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Time is Chic With These Baselworld Beauties

By Eliza Jordan

April 10, 2015

Gone are the days where watches served the purpose of just telling time. Now, they tell much more—a love story, a memory, or a new idea. This batch of Baselworld beauties is rebelling against the clunky timepiece and is in full support of something chic and sleek.

Dior stole the spotlight with Grand Soir N°28 Origami—a 33mm automatic, white gold stunner. This one-of-a-kind piece first catches your eye with its circular case. The bezel is set with 60 triangle-cut tsavorite garnets, as are the horns, and the crown is set with rose-cut diamonds. Its back, a sapphire crystal and mother-of-pearl combination complement its dial, set with 12 delicate triangle-cut aquamarines. The faceted hour and minute hands pop in yellow gold, shining against a pearlescent background.

Rolex, brought forth Cellini Time for us to take in. This 18-carat everose gold piece draws attention to its soothing pink, sunray finish dial, surrounded by 62 diamonds on its 18-carat yellow gold bezel. With a domed, sapphire crystal case, it is easy to focus on how the 18-carat pink gold hands and hour markers stand out. Sealed with a 48-hour power reserve, this model is held by a semi-matte black alligator leather strap, and buckled with an 18-carat everose gold clasp.

A new timepiece from Glashütte’s Pano Collection makes its way into the limelight—PanoMaticLunar in a matte black and red gold. The watch displays a moon phase, presenting a silver sky backdrop, with brilliant starts, and a striking, golden half-moon. 47 jewels are encompassed in this 42-hour power reserve piece, and 21-carat gold screws hold its body together quite nicely.

Jaquet Droz pays tribute to their 18th-century beauty, The Independent Seconds, and revisits it in a revised version, with the Grande Second Deadbeat watch. Its clean, circular face shines in striking white, as gold minute and hour hands tick past one another in a series of three time-tellers. Simple and sophisticated, this piece is sure to keep you on track—and definitely on time.

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