While we couldn’t make it over to Baselworld this year, it doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the horological delights from sunny Australia. Here we round-up some of our favourites as well as some of the more noteworthy models from the watch conference in Part 1 of our Baselworld 2017 Watch Round-Up.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller – Go Deeper with Rolex
The Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller Series from Rolex is all class. Designed for the seafaring gent, the Rolex Sea-Dweller is waterproof to a depth of 4,000 feet (1,220 metres) and an astonishing 12,800 feet (3,900 meters) for the Rolex Deepsea. Made from industrial superalloy 904L stainless steel, this series boasts the new-generation 3235 movement – a self-winding Rolex design and build through and through. However it is the elegance of the Bezel that makes this series truly unique: featuring a 60-minute graduated, unidirectional rotatable bezel, the new Sea-Dweller enables divers to precisely and safely monitor their dive and decompression times. Coupled with a Physical Vapour Deposition graduation coating and multi-faceted oyster chain, this watch is most certainly not lacking in depth.
TUDOR Heritage Black Bay Chrono Steel – A Tasteful Step to the Left for TUDOR
With strong ties to the motoring industry, TUDOR watchmakers have cemented themselves as a mainstay brand, thanks to their unique Prince Oysterdate Chronograph. However it is the Calibre MT5813 movement Heritage Black Bay Chrono Steel that ventures forth and into the realm of aquatic, whilst still maintaining ties to what makes this brand great. This 41mm diameter piece sports an understated yet complex engraved tachymetric scale, fixed bezel and snowflake hands, set amongst a domed black dial, for a sturdy look. With hollowed sub-counters, designed for optimum contrast and a date aperture positioned at 6 o’clock, coupled with fitted pushers inspired by the first generation of TUDOR chronographs, this watch is a tasteful step to the left for the brand as it does not lose sight of the brand ethos.
TAG Heuer Autavia Watch – Icons Live Forever with TAG
In celebration of the original model which made it’s debut 55 years ago, TAG Heuer present an intimidating piece of watchmaking. Coming in at 42mm in diameter compared to 39 in the 1960s, the TAG Heuer Autavia is more imposing than its ancestor. Modernised in the best ways, this watch sports a 12-hour graduated bezel and a new Heuer-02 calibre proprietary chronograph movement. Inspired by motor-racing, the Autavia’s functions are tailored to modern requirements: a self-winding calibre, power reserve of 80 hours, date at 6 o’clock and water resistance to 100 metres. Set amongst black aluminium, the bidirectional notched bezel encircles a black dial with three white snailed counters in an optimal layout. It is safe to say that TAG Heuer’s new Autavia makes an applaudable attempt to carry the DNA and aesthetic codes of the original, with an updated functionality for today’s market.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona – Truly Mighty
Arriving in options of 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold, the Rolex Daytona is mighty in every aspect and, since its inception in 1963, is often referred to as one of the most iconic chronographs in the world this beauty is also sporting a modern Cerachrom bezel that is completely scratch-proof and corrosion-resistant. It’s also boasting a self-winding perpetual calibre 4130 movement as well as being waterproof for up to 100m deep. This watch has hit new speeds, and its wearer is going to do the same.
Nomos Campus Series Watches – Made to be Timeless
This beautiful series of watches from NOMOS somehow feels futuristic and classical at the same time. With an in-house calibre Alpha movement (NOMOS’ very first watch movement), the watch is definitely a tribute to everything the brand stands for – elegance, timelessness and innovation. The dial uses both standard and Roman numerals and features bright blue Superluminova. Let’s not forget that each one of these watches comes with a complimentary, small engraving on the back of the case.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller – Soaring
Much like how the Sea Dweller has conquered the deep, the Rolex Sky Dweller has mastered the world of travelling with a dual time zone display, a reference time display in 24-hour format as well as an annual calendar that only needs adjusting once per year. On top of that, this bad boy is also waterproof up to 100m and yielding an impressive perpetual calibre 9001 movement – one of the most complex movements ever manufactured by Rolex.
TUDOR Heritage Black Bay Steel
Using elements from TUDOR’s rich and bountiful history, this steel-cased resurgence of the Heritage Black Bay classic is all about revitalising the traditional for a new generation. Featuring the famous winding crown used in 1958 – aka The Big Crown – this watch is truly a power play by anyone who wears it. It sports an impressive Tudor MT5612 movement with a 70-hour power reserve, and is also the first to bring a date function to the Black Bay series.
Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer – Born to Win
This baby was born to win – no other way to put it. The sleek sporty leather strap compliments the steel, gold and ceramic used to create the case and the bezel. Furthermore, the sapphire crystal gives the watch a slimmer appearance. Most importantly, this watch is driven by a a calibre 9900/9901 which, as approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Meteorology, is at the highest standard of precision, performance and magnetic resistance.
Patek Philippe’s World Time Chronograph
This is a monumental move for Patek as this marks their first ever timepiece that features both a chronograph and a world-time indication. But Patek’s embracing of the new doesn’t stop there, as this blue and silver masterpiece also houses a completely new in-house movement, which is actually the smallest and thinnest movement EVER for a world-time chronograph. The whole thing is only 12mm thick, and the dial has three distinct tiers, proving that Patek doesn’t mess around when they want to try something new.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 – Goes All Out
While very much another attempt to make the old new, the Rolex Datejust is much more than just a modern revision of an old classic. With a stunning white-gold fluted bezel that compliments the Roselor – a combination of steel and gold on a Rolex – casing perfectly, this watch is just as much about style as it is about mechanics. The oyster case is guaranteed to be waterproof up to 100m deep, which has become a staple for this latest round of Rolex watches. Finally, the movement is a calibre 3235 that boasts a 70-hour power reserve, as well as complete resistance to magnetic interference. Rolex have pulled out all the stops for this one, and it really shows.
Omega 1957 Trilogy – Speedmaster, Railmaster & Seamaster
60 years ago, Omega released three watches – the Speedmaster, Railmaster and Seamaster – that would go on to be true tastemakers in the timepiece industry. Now celebrating their 60th anniversary – an important milestone for a timepiece – they’ve been re-released with ample new features. Omega’s holy trinity, if you will, have been updated and can be purchased individually or as a set. All of these watches are cased in stainless steel, while all featuring a black dial, with the stainless steel band giving a retro feel. Each watch also sports different movements that help showcase each watch’s intended purpose. This is truly a collection that wouldn’t be complete without all three.
Omega Speedmaster “Apollo XVII” Limited Edition – An Updated Beauty
Being one of Omega’s more iconic timepieces, re-releasing this gem must have induced a lot of pressure but Omega – never one to back away from pushing the envelope – have delivered. The watch has been a part of all major lunar missions, so naturally it is dedicated to the last man on the moon, astronaut Gene Cernan. The dial is embossed with a stunning design that was also the Apollo XVII patch, and it is packed with a small seconds dial, a central chronograph hand as well as both a 30-minute and 12-hour recorder.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 – The Definition of Elegance
This TUDOR beauty is the epitome of elegance. With a black-lacquered dial juxtaposed with a bright steel case and bracelet, it is remarkably timeless in style. Inspired by divers’ watches in the 1950s, the hands are angular – otherwise known as snowflake – and the large, bold crown boasts a waterproofness to an impressive 150m. The movement is a self winding calibre 2824 and has a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. This is a watch that could have been donned 50 years ago or 50 years in the future, and still seem as timely as it is today.
Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon – Tough as Nails
The Victorinox I.N.O.X Carbon positively screams tough. The aesthetic of this beauty is incredibly strong, sporting a black carbon composite casing that is resistant to high temperatures. Furthermore, the entire thing is completely scratch and shock resistant with its structural toughness tied together by the Naimakka Paracord strap. The 43mm dial boasts an end-of-life indicator, the date and military time, all powered by a Swiss made quartz movement. This is truly a watch that’s not here to play games and is ready for any adventure.
Bremont Supermarine S301 – Reaching for New Heights
Bremont pulled out of Baselworld this year so they could debut their new collection on home turf, but that doesn’t mean the centrepiece of this collection – the Supermarine S301 – is any less special. In fact, it possesses features that make it all the more special. The movement powering is a modified calibre 11 1?2’’’ BE-92AE automatic chronometer that is fitted with Bremont decorated rotor and 21 jewels. The dial, inside a 40mm stainless steel case, has a sweeping second hand and a date aperture adjusted by a decorated crown. Most importantly, the aptly titled Supermarine has a waterproofness of 300m which means this watch will not only take its owner to new heights, but new depths as well.