With Baselworld 2019 beginning on Thursday, dapper delegates such as our very own Bhanu Chopra start to consider their Basel wardrobe.
While clad in just joggers and a tee shirt on the plane to Switzerland, come the first day of the watch fair Bhanu is transformed into a sleekly suited power executive, ready to meet some of the most exclusive watch brands in the world. It’s not a moment for your wardrobe to be found wanting.
The key to creating the right impression is to keep the look classic, quiet, but undeniably high quality. One, maybe two stand out items in the ensemble can be worn to catch attention, but never make it look as if you are trying too hard.
Tom Ford’s classic formal shirt in white. Crafted with the finest cotton, it boasts a soft poplin design in crisp white and is complemented with a sophisticated point collar and buttoned cuffs. Perfect for the office or evening, it would pair well with tailored separates or a full tuxedo. How much? US$450.00
Subtly displaying its understated and refined Italian power and charisma, Brioni’s Brunico two-piece suit from Brioni showcases flair and unparalleled craftsmanship. Realized in tightly-woven wool, smart notched lapels will frame your finest shirting while pressed pleats elongate the trousers for a flattering fit. How much? US$5,521
Crafted once more in Italy, the classic construction features tonal polka dots that will deliver visual texture to minimalist crisp white shirting. How much? US$225.00
The Grosvenor is arguably Pantherella’s finest sock. Made from 100% cashmere, and knitted with a very fine gauge to create a sock that has no equal. The Grosvenor 100% cashmere socks are indulgent hand finished British luxury at its finest, made to the highest standards, no one will notice you are wearing such fine socks, but you will appreciate them all day long. How much? US$80.00
The shoes can be quiet and sober, or they can make a statement. Santoni is an Italian brand renowned for creating exquisite handmade shoes and accessories in only the finest leathers. Founded by Andrea Santoni in 1975, the family-run business is synonymous with high quality and first-class style. Seamlessly combining artisanal tradition with innovative techniques, each shoe is given the same level of exacting attention, resulting in elegant and distinguished footwear for the discerning gentleman.
The shoes shown here are the brand’s top of the line monk strap formal shoes. Crafted from genuine crocodile skin, the monk strap is secured with two buckle fastenings. Elevated on a genuine leather sole, they will be a go-to as much as for mid-week as for sparkling and exclusive Baselworld evening events. How much? US$4,900
Finally, the all-important watch, the first place every Baselworld attendee looks to is of course the wrist. Bhanu is a huge fan of Bvlgari, and there’s no doubt their Octo Finissimo watch on the wrist will reassure any brand executive that its wearer is watch-aware. Defined by its clean lines, and signature octagonal shape with a cool Italian minimalist design, the Octo Finissimo watch from Bulgari holds the record as the world’s slimmest automatic timepiece. Crafted in titanium with a sleek, uncluttered dial and a luxurious alligator strap, this ultra-thin watch conveys masculinity and power. How much? US$16,170