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In pictures: Baselworld 2014, The Watch and Jewelry Show

In pictures: Baselworld 2014, ...
Gizmag managed to get up close and personal with the very latest in wrist bling at Baselworld 2014
Gizmag managed to get up close and personal with the very latest in wrist bling at Baselworld 2014
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The picturesque town of Basel in Switzerland is swept up in Baselworld fever
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The picturesque town of Basel in Switzerland is swept up in Baselworld fever
Officials cutting the ribbon at Baselworld 2014
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Officials cutting the ribbon at Baselworld 2014
Baselworld 2014 officially opened on March 27
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Baselworld 2014 officially opened on March 27
Baselworld 2014 opens with a bang, courtesy of some rhythmic mastery
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Baselworld 2014 opens with a bang, courtesy of some rhythmic mastery
Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer officially opens Baselworld 2014
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Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer officially opens Baselworld 2014
Impressive view of the walkway between Hall 1 on the way to the press room
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Impressive view of the walkway between Hall 1 on the way to the press room
Maserati is the official Car Partner for Baselworld 2014
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Maserati is the official Car Partner for Baselworld 2014
Even before Baseworld officially opened, crowds were beginning to swell in Hall 1.0
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Even before Baseworld officially opened, crowds were beginning to swell in Hall 1.0
Victorinox celebrates is 25th year as a watchmaker in 2014, and celebrates with the launch of a new rugged watch named Inox and a Titanium edition of its Dive Master 500 watch
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Victorinox celebrates is 25th year as a watchmaker in 2014, and celebrates with the launch of a new rugged watch named Inox and a Titanium edition of its Dive Master 500 watch
A Mini bejeweled with Swarovski crystals
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A Mini bejeweled with Swarovski crystals
A mechanical game of "He loves me, he loves me not..." courtesy of the Margot novelty complication by Christophe Claret
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A mechanical game of "He loves me, he loves me not..." courtesy of the Margot novelty complication by Christophe Claret
The Maestoso complication with the "impossible" detent escapement
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The Maestoso complication with the "impossible" detent escapement
Christophe Claret's Margot and Maestoso may have been the showstoppers at Baselworld 2014, but his X-TREM-1 was equally as impressive
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Christophe Claret's Margot and Maestoso may have been the showstoppers at Baselworld 2014, but his X-TREM-1 was equally as impressive
Christophe Claret also unveiled the third is his series of gaming novelties at Baselworld 2014
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Christophe Claret also unveiled the third is his series of gaming novelties at Baselworld 2014
Christophe Claret's new Poker watch
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Christophe Claret's new Poker watch
Graff Diamonds (right) unveiled a $55 million ladies watch named Hallucination at Baselworld 2014
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Graff Diamonds (right) unveiled a $55 million ladies watch named Hallucination at Baselworld 2014
The Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition from Hamilton, with built-in drift-angle calculator
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The Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition from Hamilton, with built-in drift-angle calculator
Each of the four Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition watches has a Swiss-made H-21 movement with 60 hours of power reserve
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Each of the four Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition watches has a Swiss-made H-21 movement with 60 hours of power reserve
There are 1,999 of each of the four designs, every one numbered to verify its authenticity
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There are 1,999 of each of the four designs, every one numbered to verify its authenticity
Italian clockmaker Lowell presented an eco-watch called Olmo at Baselworld 2014
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Italian clockmaker Lowell presented an eco-watch called Olmo at Baselworld 2014
Olmo's mechanical self winding movement is housed in a natural wood case in either ebony, rosewood, mahogany, walnut or elm that hasn't been treated with harsh chemicals, toxic paints or even wax
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Olmo's mechanical self winding movement is housed in a natural wood case in either ebony, rosewood, mahogany, walnut or elm that hasn't been treated with harsh chemicals, toxic paints or even wax
The wood used to make Olmo's case comes from managed forests, and the strap is made from recycled polyester
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The wood used to make Olmo's case comes from managed forests, and the strap is made from recycled polyester
More wood-faced watches, this time by Mistura
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More wood-faced watches, this time by Mistura
Mistura's hand-crafted Nature collection
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Mistura's hand-crafted Nature collection
The entrance to Hall 2, which hosts international brands
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The entrance to Hall 2, which hosts international brands
Vincent Perriard's HYT caught Gizmag's eye with its range of hydro mechanical watches
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Vincent Perriard's HYT caught Gizmag's eye with its range of hydro mechanical watches
Minutes are indicated by a red and white hand, but the hours are shown by colorful oil that's pushed along a transparent tube as time passes
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Minutes are indicated by a red and white hand, but the hours are shown by colorful oil that's pushed along a transparent tube as time passes
Colored oil is pumped by one piston, and clear water by the other
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Colored oil is pumped by one piston, and clear water by the other
A vintage Eberhard Contograf on display at the company's booth at Baselworld 2014
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A vintage Eberhard Contograf on display at the company's booth at Baselworld 2014
An Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale from 1967 at Eberhard's Baselworld booth
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An Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale from 1967 at Eberhard's Baselworld booth
The 2014 Contograf from Eberhard
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The 2014 Contograf from Eberhard
The U-Boat booth had a definite Indiana Jones feel about it
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The U-Boat booth had a definite Indiana Jones feel about it
In the entire range of Chimera 43, nestled between U-Boat’s iconic left hand crown and its crown guard, is a sculpted pusher that can be depressed to eject the inner-crown from its recessed position
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In the entire range of Chimera 43, nestled between U-Boat’s iconic left hand crown and its crown guard, is a sculpted pusher that can be depressed to eject the inner-crown from its recessed position
The stunning Flightdeck 925 Elementium automatic mechanical chrono from U-Boat, with a power reserve of 44 hours, a sterling silver case and carbon fiber dial
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The stunning Flightdeck 925 Elementium automatic mechanical chrono from U-Boat, with a power reserve of 44 hours, a sterling silver case and carbon fiber dial
In 2014, Italian jeweler Bulgari is celebrating its 130th Anniversary
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In 2014, Italian jeweler Bulgari is celebrating its 130th Anniversary
The Renaissance Skeleton "Fir Tree" from Aerowatch is pitched as bringing the eloquence of art nouveau to the realm of watchmaking artistry
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The Renaissance Skeleton "Fir Tree" from Aerowatch is pitched as bringing the eloquence of art nouveau to the realm of watchmaking artistry
The "Fir Tree" is water resistant to 50 m, and has a domed sapphire crystal and transparent case back
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The "Fir Tree" is water resistant to 50 m, and has a domed sapphire crystal and transparent case back
The Renaissance Skeleton "Fir Tree" features a decorated Unitas 6498-1 mechanical hand-winding movement with 17 jewels and 18,000 vibrations per hour
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The Renaissance Skeleton "Fir Tree" features a decorated Unitas 6498-1 mechanical hand-winding movement with 17 jewels and 18,000 vibrations per hour
American-born Luminox has partnered with the Space Expedition Corporation and launched the first SXC watches designed for space
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American-born Luminox has partnered with the Space Expedition Corporation and launched the first SXC watches designed for space
The SXC PC Carbon GMT series watches feature a 30 percent carbon-reinforced polycarbonate case
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The SXC PC Carbon GMT series watches feature a 30 percent carbon-reinforced polycarbonate case
The Made for Space SXC GMT Series watch from Luminox
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The Made for Space SXC GMT Series watch from Luminox
Brequet's eye-catching booth in Hall 1.0 of the Baselworld Messe
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Brequet's eye-catching booth in Hall 1.0 of the Baselworld Messe
Rolex brought two new collections to Baselworld 2014, including the Cellini models shown here
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Rolex brought two new collections to Baselworld 2014, including the Cellini models shown here
Rolex brought two new collections to Baselworld 2014, including the Oyster models shown here
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Rolex brought two new collections to Baselworld 2014, including the Oyster models shown here
Gucci's Grammy range is made from the same material used for the Grammy Award statuettes
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Gucci's Grammy range is made from the same material used for the Grammy Award statuettes
Not forgetting that Baselworld is a jewelry show, Gizmag stopped by the Sicis booth for a look at its Memento Mori collection
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Not forgetting that Baselworld is a jewelry show, Gizmag stopped by the Sicis booth for a look at its Memento Mori collection
Not forgetting that Baselworld is a jewelry show, Gizmag stopped by the Sicis booth for a look at its Circus collection
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Not forgetting that Baselworld is a jewelry show, Gizmag stopped by the Sicis booth for a look at its Circus collection
Since we first featured Ritmo Mundo's excellent slap bracelet Reflex watches in 2012, the company has developed a mini line for kids
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Since we first featured Ritmo Mundo's excellent slap bracelet Reflex watches in 2012, the company has developed a mini line for kids
Ritmo Mundo recently teamed up with Audi for a special edition Reflex watch
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Ritmo Mundo recently teamed up with Audi for a special edition Reflex watch
As well as making high-end watches, Tonino Lamborghini is branching out into Android smartphones
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As well as making high-end watches, Tonino Lamborghini is branching out into Android smartphones
The Antares smartphone from Tonino Lamborghini runs on a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, offers 32 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM
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The Antares smartphone from Tonino Lamborghini runs on a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, offers 32 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM
Tonino Lamborghini told Gizmag that the company will also be releasing some earbuds in the coming months
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Tonino Lamborghini told Gizmag that the company will also be releasing some earbuds in the coming months
The only fumes this stylish classic gave off were from pleasant-smelling incense burners at the rear
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The only fumes this stylish classic gave off were from pleasant-smelling incense burners at the rear
Carl Bucherer promotes the CFB A1000 movement, which is said to combine aesthetic appeal of hand-wound movement with the convenience of an automatic
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Carl Bucherer promotes the CFB A1000 movement, which is said to combine aesthetic appeal of hand-wound movement with the convenience of an automatic
The Horological Machine N°5 RT from MB&F
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The Horological Machine N°5 RT from MB&F
Inside view of the Horological Machine N°5 RT
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Inside view of the Horological Machine N°5 RT
The Logical One Secret from Romain Gauthier features 181 baguette diamonds on its cover
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The Logical One Secret from Romain Gauthier features 181 baguette diamonds on its cover
The Logical One Secret has an ergonomic push button winding system, dial-side visible balance, mainspring barrel with sapphire inserts, plus a 60-hour power reserve indicator
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The Logical One Secret has an ergonomic push button winding system, dial-side visible balance, mainspring barrel with sapphire inserts, plus a 60-hour power reserve indicator
The Logical One Secret features the patent-pending Romain Gauthier flat chain-and-fusee style constant force system with ruby chain links
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The Logical One Secret features the patent-pending Romain Gauthier flat chain-and-fusee style constant force system with ruby chain links
Gizmag stopped by the Breva booth for a closer look at the Genie 02 AIR, which is limited to a production run of just 55 pieces
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Gizmag stopped by the Breva booth for a closer look at the Genie 02 AIR, which is limited to a production run of just 55 pieces
The Genie 02 AIR sports a large-scale altitude indicator, which displays up to 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
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The Genie 02 AIR sports a large-scale altitude indicator, which displays up to 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
The air pressure altimeter is in fact a barometer developed specifically to display altitude rather than barometric pressure
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The air pressure altimeter is in fact a barometer developed specifically to display altitude rather than barometric pressure
Breva also showed us the Genie 02 Terre model we featured back in January
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Breva also showed us the Genie 02 Terre model we featured back in January
The Genie 02 Terre also comes in Titanium and is limited to 55 pieces
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The Genie 02 Terre also comes in Titanium and is limited to 55 pieces
The Glashütte booth at Baselworld 2014, celebrating almost 170 years of watchmaking
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The Glashütte booth at Baselworld 2014, celebrating almost 170 years of watchmaking
The duplex swan-neck fine adjustment of the Glashütte PanoMaticInverse is visible from the dial side
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The duplex swan-neck fine adjustment of the Glashütte PanoMaticInverse is visible from the dial side
The PanoMaticInverse debuted at Baselworld 2014 and features a new Calibre 91-02 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve
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The PanoMaticInverse debuted at Baselworld 2014 and features a new Calibre 91-02 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve
The rear of the PanoMaticInverse shows a skeletonized central rotor, fitted with a 21-carat gold oscillating mass, as well as the rotor track, complete with decorative finishing
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The rear of the PanoMaticInverse shows a skeletonized central rotor, fitted with a 21-carat gold oscillating mass, as well as the rotor track, complete with decorative finishing
Breitling's Chronomat 44 selfwinding chronograph, with a power reserve of over 70 hours, a COSC-certified chronometer, and water-resistance up to 500 m (1,650 ft)
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Breitling's Chronomat 44 selfwinding chronograph, with a power reserve of over 70 hours, a COSC-certified chronometer, and water-resistance up to 500 m (1,650 ft)
The Avenger II Seawolf from Breilting is water-resistant to 3,000 m (10,000 ft)
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The Avenger II Seawolf from Breilting is water-resistant to 3,000 m (10,000 ft)
The Bremont booth at Baselworld 2014
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The Bremont booth at Baselworld 2014
Bremont launched a new Boeing watch range at this year's show
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Bremont launched a new Boeing watch range at this year's show
Bremont has joined forces with Bletchley Park for a limited edition Codebreaker watch
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Bremont has joined forces with Bletchley Park for a limited edition Codebreaker watch
Gizmag managed to get up close and personal with the very latest in wrist bling at Baselworld 2014
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Gizmag managed to get up close and personal with the very latest in wrist bling at Baselworld 2014
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For over 40 years after first opening its doors in 1917, the Schweizer Mustermesse Basel was dedicated to showing off Swiss-made products only. The importance of watches and jewelry to the show steadily increased from a special section to headline billing, and in the early 1970s the first European companies were invited to exhibit. Now it's very much a global affair, and Gizmag was amongst the thousands upon thousands of press, trade and public to zero in on the picturesque Swiss town for Baselworld 2014, eager to get up close and personal with the very latest in wrist bling and sparkling fashion accessories.

As I emerged from one of Basel's two railway stations on my way to the media conference, it was clear that the whole town was caught up in Baselworld fever. There were flags and posters everywhere, and the show's information booth on the tram platform was bursting with Brand Books, soon to be weighing down the goody bags of show goers.

Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer officially opens Baselworld 2014
Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer officially opens Baselworld 2014

Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer officially opened the trade fair at a press conference at noon on March 27, though many of the 3,500+ journalists and new media scribblers had already been busy at the booths of the 1,400 exhibitors for a few hours by then. Official attendance figures have yet to be released, but organizers were predicting public and industry visitors to swell easily beyond the 100,000 mark.

We've already featured a few tasty timepiece morsels from the show over the past week, and now invite you to browse through our photo gallery for a look at some more.

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