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Baselworld 2014 in pictures

Baselworld likes journalists. They take care of them with a shiny new press area, free food and other amenities. They even have a media day a day before the event. Journalists like them too. Four thousand of them showed up for this year’s opening, ensuring that millions of images of the fair streamed throughout the…

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Bell and Ross make a bike

The things they do to sell a watch – Bell&Ross, the purveyor of aviation dashboard aesthetics, have extended their current winning streak with a concept bike. Mind you, all jokes aside, I really do love the BR watch range and this is a very clever marketing move so I approve. From what I understand this…

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Baselworld 2014

Here it is – This year’s fair is a personal milestone for me. I’ve been visiting the fair annually and this year marks my tenth. That’s like ancient in blogger years which should be reason enough for me to reflect and that’s something I will get to eventually but right now as I type this,…

Breil Design Contest

Breil is reaching out to the international design community for inspiration for their collection. They’ve teamed up with designboom for a competition where they will be doling out 3000 euros to each of the top three designs. This isn’t one of those hypothetical design fiction competition. They are seeking an attractive, feasible design, analog, stainless steel that they can manufacture. I can’t wait to see what the competition turns up. related links Design Time International Design Competition Breil

Baselworld 2011 coverage

I am at Baselworld again this year. First impressions – despite the positive spin taking place here, you can feel the recession. Just like last year, a number of brand withdrew from exhibiting. Some brands seem to have gone desperate imitating the current trend of colorful rubber watches aka the Toywatch train, most notably Haurex. Due to the natural disaster in japan, japanese brands like Seiko aren’t able to take in orders because their movement supply has been disrupted and overall, the fair feels a little muted. Anyway, for the next few days, I will be covering the fair. For…

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2010

The Winners For those who aren’t aware, The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève is a contest between high-end watch manufacturers at the Geneva Watch Festival. Below are this year’s winners: Grand Prize of “The Golden Hand”: Greubel Forsey – Double Tourbillon 30° Edition Historique Prize of the Watch lady: Van Cleef & Arpels – Le Pont des Amoureux Prize of the Watch Man: Laurent Ferrier – Roller Classic Tourbillon Double Spiral Prize of the watch design & concept watch: MB & F – Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt Chopard – High Jewellery Owl Watch Jewellery Watch Prize: F.P.Journe – CHRONOMETRE…

Watch of the Year

Bulgari Octo Bi-Retrograde Every year, for the past 17 years, the magazine Montres Passion has been awarding the Watch of the year prize by selecting the winners from among forty finalists. These finalists are selected from hundreds of watches that became available in the Swiss market during the previous year and then are further scrutinized by a jury of watchmaking professionals. For this year, the Octo Bi-Retrograde steel-ceramic by Bulgari was selected as the winner. The second prize went to the Annual Calendar by Patek Philippe (Ref. 5205) and the third to the Miss Golden Bridge of Corum. The Corum…

Watch of the year

Piaget’s Altipano Montres Passion is a magazine that has been awarding the Watch of the year prize for the past 15 years. This year, they selected the Altipano by Piaget as the winner. IWC’s Da Vinci Vintage Automatic The Da Vinci Vintage Automatic by IWC took second place while Rodolphe’s Instinct Basic 4851 Four Time Zone took third. Ladies had a seperate category -The Ladies’ Watch of the Year award which was won by Piaget’s model “Magic Hour” Rodolphe’s Instinct Basic 4851 Four Time Zone The Jury’s also awarded a special prize to Harry Winston’s Diane minute repeater. The watches…

HK08 Brand Name Gallery

Sure, On paper it sounds all impressive – World’s largest watch fair has a dedicated section for brands which feature 125 fashion brands from 105 countries blah blah, but the truth is that most of them failed to impress. I did, however, chose to write about a select few:  

HK08: Scott Wilson

In the world of watches, Self described modern design entrepreneur Scott Wilson is known for his Presto Digital Bracelets which were a phenomenal success, remain a best seller and have achieved iconic product status. Another of his Nike credits is the Oregon Series Watch Collection, associated with Lance Armstrong’s extraordinary career in competitve cycling. Wilson now works on design driven projects for major brands through his own MINIMAL design studios which allows him at the same time to work on design-manufacturing projects of his own, such as OOBA, his furniture line. Below are a few quotes from his keynote speech…

HK08: Largest Watch Fair turns attention to design

Sure, Baselworld is the premier watch event but the Hong Kong watch and Clock exhibition takes the cake for the largest watch fair with more than 760 exhibitors. Primarily a sourcing event for watch producers, the fair has come a long way in pushing forth the importance of design and branding for its local industry and at this year’s edition, they had American designer Scott Wilson headline the event with a keynote address, featured a record 125 fashion watch brands from 105 companies and showcased local talent via their annual wristwatch design event. Over the next few days, I’ll be…

Random Basel

Chalk graffiti greeted visitors on Saturday morning through out the hall with messages referring to Blood Diamonds, Tibet and the prostitution of Basel. The best was the mock protest sign that read – Time Kills! Baselworld was overbooked this year so brands like Casio, Kenzo, H Stern etc. had a seperate tent with an extended lounge for visitors to relax in The Swarovski section in the extension. The lights on the ground are actually spotlit jewelry Themed car parked outside for Havana inspired swiss made brand, Cuervo Sobrino. Btw, the coverage continues till the 10th so stay tuned. related links…