BaselWorld 2015: The Smart, the Blue and the Beautiful

 |  March 31st, 2015

We are officially back.Easily the biggest watch exhibition of the year, BaselWorld is a beast waiting to be tamed.This year we worked eight days straight from 8 am to 10 pm to cover the show. In fact, over the course of the eight days there, we saw nearly 100 watch brands — and saw dozens of timepieces from each brand. With visions of thousands of watches dancing in our heads, we endeavor to makes a little sense of it all and highlight some of the key trends and the key announcements. Trends: We saw jaw-dropping watches, innovative new technology and — best of all — friends and colleagues. There were some notable trends this year that included refreshingly affordable prices. Yes, there  were…

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Here’s to the Official Opening of BaselWorld 2015

 |  March 18th, 2015

If you are a watch lover you know that there is one exhibition in the world that is not to be missed: BaselWorld. What? You have never been? What are you waiting for? This is one of the few global exhibitions open to the public (for a small entry fee) and it is THE show to visit.  In short, it is the largest, most anticipated show of the year because thousands – yes, thousands – of watch and jewelry brands reveal their biggest secrets: pieces they have been working on for years.   In superb exhibition space with two- and three-story tall booths watches and jewelry sit side by side with incredible art and cultural exhibits that tell each brand’s…

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DOHA Jewelry and Watch Expo Happens this Week in Qatar

 |  February 22nd, 2015

Beginning this Tuesday and running until February 28, the Doha Jewellery and Watch Expo  is taking place in Qatar. We have attended this fair in the past, wherein we got to try on a 14-carat Harry Winston diamond ring, accompany a true watch collector on his receiving of an Opus watch from Harry Winston, and watch the unveiling of so many other watch and jewelry items. The Fair is not as large in scope of BaselWorld, but is as luxurious as the SIHH in Geneva and is extremely important for the Middle East Market. In attendance are a host of important independent companis, in addition to the big brands. From Rolex to Arnold & Son and a host of others, the…

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Introducing Greubel-Forsey’s 7th Invention and the QP Equation of Time ( SIHH 2015)

 |  January 21st, 2015

By Gordon Henderson Greubel Forsey is a brand we have covered a number of times here at A Timely Perspective and one of the things that continues to bring us back to the brand is not only its pursuit of horological innovation, but also the detail-obsessed manner in which they go about enhancing their pieces. Their latest invention is the  Computeur Mecanique and its application in the just-released QP Equation is going to be on the lips of many a horological nerd at SIHH. You need to know why. To fully appreciate Gruebel Forsey’s QP a Equation of Time, you need to understand one of its critical components and the brand’s 7th invention: Computeur Mechanique. Comprised of 25 parts and owning several patents,…

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A Retrospective of SIHH as it Celebrates 25 Years in 2015

 |  January 14th, 2015

Later this month, the Salon International d’la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) opens its doors to thousands of invited guests from around the world as  16 luxury brand exhibitors unveil their newest timepieces –watches destined to set the trend for the coming year in haute horology. This year marks the 25th edition of the exhibition, which first started in 1991. Interestingly enough, I was there. In fact, except for the year my daughter was born, I have been to every single SIHH and have watched the show morph, grow and become the luxury exhibition it is today. I remember when the announcement was made that Cartier was leaving the Basel Fair and participating in the new luxury show slated to make its debut in Geneva…

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