Powerhouse gathering – For those fascinated by the meticulous craft of watchmaking, there are few more important events than Baselworld -- the annual trade show for the international watch and jewelry industry in the Swiss border city of Basel. There, visitors have the chance to see the world's most extravagant, rare and complex timepieces, such as this MasterGraff Ultraslim Tourbillon by British jeweler Graff.
Trendsetting tendencies – The event is the premier destination for anyone wanting to see the best in luxury watch design. It's where many watchmakers choose to unveil their latest timepieces, such as these Rolex watches above.
Key players under one roof – Baselworld is also a hothouse of high-level networking, with the great and the good of the luxury industry as well as a host of A-list celebrities all in attendance.
Fashionably on time – At the Dior booth haute couture meets horlogerie, with diamond bedazzled timepieces doubling up as envy-inducing jewelry.
Undetected luxuries – It's not all about the famous names though, and the show is a good place to discover less known brands such as Glasheutte Original seen here.
Unapologetic extravagance – But when it comes to bling, Baselword goes big. One of the highlights of this year's show back in April was the glistening "Cat's Eye" watch by Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux, which is encrusted with 646 diamonds, and had a white gold dial, case and bracelet. In spite of its alluring sparkle, many industry experts emphasize that the most important element of the timepiece is its movement mechanism.
Subtle refinement – In contrast, this delicate wooden watch by self-taught watchmaker Valerii Danevych, named "Chillon Castle", features a marquetry-decorated dial which hides a Swiss-made movement.
Sporty inspiration – It's not all about classic glamor and elegance though. Visitors had the chance to see the official watch of the FIFA World Cup at the booth of Swiss watchmaker Hublot.
Painstaking craftsmanship – Zenith, another Swiss house, displayed its Chronograph El Primero timepiece which takes an average of nine months to create. A series of 2,500 operations are performed by 300 experts which use 18 different types of metal.
Mechanical wonder – For those intrigued by the inner working of their timepiece, this MasterGraff Skeleton Tourbillon transparent watch by British brand Graff reveals its intricate mechanism through openwork movement.
Rose sophistication – Ladylike luxury was on the agenda for this delicate Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Square Wheel, which channels soft femininity with a shimmering pink mother of pearl dial, sparkling diamond case and crocodile leather strap.
Timeless elegance – According to watch connoisseurs, first time buyers should stick to well-known, established brands in order to ensure they are getting quality for their money. Breitling, whose Chronomat 44 Airborne is shown here, is famous for being the watch of choice for James Bond in the 1965 film "Thunderball".
Watch wardrobe – However, there is no need to make a commitment to a single style. Andrew Block, the president and CEO of leading luxury watch consultancy Second Time Partners says that you can sport a different watch for each occasion, and gradually build a collection. This piece by British brand Bremont takes inspiration from the military.
Art for art's sake – Your luxury timepiece may have cost a fortune, but Block warns that it shouldn't be though of as a financial investment as its value depreciates the moment it lands on your wrist.