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April 21st and 22nd marked the kick-off of the Blancpain GT Series Europe season. After lining up on the grid of Italy’s legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit, 53 cars vied with each other in the first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, cheered on by 30 000 spectators. In parallel, the Blancpain GT Sports Club championship paid its first visit to the prestigious Italian venue, with 19 drivers competing in this first round. On the occasion of this 2018 season opening event, the brand celebrated its tenth year of involvement in GT racing. Blancpain Endurance Series Jointly created by Blancpain and the SRO Motorsports Group in 2011, this series of endurance races has become the world’s most widely followed and recognized GT competition. Three categories of drivers (Pro, Pro-Am and Amateurs) faced off during three hours for this first edition of the year which delivered a wealth of thrills and excitement. After a tightly fought duel with two race-leading Mercedes-A


A series of MasterGraff Ultra Flat Tourbillon métiers d’art timepieces have been created featuring extravagantly opulent dials inspired by Japanese art and culture. Fusing Graff’s expert gem-setting with the age-old technique of micro-painting, exquisite enamelling and a flying tourbillon housed within a remarkably slim case, the Dragon, Samurai Warrior and Murakami-inspired dials are truly groundbreaking works of wearable art.


The Bathyscaphe, a pillar of the Fifty Fathoms collection, pairs for the first time sport with a useful complication in a new annual calendar model. All of the diving watch DNA is fully preserved in this Baselworld debut with clear readability, robust movement and a unidirectional rotating bezel. Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms heritage dates from 1953, when it debuted as the world’s first modern diving watch fulfilling the needs of professional divers in underwater conditions. Its set of features and signature design have defined the dive watch genre for the entire industry ever since. The Bathyscaphe first joined the Fifty Fathoms collection in 1956 as a civilian version whose size would be adapted to daily wear. That formula continues today with Blancpain’s modern Bathyscaphe models offering a robust movement, and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a ceramic insert. This year’s Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel brings new functionality to the sport collection, thus

Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross began a new chapter in its history with the BR-X1 CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE in 2016. The brand’s first completely transparent watch caused quite a stir by combining prestigious watches complications, technical performance and its signature design codes. Three new unique pieces, two online exclusives A skeletonized version of this exceptional BR-X1 is being unveiled at Baselworld, as part of a collection that underscores the bold creativity of Bell & Ross. Of the six new unique pieces created, three examples that marry transparency and colour will be presented. Then by embracing sales innovation: two of the watches will be exclusively available online. This marks a real watershed moment in the Haute Horlogerie sector, once again proving Bell & Ross’ avant-garde spirit in e-commerce and the digital. As iconic as difficult to work with, sapphire is the embodiment of invisibility: a paradox of solidity and visual transparency. Scientists –who call it co


Hublot, the alchemist of high tech materials, presents its new Big Bang MP-11 in 3D carbon. This ultra-light material has been reinforced with three- dimensional fibre woven resin, shaped into a case inspired by a race engine. Equipped with 7 series-coupled barrels providing 2 weeks of autonomy, this mechanical architecture reveals the in-line cylinders within a 3D case with sides in smoking black. As a leader in the shaping and industrialisation of materials, Hublot breaks the glass ceiling with its new 3D carbon case, composed of polymer matrix with three-dimensional fibres, previously not used in watchmaking. Ultra-light and highly resistant the case showcases the extraordinary movement. “Born from the expertise acquired through the development of the MP-05 “La Ferrari” in 2013, the Big Bang MP-11 marks a new chapter in Art of Fusion. The ultra-complex architecture of the movement has been completely rethought to fit seamlessly into a Big Bang case, which showcase