Fortis Descending on Basel 2015

Fortis Basel 2015 Preview

by Adrian Herscovici  

Fortis WatchesOn March 19 the who’s who of the watch industry will gather in the medieval city of Basel, Switzerland to begin the annual eight-day odyssey known as Baselworld, the world’s biggest and most important watch and jewelry fair.

One company that exhibits annually in Basel is Fortis, a brand with an even longer history than the fair itself, having opened its factory doors in nearby Grenchen, Switzerland in 1912. Fortis first raised eyebrows in Basel in 1926 when it introduced the Harwood – the first automatic watch. Fortis remains a leader in innovation with an unwavering desire to conquer new frontiers – including space – where Fortis watches have dominated for more than 20 years and 100,000 earth orbits.

In Basel, Fortis sets up in a private suite at the Basel Dorint Hotel, adjacent to the main Baselworld pavilion*, where it hosts its valued partners and guests. Visitors to the suite this year will handle a host of Fortis watches including two new timepiece collections.

Fortis Tycoon – Basel 2015

The first is the Tycoon, a watch in the Terrestis collection, which pays homage to Fortis watches of the 1930s and ’40s with its slim case, domed crystal and straightforward functionality. While the look is vintage, Tycoon watches are light-years ahead of their predecessors in terms of movement technology – each watch is equipped with a Swiss made ETA movement. The Tycoon represents the best of vintage style with the best of modern engineering.

The Tycoon also exudes the brand’s DNA. “We give the adventure-seeking gentleman an instrument suitable for every event, from the racetrack to a black-tie party,” says Fortis CEO Maximilian Spitzy.

Fortis 903.21.12 Tycoon Fortis 904.21.11 Tycoon
Fortis 903.21.12 Tycoon Three Hand Fortis 904.21.11 Tycoon Chronograph
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Fortis Aeromaster – Basel 2015

The second collection being introduced at Baselworld this year is the Fortis Aeromaster in either “Dawn” or “Dusk” versions. These models of the Aeromaster have all the characteristics of classic Fortis pilots’ watches including the large sword hands, large luminous markers and Swiss made automatic ETA movements. But unlike other Fortis pilots’ chronographs, the Aeromaster Dawn and Aeromaster Dusk have original looks, with sunray patterns on brown dials as well as a mix of red and beige elements.

Fortis 6551018 Aeromaster Dawn Fortis 6561898 M Aeromaster Dusk
Fortis 6551018 Aeromaster Dawn Fortis 6561898 M Aeromaster Dusk
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Visitors to Baselworld are invited to preview the new Fortis timepiece collections from March 19–25 at the Basel Dorint Hotel.

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*The Fortis Basel Dorint Hotel exhibit is not affiliated in any way with Baselworld 2015.

Just Cavalli Watches Adored at Baselworld 2014

Just Cavalli at Baselworld 2014


Article by John Sealander  
Photography by Boris Pjanic  

Just Cavalli continues to reinterpret Cavalli style and seasonal
trends with youthfulness and originality at Baselworld 2014.

Just Cavalli WatchesFor 42 years, the annual Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show has been the place where the watch and jewelry industry learns about innovative products, fashion forward styles, and emerging trends. This is where Just Cavalli Watches showcases its unique approach to youthfulness and originality. Using the colors, leathers, and fabrics from the latest Cavalli Collections, the brand has become a reference point for a new generation who infuse their lives with the positive energy expressed by Just Cavalli’s fashion forward contemporary timepiece designs.

New at Baselworld 2014 was the fabulously feminine Just Solo Collection, the all-new Spire Collection with its iconic interpretation of the Just Cavalli snake emblem, and the decidedly masculine Just Iron Collection.

The diminutive 30 mm ladies Just Solo features an elegant dial with zebra patterned or snake scale details and a glittering bezel encrusted with sparkling crystals. The iconic 40 mm Spire reinterprets the iconic Just Cavalli snake and adds a luxurious dial with diamond dust or mother-of-pearl details.

Just Cavalli did not forget about the men in 2014, introducing the big, bold and decidedly masculine Just Iron Collection. Available in chronograph and three-hand configurations, these oversize 44 mm creations have a contemporary, urban vibe that Just Cavalli’s young, international customers are looking for.

Also featured at Just Cavalli’s Baselworld booth was the popular Just Dream Collection with its colorful and captivating feminine styles, along with the refined Luminal Collection with its unique enamel and crystal dials, conveying a spirit of lightness and luminosity.

Just Cavalli’s Baselworld booth was a popular destination for the 150,000 visitors and international press that attended at this annual showcase of fine jewelry and luxury watches. If you’d like to see what Just Cavalli’s Baselworld excitement was all about, make sure to contact your nearest authorized Just Cavalli watch dealer immediately and ask to see this year’s latest styles.

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Hush Puppies Keeps it Cool at Baselworld 2014

Hush Puppies at Baselworld 2014


Article by John Sealander  
Photography by Boris Pjanic  

Hush Puppies Takes a Casual Approach to Time at Baselworld 2014

Hush Puppies WatchesThe glamorous Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show in Basel, Switzerland is not typically described as casual. For 42 years, this glittering and extravagant international trade fair has been known for its star studded parties and over-the-top timepieces. Hush Puppies Watches took a different approach in 2014. This popular and well-respected brand created the world’s first casual shoe and is known today in over 140 countries as a leading casual lifestyle provider. Now, it has become a leading manufacturer of casual fashion watches as well.

It’s not surprising that Hush Puppies Watches took a casual approach to telling their unique story at this year’s Baselworld fair. Ever since the company launched their first timepiece collection in 2002, Hush Puppies have been bringing the brand’s relaxed, casual, stylish, classic, and confident attributes straight to your wrist. This powerful mix of vintage styling and casual comfort has turned Hush Puppies Watches into one of the world’s leading casual & fashion watch brands.

This year Hush Puppies celebrated its casual roots with exciting new additions to their popular Signature, Orbz and Freestyle Collections. This year’s new line extensions showcased Hush Puppies trademark blend of vintage styling and casual comfort with exciting new models for both men and women.

Like their famous footwear that forever changed the world of fashion in 1958, Hush Puppies watches never go out of style. The Hush Puppies Baselworld booth was a huge success, showing thousands of fashion forward visitors that this casual favorite still knows how to make time stand still with a huge collection of classically styled fashion watches for both men and women. If you’d like to see how Hush Puppies casual approach to time looks like on your own wrist, just look for your nearest authorized Hush Puppies retailer and ask to see the latest Signature, Orbz, Freestyle and 1958 timepiece designs.

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Louis Erard Watches Astound Baselworld 2014

Louis Erard at Baselworld 2014


Article by John Sealander  
Photography by Boris Pjanic  

Louis Erard Celebrates its Heritage with
A New Vintage Vibe at Baselworld 2014

Louis Erard WatchesThe annual Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show can have a huge influence on the success of any watch brand. With estimates that 80 percent of global watch and jewelry sales are generated at Baselworld, success at this influential trade fair can be critical for a small company like Louis Erard.

With the 42nd annual Baselworld Fair already a memory in the eyes of visitors, it is abundantly clear that Louis Erard dazzled the watch industry again. The stunningly beautiful Louis Erard booth was well attended, and visitors were delighted to learn that the 83-year-old brand was continuing their policy of manufacturing high quality luxury watches at a reasonable price.

New for 2014 were several superb all-mechanical 500-piece limited edition timepieces and more of the brand’s first quartz watch collection. Notable at Baselworld were several exciting new additions to Louis Erard’s nostalgic 1931 Collection. Each of these vintage designs has been strictly limited to 500 pieces worldwide and comes in a special presentation box.

The 1931 Vintage Small Seconds 66 226 AA 01 features a beautiful silver-tone dial with a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock and easy-to-read date window at 3 o’clock. A premium Sellita SW-290 automatic movement powers the handcrafted watch, which includes an exhibition back to view the decorated oscillating weight and individual edition numbers from 1 to 500. This 40 mm stainless steel timepiece has been equipped with a beautiful black leather strap with cream topstitching.

The 1931 Vintage Chronograph 78 225 AA 01 continues the vintage vibe with a fabulous silver-toned chronograph dial that provides the perfect contrast for the traditional blued steel hands. The 42.5 mm chronograph features 12-hour and 30-minute totalizers, along with a free running small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock. A Swiss made ETA 7750 Valjoux automatic movement powers this superb vintage inspired chronograph watch.

The superb new 42 mm Men’s Moon Phase caught visitor’s attention with a central pointer-style hand to indicate the day of the month on a chapter ring scale. The watch features a beautiful moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock and even comes with a set of matching moon phase cufflinks. Powered by an ETA 2824 automatic movement, coupled with a Dubois Dépraz 9000 module for the moon phase complication, this special edition timepiece is the embodiment of Louis Erard’s commitment to craftsmanship and traditional values.

Other new Baselworld introductions included a beautiful 40 mm Open Heart model powered by a Soprod SOP A10BV-2 automatic movement, and a hand-wound 40 mm Regulator Power Reserve model powered by a ETA 7001 RE movement with an in-house power reserve complication.

The star of the show was a spectacular 42 mm 18K pink gold moon phase chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers and a moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock. The lustrous 18K pink gold watch has been fitted with a genuine crocodile strap with a matching 18K gold pin buckle.

Louis Erard also introduced new quartz powered Romance models for women in an effort to compete with popular fashion brands and offer a wider variety of timepieces in the important mid-tier price point.

It is clear from the reactions of Baselworld visitors that there are still a lot of people who appreciate Louis Erard’s unique combination of old world Swiss craftsmanship and affordable pricing. With 2014 production scheduled to exceed 200,000 watches for the first time ever, Louis Erard is on the threshold of becoming a major name that resonates far beyond the confines of Baselworld.

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