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Watch Report 2016 The horology pundits have all agreed. Baselworld 2016, recently held in Switzerland, has exceeded everyone’s expectations with timepieces that highlighted clever watchmaking, strong design and punchy colors.

Clever Statements

This year it was hard to get away from the smart watch category. Michael Kors Access smartwatch, a fashion focused piece, syncs to either an iPhone or Android smartphone with the watch through a partnership with Google. Tag Heuer’s Carrera Connected Watch, collaboration with Google and Intel, features an approach that melds analog with wearable technologies. Bulgari unveiled plans for Diagono Magn@sium timepiece, which offers contactless payment option, in collaboration with MasterCard and WISeKey, for purchasing ease.

 From left: Michael Kors, Tag Heuer, Bulgari
From left: Michael Kors, Tag Heuer, Bulgari

Design-centric

The biggest buzz announcement, courtesy of Rolex, catered around a crowd-favorite. The brand’s beloved Daytona watch is now available with black or white Cerachrom, aka ceramic, bezel. The skinny on Bulgari is the unveiling of its ultra-thin Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, which packs a punch inside of its astounding 3.12mm thinness. On the other side of the spectrum, Bulgari’s LVCEA build with emeralds and diamonds, is as big as it gets for a statement piece. Chanel’s Boy-Friend watch is a study in understated elegance, where the simple design speaks volumes.

 From left: Rolex, Bulgari, Chanel
From left: Rolex, Bulgari, Chanel

Color-scope

Dior Grand Soir Unique Kaléidiorscope N°5 watch showcases exceptional use of precious stones and materials composed in an eye-catching and colorful geometric design. A collaboration between Fendi and jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez yielded The Policromia watch, a bold and fun 3-D effect piece. A light and fun Gucci G Frame is a shoe-in for “the watch every lady will want” for the brand’s signature colors and double-wrap band.

 From left: Fendi, Gucci, Dior
From left: Fendi, Gucci, Dior
All images courtesy of Baselworld

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