The world’s premier watch and jewellery fair is attended by retailers and manufacturers from across the globe. The world’s leading brands use Baselworld to showcase their latest models, described by the Swiss as ‘novelties’. The team at Prestons spend the entire week of the fair selecting from the new products available, and sourcing new suppliers. The Prestons Baselworld 2015 brochures are available to download via our website, and are also available in all four stores.
Our first port of call is always the inspiring and impressive Rolex stand, it takes a convoy of 40 articulated lorries and 3 months to assemble. The new models included a striking version of the Yachtmaster in 18ct everose gold on a black Elastomer bracelet, in 40mm and 37mm diameters. Day Date 40, a refined and slightly scaled down version of the Day Date II which allows Rolex to showcase their new caliber ref 3255 which utilises patented new materials to help with increased time keeping and efficiency. Lady Datejust 28, introduced exclusively in precious metals and increasing the size of the introductory ladies watch by 2mm in diameter. These models will be showcased at our Baselworld events, to be held at Prestons in Wilmslow on Wednesday 3rd June and in Rolex at Prestons, Leeds on Thursday 4th June. The new models will be available from mid-summer onwards.
Following the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe in 2014, which was celebrated with some of the finest new references in recent years. The new collection which included the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref 5524G, inspired by pilot's watches from the 1930s which were instantly recognisable by their well defined and clearly legible dials. Annual Calendar Chronograph ref 5905P. A re-imagined version of its predecessor, 5960P, offering the same complication but in a larger 42mm case with a more elegant looking dial. Ladies Nautilus ref 7118/1A in stainless steel. A true steel ladies sports watch with automatic movement, inspired by the original gentleman’s watch that has been available for nearly 40 years.
In our opinion this is a superb new collection which cements Patek’s position as the world’s foremost watchmaker. These models and all the current collection are currently on display at the Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery until 7 June 2015, along with historical pieces from the museum and their artisan craftsmen are also demonstrating the techniques that make Patek Philippe handcrafted and unique.
First launched in 1946 by Hans Wilsdorf the founder of Rolex as a more affordable watch, it has become a significant watch brand in its own right with its own niche in the market place. You’ll find Tudor alongside Rolex in every Prestons store and this year’s highlights included the North Flag, which is a modern interpretation of it’s namesake from the early 1970s. Tudor have also taken the opportunity to supply the watch with their first ever in-house manufactured movement. Pelagos, which is Tudor’s professional divers watch, now has a blue dial option with equally striking matching bezel and also strap. Again, Tudor have taken the option to supply this watch with their new in-house calibre.
Thank you for taking the time to review the models from Rolex, Tudor and Patek Philippe. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.