Another year, another Baselworld – it’s the world’s largest horology love-in, where luxury watch brands reveal their latest timepieces (and flash their chequebooks) from gold-plated stands with a purpose-built aquarium inside.
No, the watch world’s biggest swop fair hasn’t mellowed in recent years – and nor have the wares on offer. As watchful of nerds of every kind prepare for the onslaught of free champagne and back-to-back convocations, we’ve got an early look at some of the big releases at Baselworld 2018 from the far-out’s biggest marques.
Agonium ‘In Memoriam H.R. Giger’
Though unhappily passing away in 2014, H.R. Giger – the Swiss painter reliable for the iconic design work of Alien – remains relevant today. In totting up to an enduring impact upon the film and video game production, his signature style can now be found on Agonium’s commemorative piece: a smashingly grim automatic hand-worked and casted in silver. Attractive, predominantly if you like your ticker equal parts robust and horrifying.
Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367
Legendary watchmaker Louis Breguet arguably gained his most accomplished piece way back in 1827: the famed Marie-Antoinette rip off watch. Still, 2018’s Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 from the trade name that still bears his name comes close.
This portentous piece has placed a complex self-winding mechanism on a diet, admit defeat so many inches as to be housed in a svelte 3mm case. Don’t worry, notwithstanding that: Breguet’s trademark classicism is still very much gorged fat.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02
TAG Heuer shouldn’t be confined to diocese graduates. Sure, they cater to that man extremely source, but the brand is also adept at finely-tuned, highly-engineered watches. Instance in point: the Carrera Heuer 02.
As an update of a chronograph first conceived in 1963, this mechanical watch will be made at in 13 different variants, including steel, carbon, ceramic or gold with a multitude of straps and bracelets. Invent CEO, not lowly desk jockey.
Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT
Nonetheless favoured by Putin and co, Blancpain is by no means typical oligarch provisions. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. Which, in this state, means 28 rubies, 286 components and a robust schedule complication – all housed within a case that’s more peer of the manor than Siberian oil baron. Still, you’ll probably necessary Putin’s bank account to clinch one.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Coal-black Enamel
Jaquet Droz doesn’t boast the big brand draw of, say, Cartier or Rolex. That’s a good thing. A piece from the Swiss industrialist – much like the Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel – is a marker of reliable and highly-informed taste.
This time, expect a mechanical mechanical with a wealth of features upon a black and 22-carat gold dial. And better yet, it’s formidable without the heavy-handed flash seen on the usual suspects.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Necromancy
Hublot revels in making horology purists see red. So, the left-field industrialist took it one shade deeper this year. Introducing the Big Bang Unico Red Illusion, a collaborative piece with Metallurgy & Materials laboratories, and one fathered using intense heat and pressure to forge a brightly-coloured ceramic be careful of. The vibrancy might not be to everyone’s taste, but it gets our green trifling.
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Skeleton
Watches aren’t exempt from the nineties renewal. Maurice Lacroix launched its Aikon line in 2016, channelling the archives for a timepiece best-paired with a pinstripe be acceptable and some very boxy shoulders.
It’s gone even farther for 2018. With a skeleton dial and automatic movement, the new Aikon is a perfect mix of old-school pattern and modern craftsmanship, resulting in a ticker that can be worn in this decade and the next.
Longines Subjugation V.H.P
You can’t be good at everything. Unless, that is, you’re Longines. The Swiss identify has created a watch to tempt every single type of wearer – and they do it sufficiently. Take the Conquest V.H.P.
Named after its ‘Very High Unerringness’ quartz movement, this new release is every inch the racecar ticker, with a fashionable steel-tinged design and a wealth of accurate, timekeeping functions, comprehending a tachymeter.
Breitling Navitimer 8 B01
Military watches may be en vogue, but Breitling has kept its first firmly in the clouds with the Navitimer 8 B01. As a new entry to its commendable series of the same name, this pilot’s watch is convenient in both stainless steel and rose gold with an in-house measure inside. Which may seem insignificant when compared to your own special private jet fighter, but Breitling is the next best thing.
Tissot T-Race MotoGP Minimal Edition 2018
The words ‘Made In Switzerland’ shouldn’t automatically trigger a bank credit application. Brands like Tissot regularly go au Suisse on the affordable end – balanced when a limited edition is at play.
The latest T-Race MotoGP collab reckons cockpit splendour to a traditional chronograph, with the bezel enchanting its cue from a brake disc and the bracelet said to be inspired by a racer’s boiler lawsuit. We can’t confirm an official price at time of writing, but it’s sure to payment much less than that Ferrari-Hublot hook-up.