March 9, 2012
Jewel News From Baselworld 2012
Posted by Melissa Colgan
We're in Switzerland to check out all the new offerings in fine jewelry and watches at Baselworld 2012. Check out the highlights from today including jewelry and hand painted watch faces from Wellendorf, Lalique, Baccarat and Meissen.
1 The entrance to Hall 1 (there are 7!) where we spent most of our day. I love how well-manicured the entrance fountains are.
2 The build-outs at the show are massive. This is just half of Rolex's two-floor "booth."
3 Patek Philippe's area was equally impressive—all glass facade and spiral staircases. This is inside the convention center, btw. Crazy!
4 This craftsman from Meissen was on-hand at the shows to give people a look at just how much goes into there collections. He is hand-painting the dial of a watch!
5 Can you believe this is hand painted porcelain? The craftsmanship at Meissen is just breathtaking.
6 The artist's paints.
7 And the finished Meissen watch. Stunning!
8 This ring and bracelet from Meissen is based on a 400-year-old porcelain pattern.
9 A beautiful ring from Wellendorf in yellow gold, hand-carved white enamel, and diamonds. The center enamel band and diamond band both spin.
10 These lovely crystal and gold vermeil rings from Baccarat would make a drool-inducing bridesmaid's gift.
11 These crystal earrings from Baccarat are perfect for the bride.
12 Lalique introduced some fine jewelry hair combs. My pictures are terrible but these were absolutely gorgeous. I think they would look so lovely tucked into a French twist or low chignon.
13 I loved this Phoenix wing diamond ring from Lalique. They also had matching earrings and a bracelet.
14 I love thick gold bands like this from Lalique.
15 Our last stop of the evening was at a cocktail party for Victorinox (of Swiss Army knife fame). We were loving the view from the 31st floor.
16 While Victorinox also has watches, luggage, and more, the company is perhaps best known for its Swiss Army knives. I think they make great groomsmen gifts!
17 And just as my blood sugar was starting to dip in anticipation for dinner, they started handing out chocolate Swiss Army knives.
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