GraffDiamonds: New China models in tourbillons

 

The Swiss- UK  company GraffDiamonds unveiled several new designs in the BaselWorld 2019.  One of them is the GyroGraff watches that  feature remarkable double-axis tourbillon and an horological complication that ensures that the timepiece remains impeccably accurate.

For example this China GyroGraff (big picture) has these technical details:

  • Hand wound double axis tourbillon
  • Functions:Hours, minutes, moonphase indicator, power reserve indicator
  • Case:Rose gold set with diamonds, 48mm
  • Dial:Métiers d’art
  • Power Reserve:72 hours
  • Water Resistance:3 ATM
  • Buckle:Exclusive Graff deployment buckle
  • Strap:Black alligator
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Travelling in Basel: Sustainable hotel Gaia

 

 

Swiss boutique hotel Gaia was established in 1929 as a family-owned hotel in Basel. Nowadays the hotel is still private held and one of the focus areas is sustainability This 4-star-hotel  has a slogan, which means that people should come as a guest, but leave as  a friend.

I had the pleasure to discuss more about the hotel management and catering with one of the founders, with Mr  Luca  Trudu. According to him, the hotel in integrating the sustainability issues into the hotel management as soon as possible.

What does it make for a perfect meal?

One can of course start with the design, but if you think that you are in a restaurant the setting as a whole package, a picture is essential. The colors, structure and layout make the first impression. And after that the taste and ingredients matter.

When I entered the Gaia hotel with the popup  Restaurant in Basel, I first noticed the magnificent wood decorations on the wall. The old building could be telling its history.

The starter was fish. Must say that the packsge was very good with vegetables. Some new mexican  flavour was ln place and the taste was surprising but good.

The main course and the desert continued the same line.  The knowledge and knowhow were superb.The main course was hot chicken, naan-alike bread and rice and the desert was panacotta with chai tea flavor with fig purée and raspberry coulis.

– To make surprising food one need holistic approach with nature and environment. It is a question of different spices, regions and countries , says Jay Kumar  one of the master chefs in Basel.

He has been in the business over 30 years, for example in Hilton for years, and has  been trained by professionals. His specialty, is  progressive indian food  with European influences , he will be opening a new restaurant in New York, Brooklyn, this summer. It will focus on local, Indian inspired farm to table food.

Jay has been travelling all his life and this gives him also certainty to mix species and flavors. It is clear that his new restaurant will gather customers that enjoy with the same passion the mixed, local food.
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LVMH: Hublot´s sale 250 million watches during the fairs

Jean-Claude Biver, the President of the LVMH´s Watch Division, estimates that  Hublot will sell 250 million watches during the BaselWorld fairs. The event, which is seven days long started on the 21st and they will end next week Tuesday. Biver commented the fairs in the interview in the Basler Zeitung on Saturday.

The event is important for watch manufacturers for two reasons as Biver says: ” Naturally we would like to make turnover, but the direct contact with the customer is also important – and that is why the BaselWorld is a double win for us.”

There has been speculation about the future concept of the BaselWorld after the Swiss Group Swatch decided not to take part in the event. According to Biver, the LVMH Group, which includes watch brands Hublot, Tag Heuer  Bvlgari and Zenith,  has given time to the fairs and their decision to take part in the next year event will be decided next week.

He also critiseses the decision to integrate the Genf Salon de la Haute Horlogerie and Baselworld. According to the decision the two events would both be in April next year, when the Genf event has always been in January.  Biver says that he would like to see both events to take place in January in order to have the full potential of  a calendar year.

 

 

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Hublot to present new Ferrari watch in Basel

Hublot, part of the French LVMH (LVMH) Group,  presented several exceptional new timepieces at Baselworld 2019, including the new Ferrari watch.

– Continuing its long collaboration with Ferrari, Hublot also unveiled the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, a watch, whose innovative design integrates the new Unico manufacture movement and the dynamic lines of Gran Turismo very high-performance luxury cars, the company says.

According to Hublot this collaboration has also for the first time enabled Hublot teams to fuse their skills with those of the “Centro Stilé Ferrari” design center. This was one fo the new moments with creating new bridges between watchmaking motorization and automotive design.

 

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Porsche Design Watches for global travellers

 

Porsche Design has launched several new watches for the BaselWorld2019. They have integrated for example unique time-zone functions for global travellers.

– Porsche Design’s 1919  Globetimer UTC makes it very easy for frequent travelers not to lose a moment of  precious time. The local time can be conveniently set with the aid of the ergonomically shaped, optimally positioned pusher. Each press of this button causes the short, local-time hour hand to advance clockwise one position. When flying east, each press of the “+” button advances the second time zone by an interval of one hour. When flying west, pressing the “–” button causes the UTC hands to move in the opposite
direction. All the while, the UTC hands automatically move, remaining in synchrony, the company says.

The 1919 Globetimer UTC is part of the exclusive 1919 watch collection and is available as of September 2019, in four model variants, starting at a price of 5,950 euros.

 

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