Baselworld is always filled with jaw-dropping sights and sounds, and though some of the industry’s big guns seemed content to showcase mere color variations and subtle updates of existing pieces, the show floor still presented a good number of surprises. We scoured Baselworld from top to bottom and corner to corner to determine which of the year’s latest releases to shop for later this year. Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Though a few years behind the likes of Ralph Lauren and Hermès, Chanel’s freshman foray into men’s luxury watchmaking proves truly exceptional. The Monsieur de Chanel is a stunning though understated piece of hardware boasting a gorgeous in-house movement with jumping hours and retrograde minutes. This piece will garner plenty of attention from those “in the know.” White gold, $36,000; beige gold, $34,500. chanel.com Bell & Ross BR-X1 Hyperstellar Bell & Ross has always done big and bold aviation instrument-inspired watches quite well, but the BR-X1 Hyperstellar takes matters into the upper stratosphere. A combination of titanium and bright blue aluminum alloy makes the piece as visually stunning as it is practical for those entering outer orbit. Bell & Ross went out of its way to make this piece a genuine candidate for astronauts and cosmonauts around the globe by combining lightweight components with the functionality of ultra-wide chronograph pushers you could operate through a spacesuit. That said, plenty of us more grounded individuals would happily add it to our personal collections. bellross.com Seiko Presage Chronograph No doubt at least a few collectors will shake their heads and wonder why Seiko made this list. Before anyone gets too far ahead of themselves, the brand continues to make extraordinary headway into the realm of haute horlogerie with the majority of its Grand Seiko offerings, and this Presage chronograph is nearly impossible to beat in terms of a value-per-dollar proposition. Available in either a traditional white enamel dial or a remarkably deep black handworked urushi lacquer, this sleek 42mm chronograph wears brilliantly on the wrist. With plain mass-produced chronographs in the $4,000–5,000 range saturating the market, this Seiko gem truly provides a breath of fresh air. White enamel, $2,300; black lacquer, $2,600. www.seikowatches.com
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.
CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Ethiopian Airlines added a daily non-stop between Brussels (BRU) and Addis Ababa (ADD). The carrier previously made stopovers in Vienna (VIE) three days a week, increasing the journey time from seven hours to nine.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Last month, British Airways announced plans to offset carbon emissions from all its flights within the United Kingdom. The initiative begins next year and carbon emissions are offset via the United Nations’ carbon offsetting scheme, which invests in carbon reduction projects around the world, such as reforestation and rainforest protection.