May 21, 2019
50 shades of green
Green has been trending the last few years and is also very much en vogue in 2019. Once considered formal and dated, the revamp of green feels fresh and organic. Entirely in accord with the latest fashion trends presented on international catwalks, fresh green hues lend a decidedly exciting colour statement to new watches and jewellery. Here is a selection of the debutantes at Baselworld that might well turn into evergreens.
Rolex is introducing the new generation of its Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36, available in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold with distinctive new dials and gem-set bezels on some versions. Of the new combinations, two feature a novel dial design with a concentric gradient: the first, in 18 ct yellow gold, is presented with a green ombré dial; the second, in 18 ct Everose gold, with a brown ombré dial. Both are embellished with diamond hour markers in 18 ct gold settings; the diamonds at 6 and 9 o’clock are baguette-cut, a configuration specific to the Day-Date range. All the new versions are equipped with calibre 3255, at the forefront of watchmaking technology, included on the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 for the first time. Like all Rolex watches, the new Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 versions carry the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
The name of this new jewellery set could not be more fitting: the Italian jewellery brand Picchiotti chose “Fit for a Queen” as the name for this top-class ensemble from the brand’s Classic Collection. Eighteen octagonal emeralds with a total weight of 45.91 carats were artistically processed to create this spectacular masterpiece. Each and every emerald is surrounded by a wreath of Picchiotti’s signature gem: the baguette-cut diamond. The deep green central emerald alone weighs a formidable four carats. Matching earrings complete the precious ensemble.
The very embodiment of modern sporty-chic, the men’s white gold “Jumbo” Aquanaut (42.2 mm) reasserts its young, dynamic style in a new khaki green design (Ref. 5168G). This audacious choice of colour evokes a sense of adventure and far horizons. The legendary rounded octagonal case and bezel combines polished and satin finishes. This latest edition is powered by calibre 324 S C. The self-winding movement can be admired through a sapphire crystal case back.
Two intersecting lines, like the informal X shape signifying a quick kiss at the close a love letter, form the silhouette for the jewels in Graff’s “Kiss” collection. Two narrow bands of white gold with white diamonds and invisibly set, bright green emeralds cross each other in this pendant, which comes with a matching ring and X-shaped earrings. The luxury company also offers the same jewellery set solely with diamonds, as a combination of diamonds and rubies, or in a duo of diamonds and blue sapphires.
Oris Aquis Date
The Oris Aquis is recognised as a quality Swiss Made diver’s watch that offers a high performance. For the first time, it’s now available with a green dial and bezel in a 39.50-mm case. Despite the slimness and gentle ergonomics of its case, it’s hugely robust and water-resistant to an impressive 300 metres. Its diver’s watch credentials continue with a screw-down crown with protection and a uni-directional rotating bezel, which is enhanced by a scratch-resistant ceramic insert.
Everything in Heinz Mayer’s collections of high-quality jewellery revolves around creating an optimal staging for exquisite and often rare gemstones. It is not without good cause that this family business from Idar-Oberstein enjoys an excellent international reputation for sophisticated pieces of jewellery with extraordinary coloured gemstones. One impressive example is this pendant with a large, green, faceted tourmaline on a 750 red gold chain with white and brown diamonds.
The 104 St Sa A G is the German brand’s classic pilot watch and a picture-perfect example of its highly technological DNA. At Baselworld 2019, a limited version of 500 timepieces with a shimmering metallic-green dial was introduced. Optimal readability of the date and weekday, along with the time, is ensured thanks to its clearly structured design. A special technical feature is the captive pilot’s bezel with minute ratcheting, which can be rotated on both sides and is securely attached to the case. The 104 St Sa A G is resistant to low pressure and can withstand pressures of up to 20 bar.
The Venetian jeweller Roberto Coin presented new jewellery models from his modern and unconventional “Sauvage Privé” collection at this year’s Baselworld. Roberto Coin’s rigorously geometric design is courageous, and so too is this jeweller’s use of extraordinary coloured gemstones. The malachite, with its naturally unique design and dynamic pattern, is the perfect advocate for the company’s mission: to dedicate an exclusive piece of jewellery to every woman. Earrings in 18 karat rose gold with malachite and white diamonds.
Trendy green adds a new look to the sporty aesthetics of the Glashütte-based brand’s Panova line in 2019. A sunburst finish highlights the verdant tone of the dial. This self-winding wristwatch is 40 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 10 bar. Its automatic calibre is equipped with the Mühle’s own, highly shock-resistant, woodpecker’s neck regulator.
The “Titanium” collection from the Italian jewellery manufacturer Giovanni Ferraris focuses on the reawakening of nature, with leaves and blossoms opening as if it were springtime. The voluminous yet lightweight ring surrounds its wearer’s finger like a freshly sprouted leaf. The secret of its low weight lies in the use of titanium, an uncommonly lightweight high-tech material, the processing of which requires the highest level of craftsmanship. A dense pavé of coloured gems and diamonds makes this piece even more luxurious.
The Glashütte watch manufactory welcomes a new member in its squadron of pilot’s watches. It features a green dégradé dial and continues the tradition of legendary pilot’s watches that Tutima began in the 1940s but lends a decidedly modern take to the classic look. Powered by self-winding Tutima Calibre 330, the new three-handed watch comes with a 41-mm stainless steel case that’s pressure-tested to ten atmospheres, a screwed back with a sapphire crystal window, an antireflective sapphire crystal above the dial and a screw-down crown.
Persepolis, ceremonial capital of the Persian kings, lends its name to this magnificent ring from the Bangkok-based jewellery brand Sofragem. Particularly splendid here: bright green malachite with its typical stripes and graining in various shades of green is juxtaposed with grid-like arrangements of noble 18 karat rose gold, additionally adorned with diamonds. Incidentally: not only are the visible parts of the piece crafted with great attention to detail. The hidden inside of the ring’s band is decorated with artistic ornamentation in cut-out technique too.
The “Reverse” ring from Nanis’ “Dancing in the Rain” collection is a fascinating miniature masterpiece. A fingertip’s gentle pressure suffices to rotate the ring’s head through 180 degrees: top becomes bottom and bottom becomes top. Both “faces” of this double-sided jewel are characterized by large central gemstones, tone-in-tone coloured gem pavé and other surprising details. Ring in 18 karat gold with doublette with green labradorite and rock crystal.
The pieces of jewellery in Stenzhorn’s “Persuasion” collection are every bit as tempting and as extravagant as the glorious feathers of an amorous bird-of-paradise courting his prospective bride. For example, the arrangement of precious tsavorites and diamonds in the eye-catching earrings was inspired by the fan-shaped dance movements of the male birds during their mating rituals. “Persuasion” is available in three sizes and also in a combination of sapphires and rubies with diamonds.