The following designers and collections are just a couple of highlights from the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery show. If you’re present at the show, do yourself a favor and check out these lines. I’ll list a few more collections that caught my eye tomorrow.
FR Hueb. Bezel-set, trillion-cut stones from the Toujour collection pave pieces like pebbles on garden pathways, with tiny diamonds punctuating edges. A variety of gem stones are used, from citrine to sapphire (designs in white topaz look like accessories for angels). Toujour was made to celebrate the company’s 20-year anniversary as well as serve as an homage to its popular Mosaic collection. Toujour is special because inexpensive stones like topaz, and lower-quality grades of costlier ones such as ruby, are cut into uncommon and elegant shapes that give them an impressive look for a petite price. If you stop by, ask for co-owner Cristina Abdala. Hall 2.1 M02
Voila. This watch brand is new to Baselworld as of 2002. Many of its watches are brightly colored, some have magnetic bands (no clasp at all), and others have whimsically shaped faces like stars in its new Superstar collection. The pieces are made in Switzerland, and the company is headquartered in Hong Kong. “These watches are about individual personality, not telling time,” says Serena Khemlani, director. “Each has a wow factor.” Hall 2.0 H80