Special feature: BaselWorld Kicks off with Visit by Felix Baumgartner

BaselWorld watch event in Basel, Switzerland

Watch for our coverage from BaselWorld

The biggest event in the watchmaking calendar is now upon us – I am, of course, referring to BaselWorld 2013 which kicked off yesterday (April 25th) in the luxurious Swiss town of Basel. The event serves as a platform for the world’s leading watchmakers to showcase their wares and unveil the timepieces that they will be releasing to the eager public over the next twelve months or so. All of the biggest names in the world of horology will be in attendance – including the likes of Rolex, IWC, Breitling and Hublot – and it’s fair to say, the general consensus amongst those in the know is that there will be some mightily impressive timepieces making their debuts over the next week. BaselWorld is positively steeped in luxury and the event is the highlight of the calendar for fans of luxury watches because, unlike some events in the industry, it is open to the public as well. It is invariably chosen as the platform to unveil a whole host of breath taking timepieces that are in the works and just wait until you see the stunning Hublot / Ferrari collaboration further down the page. Thanks to the good people over at The Watch Gallery, we have got exclusive images from the event and will be giving you daily updates on latest and greatest watches from the likes of Montblanc, IWC and Rolex that are showcased each day. For anyone who is a lover of luxury goods and timepieces in particular, BaselWorld is a pivotal event and if you can’t be there, this is the next best thing! So, let’s not waste any more time – let’s cast our eye over some of the latest happenings from the BaselWorld – starting with the aforementioned Hublot Ferrari watch: Hublot-Ferrari-watch--2013 hublot-watch Hublot Ferrari watch Not content with this impressive collaboration with the ultimate in Italian sports cars, Hublot also showcased their stunning Hublot Big Bang Unico which you can see below: Hublot Big Bang Unico  watch at the Baselworld Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner visits the BaselWorld

There was also a pretty impressive special guest on the press day at BaselWorld in the form of the dare-devil, Felix Baumgartner, who set the world record for skydiving when he jumped from 39 kilometres late last year. The Zenith watch that the Austrian actually wore that day has been showcased at BaselWorld. The Felix Baumgartner’s watch he wore that is pictured below, and you can watch the video highlights of the skydive as well. Felix Baumgartner's watch at Baselworld Even more special – watch the interview with Felix Baumgartner by The Watch Gallery. This is just a mere taste of what is to come over the next week or so – so stayed tuned here on Skimbaco for more updates and news from the luxury-soaked BaselWorld event. You can also keep up to date with the latest goings on by following The Watch Gallery Magazine. Guest post by Leo Parker. Leo is a luxury lifestyle blogger who has a love of the finer things in life. He doesn’t let the fact that he, lamentably, cannot afford the objects of his desires put him off. He regularly writes for a number of fashion and luxury lifestyle blogs and magazines when he’s not looking through the window of luxury watch shops.

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