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The Swiss watch shows in Geneva and Basel provide a glorious canvas for the world’s top timepiece-makers to paint a picture of the year ahead in horology. Here, the highlights.

STYLISH ACTION

Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity
Showing for the first time at the Baselworld show, Porsche Design proved it’s serious about timepieces. The new watches evidence a universally appealing, minimalist allure. To wit: this 356 Porsche roadster-meets-Bauhaus 1919 Datetimer Eternity, rendered in technical titanium with a gorgeous alligator strap. $4,436, Porsche Design, The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., 312.321.0911 

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Breitling Avenger Hurricane
With its bold 50 mm case, all-black execution with yellow accents and unique 24-hour dial, and rendered in an ultralightweight polymer dubbed Breitlight, the new Breitling Avenger Hurricane is as much about rugged good looks and military-grade appeal as it is about its new COSC-certified Caliber B12 chronograph movement. Legible, accurate, durable and undeniably statement-making. $8,390, Razny Jewelers, Centennial Plaza Shopping Center, 1501 W. Lake St., Addison, 630.932.4900

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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze
The 43 mm Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze timepiece sports a new in-house mechanical movement. But everything else about the watch is strictly inspired by heritage. The shape, lugs, crown and snowflake hands harken to Tudor classics from the mid-century, and the distinctive aluminum bronze alloy case is a nod to the bronze fittings of early ships and will patina nicely over time. $3,975, Razny Jewelers, Centennial Plaza Shopping Center, 1501 W. Lake St., Addison, 630.932.4900 

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Shinola Canfield Chronograph
Detroit-based lifestyle brand Shinola started its meteoric rise with timepieces, and this 43 mm Canfield Chronograph with retro-feel black dial and tan alligator strap continues the company’s dedication to crafting high-quality watches in the United States. Based on the Argonite 5021 quartz movement and hand-assembled in a top-loaded case technique, which provides for a more open dial area, it is at once classic and adventurous. $1,050, Shinola Wicker Park, 1619 N. Damen Ave., 773.904.2417 

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex updated its 40 mm Daytona chronograph with a scratch-resistant Cerachrom ceramic bezel, which delivers a decidedly vintage look. With the help of race car driver Paul Newman, Rolex’s Daytona watches developed a strong following among auto fans and became a perennial favorite among pro racers and motor-sports fans alike. $12,400, C.D.Peacock, 172 Oakbrook Center, Oakbrook, 630.571.5355 

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Hublot Classic Fusion Berluti Scritto
Swiss watchmaking meets Venezia leatherwork in Hublot’s latest collaboration. Partnering with Berluti to celebrate the Parisian shoemaker’s 120th birthday, Hublot decided to go way beyond simply creating an exceptional strap for its 45 mm Classic Fusion timepiece. The dial itself is rendered in leather; organic compounds in the material had to be neutralized. Berluti’s handiwork is proudly front and center, especially in the brown-patina Scritto execution. Limited to 250 pieces, $28,625, Geneva Seal, 112 E. Oak St., 312.944.8504

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COLLECTOR APPEAL

Richard Mille RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat
Richard Mille’s highly technical approach to wrist artistry is hallmarked by a sense of depth. Clever use of skeletonization, along with new dial, construction that draws the eye from the three-level bezel to the center of the dial creates the company’s signature deep look in just 7.75 mm. Add in a 50-hour power reserve, red gold case and lightweight titanium construction, and you pack a lot of tech appeal into a stylish, skinny package. $105,000, Geneva Seal, 112 E. Oak St., 312.944.3100

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COLLECTOR APPEAL

Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P
A quartz watch for serious collectors? Of course. Especially when you consider the Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P is a unique hybrid quartz movement encased in a bold white gold ADLC-coated case. Traditionally mechanical, with a microrotor winding the mainspring, the movement lacks an escapement. Instead, a generator, regulated by a quartz-timing package that does not require a battery, doles out the accurate pacing of the watch. The unique movement is visible through the open work of this astounding timepiece’s face. Limited to 118 pieces, $70,000, Trabert & Hoeffer, 111
E. Oak St., 312.787.1654

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Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 7
The latest version of Harry Winston’s ongoing homage to the gravity-fighting tourbillon complication gets a more high-tech design redux for this year, with a skeletonized dial and some bold color play via this red-detail version. Incorporating two biaxial tourbillons, the 51 mm white gold Histoire 7 sets yet another benchmark in tourbillon-equipped elegance. Limited to 20 pieces, price upon request, Harry Winston, 55 E. Oak St., 312.705.1820

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Patek Philippe 5930G World Time Chronograph
At the Baselworld show, Patek Philippe, a master of the world timer movement, introduced the 39.5 mm 5930G World Time chronograph, adding superb flyback chronograph performance to global timekeeping. At just 12 mm thick, the timepiece is also the world’s thinnest watch to carry both complications. Time displayed across 24 time zones and a 30-minute chronograph, all rendered in a classic combination of white gold, guilloche blue opaline and azure alligator? Looks like you’ve got the whole world on your wrist. $74,000, Razny Jewelers, Centennial Plaza Shopping
Center, 1501 W. Lake St., Addison, 630.932.4900

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de GRISOGONO Retro S24
Jeweler de GRISOGONO updates its deco-inspired Retro watch with scintillating baguette diamonds on the face and paved two-tiered red gold case and lugs. Epitomizing not only style, but also comfort via the orientation of the 50 mm by 44 mm rectangular case as well as the distinctive crown at 12 o’clock, the Retro is now even more instantly recognizable from across the room. Price upon request, Marshall Pierce & Company, 960 N. Michigan Ave., 312.642.4299

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Breguet Héritage Grande Date 5410
This new iteration of Breguet’s classic tonneau-shape Héritage timepiece, with a large two-digit date indicator at 12 o’clock, was a favorite of many at the Baselworld show. Available in rose or white gold, both with exquisite engine-turned engraving details on a silvered gold face, the 5410 rounds out the line’s collection of complications, adding the large date feature to the existing chronograph, tourbillon and moon phase versions. $27,700 in rose gold, $28,700 in white gold, Tourbillon Boutique Chicago, 545 N. Michigan Ave., 312.836.3800

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MODERN CLASSICS

Cartier Drive de Cartier
The Drive de Cartier timepiece was revealed for the very first time recently in Geneva, and with its evident design DNA, the watch is undeniably from the legendary jeweler. The signature blue sapphire winding crown, guilloche face work and Roman numbering mesh with unique features, like the cushion-shape case with distinctive satin finishing, domed crystal and seconds counter at 6 o’clock. Available in steel or 18K rose gold with a black, gray or white face. $6,250 in steel, Cartier, 630 N. Michigan Ave., 312.266.7440 

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Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio
Shown at Geneva in a new classic white face, the 42 mm Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio draws a straight line to the original 1940s timepieces that inspired it. Pure in its heritage and intention, with a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and a vintage leather strap, this iteration is also one of the most legible versions of the watch. $10,000, Tourneau, Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., 312.266.7600

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Frederique Constant Manufacture Perpetual Calendar
A manufacture perpetual calendar (with a moon phase function) for under $10,000? After three years of development, Frederique Constant unveiled this 191-part movement: a modern approach to the classic complication. Recessed buttons on the case provide for easy calendar, day/date and moon phase adjustments without compromising the sleekness of the 42 mm round case. Available in steel with a white dial or rose gold-plated steel with a silver or deep blue dial. $8,995 in rose gold, Razny Jewelers, Centennial Plaza Shopping Center, 1501 W. Lake St., Addison, 630.932.4900

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Graff MasterGraff Perpetual Calendar
Eternally associated with diamonds and fine jewelry, Graff also produces some of the most exquisite horological instruments you can find. The new automatic flying tourbillon-equipped 46 mm MasterGraff Perpetual Calendar, available in an open-face skeletonized version or this elegant navy sun-ray guilloche face and platinum case version, incorporates a new, very thin (7.72 mm) Graff Calibre 7 movement to handle date-keeping chores, including a subdial indicating leap years. If kept properly wound, you won’t need to make any date adjustments until the year 2100. From $260,000, Graff Diamonds, 103 E. Oak St., 312.604.1000

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Longines Railroad Watch
Inspired by a Longines timepiece from the 1960s that performed yeoman service on many a railroader’s wrist, this 40 mm vintage-appeal steel watch honors the precision of the original while bringing it up to date technologically. The RR designation on the face and overall legibility is carried over from the original watch, but this update also features a new L888.2 automatic movement for improved accuracy and a polished black alligator strap for a touch of added elegance. $1,850, C.D. Peacock, 172 Oakbrook Center, Oakbrook, 630.571.5355

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Chopard L.U.C. XPS 1860
Chopard shared this new version of the L.U.C. timepiece in celebration of the first L.U.C. 1860 watch that debuted 20 years ago. This 40 mm ultrathin (7.2 mm) execution incorporates an in-house Calibre 96.01-L movement, 65-hour power reserve, and is one of only a handful of ultrathin timepieces to display the date. Sober and classic, this is a watch destined to become a staple in your timepiece drawer. $20,250 in rose gold, Burdeen’s Jewelry, 1151 W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, 847.459.8980

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*Editor’s Note: At press time, not all of these models were available in stores, given their newness. Contact the listed resources for more information.