Vianney Halter reading the Baselworld News wearing his Deep Space Tourbillon

Snapshots From Baselworld 2014

It is impossible to describe or exaggerate the sheer scale of Baselworld. Most of the halls are not only enormous, but contain even more brands, stands and booths you might think possible. There’s always something else around the corner, up the stairs or behind the door.

TAG Heuer V4 black

Got A Minute? Stéphane Linder, CEO of TAG Heuer

Stéphane Linder, former product director of TAG Heuer, was appointed CEO mid-2013.
Q&P: Do you have a favorite TAG Heuer complication?
SL: I have two favorites: the Monaco V4, which is a true breakthrough in watchmaking as it contains the first belt-driven movement in the world; it has a fantastic avant-garde design.

Dial of Margot in white gold by Christophe Claret

Christophe Claret In Bloom: Introducing Margot, His First Ladies Watch

Christened Margot, this magnificently complicated timepiece for the feminine wrist allows the wearer to play the whimsical petal-picking game “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not.”

Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon

Girard-Perregaux Presents Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges

At Baselworld, Girard-Perregaux presented the Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges, a relatively profound re-issue of an old favorite. While it retains the original codes and architecture of Constant Girard’s oeuvre, the major changes that have occurred – but which are not so obvious when taken individually – have to do with the shape of the bridges, the crystal, and the completely redesigned caliber.

De Bethune DB29 Maxi Chrono Tourbillon on the wrist

Two Very Different Chronographs Launch At Baselworld 2014: Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date And De Bethune DB29 Maxi Chrono Tourbillon

Two brand-new chronographs debuting here at Baselworld illustrate extreme sides of the coin: De Bethune’s manually wound DB29 Maxi Chrono Tourbillon and Glashütte Original’s Senator Chronograph Panorama Date.

Bremont MBIII

Bremont Introduces Much-Awaited Third Martin-Baker Watch, The MBIII

At Baselworld 2014, Bremont introduced the next incarnation: the MBIII. The new model goes a step further than its predecessor with the addition of a new GMT movement; however it still retains the distinct feel of the original.

The new Patek Philippe booth at Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Reveals New 2014 Baselworld Booth In Hall 1.0

Patek Philippe’s booth at Baselworld made for big news at both the 2013 and 2014 fairs: last year for not having been upgraded, and this year for being the only brand in Hall 1.0 to debut a brand-new, chic structure designed by a big-name architect.

Hermes Dressage L'heure masquée in red gold. Time "unveiled" (left) and veiled (right)

Hermès Presents Seriously Playful Springtime Watches At Baselworld 2014

Hermès’ introduced two exceptional timepieces at Baselworld 2014: a playfully complicated watch called Dressage L’heure masquée and Arceau Millefiori, which features an artisanal crystal dial made by Cristalleries Royales de Saint-Louis, an Hermès manufactory in Alsace, France.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Perpetual Calendar with skeletonized dial

Why We Love Baselworld: The Show That Never Ends

You’ll forgive me, but these days the show “season” seems to run pretty much year-round. SIHH in January and Basel in the spring, and then before you know it we’re into Watches and Wonders (Hong Kong), Salon QP (London), SIAR (Mexico) and Belle Montres (Paris).

Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph in red gold

Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph: The Day Everything Changed

Recently I found myself at a bit of a crossroads. Horologically I mean, as I was having trouble with a new discovery I had made. You see, I had just been slapped across the face by something entirely unexpected. Unexpected by me at least and I needed to come to terms with the fact that I may have been wrong if this new development was to be accepted as reality.

It turns out I was completely wrong.