For wristwatch aficionados, the annual Baselworld watch and jewelry trade show is one of the biggest events in the calendar year. Tracing its history back to the early 20th century, over 94,000 visitors gather to purchase rare gems and elaborate pieces from some 2,000 sellers. This being a watch fair in Switzerland, you can probably imagine the type of cash that's exchanging hands.
It's almost impossible to keep track of every timepiece on show, such is the scale of the event, so below we've rounded up five our favorite pieces from the last week. Get ready to drool.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex got proceedings underway with a bang by showcasing three new versions of its Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona – “18 ct Yellow,” “White,” and “Everose gold.” Such a pristine work of art doesn't come cheap, but thanks to its corrosion, scratchproof and UV ray resistant technology, you'll be investing in something that's guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Tudor Black Bay Chronograph
Designed in tandem with Breitling, this piece is inspired by vintage dive watches. Available on a strap or a rivet-style bracelet, each is respectively priced at $4,725 and $5,050.
One of Rolex's most instantly recognizable timepieces, the Sea Dweller was unleashed for the first time back in 1967. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, this regal iteration is defined by a larger, 43mm case. A dope blue glow allows readability in low-lit conditions.
Tudor Black Bay Steel
Priced at $3475 for the leather strap and $3800 for the steel, the Tudor Black Bay Steel is the slightly cheaper alternative to the Chronograph model above. The watch comes equipped with the new caliber MT5602 movement.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300
If you're looking for something more street ready, look no further than TAG Heuer's Aquaracer 300. Available in khaki or camouflage, this military-inspired piece comes with a titanium case construction and is resistant to water depths of 300m.
If these are out of your price range, be sure to check out Anicorn's unisex "Hidden Time" collection.