So far at Baselworld we’ve seen a focus on dive watches and on reinterpretations of classics into today’s generation, but Day 3 has seen watchmakers make intergalactic efforts to impress with their luxurious, opulent craft. Everything from a moon phase indicator that works no matter what hemisphere you’re in to a clock that is shaped like a rocket, here are the shining stars of Day 3.
Monta Watches Triumph “Field Watch” – A Triumph Indeed
The Monta Watches Triumph “Field Watch” timepiece proves that a luxury watch does not have be large in size to be large in performance. The diminutive 38.5mm case has a transparent back, while the dial – coming in a large array of colour options – is minimalistic with a date aperture at 6 o’clock. The movement powering this watch is a Sellita SW300 automatic, and has a waterproofness of 150m. It’s an aesthetically pleasing take on ‘less is more’.
The Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph – A Reinvention in Every Sense
A stunning rework of what a traditional chronograph should be, this watch features a flyback chronograph complication that operates without having to be reset to zero every time – like most chronographs. The calibre FC-760 movement powering the watch is a star-shaped wheel, enabling for maximum smoothness of operation. The 42mm, stainless steel case contains a dial with a 30-minute counter, date by hand and small seconds dial at 3, 6 & 9 o’clock respectively, and has perfectly married elegance with revolution.
MasterGraff Structural Skeleton Automatic – Looking Good From All Angles
It’s difficult to make a skeletal timepiece look deluxe, but MasterGraff have done so with this dark beauty. A flying tourbillon is in clear view through the dial, as well as an offset rotor that allows one to see every inner working mechanic of this watch. It boasts a height of 13mm, a diameter of 46mm and features a trustworthy automatic movement. Above all, this watch is a geometric wonder that showcases space as well as time.
Tissot Heritage 1948 Chronograph – Tissot Takes the Classic Route
Another watch whose grandeur is not in its appearance, the Tissot Heritage 1948 Chronograph is a straightforward timepiece that conceals tradition and solidarity. The ETA 2894-2 chronograph movement is partially visible through two half-moon windows on the back of the stainless steel case, which is a unique approach. Coming in at just under 40mm in diameter and with a dial sporting three sub-registers and a date aperture, this watch takes its pride in not having to overcompensate. It is quality through and through.
MCT Dodekal One D110 – Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before
This eye-catching watch possesses one of the most unique complications yet – a digital-looking hour indicator in the centre of the 43mm dial, with a standard minute indicator traversing around it. The cushion-shaped titanium case further adds to the original feel to the timepiece, with some of the inner workings just visible in the corners of the case. Furthermore, the in-house calibre MCT-D1 movement, with a power reserve of about 50 hours, is visible through the back of the case. MCT, with this collection, have mastered the balance between complexity and effectiveness.
The Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton in Rose Gold – A Symmetrical Beauty
Delivered in a timelessly beautiful rose gold 44m case, this symmetrical piece really showcases the intricacies of watchmaking. With functions denoting both local time and GMT time – as well as local and GMT 24 hour time – the skeletal dial is an appreciation of the nuances of what goes into the craft. Not to mention the completely in-house calibre A&S1309 movement is the perfect finisher for a watch that displays everything that’s to love about watchmaking.
Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor – Romain Gauthier are Pushing the Boundaries
Going against the grain with off-centre minute and second indications, this watch – contrasting the shine of silver with the luxury of royal blue within the dial – is mighty in all aspects. Sporting an in-house movement, it also features a bi-directional rotor made from 22k gold. Visible through both the front and back of the 39.5mm dial, it turns smoothly and quietly. The Insight Micro-Rotor is minimal in disruption, but larger than life everywhere else.
Rado Hyperchrome LS – Shining as Bright as the Moon Itself
This incredibly lightweight yet structurally sound timepiece is just another example of how Baselworld is taking a minimalist approach to aesthetics this year. With a 40mm steel PVD case and matching steel bracelet, this monochromatic, watch is straightforward and about business. However, what it lacks in fun with its looks it makes up for in functionality. In somewhat of a revolutionary way, this watch – complete with a moon phase complication – uses light to connect with a mobile app, enabling the wearer complete control using their phone. Furthermore, the bi-directional motor rotates clockwise in the Northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern hemisphere, enabling the wearer to obtain an accurate moon phase indication no matter what.
Chronoswiss Sirius Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton – Flys Above The Rest
While initially it might seem like a bit of an attack on the senses, this intricate watch is really about challenging traditional watch design – as regulator watches do. With three separate dials for hours, minutes and seconds, the skeletal 44mm dial gives you view into the inner workings of this timepiece, including the calibre C.677 movement which has been modified and improved over time and adds to the theme of the watch with skeletonized gears. Above all, this watch gets its name from the fact that the sub dials give the illusion of floating on the main dial, which is a technical feat sure to send any wearer to new heights.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic – Breaking Yet Another Record
Never ones to shy away from pushing the boundaries, Bulgari have achieved another world record with this beauty – it’s the slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch on the market to date. With a barely-there thickness of just 5.15mm, this watch doesn’t skip on the structural integrity either with a titanium crown, platinum micro-rotor and a calibre BVL 138 movement powering the whole thing – all in all you get a unit that will satisfy in every sense.
MB&F Destination Moon Table Clock – There’s No Way This Clock Is From This Planet
In a clock that is well and truly out of this world, this architectural masterpiece is one for stargazers and ground-dwellers alike. With a multi-level engine protected by mineral glass, this clock – featuring a stunning 164 components and 17 jewels – has the hour and minute indications stamped on rotating stainless steel discs. It reaches 41.4cm in height and 23.3cm in diameter at base level. Aesthetically, this rocket shaped timepiece is truly a thing of beauty to marvel.
Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon Astronomical Watch – As Wondrous As Space Itself
A timepiece of extra-terrestrial proportions, this watch will pull one into its orbit with just one look. With a mechanical solar system model that boasts a 100-year calendar, this is truly otherworldly. On the back of the 48mm case, one will find a year counter with planet correction indicators, as well as a moon corrector and Mars corrector at 4 and 10 o’clock respectively. Powered by a specially-made calibre G1800 that has a 72-hour power reserve, this stunning piece of watchmaking is truly for those who believe.