Having returned from my first trip to BaselWorld earlier this month, I’m not exactly dying to see another watch or pair of diamond earrings. Having said that, my efforts were not in vain as I bring to you five of the freshest and most innovative designs that managed to catch my eye.
First let’s talk about Nanis Jewels:
From the exquisite countryside in Vicenza came Laura Bicego’s equally exquisite new collections that I simply cannot get enough of. Nanis Jewels celebrates all things Cachemire with their luxurious collection that includes some of the softest and most incredibly elegant pieces made up of golden droplets.
See the rest of their delightful collection here.
Gentlemen, looking for something timeless but modern? The finest craftsmanship but don’t want to spend a fortune? This quirky Dutch brand fuses the tradition and quality of the Fromanteel Clockswork clan with the freshest designs. A favourite has to be the 85 Rally collection which features smooth stainless steel cases matched with vibrant yellow and orange croco straps – perfect for welcoming the summer season with style!
Fellow Londoner, Peter Speake-Marin, took inspiration from early marine chronometers and has since created timeless pieces for both men and women. The Face to face Tourbillon limited edition piece combines a stunning skulled red or white gold Case with an 18K gold dial set with 8 diamonds- divine! If you don’t fall in love with their technically superior and aesthetically unique watches, you will definitely fall in love with the very charming Mr Speake-Marin.
Mother-daughter duo Margarita & Alyona Prykhodko dare you to delve into their Russian fairytale and release your inner devotshka (Russian for “little girl”) with their mesmerising Dancing Doll Collection. Each of their magnificent rings spins gently round in a hypnotic circle in a whirl of diamonds, rubies and sapphires.
This quintessentially British brand managed to stand out at BaselWorld, with a residency in the Palace (a tucked-away exhibition space), and a strikingly sporty display. One of the standouts was the Boeing 100 Limited Edition timepiece, finely crafted from aviation-grade Ti 6-4 titanium – which is usually reserved for aircraft. This somewhat understated yet exceptionally well-designed model should definitely be on the wrist of every mover and shaker – but hurry, there aren’t many around!
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