It’s that time of year again. When anyone who’s anyone in the world of watches heads to northwest Switzerland to launch, laud and lust over the latest timepieces at Baselworld. From Swiss classics to a future-focused South Korean throwback, I’ve taken a look at five of the most interesting items from 2017’s event. See it all below…
Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph
They couldn’t have planned it better. While Sebastian Vettel clinched victory for Ferrari down in Melbourne, Hublot unveiled its simply stunning Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph, with the case being the first non-car item to ever come out of Maranello. The near-skeleton design is a technical marvel; the eyes are naturally drawn to an impressive manual-wound caliber HUB6311, a monopusher chronograph with a tourbillon escapement. Another nice touch, (well, for $127,000 (titanium) or $158,000 (gold)) is the crown at 4 o’clock, positioned to create a feeling of speed. Forza Ferrari, indeed.
Omega 60th Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Edition
It’s been 60 years since one of the most recognisable pieces of wristwear first hit the market. I’m of course talking about the iconic Omega Speedmaster. To commemorate this milestone, the Biel-Bienne-based manufacturer has released an ode to the original ’57 model, complete with a 38mm case, straight lugs, etched tachymeter and a faux-tropicalised dial (to up the nostalgic feel). It costs $6,740 and is limited to a run of 3,557, mirroring the release structure of the recent Seamaster and Railmaster – you can even buy all three for $20,185.
Nomos Club Campus
Now, I’m a BIG fan of this new line from Nomos (though it does scream fixie bike and Vice fanatic). The German brand’s new Club Campus collection, “tailor-made for the next generation”, is made up of three watches: a 36mm, 38 and 38.5mm, and an additional 38.5mm called the Club Campus Nacht. The latter is the standout item, with Arabic and Roman numerals for even hours, ticks for odd and a simple subdial at 6 o’clock to indicate seconds. The 43-hour power reserve from Nomos Calibre Alpha is great value for money, too. They start at a very reasonable $1,500 – ideal if you’re making your first foray into mechanical watches.
Samsung Gear G3 Pocketwatch
Concept. That’s the key word. The cynic in me thinks this is just a whole lot of peacocking from Samsung and watch designer Yvan Arpa. Nonetheless, the Samsung Gear S3 Pocketwatch (yep, pocketwatch) has piqued the interest of the watch world and beyond. Initially, the idea was to replace the mechanical movement with G3 tech, but the electronics giant went not one, but two steps further by having traditional innards and a compass (yep, compass) in the lid. Though these aren’t going to hit the market anytime soon, or ever, it’s certainly one of the most interesting fusions of classic watchmaking and futuristic designs on show at Baselworld.
IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur 40mm Automatic
I love it. It’s clean, classic and is the revamped version of a racing-inspired icon from the ’50s. I have to confess, I’m getting one in September. Prices start at a shade under $5k for the three-part collection.
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