Baselworld 2018, the Paris Fashion Week of the watch and jewelry world, drew to a close in Basel, Switzerland, yesterday. For the past seven days, horology enthusiasts and collectors have descended upon the culture-centric city, with Rolex, Tudor, Heuer, Patek Philippe, and OMEGA just a few of the banner brands lining up to showcase their new works. (ICYMI, we posted a preview of what was in store here.)
Now in its 101st edition, this year’s event saw a new class of up-and-coming, tech-driven brands mix with some of the more established statesmen. Visitor footfall, meanwhile, was as brisk as ever; organizers reported that the show had eight percent more attendees in its first two days (Thursday and Friday) than at the same time last year.
It’s nigh on impossible to keep track of every timepiece on show such is the scale of the event, so below we’ve rounded up just a handful of our favorites. We only ask that you try not drool over your keyboard.
OMEGA’s Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8
Part-time cosmologists (and Pink Floyd fans) won’t want to miss the latest addition to OMEGA’s iconic Moonwatch movement. The Apollo 8 edition pays tribute to the famous mission, 50 years on.
Mirroring the moon, the watch comprises two unique sides. The dial-side utilizes a light shade to represent Earth inhabitants’ view of the lunar surface, while the back mirrors the dark side only seen by astronauts.
Produced entirely in black zirconium oxide ceramic, subtle yellow accents add a touch of subtle flair. “WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE” – the words engraved on the case back – were uttered by Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell on board the Apollo 8 mission at the start of the crew’s orbit.
TAG x Bamford Watch Department
Regular Highsnobiety readers will need no introduction to Bamford Watch Department — the luxury London-based watch label known for its eye-popping customization work.
Having teamed up with the likes of BAPE and Disney in the past, George Bamford’s label now pairs with TAG Heuer for a redesign of the Swiss brand’s most iconic watch, The Monaco. Boasting a solid carbon case paired with a full black dial, aqua blue chronograph counters, and black PVD steel push buttons, the design is at once modern and classic.
TUDOR’s The Black Bay Fifty-Eight
For vintage enthusiasts, the Fifty-Eight, TUDOR’s latest addition to its fabled Black Bay lineup, is a piece that ticks all the boxes.
Designed for slim wrists, the watch pays tribute to TUDOR’s first divers’ watches from way back in the ’50s. Much more streamlined than the normal Black Bay model, TUDOR produced a new, smaller, thinner caliber – the MT5402 – which is a movement just 26mm in diameter. Perfect, then, for those on the go who don’t want to be weighed down.
Three bracelets are offered in three types: Riveted steel, brown leather, and black fabric.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar
As the old adage goes: It’s difficult to improve upon a classic. But that’s exactly what Patek Philippe has done here, adding a perpetual calendar to its celebrated Nautilus watch.
Despite the calendar, the watch still measures on the thin side, coming in at 8.42 mm thick. The dial has been revamped in an enchanting light blue color which compliments the 18K white gold case perfectly, while the horizontal grooves hark back to the original Nautilus.
Nomos Glashütte Tangente Neomatik 41 Update
If you prefer a more pared-back aesthetic, look no further than German brand Nomos Glashütte’s Neomatik 41 update. Not only does it look great, but it’s practical, too. Water-resistant technology means you can take it in the shower, while sapphire crystal glass with an anti-reflective coating will easily withstand the hazards of daily life.
Packing an updated caliber, dates are framed around the edge of the dial with two bars of red highlighting today’s date. Elegance never looked so smart.
Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph
Inspired by Bell & Ross’ new BR-Bird racing plane design, this limited edition model immediately leaps out with its Arabic numbers, white dial, and blue and orange color scheme (which you’ll note corresponds to the date display).
Optioned in a blue calfskin leather strap or stainless steel bracelet, the BR V2-94 was one of the sportiest watches to be displayed at this year’s Baselworld.
Zenith Defy Zero-G
When it comes to high-tech, Zenith continues to up the ante, this year presenting its Zero G — a watch which, apparently, incorporates some kind of mystical voodoo which negates the effects of gravity on its time accuracy (okay, so it’s a bit more complicated than that, but you can read more in-depth via the button below).
The case material is available in Brushed Titanium or Pink Gold and can be matched to a metal or blue alligator strap with rubber lining. Before you go reaching for your wallet, note that this watch doesn’t come cheap and you can expect to pay well over six figures upon its release.
Breitling Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44
Powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, this robust timepiece was designed to endure even the most challenging voyages, meaning that, yes, it’ll probably come through your daily commute or Sunday morning tennis match unscathed.
The nautical-inspired watch is water resistant to 200 meters and can be worn with a rubber strap or a Milanese mesh bracelet. It jams in 47 jewels, with a 44.00 mm steel case diameter and dial aperture calendar.
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