BaselWorld 2017 – My impressions and pictures Part 3

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.
BaselWorld 2017 impressions
Another great appearance at Les Ateliers was the Manufacture Royale with some gorgeous watches: ADN, Micromegas Revolution, Haute Voltige and the Flying Tourbillon Squelette. About Manufacture Royale will follow soon an article.
Manufacture Royale ADN
Manufacture Royale 1770 Micromegas Revolution
Manufacture Royale 1770 Flying Tourbillon Squelette
Manufacture Royale Androgyne
Manufacture Royale ADN

 

Manufacture Royale ADN

 

Manufacture Royale ADN

 

Manufacture Royale ADN

 

Manufacture Royale ADN

 

Manufacture Royale ADN

 

Manufacture Royale ADN

 

Manufacture Royale ADN

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.

Manufacture Royale ADN
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.
Haldimann H2 Flying Resonance
Leaving Les Ateliers, I admired the Haldimann H2 Flying Resonance in platinum – an absolute insane watch. Please visit the Haldimann Timepieces Website for more information.
Wondering around, I stopped for a moment at the Favre-Leuba to admire the Raider Collection.
Favre-Leuba

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.

Qlocktwo W
I continued to wonder around, without a sure destination, enjoying the beautiful constructions at BaselWorld.
BaselWorld 2017 Tag Heuer
BaselWorld 2017
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.
Dior Grand Bal Collection

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.

Dior Grand Bal Collection

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.

Jacob&Co Brilliant Skeleton

 

Jacob&Co Epic SF24

 

Jacob&Co Astronomia Jewelry Planet

 

About the Jacob&Co Astronomia Tourbillon, I wrote at the beginning of this year an article available HERE.

Jacob&Co Astronomia

 

Jacob&Co Astronomia Tourbillon

 

 

Jacob&Co Astronomia Tourbillon

 

Jacob&Co Astronomia Tourbillon

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.
Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

 

Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ
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.

 

AkriviA Tourbillon Chronographe Monopoussoir

 

Rexhep Rexhepi Patek Philippe apprentice

 

AkriviA Le Tourbillon Regulator

 

AkriviA Le Tourbillon Regulator

 

AkriviA Le Tourbillon Regulator
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.
AkriviA Le Tourbillon & Naomi Barokas
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.
Raúl Pagès Soberly Onyx

 

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.

 

Andersen Geneve Cabinet de Curiosites

 

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.

 

MingGuo hand made Tourbillon

 

MingGuo hand made Tourbillon

 

The Andreas Strehler’s Papillon watch is a beautiful interpretation of an Haute Horlogerie movement. Please visit The Andreas Strehler Website for more information.

 

Andreas Strehler Papillon

 

Andreas Strehler Sauterelle

 

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.

Masahiro Kikuno - Gyoushou

Masahiro Kikuno - Sakubou

 

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.

 

Konstantin Chaykin - The Joker

 

Konstantin Chaykin - Lunokhod

 

Konstantin Chaykin - Cinema

 

Konstantin Chaykin - Moscow Computus Clock
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.
Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

 

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

 

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

 

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

 

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

 

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph
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.
Andrei Kluska & Hajime Asaoka
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.

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