I can not continue my third part of my impressions at BaseWorld 2017 without a small recap of Part 1 and Part 2: it was my first visit in Basel and at Baselworld, without any plan or any meeting scheduled. I just wanted to improvise and have fun: I’ve met Daniel Nebel, Fiona Krüger, Stepan Sarpaneva, Grönefeld brothers and Kari Voutilainen – a lot of fun with great people.
The Manufacture Royale ADN is now my favourite timepiece from this independent watchmaker: the androgyne inspired case comes in stainless steel, black DLC steel, forged carbon and pink gold with forged carbon. The detail that I love most is the jumping disc – a technical solution that uses the entire main dial surfaces, focusing the view of the wearer at the important detail – the hour.
The new timepieces from Manufacture Royale deserve the entire attention, so please visit their Website. I would like to thank Pia from Manufacture Royale for her time and for showing me in detail the ADN collection.
Wondering around, I stopped for a moment at the Favre-Leuba to admire the Raider Collection.
Another interesting watch, that I know from some years and I wanted to see is the QLOCKTWO W – I had a pop-up store close to me but I failed every time to get there. I used the opportunity to make a wrist trial of the Qlocktwo W yellow gold – a 35mm x 35mm gold PVD watch with a black PVD mesh strap. It looks good on the wrist and the time telling mode is at least interesting. The watches have a starting price of 630 Euro going till 980 Euro. Please visit Qlocktwo Website for more information.
I continued to wonder around, without a sure destination, enjoying the beautiful constructions at BaselWorld.
The Dior Grand Bal Collection was presented in the “Dior” way – with beautiful miniature Bal gowns. I wrote about the Dior VIII Grand Bal Reine des Neiges a short article, available HERE.
For these images, I had the same problems as before: to much light or to less light and in reality the presentation windows were gorgeous. Bravo Dior for the idea. More information on Dior Website.
Soon I discovered the Jacob&Co booth and I was able to admire the astronomic timepieces. At the beginning, I was a little overwhelmed by the precious stones quantity, especially since I believe that diamonds&co are a girl’s best friend and not the best choice for a man. Still, some of the timepieces I would wear without hesitation.
About the Jacob&Co Astronomia Tourbillon, I wrote at the beginning of this year an article available HERE.
The end of my visit to Jacob&Co needed to be as beautiful as their timepieces so I photographed the beauties that you can not see in the catalogue and you can not take home with you – a selfie was the only solution. Please visit the Jacob&Co Website for more information.
To continue in the same high jewellery way, I visited briefly the Faberge windows with a promise to myself that I will write about the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph and the innovative calibre masterminded by Agenhor.
I searched further for my independent dreams and visited AkriviA to admire the newest creation: the AK-06 the first non-tourbillon wristwatch of AkriviA. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the luck to see it but I admired some older pieces.
I would like to thank Naomi for showing me the collection and for her time. Please visit the AkriviA Website for more information. Until I write about AkriviA you can have a look at Hodinkee’s article about them.
The time was running fast and I hurried to meet other independent creators. My target was for the moment the AHCI.
Raúl Pagès is one of the newest AHCI members and his Soberly Onyx watch is just great: 18k white gold case with an exceptionally decorated movement based on a Cyma caliber and a gorgeous black onyx dial. Please visit his Website for more information.
The Andersen Geneve Cabinet de Curiosites (Eros watches) is a funny collection with Automaton movements. Please visit the Andersen Watches Website for more details about these watches.
A lovely surprise was to meet here some AHCI aspirants. One of them, Michael from Guoming watches with some very interesting and huge tourbillons. He was the student of the Swiss independent watchmaker Frank Jutzi.
The Andreas Strehler’s Papillon watch is a beautiful interpretation of an Haute Horlogerie movement. Please visit The Andreas Strehler Website for more information.
Masahiro Kikuno’s watches are a mixture of Japanese art and Haute Horlogerie. His watches are something special – the cultural differences between Japan and Swiss are visible in his interpretation of timepieces. Please visit his Website for more information.
One of the AHCI members that also has his own interpretation of watches is Konstantin Chaykin and his last creation – the Joker is one of the funniest watches out there. All his watches are spectacular and deserve at least a visit to his Website.
Another far east member of AHCI is Hajime Asaoka – an independent watchmaker who takes on every part of the watchmaking process himself. As any independent watchmaker, he is a great guy, fun to talk to and we had a great time. His latest timepiece is a Chronograph – a stunning timepiece.
His watches are a proof of the perfection achieved in the classic watchmaking. Please visit his Website or follow him on Facebook – where you can see some other interesting things since Hajime is also a passionate photographer.
I will end the third part of BaselWorld 2017 impressions with a selfie with Hajime and I would like to thank him this way for his time and for the lovely conversation.
In case you missed the first two parts of my review you can read them here: Part 1 and Part 2. My next and last part will focus mainly on a special event I’ve attended.