For all the major watch brands across the globe, there is no bigger show than Baselworld to show off their newest and most prized designs for the upcoming year. Baswelworld is the only show with the major players in the watch industry that get together and connect with key watchmaking players in the industry, from jewelers to diamond, pearl and gemstone dealers as well as supply industries and more. Baselworld is an invitation only watch show held in Basel, Switzerland.
It dates back to 1917 but did not immediately start off as the big watch-world show that it is today. Over the years, more and more watch makers across the world were receiving invitations to attend until now, over 94,000 visitors attend, and they include all of the biggest names in the watch industry. They make their appearance and display their newest launches for the entire watch business to view, as well as they meet and mingle, connect with, and learn from the leaders of this fascinating industry. Every year we like to see the 10 finest watches displayed at Baselworld for the current year, so keep reading to see which ones made the top 10 list this year.
The ten finest watches of Baselworld for 2017 include:
1. Omega Seamaster 300 1957
This was designated as probably the most classic watches of any for a man. Omega returned the Seamaster 300 back to its original 1957 version and is if you know anything about the Seamaster, then you would know that it is obviously still a water-resistant watch, and up to 300m. It would have to be since James Bond has been known to wear the Seasmaster. The movement for this newer replica has been improved and the luminescent paint has been upgraded and modified. The watch was designed with a stainless-steel case and bracelet and Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel and was given a black ceramic top ring. The classic look was also enhanced with a black dial and luminous silver-toned hands, as well as the index hour markers. Omega used Arabic numerals for the 3,6,9 and 12 hours and finished it with a transparent case back. There is an automatic movement with a 60-hour reserve that handles its functions, which include the basic hour, minute and second. For a classic, sharp and superior quality wrist watch, look out for the Omega 300 1957 this year.
2. New TAG Heuer Autavia 2017
The New Tag Heuer Autavia 2017 was designed with a 42mm stainless-steel case which is a bit bigger than its original, smaller 39mm case. The bezel is also a bit bigger and bolder which gives the watch an overall, bigger look to it. It looks hearty and manly. Tag Heuer also gave it a classic reverse panda dial; deep black ground and white sub-registers that are 30 minute counters and are placed at the 3:00, 9:00 and 12:00 hour. It is a self-winding movement. It has been changed from the original Valijoux 72 and is now the Calibre Heuer 02 movement with an 80 hour power reserve. And for its finishing touch, Tag thoughtfully placed the old-school Heuer and Autavia logos at the 12 o’clock hour which is quite classy.
3. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5320G
For watch enthusiasts, they are saying that this a watch to look for, the Patek Phillippe Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5320G. It is luxurious looking from its cream-colored face to its sleek casing and masculine the leather band. The watch was designed with two apertures on the face for day and month along with a moonphase display that displays the date window at the six o’clock hour. The numerals are Arabic in applied luminous, white gold with added luminous dots set at each hour to match the hands. Two apertures sit at the 6 o’clock hour, one gives you a day/night indicator while the second is a leap year indicator. The power reserve is not huge, giving you 35-45 at the most, but all-in-all, this is one classy watch with a hint of vintage appeal to it that Patek Phillippe should be quite proud of.
4. Citizen EcoDrive Professional Diver 1,000M
Citizen created a solar-powered dive watch that gives divers an extreme depth rating with the EcoDrive of an unbelievable 1,000 m. There has also been the claim that this is the most water-resistant watch made that is powered all by light. This allows divers to go to deep depths and still be able to power the movement. It is rugged watch, designed with a unique, sporty look with some great features, including the locking system that was made for the bezel. It’s powered by the Citizin in-house-made caliber J210 Eco-Drive Quartz movement. It also has a thick titanium case of 21.4mm thick and a dial that gives the wearer the date and time as well as a power reserve indicator. For those who would love to own the Citizen EcoDrive Professional Diver 1,000M watch, you’ll be able to purchase it this summer for $2,300.
5. Tudor Black Bay Chronograph
Tudor constructed the Tudor Black Bay Chronograph watch with a new-column chronograph caliber MT5813. When it came to the face, Tudor placed two chronograph counters, one is a 45-minute counter while the other is a seconds counter. A date window is seen at the 6 o’clock mark. All of the features are housed in a 41mm steel case that is finished off with a polished satin finish. The fixed steel bezel is elegantly engraved with a tachymetric scale, but what puts this watch above so many others is the domed sapphire crystal that is a definite eye-catcher. Practicality speaking, the Tudor Black Bay is water resistant up to 200m and offers a power reserve of 70 hours. You can get the strap in multiple choices. Choose from a brown leather strap, denim style jacquard woven strap, or a rivet style steel bracelet. This watch is set to retail between $4,500 and $4,800.
6. Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis
This is a complicated watch and Tourbillon’s first experience with constructing a multi-axis tourbillon. This is an impressive watch due to the dramatic look and mechanisms of it. Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis was designed to be an eye-catching watch and draw attention to its face. The unique casing and movement architecture really show how innovative this manufacturer is. Hublot designed the face with the hour and minute indicators displayed on the top right part of what is called, the “lightbulb”. The date indicator is less obvious, set on two arcs next to it. A back panel highlights the numerals and a date corrector lever on the left side of the case to lever up for forward, and down for backward. This watch is equipped with a 5 day power reserve and is set to sell for $169,000 to $211,000, depending on which model is purchased.
7. Werenbach Earth Collection
Unique doesn’t begin to describe this new collection by Werenbach which will have every watch and space enthusiast seeking out a piece of history. Every watch dial from this collection has a piece of a rocket that has flown in space. The pieces of spacecraft come from the Soyuz MS-02, which launched October 19th, 2016 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahstan. This is a large collection of watches and just by looking at the color of the piece, you can tell which part of the spacecraft that the piece was taken from. Due to this method, each and every watch has its own distinct and original look. The rocket pieces all have their own characteristics and maybe minor flaw, such as a scratch, which increases the uniqueness of the specific watch and the entire collection. The version that is grey faced and all aluminum is a stunning version of this collection. They also come in white, black and orange, and all with a choice of rubberished leather, calfskin or fabric bands.
8. Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Rolex took brought the look of Las Vegas to this watch and gave it a glam and sparkle look, right down to the rose gold colored casing and the 32 sapphires, eight tsavorites and one diamond that don this beautifully decorated timepiece. The black face is an ever-classic feature of Rolex, which makes the dial so easy to read. The hour markers are designed from 18 ct. gold to prevent them from tarnishing and the blade is overmoulded with a high-functioning black elastomer, which happens to be exceptionally resilient to environmental effects. This is a self-winding mechanical movement watch. Rolex used their standard Rolex movements, with this watch, it is the 3135 Swiss Chronometer. The bracelet is exceptionally comfortable with the inside of the Oysterflex flex bracelet equipped with a cushion system to stabilize the watch and give a perfect fit.
9. Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante
A beautiful example of a chronographic watch, the Navitimer is powered by the Manufacture Breitling Caliber B03 movement with split-seconds movements, which makes it one of the most sophisticated horological complications used in a watch today. The Navitimer Rattrapante features a calendar dial aperture and was constructed with a self-winding movement and gives you 70 hours of reserve. The timepiece is water resistant to 3 bars and the beautiful casing comes in two choices, steel or rose gold. Navitimer designed the crystal with Cambered sapphire and is glare-proof on both sides for better visibility in any type of lighting. One of Navitimer’s finest timepieces, it looks as stunning on the wrist as it is functional.
10. Glashutte Sixties Iconic Forest
This is one timepiece that you have never seen before. The name says it all; Iconic Forest, and it does remind you of a luscious green forest. It has been said that Glashutte is more known for their tasteful and very understated timepieces. When they stepped out and away from their norm, they took a big leap with this watch. It looks as unique as it could with its forest green face and squared-off casing. This is really a recreation of a chronograph from the 1960’s but with a more modern twist. The overall design includes, a of a psychedelic inspired finish, sunburst dial and soupcon of lume on each hour markers. The watch was designed using an original manufacture Caliber 39-34 with automatic winding movement and integrated chronograph function and will give you a 40-hour power reserve. Each watch is equipped with an exquisite, brown matching Louisiana alligator strap and can choose from forest green and tangerine models, or the black which is for the Graphite, Ocean as well as Fire versions are available.