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It’s Happened: Baselworld 2021 Is Officially Canceled



Baselworld 2021 has officially been canceled. Originally scheduled to be held in Basel April 30 – May 5 2020, the show was rescheduled to January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has now been canceled altogether.
Baselworld 2021 announces cancellation
Baseworld 2021 will no longer be held in January. Credit: Baselworld

It’s been a tumultuous few months for the MCH Group, the organizers behind Baselworld, the worlds longest running watch & jewelry tradeshow. Like many other events around the world, Baselworld was forced to cancel for the first time since World War 1 after the Swiss government banned large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MCH Group was left figuring out the best way forward.

Initially organizers said the event to be held April 30 – May 5 2020 would be re-scheduled to January 2021 however this date did not work for many of the exhibitors and resulting disagreements regarding exhibitor refunds ensued for companies that did not want their fees transferred over to the new show.

This was the final nail in the coffin for brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe, Chanel, Chopard, and Tudor who all made the decision to leave Baselworld mid-April and either host their own event or exhibit at Watches & Wonder in Geneva next. It wasn’t much later before LVMH Group’s stable of watch brands including Tag Heuer, Hublot and Zenith came to the same conclusion.

However, in a newly released statement by the MCH Group, organizers have been able to reach an agreement with the exhibitors regarding the refunds of the canceled Baselworld 2020, largely thanks to watchmakers like Rolex and Patek Philippe who have offered to accept a lower refund to help ensure more of the resources flow to the smaller watchmakers in these difficult trading times.

“I welcome the constructive attitude of the representatives of the MCH Group, which has enabled us to find a balanced solution,” says Hubert J. du Plessix, president of the Swiss Exhibitors’ Committee and director of Rolex. “I would also like to thank Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tudor, Chanel, Chopard, Hublot, Zenith and Tag Heuer, who, in a spirit of solidarity with the sector as a whole, have agreed to a lower refund so that the other exhibitors can benefit from better conditions.”

Bernd Stadlwieser, CEO of the MCH Group, added: “We are pleased to have worked together and, in just a short time, found a solution that is acceptable to everyone. In the light of the large loss of revenue due to COVID-19 and our responsibility to all our stakeholder groups, this solution marks the limit of what is possible for us. With the amicable settlement for Baselworld 2020, we can now concentrate fully on the future.”

Although it has been announced that Baselworld 2021 will no longer be held, MCH Group is still in discussion with exhibitors and visitors to determine a new direction moving forward so it remains to be seen if and how Baselworld will reinvent itself with Michel Loris-Melikoff, Managing Director of Baselworld closing with “We will be taking a decision on possible follow-up formats by the summer and will then provide information on the new concept and scheduling.”



Jacob & Co Reveals One-Off Billionaire ASHOKA Diamond Watch



Jacob & Co’s Billionaire ASHOKA Watch features over 189 carats of ASHOKA cut diamonds and will be the only one ever made.
Jacob & Co Billionaire Ashoka Diamond Watch
The Jacob & Co Billionaire ASHOKA diamond watch. Credit: Jacob & Co

New York based jeweler and watchmaker Jacob & Co are renowned for show-stopping timepieces and none more so than the new Billionaire ASHOKA.

Created as an updated version of Jacob & Co’s first Billionaire watch first introduced in 2015 at Baselworld and created in collaboration with Flavio Briatore of Billionaire Lifestyle SARL, the Billionaire ASHOKA instead features unique proprietary cut ASHOKA diamonds from William Goldberg.

Named after one of India’s greatest third-century emporer’s, King Ashoka Maurya, an ASHOKA cut diamond is a rectangular shape with rounded corners and 62 precisely-cut facets that make the diamond appear 30% larger than an emerald cut diamond of the same weight.

Enclosing the 18-carat white gold case and skeletonized caliber entirely in the ASHOKA diamonds, the Billionaire ASHOKA watch has a total carat weight of 189 pieces. It is powered by the JCAM09 caliber tourbillon movement created by Jacon & Co’s Swiss-based watchmakers, giving it 72 hours of power reserve.

Due to the precise cut of the ASHOKA diamond, less than 1% off all rough diamonds are even eligible to be considered, making the Billionaire ASHOKA extremely unique. Jacob & Co have explicitly stated they will only be producing one limited edition of this watch.

While no prices have been released yet as a ballpark figure, Floyd Mayweather reportedly purchased the original Billionaire watch for $18 million in 2018.

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The New $520,000 Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton



The new Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton features a triple-axis tourbillon movement for the first time in the brand’s popular Vanguard case.
Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch
The new Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch. Credit: Franck Muller

For fans of Franck Muller’s triple-axis tourbillon movement and the Vanguard watch shape – this is for you. For the first time, the Swiss watchmaker has revealed the Revolution 3 triple-axis tourbillon movement in its popular Vanguard case.

Founded in 1991 by master watchmaker Franck Muller and a watchmaking specialist and entrepreneur Vartan Simarkes, the House of Franck Muller is known for its highly technical complications and innovations, produced in-house at Genthod, Geneva.

One particular innovation is the “Triple Axis Tourbillon” first created in 2004 which was the world’s first tri-axial tourbillon, designed to correct the forces of gravity in all positions (contrary to a classic one which only compensates when the wristwatch is in a vertical position ie, Franck Muller Revolution 1, or the double-axis tourbillon in Revolution 2).

Previously Franck Muller has debuted the triple-axis tourbillon in the iconic Cintrée Curvex case, easily identifiable by its perfectly curved tonneau body and known as the Cintrée Curvex Revolution 3 model.

For the first time, the triple-axis tourbillon “Revolution 3” has now been released in Franck Muller’s more sporty looking Vanguard case, designed to cleverly integrate the strap inside the case to retain the smooth curves of the watch.

Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch Front View
Featuring a titanium case with Alcantara® strap. Credit: Franck Muller

Featuring an eye-catching skeleton movement, the Vanguard Revolution 3’s large sapphire dome case allows viewers to see the inner-workings and watch as the triple-axis tourbillon works effortlessly to correct the force of gravity in all positions.

Dominating the lower half of the movement, the triple-axis tourbillon slowly turns through the one-hour, eight-minute, and 60-second cycles of its respective three carriages.

Power flows from the gear train through all three carriages to activate the balance wheel five times each second. As the Revolution 3 has three carriages, the gear train has significant resistance to overcome. To provide an abundance of energy to drive this triple-axis tourbillon, the movement has a massive ten days of power reserve.

There are also two retrograde indications at 4 and 8 o’clock for the progression of the eight-minute carriage and the 60-second carriage.

The Vanguard case itself is made of grade-2 titanium and has been treated with black PVD coating. In contrast, the bright red strap features Alcantara® (a material popular with supercar interiors like those of Lamborghini), which effortlessly takes the shape of the wrist and complements the red detailing on the movement and the Vanguard case.

Price for the Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch is CHF 480,000 excluding taxes (approx US$520,000) with first deliveries scheduled from September 2020.

Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch Trio

Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Technical Specifications

Watch Reference
  • V 50 REV 3 SQT NR BR (ER)
  • Vanguard case
  • Grade-2 titanium with back PVD treatment
  • Hand Brushed
  • Red inserts on both sides of the case
  • Width: 46 mm x Length: 55.9 mm x Thickness: 13.7 mm
  • Sapphire crystal with two domes on the front and back
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters
  • Hours, Minutes, Triple Axis Tourbillon, Power reserve at 12 o’clock, Carriages progression indicators at 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock
  • Winding shaft with 2 positions: 1.Winding. 2.Time setting
  • Manual winding movement
  • Power reserve of 10 days
  • 359 components
  • 36 rubies
  • Width: 34.30 mm. Length: 40.30 mm. Thickness: 9.65 mm
  • Balance wheel frequency set at 18,000 alternations per hour
  • Rotation of the first cage in 1 minute
  • Rotation of the second cage in 8 minutes
  • Rotation of the third cage in 1 hour
  • Skeleton Movement
Movement Decoration
  • Microbillage and hand chamfering on the main plate and the tourbillon cage
  • Circular graining on the wheels
  • Red anodization of the tourbillon cage and indicators
Strap & Buckle
  • Hand sewn red Alcantara® strap
  • Grade-2 titanium folding buckle
  • Hand brushed
  • CHF 480,000 excluding taxes

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Celebrates Upcoming “Kingsman” Movie



Jaeger-LeCoultre in collaboration with MR PORTER has revealed the limited edition Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Watch ahead of the latest film release for “The King’s Men.”
Jaeger-LeCoutre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Watch
The limited edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Watch. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

If the tailored wardrobes of the British secrete service gentleman “Eggsy,” Merlin and Harry Hart is your epitome of style, the new release from Jaeger-LeCoultre might especially be of interest.

To celebrate the latest installment of The King’s Man film franchise, Swiss watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre has joined forces with filmmakers to produce 100 limited edition Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Watches.

Jaeger-LeCoutre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Watch Ben Waller For Mr Porter
A tribute to the tailored wardrobe of the Kingsman film characters. Credite: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Taking inspiration from the upcoming film “The King’s Men” which tells the origin story of the gentleman’s secret service organization, Jaeger-LeCoultre has likewise revisited the origins of their brand and used the ultra-thin “Couteau” (French for knife) pocket watch from 1907 as a starting point for the new limited edition.

Reflecting the timeless elegance of the slimline Couteau pocket watch, the Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Watch also features an ultra-thin caliber, specifically the 1.85mm hand-wound caliber 849 housed in a 40mm x 4.5mm 18-karat rose gold case.

Jaeger-LeCoutre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Watch Side View
Powered by an ultra think 1.85mm hand-wound caliber 849. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Another influencing element of the 1907 Couteau pocket watch that has been translated into the Kingsman watch’s design is the rose gold top-mounted crown contrasted against the mahogany brown alligator-leather strap which borrows from the triangle crown positioned at the top of the 1907 Couteau pocket watch.

Jaeger-LeCoutre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Pocket Watch
Source of inspiration – the 1907 “Couteau” pocket watch. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Upon turning the Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife watch over, the case-back reveals the discrete Kingsman logo and is engraved with the unique number of 100 that the limited edition piece is.

Like the tailored wardrobe assigned to each of the characters by Ms. Arianne Phillips throughout the three films, the Master Ultra Thin Knife watch is a gentleman’s watch, being both purposeful and understated.

Jaeger-LeCoutre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Watch Film

Only 100 units of the limited edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Knife will be produced. They will be available for purchase on MR PORTER from July 20 and through Jaeger-LeCoultre authorized dealers from September 6 onwards.

Jaeger-LeCoutre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife Watch Trio

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife

Materials: Pink gold and alligator leather

Diameter: 40mm

Height: 4.25mm

Water-resistance: 30m

Power reserve: 35 hours

Price: £26,900 / US$48,520

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