July 03, 2019
The finest contrasts: new bicolour combinations once again made expressive statements at this year’s Baselworld. That is by no means surprising because the interplay of cool stainless steel and warm gold tones in the watches creates expressive looks. Pink, white and yellow gold meet in these pieces of jewellery, which are sometimes also complemented by exciting shades of gold between grey and brown and by contrasting deep black steel. Here is a selection of exquisite bicolour timepieces and enchanting jewellery.
Rolex introduced an Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller in a yellow Rolesor version, combining Oystersteel and 18 kt yellow gold. This new watch brings 18 kt yellow gold to the Sea-Dweller range for the first time. On its black dial, the name “Sea-Dweller” is inscribed in a yellow hue, echoing the colour of the 18 kt yellow gold. When the Sea-Dweller was updated in 2017, this lettering was in red, in reference to the original model. The light reflections on the case sides and lugs highlight the profile of the Sea-Dweller’s 43-mm Oyster case, which features a unidirectional rotatable bezel with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in black ceramic. This new version is equipped with Calibre 3235, at the forefront of watchmaking technology. Like all Rolex watches, the new Sea-Dweller carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
Roberto Coin’s “Rock and Diamonds” collection is dedicated to those women who can wear an evening gown with a leather jacket – women who dress in contradictions and are able to dominate them with elegance. The design is meticulous. No coloured stones or variations in shape are allowed. The same concept is repeated over and over like a musical motif, sexy when it plays with the sinuousness of the bracelets and rings and astute in the combination of earrings.
The complex architecture of the famous Octo case beautifully expresses Italian savoir-faire. Water-resistant to 100 meters, the case of the new Bulgari Octo L’Originale chronograph is partially covered with a layer of black DLC, which contrasts harmoniously with the pink gold hands, indices and totalizers. Self-winding manufacture Calibre BVL 328 Velocissimo ticks inside the case, where it amasses a 50-hour power reserve. Artistic decorations such as circular graining and Geneva waves adorn the fine calibre.
Anyone who wants to make a real statement with high-quality jewellery can find a large selection in A. Odenwald’s modern “Messages” collection. Whether the message is about love, hope, peace or strength, the two-tone 18-karat gold rotatable rings adorn their wearer and send messages expressing liveliness and self-confidence. Additional individual messages find their place as personal engravings inside the rings. Impressive bracelets complement the “Messages” ring assortment.
For the first time ever, Zenith is bringing 18-karat rose gold into the fold for the Defy Classic. What’s more, it is marking its first-ever two-tone Defy Classic with this new 41-mm watch, which is water-resistant to 100 meters. Offering casual elegance, the new Defy Classic Two-Tone is crafted in brushed titanium with a rose gold bezel, and the bracelet is also titanium with centre rose gold links. The watch is powered by the skeletonised Elite 670 SK automatic movement with silicon escape wheel and lever. It offers hours, minutes, central seconds and date indication at “6 o’clock”.
Why limit yourself to only two shades of gold when there are so many beautiful nuances in between them? In the new “Architecture Step” jewellery series, the German jewellery manufacturer Niessing has designed six lively rings in diverse gold colours (Niessing’s own alloys). The diagonally slightly offset circles nestle against each other. Like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, these rings fit together perfectly and create a lively structure that references the modern architecture of contemporary Hong Kong.
Carl F. Bucherer
The spirit of the 1950s is expressed by the Heritage Bicompax Annual, the latest model in the Heritage line. This debutante is patterned after a chronograph from that golden era. In keeping with its name, the newcomer offers a chronograph with bicompax display and an annual calendar including a large date display in a skilful retro aesthetic. Housed in a 41-mm stainless steel and pink gold case, automatic Calibre CFB 1972 can be admired through the sapphire crystal back. The Heritage Bicompax Annual is limited to 888 timepieces: the number refers to 1888, i.e. the year in which the company was founded.
Innovative design meets high-contrast materials: the filigree, new “Star” ring line from the Gellner Brave collection combines deep black ionized steel and elegant 750 pink gold. An exclusive champagne-coloured diamond sparkles in the centre. The delicate structure of the gem’s setting allows light to fall on the stone from all sides and to ignite its inherent fire. For jewellery fans who love bright colours, the “Star” rings are also available in combination with coloured stones such as lemon quartz, Madeira citrine, blue topaz, fiery red rhodolite or amethyst.
Just as sporty and even more elegant than ever, the new Black Bay 32/36/41 S&G (Steel & Gold) models retain the aesthetic features of the Black Bay line, together with the reliability and historical connection to Tudor diver’s watches. In the same spirit as the brand’s previous S&G models, this introduction adds a precious quality to the timepiece. Combining polished and satin-brushed steel together with satin-brushed yellow gold surfaces offers a subtle contrast and distinction as well as warmth to the case and bracelet. The choice between a lacquered black or sunray satin-brushed champagne-coloured dial allows the wearer to further refine the watch’s aesthetics. All versions are driven by self-winding Calibre 2824.
Half and half is the motto of this adorable bracelet from the “Fun Pave” jewellery series. One half is precious pink gold; the other is white gold decorated with brilliant-cut diamond pavé. But it’s not just the two tones that make this collection from the Belgian jewellery brand Hulchi Belluni unique. The combination of fun and elegant elements exudes youthfulness and oozes a real sense of fashion.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five is one of today’s most popular retro diver’s watches. While its appearance can be traced back to 1965, its manufacturing process and technology fully uphold contemporary standards. At Baselworld, Oris presented a new version that combines stainless steel with bronze. Self-winding Calibre Oris 773, which is based on the SW 200-1, keeps time inside a case that resists water to a depth of 100 meters. The blue, slightly curved dial is contrasted by luminescent pink gold hands and indices, which harmonize visually with the bronze bezel and the middle links of the metal bracelet.
The monochrome multicoloured pieces of jewellery from the “DNA” series of the Italian jewellery brand Pesavento are the result of complex expertise. This know-how makes it possible to create pieces of jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets and rings from 925 silver woven with organic, spiral-shaped and surprisingly elastic microfibres. The special combination of these two materials creates a pleasant feeling of lightness and softness. The silver jewellery is available with plating of pink gold, rhodium and ruthenium.
Marie-Olga is a jewellery watch creation which takes inspiration from one of the passions of its eponymous muse, Marie-Olga Charriol, an accomplished horsewoman. The watch is immediately recognizable thanks to the stainless steel cable bracelet, the true DNA of the brand. In contrast to Charriol’s other collections, the bracelet is very slim and the steel cables are delicately separated, evoking the plaited mane of a competition horse. The Marie-Olga watch comes in two colours: PVD rose gold or yellow gold and set with or without 148 diamonds. The oval-shaped case and the mother-of-pearl dial give the timepiece a particularly feminine allure.