Another year, another Baselworld – the most important week in the watch world’s annual calendar. And this year there were some seriously exciting additions in the mix, from record-breaking complications to collaborations with world famous artists. Here’s the 13 watches that stood out at this year’s Basel.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition
Breitling have teamed up with British motorcycle company Norton for the latest addition to the brand’s Premier collection. At its heart is the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, with a power reserve of 70 hours, along with a COSC-certified chronometer. The 42mm stainless steel case is engraved with the distinctive Norton logo, with a motorcycle printed on the transparent caseback.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
Holding the world record for the world’s thinnest ever mechanical chronograph, Bvlgari’s new latest invention is a site to behold. The eight-sided watch (a Bvlgari calling card) has a 55-hour power reserve, while the record-breaking titanium comes in at a slim 6.9mm.
£15,200, available July 2019, bulgari.com
Carl F Bucherer Heritage Bicompax Annual Chronograph
Inspired by the glamour of the 1950s, this latest addition to Carl F Bucherer’s Heritage collection is also firmly rooted in the present. Aesthetically, it takes its cues from the brand’s elegant symmetrical BiCompax dial design that it launched in the Fifties, paired with a thoroughly modern 41 mm diameter stainless steel case, with either a silver dial or a rose-and-champagne dial with a 18 karat rose gold crown.
From £5,500, launching autumn 2019, carl-f-bucherer.com
Chopard LUC XP
Elegantly understated, Chopard’s new addition to the LUC family eschews complications, instead focusing on a clean stainless steel casing with electric blue numerals tapered batons.
Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Orlinski
Hublot has teamed up with artist Richard Orlinski to reimagine its classic tourbillon as a work of art for the wrist. Following Orlinski’s signature sculptural aesthetic, the watch has been recreated in sapphire, gold or black ceramic, and has a wide bevelled case that unveils the inner structured mechanics through sleek matte bars and wide mechanism apertures to show off the gears and tourbillon cage.
From £75,000, hublot.com
Junghans Max Bill Automatic Jahre Bauhaus
Elegantly simple, Junghans’ latest watch was unveiled at Basel to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Bauhaus. Designed in line with the school’s ethos of combining functionality and fine art, the watch’s anthracite case references its striking HQ in Dessau, while the grey strap follows the movement’s love of concrete. The Bauhaus building itself is represented on the glass case back, at the same time allowing a view of the watch’s mechanical movement.
£1,215, available April 2019, junghans.de
Nomos Glashütte Tetra Duo
This year, Nomos Glashütte has revisited its four classic watches (Tangente, Orion, Ludwig, and Tetra) and reimagined them in new, smaller frames, without a sub-seconds dial. Our favourite is the Tetra, with its elegant square casing.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Annual Calendar
The Seventies are having a moment in the style world, making Patek Philippe’s decision to return its Nautilus Annual Calendar to the exact shade of blue used in the 1976 original apt. With an annual calendar and moon-phase display, the watch has a caliber 324 movement comprising 347 parts that can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date
The story behind Oris’s most celebrated model begins in 1938 when it was introduced for pilots – the oversized crown meant the watch could be easily adjusted, even while in the air. It’s been reintroduced for 2019 with a unique deep red dial.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II
Rolex has rebooted its Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II in blue and black – otherwise known as the ‘Batman’ watch – for 2019, adding in a new-generation calibre 3285, and a two-colour 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert in blue and black ceramic.
TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph 3
Originally a dashboard instrument used in racing cars and planes, TAG Heuer turned its Autavia clock into a watch in 1962. Today, it’s been reimagined as a seven-strong collection powered by TAG Heuer’s chronometer-certified Calibre 5 movement, along with the cutting-edge carbon-composite hairspring that the watchmaker introduced earlier this year. Our choice is the slick combo of bronze casing and green dial.
From £2,850, tagheuer.com
Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G
Tudor’s latest release combines the aquatic heritage of the Black Bay family with the king of the racetrack: the chronograph. With a slim 41-millimetre steel case and yellow-gold pushers, the watch is powered by Tudor’s Calibre MT5813 movement.
Zenith El Primero A386 Revival trilogy
To mark the 50th anniversary of its 1969 El Primero high-frequency chronograph, Zenith launched a ‘revival’ trilogy of watches in solidwhite, rose or yellow gold. With only 50 of each, these are seriously covetable timepieces.