Record of the day
By tradition, Bulgari is the first to report its records in Basel at press conferences on the first day of the exhibition. After the thinnest serial tourbillon (2014) and the minute repeater (2016), the brand presented the most "graceful" automatic watch, the Octo Finissimo Automatic. The watch case is 5.15 mm thick and the caliber is only 2.23 mm thick, while the model has a relatively small diameter of 40 mm. The ultra-thin Caliber BVL 138 with a platinum micro-rotor is covered with the Côtes de Genève pattern. The monochromatic case and titanium bracelet give the watch an ultra-modern minimalist look. Another bonus is the pleasant price of 12 thousand Swiss francs.
1 of 2 Record-breaking watches Octo Finissimo © Bulgari Press Office Octo Finissimo Automatic © Bulgari Press Office
Collection of the Day: The Kiss of the Dragon, Carrera y Carrera
The Spanish jewelry house has presented a new collection The Kiss of the Dragon, continuing the theme of this mythical creature, which had already begun in Círculos de Fuego and has already become a corporate theme. It was based on the legend of the dragon, which turned any metal into precious metal with its fire. According to a myth similar to the eastern version of Beauty and the Beast, a beautiful princess came to the dragon to ask for fire. And he gave her fire in exchange for a kiss, but died because he fell in love, and love was fatal to him. The princess saved his fire.
The collection dedicated to this sad romantic story is divided into three lines. The first is “Dragon's Treasure” - miniature jewelry made of matte gold with weaving decor and central stones (quartz of different shades), clutched in claws. In the "Secret of the Dragon" part, the main element is a sculptural image of a dragon's head with a golden twisted cord clamped in its teeth. These are mainly voluminous large jewelry, the most figurative part of the collection. Dragon Passion, on the other hand, is the most conventional. Its motif is the thorns from the back of the dragon - this is how the precious stones used in bright jewelry with multicolored pavé are cut.
Party of the day
For the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, its watch partner for five years, the Hublot company, not only prepared new models (including the enchanting Techframe Ferrari), but also organized a grand gala evening. Yesterday there was a lot to see in the Baselworld congress hall. Almost between the tables in the gala dinner hall there were sports cars, and even a Formula 1 car.
© Ferrari press service
The evening was opened by Jean-Claude Biver, head of the LVMH watch department. “No tradition - no future, but no innovation - no future. Here, at the watch exhibition, the latter should be especially remembered, because sometimes it seems that many are only trying to maintain traditions. Emotions are no less important, without them nothing is possible. And the main emotion is love. This is exactly what Hublot and Ferrari have in common: we have tradition, innovation, love. And we believe that nothing is impossible! " Beaver said.
After an Italian-style dinner, during which several performances were staged, the concert began - and it was one of the main surprises: Depeche Mode appeared on the stage. The group gave the first private concert in its history. The musicians are friends of the brand, which is also a partner of their last few tours. Few are capable of such a scale, and Hublot is in this circle of the elite.>