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These five gorgeous watches stood out in a show filled with stunning timepieces
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This year’s Baselworld watch and jewelry trade fair (March 21-26) saw some of the world’s elite brands, from Rolex to Gucci, show off their intricate diamond-studded watches. Of the dozens of watches shown there were several show-stealers. Here are five of them:


Graff Yellow Diamond Watches


Graff has presented three gorgeous watches in Baselworld, each paved with Fancy Vivid yellow diamonds set by hand and polished by hand. The diamonds are set on a yellow gold case, bracelet and dial. The bracelet is flexible – a technology that Graff has perfected in the last few years. The impressive pieces were created by Graff’s London atelier in conjunction with Graff’s Swiss watchmaking team.


The Round Graff Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond watch, for instance, features 211 diamonds weighing 59.25 carats. The Graff Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Watch, which has an oval dial, has “only” 60 diamonds weighing a total 25.85 carats.




Hautlence HL Sphere


Hautlence presented its newly crafted HL Sphere, “the first wristwatch with a spherical hours display paired with our signature retrograde minutes indication”, according to the company.


The innovative hour display is set on a rotating globe. The engraved numerals are set on a sphere made of two halves. As the sphere is only anchored on one side, it seems as if it floating in the case. The watch is set in 18k white gold.



MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT


World-famous Swiss watch brand Maximilian Busser and Friends (MB&F) launched its first MB&F timepiece for women at Baselworld. It’s fully set with diamonds and according to Forbes, comes with a price tag to match – $300,000. The Legacy Machine FlyingT is a three-dimensional piece featuring a round case in white gold, “a steeply cambered bezel and slender, elongated lugs”, according to the company. It has a high convex dome of sapphire crystal that rises from the bezel. Beneath the dome there is a curved dial plate, “liquidly black with layers of stretched lacquer or glittering with blazing white diamonds”.


The watch launches in three editions, all in white gold and set with diamonds: black lacquer dial plate with case set with brilliant-cut diamonds; dial plate and case both fully set with brilliant-cut diamonds; and dial plate and case both fully set with baguette-cut diamonds.



Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II


The newest addition to the Sang Bleu and Hublot collaboration was launched at this year’s Baselworld. The new titanium piece is limited (only 200 pieces were made) and features a three-level dial. Designed in a horological expression of a tattoo, the hands represent two elongated diamonds and an arrow. It also has a gold edition that costs $40,000, while the non-gold version can be purchased for $27,400.



Zenith Defy Inventor


Zenith is marketing its new watch as having “the regulating organ of the future”. The Defy Inventor is a chunky timepiece that features an oscillating plate that replaces the balance wheel, the balance spring and the lever, making it possible for Zenith to brag about the fact that it managed to downsize the watch “from 30 components to just one”. Only 100 pieces were made of this watch, which took several years of research to develop.


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