Baselworld 2019: Watch Case Developments

Five striking selections with unusual shapes and materials

There’s no guarantee in the watch world quite like a case—the portion of the timepiece that holds it all together. It’s a protective container for the movement within (regardless of whether it’s automatic or Quartz). Most frequently, cases are simple circular, square or rectangular shapes designed to prevent damage to the innards first and foremost. But these five watches, seen at this year’s Baselworld watch …

Richard Mille’s Sweets-Inspired Bonbon Wristwatch Collection

Lollipops, licorice, kiwis and strawberries atop a line of playful, hand-painted timepieces

Behind the kaleidoscopic colors of Richard Mille‘s candy- and fruit-inspired Bonbon Collection shines the technical mastery for which the Swiss luxury watch brand has become known. Those cotton-candy pinks hail from explorations of enamel and acrylics, the polished candy-cane swirls are possible thanks to hand-painting and the frame-like cases (which cast the artworks into relief) are produced by the expert layering of Carbon TPT and Quartz TPT. Glimpses of Willy …

Fossil’s New Monochromatic Intern-Created Wristwatch, The Design Major

Industrial design student Benjamin Hoffman crafts a dynamic, post-minimal timepiece

From the gunmetal finishing to the partial, diagonal pattern on the dial, Fossil‘s new 42mm, Quartz Design Major wristwatch represents a welcome development from the overly basic, minimally designed timepieces that have dominated the market for some time. And, rightfully so—it’s refreshing. Perhaps even more impressive, however, is the fact that it was designed by one of Fossil’s summer interns, student of Industrial Design at …