Best of Baselworld 2018 Day 2: Chanel, Blancpain, Chopard and Bulgari
Stylish new movement: Chanel's third in-house manufacture, Calibre 3, is introduced in the all-new Boy.Friend Skeleton. Designed to fit the signature octagonal case, the skeleton movement appears to be floating at the heart of the timepiece—it is quite the sight to behold. With its beautiful 18k beige gold case and a bold yet sophisticated aesthetic, we reckon it will appeal to both him and her.
One-of-a-kind: One series, 12 unique timepieces. Each watch from the J12 Untitled is decorated with an abstract number composition (from one to 12) using ceramic marquetry. When put together, the 12 pieces form a polyptych. An ultra-exclusive range, only one of each will be produced.
Cool codes: Unveiled just last year, yet Code Coco is quick becoming an emblematic timepiece for Chanel thanks to its design that incorporates many of the House codes: the iconic quilted motif, the 2.55 bag's clasp, and diamond(s), Gabrielle Chanel's favourite gemstone. Now it comes in steel and black ceramic, as well as a super limited-edition full diamond pavé version of just five pieces.
Of firsts: The Villeret Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Retrograde is Blancpain's star piece this year for many a good reason. A reinterpretation of its flying tourbillon, it is the first Blancpain timepiece to house the jump hour and retrograde minute complications. The movement is housed in a red gold case, with a classic grand feu white enamel dial crafted using the traditional champlevé technique to achieve the elegant depth effect.
Never miss a date: We mean the day of the year, that is. The Fifty Fathoms Grande Date—one of the few new additions to Blancpain's contemporary dive watch range—has been equipped with the brand's signature instant-change large date complication, situated at 6 o'clock.
Happy anniversary: It's been 25 years since Chopard invented the joyful Happy Sport, and the brand's famous dancing diamonds are now commemorated in an alluring anniversary timepiece that flaunts a lovely mother-of-pearl dial. A new self-winding movement, Calibre 09.01-C is introduced to the collection, specially developed for daintier cases by the house manufacture. Four exquisite Métiers d'art versions were also created for the occasion, limited to just 25 pieces each: Happy Palm, Happy Fish, Happy Snowflakes, and Happy Sport Joaillerie.
Racing passion: On another note, 2018 marks 30 years since Chopard served as partner and official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia. A limited edition tribute is created in the form of the Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition, a COSC-certified, 44mm chronograph that fully embodies passion, style and precision.
Another record: Bulgari celebrates its 100th year in watchmaking in the best way possible—by claiming a new world record for the fourth year in a row with the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic, the world's slimmest self-winding watch. Measuring just 3.95mm thick (or thin, if you will), a sandblasted titanium case houses the mesmerising openworked skeleton movement with a tourbillon.
Lucea beauties: What do you get when two Bulgari signatures come together in one stunning collection? Enter the Lucea Tubogas, a masterful matrimony of the Maison's well-loved range and the iconic link bracelet. Other new Luceas worth adding to our wishlists include the glittering Lucea Mosaïque and a statement skeleton model.