Watch Report 2016
Clever StatementsThis 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
Design-centricThe 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
Color-scopeDior 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
All images courtesy of Baselworld