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By Chris | April 24 2013
By Mike Espindle
The Basel show opened officially today in a sparkling new and newly revamped conference compound in the Swiss city. Hermes kicked off the festivities with an unveiling of its “woven wood” booth designed by Tokyo architect Toyo Ito (along with Hermes Creative Director Pierre-Alexis Dumas) to showcase the brand themes of creativity, craftsmanship and singularity. More on the firm’s new watches in a later report.
Harry Winston’s latest Opus uber-watch will debut later this week. Again, stay tuned for an early look at that new timepiece. In the meantime, here is a look at the gorgeous fourth generation Histoire de Tourbillon timepiece from the campany, which is now under the Swatch umbrella. There were also new releases in the techno-sporty Ocean line, in the elegant Midnight line as well some impressive Glacier bejeweled watches, as well.
The house of Chopard also showed off a new booth, this one based on its new opulent boutique concept by French designer Thierry Despont. The iconic loose diamond Happy Sport turns 20 this year, and the company is celebrating for a year by letting any buyer of a Happy Sport at a Chopard Boutique customize the loose gems and icons of their watch. New models in the L.U.C. line, like the impressive Perpetual T seen here, and timepieces in the racing-inspired SuperFast line round out the watch direction for the company this year.