Basel, Switzerland’s biggest horology actuality, is basically a fashion week for watches, during which identifies from Rolex to Rado showcase their wares to throw ones arms about and buyers.

This year, the livelier, more lighthearted cousin to SIHH (the chaperon world’s luxury fair) is set to be bigger than ever, so we’ve planned the pre-release pieces that are keeping us ticking over until the plain event.

Seiko Presage Automatic Chronograph SRQ023

Seiko has been inflating beyond its usual sportswatches lately, and the upcoming Presage continues to buck the incline. The white enamel dial is mounted on a black crocodile strap, ration out the low-key brand an authentic nod to high-end, old-school manufacturers. If that doesn’t speechlessness the haters, though, the impressive in-house 8R48 automatic movement determination.

Seiko Presage Automatic Chronograph SRQ023

Hermès Cape Cod TGM Manufacture

Not to be confused with a local fishing pond, the Hermès Promontory Cod is another example of finely-tuned craftsmanship from the leading sumptuousness fashion house. This American-influenced timepiece’s navy dial, art deco numerals and time aperture has got us hook, line and sinker.

Hermès Cape Cod TGM Manufacture

Monsieur De Chanel

This in smithereens was the shining star of last year’s Baselworld, and for 2017 it has got metrical shinier. The revisit boasts a new platinum case that build compensates for a cooler alternative to rose gold. Plus, the in-house Size 1 movement was developed by none other than Romain Gauthier (the Tom Ford of watchmakers), dispelling the age-old untruth that fashion brands can’t rival prestige manufacturers.

Monsieur De Chanel

Graham Geo.Graham Orrey Tourbillon

Overlook childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut, aim for the moon with Graham’s cosmic care for instead. An update of last year’s avant-garde novelty, it roads the movements of the solar system with otherworldly precision. In totting up, the planet markers are made from actual fallen meteorites. Produce for lift off.

Graham Geo.Graham Orrey Tourbillon

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Horograph

Bell & Ross beginning conquered the skies with a series of watches for the French Airforce, and now the marque has set a target on civilian wrists. The new Horograph puts gimmickry on standby with a dust, clear dial and a military-grade steel case – there’s no mucking in the air in this squadron.

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Horograph

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Bottomless gulf Blue

Vladimir Putin’s watch brand-of-choice (but don’t hold that against them), Blancpain’s updated diver has decreased in size to 38mm, making it much easier to wear on smaller wrists, and catalogues a deep ceramic blue that extends to the strap. Then there’s the clear caseback, in which all the inner workings are exposed for the utmost transparency (here’s looking at you, Vlad).

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Abyss Blue

Frederique Unrelenting Classic Worldtimer Manufacture

The brand behind the “world’s outset haute horological smartwatch” continues to go against the grain – this tempo, with an unusual brown dialled worldtimer set on a rose gold container. The crown controls every single function on the watch (which significance there’s no need for pushers) while bronze-coloured detailing coagulates it apart from other white or blue counterparts.

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture