Timepiece Trends from Basel

March 26, 2001

Timepiece Trends from Basel

The latest designs and innovations in the timepiece world are on display at the Basel Show, now under way in Switzerland. Here are a dozen of the top trends from the Watch Hall:

1. Continued revival of pure and innovative watchmaking from masters such as Patek Philippe, Lange & Sohne and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Joining them are many relatively young, independent watchmakers whose work is attracting appreciation from timepiece aficionados.

2. More mechanical and automatic watches in many traditional lines.

3. Many more women's watches. Most feature fashion-edged colorful straps, including satin, patent leather or man-made material for a fun look. Several brands, including Cyma and Corum, are showing full women's lines featuring colorful sapphire crystals.

4. Colorful gel straps.

5. More yellow gold – karat and plated.

6. Diamond- or crystal-encrusted bezels on many of the new women's watches.

7. More large watches for men.

8. For men and women, clean, uncluttered dials.

9. Unusual link bracelets.

10. Fewer additions with rubber straps, though this remains a popular category.

11. Several lower-priced tourbillon models. (Progress Watch Co. now offers lower-priced tourbillons four or five brands have placed in new watches.)

12. Military-style dials for men.

- by Michael Thompson