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Baselworld 2019: Tradition is the New Watch Word


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Baselworld has a rich history, dating all the way back to 1917. It is the one time each year brands and industry insiders gather to admire the latest designs and models. Surrounded by luxury watches and jewelry, we had an exclusive opportunity to see the emerging trends for the upcoming year.

ShopWorn execs have been attending Baselworld for years. However, this year, we noticed a stark difference. In 2018, with Apple Watch’s boom in popularity, established brands introduced digital “connected watches,” combining the world of Swiss craftsmanship with smart technology. Tag Heuer, Movado, Shinola and more have introduced their own versions of the connected watch to the market, and they were all the rage at last year’s show.  But this year, we saw less tech and more tradition.


Courtesy of Baselworld

We kept ourselves busy, moving from meeting to meeting and chatting with all the major names in the business. We found that leading watchmakers decided to go “back to basics.” Designers returned to their roots, creating pieces that showcase stellar craftsmanship and creative design. Brands returned to their core DNA, to what’s made them the titans of watchmaking. It was refreshing to see designers realize what they do best – precise design and expert workmanship – is what watch collectors really want.

       
Courtesy of Breitling                                                                 Courtesy of Hublot

Timeless artistry met innovation. From Breitling’s 1959 Re-Edition to Hublot’s Spirit of the Bang, there was a watch for every type of admirer who valued a creative approach to swiss-movement. On our feet for days, we were ready to head back to New York. It’s always bittersweet to leave Baselworld, but we look forward to what will come next in luxury watches. Will the industry decide to reinvent the wheel?  We’ll let you know in 2020.





ShopWorn’s Ultimate Luxury Gift Guide for 2018

As the leaves turn and the temperatures drop down, it can only mean one thing; the holiday season is just around the corner! Make this time of year even more special by gifting your loved ones high-quality luxury goods that they will cherish forever. But fear not, at ShopWorn we exclusively offer never-before-purchased store display models. This means that you can take advantage of our like-new products at prices up to 80% off retail—big savings for you and an extra special gift for them waiting under the tree. Plus, for a limited time, we’re offering an exclusive promo code for an additional 20% discount sitewide (just enter HOLIDAY20 at checkout).

To help you navigate our vast collection of discounted designer goods, we’ve compiled our ultimate luxury gift guide for the 2018 holiday season.

Luxury Watch Gifts for Him and Her

While you may think that a luxury watch is too personal of a gift to pick out and give to someone, as long as you stick to the classics, a high-end timepiece is actually a fantastic present. Not only is a luxury watch a gift that can be used every day, it can also be enjoyed for a lifetime.

For men’s watches, keep it simple with clean dials and appropriate case sizes. For instance, the stainless steel 40 mm case of the Baume and Mercier Classima watch houses a straightforward time and date dial and is fitted with a brown leather strap. Otherwise, if you prefer a metal bracelet, there’s the Carl F Bucherer Manero AutoDate watch that sports a 42 mm stainless steel case with a matching stainless steel link bracelet. If you like the look of a white metal but want something even more luxurious, then don’t miss the H. Moser & Cie Venturer Small Seconds watch with a 39 mm 18k white gold case, a white lacquered dial, and an elegant black alligator leather strap. Finally, a men’s gold watch is an absolute classic and the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Classique timepiece with a 38 mm 18k rose gold case, silver dial, and black crocodile leather strap is an exceptional one.

   

   

If on the other hand, you’re looking for a luxury women’s watch to gift this year, we have so many styles to choose from. Oversized gold-tone watches has been a big trend in women’s fashion for years and the gold-coated steel Balmain Classica quartz watch with a generous 35 mm case and matching gold-coated bracelet is an attractive option. However, if stainless steel and automatic is what you’re after, the Carl F Bucherer Patravi Autodate ladies watch with a 34 mm steel case, white dial, steel link bracelet, and self-winding mechanical movement is a top choice. For a gorgeous ladies timepiece that brings together steel, rose gold, diamonds, and black mother-of-pearl, the Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 would make for an unforgettable gift.

  

Designer Jewelry for Her and Premium Cufflinks for HIm

Again, when thinking about gifting fine designer jewelry, it’s best to focus on timeless and classic designs. What’s more, you can never go wrong with a matching set! For example, pearls and diamonds are perennial favorites and this Mikimoto 18k White Gold Akoya Pearl and Diamond Necklace and matching Mikimoto 18k White Gold Akoya Pearl and Diamond Earrings would make a stunning jewelry set to give this year.

   

If however, you’re looking for gemstone designer jewelry, take a look at this Roberto Coin Rose Gold and Green Amethyst Necklace, which can be worn alone or along with the matching Roberto Coin Rose Gold and Green Amethyst Earrings. The muted green shade of the faceted stones is neutral enough to wear every day yet still flaunts a hint of color.

   

For an ultra-lavish fine jewelry set to really impress this holiday season, there’s the show-stopping Stefan Hafner 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond Pendant Necklace, in addition to the matching Stefan Hafner 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond Chandelier Earrings.

   

For men, we have a wonderful assortment of designer cufflinks to choose from, including the racecar-inspired S.T. Dupont “McLaren” Stainless Steel and Black PVD cufflinks, the geometric Davidoff Velero Steel cufflinks, or the colorful Gurhan Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cufflinks in 24k yellow gold.

      DAVIDOFF - "Velero" Polished Steel with Dome Pattern Cufflinks  

Designer Handbags and Leather Goods Gifts

Along with luxury watches and fine jewelry, at ShopWorn we also carry a selection of high-end leather goods that would be great to give as presents this year. For the ladies, we have a beautiful collection of leather Lancel designer handbags in a range of styles from practical crossbody bags to sophisticated totes to trendy backpacks.

Alternatively, for men’s fine leather goods, a Montblanc Black Calf Leather Case, a Cartier Black Leather Notes Holder, or a Dunhill Brown Calf Leather Wallet are all excellent gift ideas.

  

    

It’s time to get a head start on your holiday shopping with big savings from ShopWorn. Don’t forget to use our limited-time promo code, HOLIDAY20, from November 22 – 26 2018, for an additional 20% discount on our already heavily marked-down luxury goods.

Happy Holiday Shopping!





Fabulous and Fashionable Balmain Watches for Ladies

Balmain watches are the perfect blend of French haute couture imagination and Swiss watchmaking traditions. Creativity and flair matched with precision and practicality. If you are looking for a new ladies’ watch, add some glamour to your wardrobe with one of these gorgeous Balmain timepieces for her.

Balmain Elysées Arabesques Ladies’ Watch

When Pierre Balmain was at the helm of his illustrious French fashion house, he was famous for embellishing his creations with intricate embroidery—and this tradition continues on today with modern Balmain clothes. Using this ornamental treatment as inspiration, many Balmain watches feature the “Arabesque” motif.

Take for example this sumptuous Balmain Elysées Arabesques ladies’ watch, which includes elaborate Arabesque metalwork framing the top and bottom of the rectangular case. Emphasizing the dressiness of the watch is the mother-of-pearl dial decorated with ten diamond hour markers, along with an elegant black satin strap fitted with a steel deployant clasp.

Balmain Classica Ladies’ Watch

Although Balmain offers plenty of “shaped watches” (i.e. non-round watches) with charming silhouettes, the brand does make some traditional round watches within their Classica collection.

It is hard to deny the appeal of a full gold ladies’ watch and this Balmain Classica Lady is a beautiful version. It sports a 35mm steel case and steel link bracelet, all coated in yellow gold for a luxurious style. On the silver dial, which includes the time and date, we see the signature Arabesque design at the center, also fashioned in yellow gold. While the dial includes baton indexes, the bezel features Roman numeral hour makers too as an extra touch.

Balmain Orithia Oval Ladies’ Watch

If you like circular watches but want something a little different than a classic round shape, then an oval timepiece may just be what you need.

In an appealing play of contrasts, this Balmain Orithia Oval ladies wristwatch marries warm rose gold and cool and crisp white. The 30mm x 41mm oval steel case is coated in rose gold, which perfectly matches the oversized rose gold Arabic numerals and rose gold center hands placed on the silver dial. The case is fitted with a graceful white strap, finished off with a coordinating rose gold deployant clasp.

Balmain Arabesques RC Ladies’ Watch

Highlighting yet again the delicate arabesque pattern integral to the Balmain aesthetic, the Balmain Arabesques RC collection takes a regular rectangular watch case and adds interest with curvy and ornate borders.

This stainless steel Balmain Arabesques RC ladies’ watch pairs the decorative case with a full steel link bracelet and white mother-of-pearl dial. Elegant to wear as an everyday watch yet captivatingly different in style.

Fun, fashionable, and alluring, Balmain offers a wonderful selection of stylish women’s watches at prices that won’t break the bank—especially at Shopworn where you can find luxury goods at up to 80% off retail prices. Whether you are searching for a watch for yourself or as a thoughtful gift to give to someone you love, browse our selection of Swiss-Made Balmain watches to find the right one for the occasion.





The Modern Baume & Mercier Watch Collections

Proudly offering affordable luxury, Baume & Mercier watches blend high quality with accessible price points. Founded by two brothers, Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume, in 1830 in the Swiss Jura, the Frères Baume company eventually became Baume & Mercier almost a century later in 1918, when Paul Mercier joined the family business.

Adhering to the founders’ motto, “Accept only perfection; only manufacture watches of the highest quality,” Baume & Mercier was not only behind a large number of watchmaking patents but also received the coveted and prestigious “Poinçon de Genève” or Geneva Hallmark in 1919.

Today, the modern Baume & Mercier collection of watches present a range of contemporary timepieces steeped in rich Swiss watchmaking heritage, yet approachable to a wider audience. Let’s find out more about Baume & Mercier’s main collections—Classima, Clifton, Capeland, Linea, and Promesse.

Baume & Mercier Classima

The Classima collection is Baume & Mercier’s line of understated watches for men and women. In fact, matching his and hers Classima watches are great gifts to give to either a couple celebrating a special occasion or to your significant other (complete with one for yourself too!).

With classically-proportioned round cases, slim bezels, clean expansive dials, and practical functions, the Baume & Mercier Classima is a fantastic everyday watch. From steel and leather Classima watches and elegant Classima chronographs for men to rose gold automatic Classima watches and chic two-tone Classima timepieces for women, there’s a little something for almost anyone within this collection. Plus, the value-driven prices of the Baume & Mercier Classima watches are a refreshing change of pace in the luxury Swiss watch arena.

Baume & Mercier Clifton

Drawing inspiration from 1950’s style, the modern Baume & Mercier Clifton watches seamlessly merge vintage touches, such as retro Arabic numerals and faceted center hands, with contemporary sensibilities like larger-than-40mm sized cases (for men). What’s more, throw in the option of respected watch functions such as chronographs, moonphases, and day-date features, and you’ve got a wide array of well-made affordable Swiss watches to select from.

And not forgetting the ladies, the women’s Clifton watches may be smaller in proportion but include popular details like diamond dials and beautiful link bracelets.

Baume & Mercier Capeland

Yet again we see Baume & Mercier marrying a little bit of old-school charm with current appeal with their line of Capeland sports watches.

Mostly comprising of chronographs, the Capeline collection houses watches with brilliantly technical dials, retro-style chronograph pump pushers, and elegant leather straps. Think 1940’s leather bomber jackets but translated into awesome wristwear.

Baume & Mercier Promesse and Linea

The Promesse and Linea watches from Baume & Mercier are exclusively for the ladies. While the Baume & Mercier Promesse is a direct descendent from a 1970’s watch from the company’s archives, the Baume & Mercier Linea made its debut in the late 1980s.

The focal design point of the Promesse is the unique pairing of an oval bezel placed within a round case along with a broad link bracelet. On the other hand, the Linea stands out for its uninterrupted silhouette thanks to the bracelet integrated into the case, in addition to the hour markers boldly set into the bezel rather than the dial.

Regardless of which Baume & Mercier watch you choose, they all come with the promise of quality, value, and good taste. And that’s something many of us are happy to get on board with.

 





The Many Shapes & Sides of Bell & Ross Watches

A watch brand that draws its inspiration from aviation and military fields, Bell & Ross is a well-established name in the luxury watch space—regardless of its relatively young age. At just over 25-years old, Bell & Ross boasts a host of watches that are instantly recognizable due to their strong design codes. While there are many different types of Bell & Ross models, today we break down their range by highlighting three popular collections that speak most to the spirit of the brand.

The Bell & Ross BR Watches

The most famous and popular watches from Bell & Ross are the BR watches from their “Instruments” range. Bell & Ross BR watches sport a distinctive silhouette that incorporates a round dial into a square case, which is actually inspired by aeronautical control panels.

Most of these cases are coated in black, although the company has more recently ventured into bare stainless steel and other metals too. Another signature design touch of the Bell & Ross BR watches are the dials which typically mix large Arabic numerals at 3/6/9/12 o’clock along with simple stick markers.

There are three main categories of the Bell & Ross BR collection to consider. There’s the BR 01 with 46mm cases, BR 03 with 44mm cases, and BR S with 39mm cases. Within these collections, there are plenty of different materials and functions to choose from.

The Bell & Ross BRV Watches

The Bell & Ross BRV watches are part of the brand’s “Vintage” range, which as its name suggests, are inspired by vintage timepieces. As such, rather than square cases, this particular collection features round cases crafted in stainless steel.

Models in the Bell & Ross BRV collection run the gamut from simple time-only versions to more complex editions with functions like GMT and chronograph. Again, many of the dials in the BRV lineup include the characteristic numerals and sticks combination layout, but there are other options too.

Particularly elegant watches within this collection are the Bell & Ross Vintage 123 models based on Flieger watches—flight watches—used during WWII. The highly legible dials include oversized indices, center hour and minute hands, a running seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, along with a date window.

The Bell & Ross WWI Watches

Also a part of the “Vintage” range, the Bell & Ross WWI watches offer a style that are reminiscent of wristwatches worn by soldiers during the Great War. Remember, during the early 1900s, it still wasn’t fashionable for men to wear wristwatches—they had pocket watches instead and left wristwatches to the ladies. However, soldiers found that pocket watches were much too cumbersome to handle during battle, so they would add straps to their pocket watches and tie it around their wrists. This was the beginning of the acceptance of wristwatches for men.

As a result, the Bell & Ross WWI watches are a tribute to that design, with large pocket watch style cases, expansive dials, wire lugs, and leather straps. Dial options range from aviation type dials with minute markers to oversized numeral indexes in a vintage font.

Regardless of what type of Bell & Ross watch you opt for, these are robust, durable, and stylish timepieces that all have a story to tell.