Baselworld 2016: Six fashionable timepieces in our wishlist
Chanel Première Flying Tourbillon
Inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel's favourite flower, the camellia, Chanel Première Flying Tourbillon is a result of a close collaboration between the house and Swiss master watchmakers Renaud & Papi (APRP SA). The Première Flying Tourbillon performs one rotation per minute with the petals indicating the passing of the seconds and is produced in a limited edition of 12 pieces. This 18K white gold bracelet is set with 282 baguette-cut diamonds and 254 brilliant-cut diamonds, and is water-resistant to up to 30 metres. Fun fact: Each piece requires 23 hours of setting work and over one hundred hours of assembly work.
Bulgari Serpenti Incantati
Staying true to its roots and iconic symbol, Bulgari reinvents the Serpenti this year with the Serpenti Incantati—the snake wraps itself for the very first time around the case of a round watch as it frames an entirely skeleton-worked Manufacture tourbillon calibre, a distinct change from its previous wrist-coiling designs. The magnificent timepiece's mainplate and bridges are crafted in pink and white gold with straight-grained flanks and rims and sinks that are chamfered and polished. The Serpenti Incantati appears in the form of a dainty jewellery watch, gracing four variations: rubellite-set with a pink gold case and satin strap or a matching jewellery bracelet; or in a diamond-set white gold variation with a satin strap or matching jewellery bracelet—all in a 30mm size.
Dior La D de Dior Satine
Dior's 1970s-inspired range La D de Dior that was created in 2003 currently boasts a new couture range made of seven chic timepieces. The La D de Dior Satine's charm lies in its beautifully elegant straps that looks to the exquisity of satin ribbons—"a ribbon that tells the time," as quoted by Victoire de Castellane, creative director of Dior's fine jewellery. Featuring Milanese mesh straps made from steel, yellow and rose gold to evoke the sheen of a fabric made from metal, the hues also pay tribute to Monsieur Dior's favourite colours: gray, pink, and gold. All models come in a quartz movement with hours and minutes functions, and are available in 19mm and 25mm.
Salvatore Ferragamo introduces its new Ferragamo Time collection for both ladies and gentlemen, combining Swiss Made excellence with modern sophistication. Notable details of the timepieces include an arched case middle, a polished, rounded top ring (diamond-covered for the ladies version), and an octagonal crown decorated with black onyx. The men's model is driven by an automatic movement that can be seen through a glass case back, while the women's version includes a quartz movement.
Versace clearly wanted to coalesce its Spring/Summer 2016 designs with the tradition of watchmaking this year, presenting a chronograph with the same edgy attitude and energy of the house. Set in an IP yellow gold case with an interchangeable top ring, Versace V-Race's crown is embossed with the house's well-recognised Medusa icon. Available in either an IP yellow gold bracelet or straps emblazoned with urban jungle prints that were rife in the SS16 show, the Swiss-made movement displays the chronograph hours and minutes in the same counter at 6 o'clock on the dial, with the big date indicator at 12 o'clock. Other colours and materials of the timepiece include IP yellow gold, all-black, all-blue, all-bronze and bi-colour.
Hermès Slim d'Hermès
Hermès's recent debut of the Slim d'Hermès in 2015 has been updated this 2016 with a 39.5mm version for the ladies equipped with the H1950 ultra-thin movement and contemporary alligator straps in vivid hues, alongside a gemset version that includes 66 white diamonds and an opaline silvered dial. The men's model comes in new shades: slate grey dial and matching elephant grey alligator strap, and matte indigo strap complements the hue of the Slim d'Hermès midnight blue. The movement is revealed through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback, and its 2.6 mm calibre ensures a 42-hour power reserve.