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Jul 11, 2017

Both the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva and the Baselworld exhibition in Basel deliver an opportunity to view what is coming down the road for watch fans. With hundreds of new timepieces vying for attention, Melissa Swesey cuts through the horological overload to highlight the shows’ most covetable new watches — […]

Ben Bridge Jeweler

Both the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva and the Baselworld exhibition in Basel deliver an opportunity to view what is coming down the road for watch fans. With hundreds of new timepieces vying for attention, Melissa Swesey cuts through the horological overload to highlight the shows’ most covetable new watches — soon to come to a Ben Bridge near you.

Cartier Drive de Cartier Moon Phase
Cartier Drive de Cartier Moon Phase

Cartier launched their new collection, Drive de Cartier, at last year’s SIHH, with a handsome cushion-shaped case on a leather strap. This year, the Drive de Cartier collection features an elegant new moon phase complication.”

Rolex Sea-Dweller
Rolex Sea Dweller

“This year, Rolex introduced its 50th anniversary version of the Sea-Dweller at the Basel show. Any time Rolex does an anniversary piece, it tends to be a big winner. A bold red Sea-Dweller logo across the dial adds a pop of color to such a classic-looking timepiece. Also, for the first time, Rolex includes its signature Cyclops magnifying lens over the date window.”

Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Blue and Red
Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Blue

“Hublot’s edgy, fun designs always raise the bar. And the new Big Bang Unico Sapphire watches, with color, are no exception. Hublot used a process on the sapphire crystal to change the case from clear or black to both red and blue.”

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45

TAG Heuer‘s innovative work with tech companies like Google and Intel gave birth to the second version of its connected watch in Basel. The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is perfect for anyone looking to have a customizable smartwatch. The modularity allows the purchases to choose exactly how they want their watch to look.”

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5320G
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5320G

Patek Philippe always has breathtaking products, but this year, one piece stood out to me in Basel. They made a contemporary-vintage perpetual calendar piece, inspired by models from the 1940s and 1950s. The new Ref. 5320G has a cream lacquer dial and a Calatrava-esque case. It is a showstopper.”

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