There’s a reason the watch and jewellery show at Basel gets to put the word ‘world’ in its title. It really is the beating heart of the watch industry. It is rumoured that around 150,000 people descended upon this relatively small Swiss town to see around 1,500 exhibitors, which represents around 95% of the Swiss watch industry. See, we you told it was called BaselWorld for a reason.
As you can imagine, it’s taken a little while for the Eve’s Watch team to rest their tired limbs and sort out their mountain of press kits to work out exactly what we think you’ll be wanting to splash your cash on when these fabulous watches hit the shops.
Those of you who were never sold on the boyfriend trend can raise a glass because cocktail watches are back, and this time, the really interesting thing is that this new crop combines brains and beauty; namely they look good and they’re automatic.
First up is the stunning Lvcea (pronounced Lucia) collection from Bulgari. There are so many things to love about this collection, from the strong yet tactile bracelet to the subtle use of stones. There are a few iterations to choose from but we think this black dial and two-tone bracelet version stands out.
Equally as fabulous but in a more restrained way is the reissued Reflet from Boucheron. This design was a 1980s icon and this slightly larger model is ideal for those wanting to do cocktail with a boyfriend edge.
Breguet might not be familiar to a lot of you but this gorgeous watch from the Reine de Naples collection should get you giving it a second look. Called the Reine de Naples Princess, its silvered and anthracite-coloured 18ct gold dial has a delicious iridescence that looks even better in the flesh.
From delicate dove shades to rather severe mattes, grey was everywhere this year. Dior gets particular mention for championing this trend. Apparently Christian Dior thought grey was the “most elegant neutral colour” and the House’s current collection certainly takes that on board.
Its Dior VIII Montaigne has a model with bluey-grey brushed dial that looks incredible when combined with a diamond-set bezel.
Graff, which popped its Basel cherry this year, got in on this trend by using grey mother-of-pearl inlays on its dial to stunning effect.
However, if you want to tap into this trend without a Graff-style price tag, then look no further than Ice-Watch. Usually associated with colours so vibrant they need a health and safety warning, this year Ice-Watch has launched a collection in more muted hues, including one in a soft sludgy grey-brown shade. The perfect accessory for A/W’s forest-inspired hues.
Grey may have been the colour of choice for many brands, but there were also plenty at Basel that were jazzing up their vitrines with some seriously bright shades.
Leading the pack was Gc who obviously couldn’t decide what colour to plump for this season and so went with all of them. Its Rainbow Python version of its Diver is brilliant, bonkers and surprisingly wearable.
No less striking but a little more sophisticated was Hermes’s Cape Cod, which this year it decided to introduce a silver case to its collection. The added luminescence from the silver was contrasted beautifully with a vibrant orange strap.
However, if being at the cutting edge of all the latest trends is more your thing then look no further than hipster Detroit-based brand Shinola. Its Runwell women’s watches come in a plethora of colours, but we’ve got our hearts set on this green dial and strap combination. It’s fat or sick or whatever the cool kids are saying nowadays…
Want to see more watch trends for 2014? Be dazzled by our pick of ladies watches launched at the exclusive SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie).