Four Significant Luxury Watches from Baselworld 2014

While new watches abound at Baselworld—the industry’s largest jewelry and watch show, which ran this year from March 27 through April 3—the collectors and retailers who attended did not necessarily have an easy time finding the next must-buy timepiece. As is often the case at the annual show, the novelties presented by many brands were largely composed of “new animations,” as the Swiss describe the line extensions that populate their new product offerings. Of the truly new products introduced in any given year, the majority are merely pretty. Only occasionally does a watch display the promise of changing the business of its maker. Out of the hundreds of watches shown at Baselworld 2014, only four caught our attention for not only being outstanding but offering us a deeper understanding of watchmaking in the year 2014. Details on those four watches are on the following pages. (www.baselworld.com)

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Photo by Didier Gourdon
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Photo by Vincent Wulveryck/Cartier
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