For a few days a year Basel, normally a modest provincial capital on the Swiss borders with Germany and France, is the capital of the world, the watch world that is. This year is particularly strong in terms of new offerings. The vast majority of the brands exhibiting at Baselworld introduced watches that are very pure in their DNA, while at the same time in tune with what the market currently desires, like these four watches:
Rolex GMT-Master II
The famous “Pepsi” GMT-Master, with a black dial and blue and red bezel, is back in steel! Looking very sophisticated on its Jubilee bracelet, the GMT-Master II has, of course, a Cerachrom insert with red and blue ceramic. The watch is equipped with caliber 3285, featuring a Chronergy escapement with Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. Also, the 70-hour power reserve will be appreciated by the world travellers who are looking forward to strapping on this GMT-Master II.
Graff GyroGraff Drive
With the GyroGraff Drive is Graff sharing its passion for cars through intricate miniature paintings on the dial, combined with exclusive complications. Cleverly integrated into the scene on the dial is not only a triple-axis tourbillon but also a three dimensional moon phase hand carved from 18 karat gold. But the work of art also extends to the bezel, where 7.73 carats of diamonds are expertly set, so that no metal shows. A masterpiece in every sense of the word!
TAG Heuer Monaco Bamford
Changing an icon is always a tricky business, but George Bamford does it with flair as the new TAG Heuer Monaco Bamford shows. Crafted from carbon, it is a very modern watch, especially with the indexes, and subdials, in signature Bamford Blue. The shape of the case, as well as the crown on the left side, with the chronograph pushers on the right, make it unmistakably a Monaco, only this time not a homage to the past, but one to the future.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon
TAG Heuer is not the only one using carbon this year, as Bulgari is also using it, for their Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater Carbon nonetheless! Not only the case of this ultra-thin minute repeater is crafted from this material, but also the dial, and even the bracelet. The result is a featherlight watch, yet a heavy weight horological piece of art. The minute repeater sounds actually even better in the new carbon case, which is quite an achievement, as it already sounded amazing in the titanium version that was introduced in 2016.