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Best of Baselworld 2017: New Watches From Blancpain, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Bulgari and more

Baselworld 2017 opening day.

New introductions at Baselworld this year tended to fit one of two categories. 1. Trends that reflect the times – and by “times” I mean an industry that is entering its third straight year of decline (see my story on that here) – with watches that are smaller, less complicated and more realistically designed and priced. And 2. Watches that reflect the fact that Baselworld is also about showmanship and haute horology, with high complications (like the Breguet Equation of Time) and metiers masterpieces (like the Dior VIII Grand Bal). Here are my top five men’s and top five ladies’ introductions for Baselworld 2017. Click on each link to find more pictures and detailed descriptions. Read more

Baselworld 2017: The Bulgari Serpenti Twist Your Time Lets You Have It Your Way

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Bulgari Serpenti Twist Your Time

Bulgari has found a way to give buyers 312 options in one timepiece. The company that has made horological history with the world’s smallest tourbillon and minute repeate, and introduced a ladies’ complications, including the Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon and the Lucea Moon Phase, has now created the ultimate fashion watch. The Serpenti Twist Your Time program literally lets you co-design a watch with Bulgari, and you even get to engrave your own name, in the font of your choice, on the caseback.

There are 312 possible variations.

Variations using different case, strap, dial, gemsetting and caseback engraving options add up to 312 possible variations. Bulgari has even developed an app to facilitate the selection process, so you can watch your watch being created on-screen and change your mind about the combination as many times as you want. The 27mm case can be steel or pink gold, with or without diamonds. Dials are black, red, green or white, in mother-of-pearl, sunburst guilloché or lacquer. Strap options include calfskin or exotic Karung (snakeskin) in several color choices – Karung in black, red, white, green or chestnut brown; calfskin in sapphire blue, agate white, ruby red, sandy beige, black or emerald green. Since they are double-wraparound style, the colored straps make a strong statement, and two of them are included with each watch. By the way, they are easily interchangeable, even by a tired journalist on the final day of Baselworld, which you can see here:

 

Bulgari has created an app for choosing your combination.

Bulgari Serpenti Twist Your Time

One of the options is to engrave the caseback with your name, in the font of your choice.

Bulgari Serpenti Twist Your Time.

The Serpenti Twist Your Time contains a quartz movement, and it is water resistant to 50 meters. The program is being rolled out in a select number of brand boutiques this year.