Geared towards introducing new models and future trends within the watch industry, Baselworld keeps its crown as the key event for timepiece aficionados.
This year’s show—which is now in its 101st edition—proved that the watchmaking industry is showing signs of improvement. In terms of attendance, it saw around eight percent more visitors over the first few days compared to last year. As is the case every year, Baselworld was yet again the epicentre of the watch industry. Among the most talked-about luxury watches was the Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic.
This is, perhaps, one of the most anticipated released at this year’s Baselworld. Swiss watch giant Hublot has invented and patented a new material—the first-ever vibrantly coloured, highly polished ceramic. A feat that was four years in the making, the manufacturer has created a Big Bang Unico model almost entirely out of ceramic. Dubbed one of the most daring releases to date, this watch promises to go down in the history books—only 500 individually numbered pieces will be made. Pricing starts from $26,200.
Commenting on the release of the timepiece, Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, said: ‘There is a quote which perfectly illustrates our ongoing desire to push watchmaking, materials, and fusion to the limit. A conviction that nothing is impossible. In the words of Charlie Chaplin: “Let us strive for the impossible. The great achievements throughout history have been the conquest of what seemed the impossible.” Today, with the first vibrantly coloured ceramic, Hublot has once again demonstrated that the impossible really is possible!’