This year’s edition of the prestigious Baselworld watch and jewellery fair was held from 22 to 27 March.
With a tradition of more than 100 years, the world’s biggest watch fair conducted every year in Base, Switzerland attracts large number of visitors including media personnel, industry professionals and watch connoisseurs in order to discover and admire latest products from hundreds of watch, jewellery and gemstones companies exhibiting at the event.
Also known as the Paris Fashion Week of the watch world due to the event’s popularity, the Baselworld hosts exhibition spaces for many large, medium, small as well as independent watch brands from all over the world. Premium watch companies like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard Omega, TAG and Breitling are regular exhibitors in this annual event.
Baselworld is the place where many of the world’s top watch and jewellery manufacturers launch their new collections and this time also the choices from our favourite time purveyors seem endless.
Here are our top pick’s from this year’s show:-
Rolex at Baselworld
Rolex revelations have taken Baselworld by storm with the Swiss watch brand unveiling five new timepieces. The new designs all form part of the beloved Oyster range and place a contemporary twist on the collections signature features.
This new Rolex watch is smartly encased in Oystersteel with a bi-directional bezel and 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic. The GMT-Master II boasts a very useful complication favoured by pilots and globetrotters who need to track two time-zones while traveling.
|GMT-Master II – Oystersteel Case, Bezel with 24-hour Graduated Two-Colour Cerachrom Insert in Red and Blue Ceramic|
With a traditional hour, minute and seconds display via hands; a 24-hour hand; and a bidirectional rotatable bezel with a 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert, it is possible to read the time in two time zones at once: either the local time and a reference time, or the local time and another time zone as desired. The new version is equipped with the new-generation calibre 3285 and carries Superlative Chronometer certification.
At Baselworld Rolex introduced the new iteration of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 in either EveroseRolesor, combining Oystersteel and 18 carat Everose gold, or yellow Rolesor, fusing Oystersteel and 18 carat yellow gold. Each version is available in a large selection of dials.
|Datejust 36 Everose Rolesor|
The Datejust 31 also receives some big updates this year, the new Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 features a redesigned case sides and lugs in a choice of 18 carat white, yellow or Everose gold.
|Datejust 31 – White gold model with diamond set bezel and mother-of-pearl dial|
The watch also features calibre 2236; a new generation of movement fitted with a patented Syloxi hairspring in silicon and offering a power reserve of approximately 55 hours.
Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
An eye-catching version of a classic, Rolex introduces a scintillating gem-set version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. Originally created in 1963, this recognisable wristwatch established a successful track record in the world of motorsport and quickly became an icon.
|Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, Rainbow Version|
The new 18 carat Everose gold version is set with a gradation of sapphires in rainbow hues. The bright case is set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds in the lugs and crown guard, while the dial features 11 baguette-cut sapphire hour markers; each matching a corresponding bezel colour.
Hublot at Baselworld
A world leader in creating exclusive mechanical wristwatches by fusing innovative materials and modern technology, Hublot continues to innovate by unveiling some remarkable new timepieces at Baselworld 2018.
Big Bang Unico Red Magic
In 2011, Hublot created Magic Gold, the world’s most scratch resistant 18 carat Gold, thanks to an alloy boron carbide (ceramic) and 24 carat Gold, the Swiss watch brand has devoted its innovative approach to ceramic.
|Big Bang Unico Red Magic – Polished red ceramic case and bezel, skeleton mat red dial and HUB1242 UNICO manufacture self-winding chronograph movement|
The invention of a new material – the first vibrantly coloured ceramic – Hublot has once again achieve a world’s first. Designed and produced in-house, by the Hublot R&D team, this invention has been patented. A triple tour de force, the coloured ceramic is innovative in both the material itself and the manufacturing process. In addition to the vibrant colour, it is also harder than conventional ceramics.
Big Bang Unico 42mm
In 2010, Hublot launched its new manufacture movement, the Unico chronograph, which was fitted in its iconic Big Bang model in 2013. Fully designed, developed, machined and assembled by Hublot’s own engineers, micro-mechanics and watchmakers, this chronograph movement went under the codename of Unico HUB 1242.
Five years on, the watchmakers from the Nyon manufacture have reworked the structure to offer the all new Unico movement that’s considerably slimmer; giving it perfect dimensions for the 42mm case of the new Big Bang.
Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon
This year Hublot takes the mastery of sapphire crystal to a new level. The in-house skeleton tourbillon movement is laid bare, help by a strip cut in sapphire. This innovative approach is also completely transparent, as is the case, dial and strap.
|Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon|
Big Bang MP-11
Hublot; the alchemist of high tech materials present its new Big Bang MP-11 in 3D carbon. This ultra-light material has been reinforced with three-dimensional fibre woven resin, shaped into a case inspired by a race engine.
Equipped with 7 series-coupled barrels providing 2 weeks of autonomy, this mechanical architecture reveals the in-line cylinders within a 3D case with sides in smoking black.
Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
This year brings the FIFA World Cup and for its 3rd participation as a Branded Licensee, Hublot has created the ultimate watch. A smart watch that will instantly connect you to every decisive second of the matches being played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
|Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – Hublot Smartwatch equipped with Wear OS by Google technology developed by LVMH running an Intel® Atom™ processor Series Z34XX and Wear OS by Google, Titanium Case|
Breitling at Baselworld
World renowned for their chronographs and aviation watches, Swiss watch brand Breitling has released a bevy of new models at Baseloworld 2018 with a focus on a vintage inspired aesthetic.
Breitling Navitimer Super 8
The Breitling Navitimer Super 8 was inspired by the Reference 637, a stopwatch that pilots in the 1930s and 1940s wore strapped to their thighs. The Navitimer Super 8 expresses the distinctive, practical design elements of the Reference 637 in a big, bold wristwatch that is set to be one of the stars of this year’s collection.
|Breitling Navitimer Super 8|
Fitted with distinctive bidirectional rotating bezel, the watch measures 50 mm diameter. A large screw-locked crown is positioned on the left side of the case. The stainless-steel model has a black dial while the titanium version features a military green dial. The watch houses a manufacture movement based on the self-winding Caliber MT 5612.
Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38
For more than 65 years, the Breitling Navitimer has been the world’s most highly regarded pilot’s watch. The Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 is perfectly positioned to attract a new set of enthusiasts to this horological icon.
|Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38|
Dressed in a stainless-steel case with a bidirectional stainless-steel bezel, the watch comes with either a black or blue dial with matching alligator leather straps. The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 model is also available with a silver dial in a stainless-steel case with 18 k red gold bezel and a brown alligator leather strap.
Breitling Superocean Heritage II
In 2017, Breitling redesigned its Superocean Heritage line to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the brand’s legendary diver’s watch. This year, with some remarkable models in a new 44mm case, as well as a 42mm version in gold and stainless steel, the success of this iconic watch family continues to grow.
|Breitling Superocean Heritage II|
The watch models from the new Superocean Héritage II edition presented at Baselworld 2018 are: Superocean Héritage II B01 Chronograph 44 (Caliber B01, Two versions, stainless steel case with black dial and black aero classic rubber strap or blue dial and ocean classic stainless-steel bracelet), Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 44 (Caliber 13, case in stainless steel or stainless steel and rose gold, black or blue dial), Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic 44 (Case in stainless steel or stainless steel and rose gold, black or blue dial) and Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic 42mm variation in stainless steel and 18 k red gold.
Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44
The ultimate pilot’s chronograph, reimagined for air, land and sea. Breitling has launched a stunning interpretation of the Chronomat, featuring a satin-brushed case presented on a stainless-steel Pilot bracelet and equipped with the extraordinary Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01.
Water resistant to 500 meters and equipped with the Manufacture Caliber 01, this stainless steel chronograph is available in two versions, one with a Blackeye blue dial and the other with a Blackeye gray dial.