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5 Timeless Timepieces From Baselword

Mike Espindle | May 28, 2018 | Style & Beauty

The Baselworld watch and jewelry confab in Switzerland is the largest of the annual Swiss watch shows, with hundreds of high-end brands vying for attendee attention. Here are five outstanding eyecatchers—straight from the show floor that give a hint at what's coming for timepiece aficionados.


Longines HydroConquest Exclusive U.S. Edition
The new HydroConquest model unveiled in Basel delivers Longines’ fabled accuracy and style to the world of diving, with special badging and case engraving for the exclusive U.S. edition. Incorporating an edgy rotating colored-ceramic bezel with an alternating matte and smooth finish into a traditional divewatch execution (stainless steel construction, 1,000 feet of water-resistance, screw-down crown and case back, integrated diving extension buckle, Super-LumiNova markers), the HydroConquest exclusive U.S. edition comes in 41 mm on a stainless-steel bracelet and a NATO strap. From $1,800, Tourneau, Lenox Square;

Omega DeVille Trésor
At once bold and timelessly elegant, Omega’s new DeVille Trésor ladies watch collection is presented in either 18K Sedna gold or stainless steel, but both versions share some collection-specific details thin cases with sweeping pavé diamonds along the case sides and bezels, elongated Roman indices, a single diamond set in the red liquid-ceramic logo of the crown and a unique mirrored case back (providing sparkle and accessory function). 36 mm in stainless steel for $4,500, 39 mm in stainless steel for $5,100, 36 mm in 18K Sedna gold for $8,600, Phipps Plaza,

Harry Winston Emerald in Pink
Harry Winston debuts the latest version of its Emerald Collection ladies watch at the Basel show in the color of the moment: soft pink. A textured satin double-tour strap winds up to a dainty art deco-style white-gold case clad in four pink sapphires and 108 brilliant-cut diamonds to enhance a creamy mother-of-pearl dial. In signature Harry Winston attention to detail, 11 additional brilliant-cut diamonds adorn the ardillon buckle. $13,800,

Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater
First introduced as a New York special-edition piece in 2017, Patek Philippe’s masterful grand complication mix of a minute repeater and a world timer finds an official in the collection with a signature high-art enamel dial and an exquisite rosegold execution. True to the world timer function, for the first time the minute repeater strikes the local time rather than defaulting to the owner’s home time zone. The time zone recessed pusher is at 2 o’clock, and the minute repeater actuator slide is on the left side of the 44 mm case. Price upon request, Tiffany & Co., Phipps Plaza;

Rolex Deepsea
For sheer technical specifications, Rolex’s new 44 mm ultimate dive watch is without peer: waterproof to an astounding 12,800 feet, with Ringlock System to fend off water intrusion at extreme depths and a helium release valve to slough off any built-up gas on decompression. Presented in steel with a gleaming, highly legible black Cerachrom ceramic bezel, this version of the Deepsea sports an up-to-date 3235 movement. For a large, technical bruiser of a watch, the new Deepsea wears surprising easy, thanks to an updated solid-link bracelet and resized folding-lock safety clasp. $12,550, Mayors, Lenox Square;


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