WHAT’S NEW & HOT AT BASELWORLD 2013

With Baselworld kicking off tomorrow, watch and jewelry exhibitors from across the globe are finalizing their itinerary for Basel, Switzerland. Among these professional purveyors of luxury is LuxeFoil™ President, Travis Ayers. As we make final preparations for our worldwide debut at the world’s biggest luxury watch and jewelry trade show, here’s what to keep an eye out for during this one-of-a-kind event:

  1. A new Baselworld: New building, new stands, and new brands. View the concept design here.
  2. More women-oriented items are scheduled to be showcased in both the jewelry and timepiece categories.
  3. Bracelet watches are to make a comeback. (CC: Chanel’s Premierè watch launch.)
  4.  De Grisogono will be presenting their main launch for 2013, ‘Sugar,’ a jewelry watch, and will also celebrate their 20th anniversary as a brand. As the name suggests, the design incorporates vibrant hues and an eye-popping design.
  5. Chopard will unveil “Superfast” models.
  6. Hermès is showcasing the Arceau Petite Lune moonphases timepiece.
  7. Eberhard will present the Chrono 4 Géant Full injection for men. This watch is limited to 500 pieces.
  8. Anniversaries to watch out for: Rolex and 50 years of the Daytona, Tag Heuer and 50 years of the Carrera model, Swatch’s 30th anniversary, Seiko’s 100th anniversary of its first watch, and Tissot’s 160th anniversary. You know what this means – anniversaries translate to new and commemorative models.
  9. A very epic-looking watch by Jacob & Co. is nothing short of extravagant; it is after all, named the “Epic SF 24.”
  10. Frédérique Constant will present its new “Classic Manufacture Worldtimer” 
  11. The ever-so-complicated Exoskeleton by Devon Tread 1.
  12. Christophe Claret will showcase its novelty, the Kantharos.
  13. Alpine Genève will launch a new “Sailing Yachttimer” with an in-house developed calibre.
  14. Arnold & Son have the world’s thinnest tourbillon.
  15. Maurice LaCroix has the Masterpiece Second Mystérieuse that indicates seconds on a linear display combining vertical and horizontal scales, read per 15 seconds. This watch creates the illusion of levitation.
  16. There are rumors that Rolex will be launching a new stainless steel model in a larger 42 mm stainless steel case and incorporate a black Cerachrome tachymeter bezel.
  17. Versace’s list of releases: Versus Soho Chronograph, Vanity Chrono watches, V-Race GMT Alarm Watch, Reve Chrono, Thea. 
  18. Omega has something to boast about with its Speedmaster, and they’ve got the “Ladymatic” collection with different dials and colors.
  19. Breguet will feature a Type XXII 10 Hz-chronograph with fly-back function that comes in a new red gold case.
  20. Rado has more to its “D-Star Ceramic Chronograph” collection.
  21. Divers, we’ve got great news for you: Meccaniche Veloci Watches will release a chrono driver!
  22. HYT unveils the H2.
  23. Girard-Perregaux has a limited edition of the Bi-Axial Tourbillon. 
  24. Louis Erard will unveil a Power Reserve dress watch.
  25. Expect to see Ferragamo’s new collection of Minuetto.
  26. Hamilton’s latest creation is the “Jazzmaster Face2Face.” 
  27. Zenith and Bell & Ross will be emphasizing on the pilot’s watches.
  28. According to Baselworld’s tweets, there will be 100,000 visitors and 3,000 journalists.
  29. LuxeFoil will be exhibiting for the first time, providing a collection of pure metals for all of these luxury watch brands and manufacturers. The collection can be previewed at Hall/Stand 2.0/K23.

(Source: The Jewellery Editor, World Tempus, Forbes, Gevril Group, The Watch Lounge, Watch Insider)