BaselWorld 2014 Review

Hailed as the world’s biggest and most important event in the watch and jewellery sector, this year BaselWorld once again exceeded expectations as the ultimate meeting place and trend- setting scene for all those involved in the industry. With over 150,000 representatives, from exhibiting companies to buyers and journalists from every continent, Michel Herbelin was honoured to be one of the leading brands showcasing the latest innovations, trends and styles.

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Trends

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Citizen Stand Image Credit

As the conference opened, Mr Rene Kamm, CEO of MCH Switzerland, (the company that owns Baselworld) was confident that this year’s edition would be characterised by new features, innovations and trends, and the eight days of exhibiting which was to follow proved him right. But it wasn’t all “in with the new”. “New vintage” style models popped up from many brands, catering to watch lovers who wish to experience some truly classic and timeless designs combined with modern movements and case construction.

Having spoken with the leading journalists in the industry including WatchPro, a key trend was that the ever popular rose gold is sticking around for the near future, so be prepared to see even more of this style popping up in the windows of luxury brands and high street stores alike.

Exhibitors

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Graff Stand Image Credit

As always stands were jaw dropping and exquisitely designed to reflect the quality of the watches being showcased inside; beautiful booths the size of small houses were present throughout. Having visited the Citizen stand we were left in awe by its breath-taking night sky look. At first glance you would easily believe that the suspended light reflecting spindles were decorative objects, but upon closer inspection they remarkably turned out to be parts of watch movements.

Graff watchIn between meetings at the Michel Herbelin stand, we also visited Graff, where amongst some interesting new styles we were lucky enough to see their Hallucination watch in the flesh, reputedly worth £55 million! Now thought to be the world’s most expensive watch, the 110 carat watch was coated in colourful rare diamonds, requiring thousands of man hours to hand craft what has been described as a “sculptural masterpiece.”

New Releases from Michel Herbelin

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Michel Herbelin Stand Baselworld 2014

The Michel Herbelin stand was buzzing as we met with some of our valued retail customers, and we were proud to reveal our latest collection. From rose gold, limited edition automatics and diamond set chronographs, styles were well received from journalists and retail customers alike.

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Suzie Brooks of Michel Herbelin

We won’t keep you in suspense any longer, here’s a sneak peak of our latest styles.

LINGOT

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A completely new collection, this watch features a satin finish case in stainless steel, rose gold plated and yellow gold plated finishes.  The straps are a beautiful, soft Barenia calf leather.

Technical spec: Swiss Made, scratch-proof sapphire crystal, water resistant to 3 ATM

NEWPORT YACHT CLUB AUTOMATIC

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This special watch is limited to 250 individually numbered pieces.

Technical spec: Swiss Made ETA Movement, see through case back, scratch-proof sapphire crystal, water resistant to 10 ATM, night blue PVD bezel, double folding clasp

NEWPORT YACHT CLUB MINI

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This mini size ladies Newport Yacht Club is a very elegant, practical watch in steel and gold plated versions and with option of a diamond set dial.

Technical spec: Swiss Made Ronda Movement, scratch-proof sapphire crystal, water resistant to 5 ATM, double folding clasp.

ODYSSEE

1New to the Odysee collection – a version in steel with solid 18ct gold screws in the bezel, available in men’s, women’s and chronograph.  The women’s version has a diamond set dial.

Technical spec for men’s timepiece: Swiss Made ETA Movement, scratch-proof sapphire crystal, water resistant to 10 ATM, double folding clasp.

PERLES

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A completely new case shape for Perle – available in a variety of dials and with the option of CZ set case.

Technical spec: Swiss Made Ronda Movement, scratch-proof sapphire crystal, water resistant to 3 ATM

Keep your eyes peeled for the new styles arriving on www.michelherbelin.co.uk in the near future!

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