Ahead of the start of Baselworld, the Eve’s Watch team share the brands and watches they are looking forward to seeing, as well as their insider tips for surviving the show

Larissa Trew, publisher of Eve’s Watch and co-founder of the Eve’s Watch Awards 

Brands I’m looking forward to seeing

Omega is always an interesting appointment. Its men’s watches have an almost obsessive fan base, and it’s easy to see why, but it invariably surprises with a women’s watch or two that tends to make its way onto my “Basel favourites” list.

And we hear that Oris is focusing its attentions on its women’s watches this year, which is something we can’t wait to see.

Finally, for my luxury fix, I love going to Bulgari. From the technical wizardry of its men’s pieces to the high-jewellery fabulousness of its women’s watches, it is such a wonderful brand (it’s no coincidence that it won Brand of the Year at the Eve’s Watch awards) that you come away feeling inspired.

Watches I can’t wait to try on

Hermes Cape Cod Nantucket

The new super-tiny Hermes Cape Cod Nantucket (above) on a double tour strap looks great in the images I’ve been sent and, although it was a launch from last year, I’m hoping Faberge will have its Lady Levity on hand as all our Eve’s Watch Awards judges raved about it so I’m hoping to see it in the flesh.

And after Swarovski’s Eve’s Watch Awards win for its Crystalline Hours, I’m intrigued to see what it will do next.

Insider tip

Rollasole shoes

Other than keep a pair of flats, like these from Rollasole, in your bag so you can change out of your heels the moment your last appointment ends, I’d say make sure you have some space in your diary to just have a wander around. It makes it a lot easier to spot trends and you’d be surprised how many new brands you discover.

Jane Trew, associate publisher of Eve’s Watch and co-founder of the Eve’s Watch Awards 

Brands I’m looking forward to seeing

At Baselworld, I love going to see Patek Philippe. It’s a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most beautifully made, and expensive, watches at the Fair and it is a brand that always has something really special on the women’s watch front. It has consistently led the field when it comes to women’s timepieces and I can’t wait to see what it will launch this year. And it’s the only stand I know of with its own postbox so you can send Patek postcards home.

Anyone who knows me well will not be surprised when I say I’m looking forward to seeing Nomos. It’s a brand that rarely puts a foot wrong and I’m excited to see what it will be launching this year.

After the success of Rado’s True Open Heart from last year (another Eve’s Watch award shortlistee), I’m really excited to see what it will be launching this year and Tudor’s been going from strength to strength over the last couple of year so that’s definitely going to be a high point.

Watches I can’t wait to try on

I’ve been fascinated with Fiona Kruger’s skull designs for ages now but never actually had a chance to try one on, so I’ll be heading over to see her and rectify that. Given my Nomos obsession, I’m very intrigued by its Club Campus, which is a new addition to the collection.

And I’m very excited about the new iterations of the Chanel Boy.Friend – I’ve heard rumours of a black version with a tweed strap, which sounds very chic indeed.

Insider tip

SUD Basel

Everyone will tell you to go for after-show drinks at Bar Rouge, which is at the top of the Ramada Plaza Hotel in the Messeplatz but, if you want to be a bit more adventurous, then just a 15-minute walk away is the far-cooler SUD.

This cocktail bar and music venue is based in the old Warteck Brewery Building and offers great drinks and seriously delicious tapas. It does also host “cultural events” so you might find yourself in the middle of a poetry slam but it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours.

Laura McCreddie-Doak, Eve’s Watch editor-at-large

Brands I’m looking forward to seeing

If Dior is just one tenth as amazing as it was last year when it launched the Kaleidiorscope, which, unsurprisingly, took home the award for Best Jewellery Watch at last year’s Eve’s Watch awards, then it will be worth the plane fare alone.

Chanel is always a moment of refinement in an otherwise-crazy few days. I’ve been lucky enough to have a preview of the new Premiere Camelia Skeleton but there will be other surprises there that I can’t wait to see and for eye-popping jaw-dropping amounts of precious stones you can’t beat Graff.

Watches I can’t wait to try on

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Mother of Pearl

From the pre-Basel information I’ve been sent, I really looking forward to seeing the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillion (above) in the metal. The trend for feminine complicated watches shows no signs of abating and this looks like it could be a really beautiful piece.

In complete contrast, Chopard’s latest addition to its Happy range, the Happy Ocean, looks like a fun take on a diver’s watch that would make the perfect addition to my summer watch wardrobe.

Insider tip

Restaurant Union Baselworld

Just 15 minutes walk from the Messeplatz at Klybeckstrasse 95 is Restaurant Union, which is basically Basel’s hipster burger joint.

There’s great cocktails, the bar area is all copper surfaces and moody lighting and the burgers are seriously good. The Japanese-inspired Teriyaki burger features lip-lickingly delicious teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayonnaise and, as it’s a bit of a walk from the Fair, you don’t get fleeced on prices.

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