Baselworld 2019 starts today and it’s no wonder people in Switzerland are excited to see some new watches. We’ve already mentioned a couple of brands of watches and jewelry to look out for during this edition of the event, however, we now bring you four specific luxury watches you can see for yourself at the event.
Many new products, for now, are shrouded in mystery, however, we have some previews when it comes to some promising new watches. Here are four that you can’t miss.
Grand Seiko Elegance Collection
This collection has introduced a manual-winding movement made entirely in-house which was placed in four new watches set to be revealed at the event. In the case of the Caliber 9S63, this lovely red watch will power a simple two-handed time display balanced by a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a power-reserve indicator at 3 o’clock.
Not only that but it will also be a good example on the best of Japanese artisanship: it has two of the four dials finished in the centuries-old urushi lacquer process (in which sap from a tree exclusive to Japan is applied to layer by layer to the dial).
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bi-Compass
The design of this watch is based on a vintage radio compass housed in a 42-millimeter matte black ceramic case and powered by a Sellita movement. The dial is arranged as three concentric circles, while the pointer indicates the hour on the Arabic numerals and indexes that occupy the middle zone. The outer circle features numerals and indexes for the minutes, which are indicated by a central minute hand.
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver
In a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking El Primero chronograph models, Zenith is going to make this occasion special with the unveiling of Pilot Type 20 collection. The watch with a military aviation-inspired design will be presented in a case made of silver, a rarity on the watch industry. The special technical feature about this watch is also marked by the fact that the Elite caliber, which can be defined as a non-chrono version of the El Primero movement, is inside the watch.
The dial is presented as having a shiny, silvered finish punctuated by rivets, intended to imitate the look of some classical war airplanes. The silver case is also made special by an engraving of the Zenith Flight Instruments logo.
Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition
The partnership between Breitling and Bentley has been maintained for a couple of years now and this year they are also celebrating a special occasion: the 100th anniversary year for Bentley Motors.
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They will be presenting the Premier Bentley Centenary Edition, a watch made out of 200-piece edition in rose gold and a 1,000-piece series in steel, while at the same time showing off a handsome brown elm burl dial. The watch is also identified by a special Bentley-branded plaque placed on the left side, as well as by the brown leather strap very reminiscent of Bentley’s car seats.