Our Favorite Timepieces from Baselworld 2018

By Roberta Naas | May 2, 2018 | Watches & Jewelry

This quartet was among the incredible timepieces debuted at Baselworld 2018. Take your pick for one remarkable wrist reward.

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FEU Breguet remains true to its roots with this watch. The founder of the brand, Abraham-Louis Breguet, was the inventor of the tourbillon (an escapement that compensates for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity); displaying the tourbillon in all its glory via an aperture in the handpainted Grand Feu enamel dial pays homage to that history. The watch features a patented highenergy barrel that endows it with 80 hours of power reserve. $147,500, Liljenquist & Beckstead, Tysons Galleria; breguet.com

Hublot is the official timekeeper of this summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup, and in honor of that, the brand unveiled this—the official watch of FIFA. It is limited to 2,018 pieces and crafted in a titanium 49 mm case. The smart portion of the watch was developed for soccer fans, with 32 different dials in the colors of each qualified nation and displays vital game statistics during tournament play. $5,200, Liljenquist & Beckstead, Tysons Galleria; hublot.com

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Happy Sport collection, Chopard unveiled a range of new watches powered by the brand’s in-house self-winding movement. Offered in three colors, each watch sports an iridescent, textured, pastel mother-of-pearl dial. The collection offers timepieces with or without a diamond-set bezel and glareproofed sapphire crystal, and each is finished with a color-coordinated alligator leather strap. From top: Pink with two-tone metal, $7,790, blue in steel with diamond bezel, $13,600, and white in rose gold, $13,000, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria; chopard.com

Swiss maker Frederique Constant takes a huge leap into the smart watch arena with this new hybrid. Offered in several different renditions and case materials, the 42 mm watch combines traditional horological and smart-watch features. It relies on a connected counter subdial at 12 o’clock that offers activity tracking and more. $3,795, Tiny Jewel Box; frederiqueconstant.com



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