone with its fiery colours and iridescent sparkle. Sourced directly from the Olympic mine, this ultra-rare crystal opal boasts some truly extraordinary reflections. Presented in a white gold case with a bezel set with 56 baguette-cut diamonds, this one-of-a-kind model associates the distinctive vibration of opal with the mechanical beauty of the tourbillon. An outstanding exclusive model from Louis Moinet.
BULGARI Serpenti watch
The Serpenti by Bulgari has, for years, left its mark on the world of jewellery and watches. This new interpretation colours its scales with jet-black enamel then sets them with brilliant-cut diamonds. This marvel among watches unfurls its diaphanous pink gold coils twice around the wrist and deploys a total of 385 precious stones. The bracelet extends to form the case, which becomes this mysterious reptile’s head. It houses a personalised quartz movement and is encrusted top and bottom with six brilliant-cut diamonds. They flank a black sapphire dial whose 12 hourmarkers are also set with 33 diamonds. Serpenti: a history, a legend, a signature.
DEWITT Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton watch
Presenting the third rendition of the Tourbillon Twenty-8-Eight DeWitt showcases its independence and far-reaching expertise with its first manufacture movement, the DW8028 calibre, a marvel in steel and yellow gold. Comprising 185 parts and fully skeletonised, this delicate jewel is solidly attached to a generous, sculpted case.
A white gold bezel set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds crowns a deep flange, made equally precious by its diamond hourmarkers, that plunges towards the transparency of the movement, coupled with the tourbillon. A triple feat of a skeleton manufacture movement, masterful aesthetics, and the architecture as a whole. The entire composition is revealed by a 43 mm white gold case and bears the hallmark of the watchmaker that built it… from A to Z.
HAMILTON Khaki Navy Pioneer Limited Edition watch
As the brand embarks on its 120th year, Hamilton revives its naval past with the Khaki Navy Pioneer. A contemporary interpretation of the brand’s 1940s marine chronometers, this model transforms from wristwatch to table clock at will.
Each of the 1,892 pieces in the limited series – in reference to the year Hamilton was established – comes in a hevea wood presentation box. The case, which houses a hand-wound Swiss mechanical movement, is inscribed with a unique engraving to commemorate this 120th year. Blued hands, the silvered dial with velvet highlights, and a top-stitched brown leather strap accentuate the watch’s sophisticated allure.
ERNEST BOREL Royal Collection 155th Anniversary Skeleton Limited watch
Ernest Borel marks the occasion of its 155-year history with the 155th Anniversary Skeleton Limited Collection, in two versions for this one special anniversary. The steel version is limited to 550 pieces while the pink gold-plated version will make precisely 1,000 people very happy.
The ETA 2892 calibre that beats inside this timepiece brings to life the elegant mechanism which has been entirely skeletonised and finished with an exquisite Louis XIV decoration, exclusive to Ernest Borel.
GUCCI Gucci Coupé watch
Gucci Timepieces is pleased to introduce two new variants to the Gucci Coupé collection for men. With its rounded-square case and retro allure, the Gucci Coupé represents a new direction in Gucci watch design for men, deliberately recalling a retro aesthetic.
As the name suggests, the Gucci Coupé features details that echo the world of sports cars, notably calfskin leather straps inspired by racing car interiors and outsize numerals on the dial, reminiscent of a vintage speedometer. The two new variants include models in classic beige and in grey.
Each timepiece comes with a beige or grey calfskin strap with cream overstitching, complemented by a dial in matching tones of brown or anthracite. The case, in brushed stainless steel, encloses a dial brimmed with Gucci signatures: Diamante pattern at the centre, Gucci green-red-green web stripe at 3 o’clock, Grande Date at 12 o’clock, small seconds and a ‘Swiss Made’ stamp at 6 o’clock.
L’EPEE Le Duel Perpétuel watch
The two crossed swords are the signature and emblem of the L’Epée brand. This famous duel is now welcoming a noble perpetual calendar model. Three jumping discs at the lower end of the clock indicate the day, date, month and year. The power reserve corresponds as ever to the two swords which change angle according to the remaining level of autonomy. A second duel takes place at 12 o’clock and offers a fabulous spectacle of two swords following the rhythm of the seconds and clashing every 20 seconds. 12-piece limited edition.
CARL F. BUCHERER Patravi TravelTec FourX watch
A bold concept underlies the Patravi TravelTec FourX: 1 watch, 3 time zones, 4 materials. Already in 2006, Carl F. Bucherer proved itself capable of resolving this ambitious equation with a technical tour de force. In 2012, it proposes an exquisite and unexpected combination of 18k pink gold for the case, ceramic for the bezel, rubber for the crown and pushers, and titanium for the monopusher. A masterpiece of engineering on an astonishingly small scale.