Baselworld 2019

This year at Baselworld 2019, we were kindly invited by non-other than new Managing Director of Frederique Constant, Niels Eggerding.

Niels Eggerding

In 2014, Niels Eggerding was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Commercial Director of the Frederique constant Group. Under his direction, the Frederique Constant increased its market share globally and successfully built a strong network of 3000 stores worldwide.

In 2018, Niels Eggerding was appointed Managing Director of Frederique Constant SA. He aims to ensure the continuation of the accessible luxury strategy, expand growth via the 2019 extension of the Manufacture in Plan-Les-Ouates Geneva. Moreover, to develop the Frederique Constant brand by using innovative in-house calibers, increasing high-tech smart watch modules and strengthing the Group’s presence around the globe for the years to come.

Mister Eggerding took the time out of his busy schedule and granted us an interview where he talks about the latest novelties released in Baselworld 2019 the brand new Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve.”

“Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve.”

The brand new “Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve”, is Frederique Constant’s 28th in-house caliber movement from their manufacture collection. This stunning timepiece features hours, minutes, date display at 6 o’clock and a power reserve of 50 hours all packed in a beautiful in-house movement.

Manufacture Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve range

The “Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve” is available in four models and boasts a 40mm case either in stainless steel or in rose gold-plated stainless steel with different dial colours (silver, dark grey or navy blue), Roman numerals and sunray decoration with hand polished white or black hands. The whole is made complete with an elegant alligator strap with a deployant clasp.

Manufacture Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve range

The result is a watch with a very classic looking feel and touch that provides the best quality-price power reserve function available on the Swiss made watch market.

Interviewed by “Pascal Grenacher”

Produced by “Alberic Virchaux”

Arianna Pozza

This year at Baselworld, we were kindly invited by Arianna Pozza – Head of Product & Sales Watches at Victorinox.

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INTRODUCTION

Let us take you on a quest for glitz, glamour, diamonds and the most delicate things of life. Our intrepid journey will take you deep into the realms of the ultra-rich, the ultra-exclusive and on an odyssey of abundance and excellence. Our expedition starts high up on the temples of heaven, across the great wall of China and ends deep into the jungles and the savanna for a one of a kind experience into the wild, where endangered species thrive and roam freely. Our next stop takes us where very few have been before. We were granted exclusive access into the coveted and privileged world of the house of GRAFF.

INTERVIEW WITH NICOLAS SESTITO

Our team was invited to interview in person none other than Chief Executive Officer of Graff Luxury Watches, Nicolas Sestito. Mister Sestito successfully leads the Luxury watch division for Graff; he plays a critical role in product development, operations management and ensures the highest standards for global sales services and after-sales. He has accumulated a wealth of watchmaking experience, including design, development and manufacturing. He kindly shared his precious time and granted us a private moment to discuss this year’s breathtaking novelties for Graff Watches. From the brand new “GyroGraff Temple of Heaven and Great Wall of China” to the awe-inspiring “GyroGraff Endangered Species”. The journey you are about to embark on is not for the faint-hearted.

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THE HOUSE OF GRAFF

For over a century now, the house of Graff has defined what pure luxury means. Few names in the industry from High Jewellery to High horology brands come even close to the level of mastery Graff Diamonds accomplishes as standard daily. Graff has the most saute after clientele on the globe and achieves time and time again the strictest consistency thru out the whole organisational chain, its verticalised business structure guarantees excellence from R&D to the retail and with over 60 boutiques scattered in the four corners of the globe, Impressive is but an understatement.

THE MOST COVETED DIAMONDS IN THE WORLD.

The level of finish and sheer magnitude that goes into creating and crafting a Graff timepiece is extraordinary. Each timekeeper and jewellery piece is painstakingly turned into a unique work of art, with its rare presence and strong character, capable of capturing, the inner human spirit. It is also important to note that the house of Graff has also dominated the list of historical and critical rough diamonds discovered, cut and polished this century. Some of the rarest diamonds include the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona, the largest rough diamond discovered since 1905. But also The Graff Venus, The Lesotho Promise, The Delaire Sunrise, The Wittelsbach-Graff, The Graff Perfection, The Graff Pink and The Golden Empress, to name a few.

The Pinnacle of excellence is shared across the whole organisation and since the launch in 2008 of their watch division. Graff has upheld that same philosophy “The Most Fabulous Jewels in the World.”

“GYROGRAFF TEMPLE OF HEAVEN AND GREAT WALL OF CHINA”

For this new collection release in Baselworld 2019, both timekeepers are inspired by legendary periods in Chinas rich history. The “Ming Dynasty” or better known as the “Great Ming Empire.” The Ming dynasty was the ruling dynasty of China that ruled for 276 years from (1368–1644) following the collapse of the Mongolled Yuan dynasty.

Both watches tell extraordinary stories. The first timekeeper fittingly called “the Great Wall of China” is depicted in vivid detail on the GyroGraff. The dial of the “GryoGraff” has four distinctive layers, each in relief, starting with a background made of aventurine, creating the look of a starry sky. The second builds the towers and walls, made from a hand-engraved gold mount. The brick detailing is added by a skilled artist using special ink that will patinate the gold. The third is the green forest, made of finely-hammered gold, and also miniature painted. The fourth is the paved area of the wall that climbs up the dial, and the top level of the right-hand tower, both of which are invisibly-set with baguette-cut diamonds, all of which are a unique shape and weight.

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TECHNICAL MASTERY

Both watches are powered by a spectacular hand-wound calibre, a spell-binding mechanical creation that features a unique trio of complications – a whirring double- axis tourbillon, a three-dimensional moon phase and a power reserve indicator.

The three-dimensional white-gold moon phase complication at 10 o’clock is an artistic tour de force in its own right. It is hand-engraved, creating a true-to-life map of the lunar surface’s craters. The black cover representing the shadow of the Earth advances twice a day and completes a full rotation over a period of 29.5 days, poetically relaying the phase of the moon. The watch has a 65-hour power reserve indicated at 1 o’clock alongside Graff’s diamond-set icon at noon.

Both pieces have 48mm rose-gold cases decorated with invisible mosaic- set baguette-cut diamonds, and each watch comes on a black alligator strap with a diamond-set deployment clasp buckle.

The Graff GyroGraff Great Wall of China and GyroGraff Temple of Heaven represent the next chapter in the GyroGraff story and serve as a vivid reminder of the vision, creativity, skills and exquisite artistry of Graff’s artisans and watchmakers.

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“GYROGRAFF ENDANGERED SPECIES”

The five dials depict either an elephant, a tiger, a panda, a gorilla or a rhino (the World Wildlife Fund lists all five as being under threat). The animals were created from a combination of polished metal parts and precious stones, each of which are unique in size, weight and cut. These parts have been individually set into the dial by hand to create the form of each animal.

The dials require careful, detailed planning. The process starts with artistic drawings of the dials, with openings for the GyroGraff’s signature double-axis tourbillon and spherical moon phase complications, and with space for a power reserve indicator at 1 o’clock. Skilled artisans and highly experienced engineers then work together to create detailed technical drawings that break the dials down into the individual components that will come together to create the final form.

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DIAL

The number of individual dial components depends on the design – the gorilla has the most at 139, the elephant has 135, the tiger 127, and the panda 112.

The dials feature between three and six more massive mounts depending on the piece, each of them unique. Each gold mount then holds several white or black gold ‘plaquettes’, or small plates. Each plaquette carries a number that can only be seen under a microscope and that corresponds to the gold part or stone explicitly created for it. It is the gem-setters’ job to match these up during assembly. There is no room for error.

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CONCULSION

As our journey comes to an end, we can only be amazed by what we have seen, heard and experienced. Graff has again stayed true to its principles of excellence and has managed to awake the inner spark and delight us with their awesome creations filled with artisanship and expert skills.

Interviewed by “Pascal Grenacher”

Produced by “Alberic Virchaux”

Holger Ostheimer

Ebace 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

This year at EBACE 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the privilege to Interview with Holger Ostheimer, managing director of DC Aviation.

Mister Ostheimer, took a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to us about the joint venture between DC Aviation and Al-Futtaim in Dubai.

Interviewed by “Pascal Grenacher

Produced by “Alberic Virchaux

Dassault Falcon

Ebace 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

This year at EBACE 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the privilege to Interview with Carlos Brana – Senior Vice President of Dassault Falcon Jets.

Mr Brana took a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to us about the new features on the Falcon X6 and the Falcon X8.

Ebace 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

This year at EBACE 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the privilege to Interview with Florent Sériès – Vice President Sales & Marketing at TAG Aviation.

Mr Sériès took a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to us about TAG Aviation brand the new release during this year’s Ebace 2019. The new My TAG App which allows users to request a Charter Flight within just a few minutes, receive accurate tailored quotations 24/7, compare quotes, select and validate a chosen flight and much more…

Ebace 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

This year at EBACE 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the privilege to interview with Mark Masluch – Director, Communications & Public Affairs at Bombardier

Mr Masluch took a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to us about Bombardier’s new Nuage chaise that will be ready to be installed on board the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft upon entry-into-service as planned during 2019.

Ebace 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

This year at EBACE 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the privilege to interview Mr Interview with Xavier Vautrin – Marketing Manager Global Business – EBR at Airbus Corporate Helicopters.

Mr Vautrin took a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to us about Airbus’s new ACH 145 D3 and also the renewal of the partnership with Mercedes-Benz design for their unique interior.

Mr Vautrin also showed us the miniature model of the new ACH 145 and gave us more technical specifications.

Eymeric Segard

Ebace 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

This year at EBACE 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the privilege to interview Mr Eymeric Segard – CEO of LunaJets.

Mr Segard took a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his company.

LunaJets is the largest independent private jet broker in Europe. With over 5000 flights a year, the company has grown 43% since last year.

Interview with Adel Mardini - CEO and President of JETEX

Ebace 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

This year at EBACE 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the privilege to interview Mr Adel Mardini – CEO and President of JETEX.
Mr Mardini took a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk to us about this year’s new exciting new agreement with Bombardier for their business in Dubai.

Michele Starvaggi

During this years Baselworld 2019, our beloved watchmakers have taken us into many new directions and as always have made their mission to surprise us, by showcase their latest technological developments and exciting new novelties.

The Interview

Our next interview is with “Michele Starvaggi” Global Head of Marketing and Sales at traser® swiss H3 watches. He took the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about this year’s world record-breaking achievements there new concept watch the “T1000“. “Michele Starvaggi” is International marketing and sales professional with more than 25 years of experience building premium, global brands. “Michele Starvaggi” is an expert in launching new products, developing people, organisations, and driving sustainable sales growth and profitability.

The new traser “T1000.”

The new “T1000” concept watch is a unique piece, developed in celebrations of the 50th anniversary of mb-microtec, the parent company of traser® swiss H3 watches. The new traser “T1000” glows with an intensity of over 1000 micro-lumens, fitted with no fewer than 318 trigalight pipes. The light output was measured and certified by the Federal Office of Metrology (METAS) and the “T1000” concept watch was certified the worlds brightest self-illuminated watch in the world. This timepiece shines 50 times more than any conventional timepiece and with it is patented H3 technology.

These “trigalight’s” are tiny glass tubes coated with zinc sulphide and filled with tritium that will shine with unchanged intensity for at least ten years without an external energy supply such as a battery or sunlight, guaranteeing constant readability of the time, even at night and in challenging light conditions.

 

Interview of “Michele Starvaggi” by “Pascal Grenacher”
This article was written by “Alberic Virchaux”