Executive Editor Charmaine Ho soldiers through a hectic day with highlights from Ole Lynggaard, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, TAG Heuer, Blancpain, Harry Winston, Rado and Chopard.
- As our motto goes: Always start the day with beautiful things. So it was off to Ole Lynggaard we went, to look at the Danish jewellery brand’s 2018 offerings. Here, we have new Wild Rose brooch designs that showcase the brand’s signature hand-etched surfaces.
As its name implies, these new nylon bracelets are designed to accompany you through every facet of your Life – be it while surfing the waves or hiking through the mountain tops. Hand-knotted with a vibrant choice of colours, you won’t have to take these off for any occasion.
Bvlgari’s celebrates its 100th year in jewellery watchmaking with the Diva Finissima Minute Repeater. Equipped with the world’s thinnest Minute Repeater movement (first introduced in the Octo line two years ago), the diamond-studded marvel bears a Urushi lacquer dial.
Bvlgari takes a more subtle approach to its beloved Serpenti. A new tri-coloured graduated gold band refreshes the collection, which offers a different tone of gold with each coil on the wrist.
Standing top from within Bvlgari’s impressive 2018 lineup is the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic that shatters three world records at one go: The world’s thinnest automatic watch, thinnest automatic tourbillon, and thinnest tourbillon.
With new directions set by Raf Simons, fans of Calvin Klein can expect an even more directional push for its watches and jewellery to take its lead from the runway. Here, we have the brand’s signature Minimal range, updated with mesh patterned bezels for a different look.
Athleisure strips on watches and broad leather cuffs can be found in the Rebel collection.
Modern shapes and streamlined silhouettes make the Brilliant collection perfect for stacking.
TAG Heuer goes full throttle with the Aquaracer Lady’s first-ever automatic model. Just like the Carrera, the Aquaracer Lady Automatic 32mm now comes equipped with the Caliber 9 movement and is available in a black or white deck-patterned dial option.
The Formula 1 Ladies collection has also been refreshed with an interchangeable strap system that allows you to keep your watch game on par with that of your wardrobe.
To celebrate the 55th anniversary of its Carrera collection, TAG Heuer has released two new editions into the line: The new Carrera Chronograph GMT equipped with the automatic Heuer 02 (the brand’s first GMT integrated manufacture movement); and the 155-piece limited edition Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer that has been Tête de Vipère certified. To date, less than 500 watches bear this certification, which is a testament to a watch’s superb excellence and precision.
The Monaco is George Bamford’s favourite TAG Heuer watch. So it comes as no surprise that the authorised “customiser” of LVMH’s Watch Division, Bamford Watch Department, would chose the the square faced watch for its first official collaboration. A carbon case paired with aqua blue elements and a precise eye for details make this a standout number.
Blancpain dives deep into its Fifty Fanthoms collection with a host of new editions including the Automatic Grand Date and Annual Calendar models joining the retro Bathyscape Jour Date ‘70 shown here.
For ladies, Blancpain has four new executions of its Quantième Phases de Lune (including this red gold number above), and the annual Valentine’s Day edition released earlier in the year.
Another highlight? The Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde that pairs a flying tourbillon with a jumping hours and retrograde minutes on a gentlemanly grand feu enamel dial.
Look to the stars with Harry Winston’s two new Premier Moon Phase watches that bear glimmering mother-of-pearl moon discs on sparkling aventurine glass dials in two colours.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Ocean collection, Harry Winston has released five new models – four of which are dedicated to ladies. The star of the collection is the Ocean 20th Anniversary Biretrograde Automatic 36mm, which uses diamonds and blue Paraiba tourmalines to accent its technical functions.
For gemstone lovers, Harry Winston has the 77-piece limited edition Premier Candy Automatic, which sees 244 diamonds, Paraiba tourmalines, tsavorites, spessartites, sapphires and red spinels snow-set on its 31mm frame.
Diamonds and gems are not the only things Harry Winston has to offer. Its innovative Project Z returns for its 12th edition in a architectural, concentric design with biretrograde hours and minutes, and date display running around the dial’s edge.
Rado takes its booth decor up a notch with a vertical garden that promises to inspire #plantgang envy. Yet, the wall serves more than just a decorative function. It also signals the brand’s collaboration with Grandi Giardini Italiano on its True Thinline watches.
Rado’s collaboration with Grandi Giardini Italiano (an organisation devoted to the heritage of Italian gardens) sees three new nature-inspired watches being added to its True Thinline collection: Sparkling brown for the earth, shimmering blue for water and vibrant green for nature.
As for it’s ever popular HyperChrome, Rado has aerated its mix with the pairing of bronze and ceramic for its HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph.
It’s a very big year for Chopard, who kickstarted the watch and jewellery show with an impressive announcement that all its products will be made with 100% ethical gold from July 2018. Here, we have the Happy Snowflakes, one of four Métiers d’Art watches that was created to celebrate the Happy Sport collection’s 25th anniversary.
Also marking the 25th year Happy Sport milestone is a new in-house automatic movement, the 09.01-C, that was developed exclusively for the 30mm watch cases.
This year also sees Chopard marking 30 years since it first partnered up with classic and vintage car race, Mille Miglia. The new Mille Miglia Racing Colours collection commemorates the occasion with five hues: Red for the Italians, green for the British, silver for the Germans, yellow for the Belgians and blue for the French.