Baselworld 2017 is the best event for watch lovers and Basel Shows was there to show you in first hand the new luxury watches on the market. Let’s see them:
One watch recognisable to anyone who has visited a Swiss railway station is the Mondaine SBB Classic, based on the Swiss Federal Railways’ platform clock, and is now available on a “loden” woollen strap.
Two straps are supplied with Tudor’s latest take on its bestselling Heritage Black Bay, which has a new bezel in plain steel and an in-house movement, while Hamilton draws on its longstanding association with the movie world to launch the ODC X-03, co-designed by Nathan Crowley, production designer for the sci-fi film Interstellar.
TAG Heuer’s anticipated launch is a version of its 1960s Autavia, which has been voted back into its range by enthusiasts in an online poll. Another driver’s chronograph is the Breitling for Bentley Supersports, a “connected” smartwatch which monitors driving performance through a link to a mobile phone app.
Also built for performance is Omega’s Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer which combines the brand’s latest, ultra-accurate mechanical movement and a high-tech ceramic bezel with a dial inspired by a model from 1968. Zenith’s celebrated El Primero — which launched the year after — gets its first significant update in the Defy El Primero 21, which has a central chronograph hand that performs an entire sweep of the dial in just one second.
Hublot has gone for style over mechanical substance with its tweed-clad Classic Fusion models; these are made in conjunction with design house Italia Independent and tailor Rubinacci. The platinum-cased Slim d’Hermès uses a perpetual calendar movement that automatically accounts for leap years and short months.
Female watch-lovers can travel the globe with Patek Philippe’s Reference 7130G World Time, featuring a blue dial and a white gold case.
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