While I couldn’t be more impressed by the timepieces presented by the major players this Baselworld, some of the most surprising horological creations were the result of weird and wonderful encounters with people who took me off the beaten track.
The first encounter was an Israeli watchmaker called Itay Noy. It all started a couple of weeks ago when I posted a picture on Instagram of the medieval tunnel that leads to the Revolution office in the old town of Nyon, Switzerland. Itay remarked on how it looked just like his office in Old Jaffa. Intrigued, I asked him for a photo, and blow me down, our respective places of work, although 2,600 miles apart, did look uncannily similar. A few messages later and I had an appointment booked at Baselworld to see his creations.
I went into the appointment with absolutely no idea what to expect, but what I discovered was a watchmaker with boundless creativity (I’ll come back to him later in the year), but for now, check out this unique creation where each owner can choose which colored disc he or she wants to be the hour hand, keeping the reading of the time totally secret — I just love it!