Baselworld always sees the boundaries pushed, our imaginations broadened and the future brightened. It gives us such an eclectic collection of products from various watchmaking giants across the globe that challenges what we’ve come to expect from both horology and fashion. Part 3 of Baselworld gives us watches that take us to soaring new heights and impressive new depths in the industry. There’s a focus on a classic elegance that doesn’t compromise on toughness and even a watch that single-handedly broke three separate records. Without further ado, here’s the best of Baselworld – Part 3
1. Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Ceramic Blue
Enclosed in 45mm of micro blasted and polish blue ceramic, the Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Ceramic Blue is a sapphire marvel to say the least. The HUB1201 movement, a manually wound masterpiece that comprises of 223 components, is an ode to the idea that just because a watch is sophisticated and stylistically classic, it doesn’t mean it isn’t groundbreaking. With a 10 day power reserve, and indicators at both 3 and 6 o’clock displaying just how many days are remaining on the reserve, this big, blue beauty is efficient and effective at every tick.
Features: 10 day power reserve; HUB1201 Manufacture Manual-winding Skeleton Power Reserve Movement
Case diameter: 45mm
Water resistance: 100m / 10atm
Price: CHF 20,900
2. Hublot Orlinski Chronograph King Green Gold Classic Fusion
The obvious earthiness blooming from this timepiece comes from its interesting green/gold colour scheme, but the true solidity of the Hublot Orlinski Chronograph King Green Gold Classic Fusion lies within its complications. With two chronograph dials lying at both 3 and 9 o’clock, and a date indicator sitting at 6 o’clock, it’s a watch that is all about accuracy. Powered by the HUB1143 calibre movement that is sporting a 42 hour power reserve, the 280 component beauty perfectly toes the line between eye-catching and reliable. Hublot have not compromised any part of this watch’s appeal, and that’s a feat not often achieved by any watchmaking giant.
Features: 42 hours power reserve; HUB1143 Self-winding Chronograph Movement
Case diameter: 45mm / 42mm
Water resistance: 50m / 5atm
Price: CHF 29,300
3. Bulgari Octo Finissimo
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo is a record-breaker – there’s simply no other way to put it. It’s the world’s thinnest automatic watch, it’s the world’s thinnest tourbillon and it’s the world’s thinnest automatic tourbillon, but it’s lack of size doesn’t impose on its functionality. With a ridiculously 3.95mm thickness, it’s amazing that within it lays the calibre BVL 288 automatic movement with an impressive 55 hour power reserve. With a skeletonised open dial enclosed in a 42mm sandblasted titanium case, it’s astounding that something that seems so fragile can actually be incredibly sturdy.
Features: 60 hour power reserve
Case diameter: 40mm
Water resistance: 30m
4. Patek Philippe 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
Watches displaying multiple time zones is nothing new, but the Patek Philippe 5524G does so with such clarity and legibility that other models with a similar mechanism often lack. The dual time zone mechanism indicates both local and home time, distinguished by blue and white hands, which a local date indicator resides at 6 o’clock. The self-winding calibre 324 S C FUS has a 45-hour power reserve and is water resistant up to 6m.
Features: 35-45 hours power reserve; 324 S C FUS Self-winding
Case diameter: 42mm
Water resistance: 60m
5. H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds Cosmic Green
There’s a stark opulence about H. Moser & Cie’s entire Pioneer collection, but none shines quite as bright as the Centre Seconds Cosmic Green edition. However despite its luxury, it has a unique innate adaptability that makes it appropriate for any situation. The 42.8mm solid steel case encloses a cosmic green dial and the Superluminova hands/hour markers making for an eerily beautiful feel. It operates on an automatic calibre HMC 200 movement with a minimum 72 hour power reserve and is water resistant up to an impressive 120 metres.
Features: HMC 200 in-house automatic calibre – bi-directional pawl winding system; 3-day power reserve
Case diameter: 42.8mm
Water resistance: 120 m
6. Raymond Weil Marshall Amplification Limited Edition Tango
With only 1,000 of these watches being made, this collaboration between Raymond Weil and Marshall – the Marshall Amplification Limited Edition Tango – is as loud and as booming as they come. With an iconic gold and black colour scheme, the watch, operating on a quartz movement, pays homage to the classic Marshall amplifier and speaker cabinet, which are instantly recognisable as being used by some of the world’s most famous musicians. The golden chronograph and black running seconds sub-dial contrast the textural design on the dial nicely, with a date aperture fitting in snugly between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Case diameter: 43mm
Water resistance: 300m
7. Raymond Weil Calibre RW1212 Skeleton
The Raymond Weil Calibre RW1212 Skeleton is a direct representation of Raymond Weil’s company modus operandi – to continue to push. Operating with a further developed version of their in house RW1212 mechanical self-winding movement, this skeletal watch is black and gold elegance juxtaposed by the openworked dial. The visible balance wheel resides at 6 o’clock, and the entire timepiece is encased in 42mm steel.
Features: Calibre RW1212, 38 hour power reserve
Case diameter: 42mm
Water resistance: 100m / 330 ft / 10 atm
8. Grand Seiko Blue Ceramic Hi-beat GMT “Special” Limited Edition
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Grand Seiko’s iconic 9S movement, the watchmaking innovators have released the sleek and sexy Blue Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT “Special” Limited Edition. The guilloche-patterned dial is stunning to look at and is not compromised by excessive complications – only a classy date aperture at 3 o’clock and a second time-zone indicator via 24-hour hand. The 46.4mm case is made with Seiko’s high intensity titanium, which has then been treated with an anodic oxidation process that makes it shine that beautiful royal blue. The 9S86 movement has a power reserve of 55 hours, and is accurate to +5/-3 seconds per day.
Features: Caliber 9S86, 55 hour power reserve
Case diameter: 46.4mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
9. Seiko 1968 Automatic Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition: SLA025
Seiko have really conquered the realm of the diver’s watch, and they’re celebrating that by pushing themselves even deeper with the 1968 Automatic Diver’s Re-Creation Limited Edition. Made for saturation diving with a 300m water resistance, the attention to detail on this watch is impeccable. The 44.8mm dial that rests within the stainless steel case with super-hard coating is extra legible and sharp, with different styles of markers denoting 3, 6 and 9 o’clock to ensure legibility no matter how far deep one is. The automatic calibre 8L55 movement was made specifically for diver’s watch, and it probably won’t find a more apt home than this jewel of the deep.
Features: Caliber 8L55, 55 hour power reserve
Case diameter: 44.8mm
Water resistance: 300m