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Armchair Picks: 3 Simple But Extraordinary Watches from Baselworld 2018

by Robin LimApril 6, 2018

Today, it is my turn to select my top 3 watches from the recently concluded Baselworld 2018. When it comes to watches, people who know me, know that I have a soft spot for timepieces that are simple and yet aesthetically pleasing. That will be the basis behind my armchair picks for the novelties today.

Over the last few weeks, there were certainly some interesting pieces that have caught my eye. The stainless-steel version of Vianney Halter’s Classic, for instance, is certainly one. Maisons, such as Patek Philippe and Grand Seiko, had also continued to impress many with their new offerings. However, amongst which, there are three particular pieces that had caught my eye (and captured my heart). What were the pieces? Let’s find out!

 

Tissot Heritage 2018

 

The Tissot Heritage 2018 “Antimagnétique”. A simple but visually-arresting piece.

 

We kick start the selection with a brilliantly simple watch: the Tissot Heritage 2018 “Antimagnétique”.

The watch derives its design and concept from the “Antimagnétique” collection that debuted in the 1930s. It is one of the nicer vintage-inspired pieces from this year’s Baselworld. While this is a simple time-only watch, it exudes a certainly kind of elegance with the way it looks. The vintage touches, such as the domed silver dial and the “box” type [...]

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Armchair Picks: Two Classics and a Wildcard from Baselworld 2018

by Frank ChuoApril 4, 2018

From a weather station to an atomic clock, and from a heavily patinated chronometer to red magic – there never was a dull moment at Baselworld 2018. The show may be over now, the curtains drawn, but the world of watches never stops hustling. There will be plenty of new releases, auctions, news and drama to tide us over till next year.

As per Deployant tradition, I’ve chosen three timepieces that really resonated with me during this year’s Baselworld. Two of my selections I believe are a given for the most part, and then there’s the wildcard pick. Without further ado, here is my Baselworld top 3:

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5270P-001

I don’t normally pick existing references with mere cosmetic changes for my top 3 lists, but this one is a worthy exception. Those who know me know also that I am a big proponent of the Patek Philippe Ref. 5270. For the longest of time, I’ve wondered if Patek Philippe would ever make a white metal/salmon dial version of the watch. I love salmon dials in fine watchmaking in general, but when Patek Philippe does it, you bet it’s going to be extraordinary. Lo and behold, my wish has come true this year with the release of the new Ref. 5270P. It is besotting in every imaginable way. The decision to use the noblest of metals, platinum, as the case material was the right one, though I’m sure humble ol’ steel would’ve caused a week-long riot. The use [...]

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Armchair Picks: Three watches from Baselworld 2018 that could sum up a collection

by Daniel ChuaApril 3, 2018

So Baselworld 2018 is now over, after a week of horological frenzy. As the dust settles and (cigar) smoke clears, a collector like yourself may be lost in the sea of horological extravaganza. So how exactly should you navigate? Well, let’s take some time to mull over the myriad of irresistible offerings by the major brands and make ourselves more well-informed and knowledgeable collectors. Without further ado, here are three watches I’ve selected from Baselworld 2018 that could almost encapsulate one’s collection from low, to mid and high-tier pricing from Nomos, Tudor and Breguet.

 

NOMOS Autobahn

If you’re like me and love a surprise, then you’re in for a treat with NOMOS’s latest offering for Baselworld 2018. At first glance, the Autobahn is no different with its clean and elegant, Bauhaus-inspired design found on NOMOS watches. But, look closer and the differences becomes apparent.

 

Designed with the concept of speed, the Autobahn features distinct curves on its dial that transitions seamlessly from edge to edge, expressing movement. And when the light goes out, those large, raised bars of glowing SuperLuminova along with the lumed hour hand mimics the look of a speedometer that climbs steadily – a seductive spectacle to behold. There is no lume on the minute hand, however.

 

 

While the application of lume might not make sense from a [...]

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Baselworld 2019: Reflections and further thoughts

by Peter ChongApril 4, 2019

We reflect over the 6 days at Baselworld 2019 this year, and try to make sense of the madness and the rush over the frantic days. Here are our thoughts on the show and the future.

The general mood was a more subdued in Baselworld than in SIHH this year. In January, we saw several going all out to bring on horologically interesting and big pieces. Like the Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar from Vacheron Constantin, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual from Jaeger-LeCoultre just to name two.

The total number of exhibitors at Baselworld 2019 reduced. Michel Loris-Melikoff, Managing Director of Baselworld reported 520 brands exhibited at Baselworld 2019. 81,200 visitors attended this year’s edition of the show, 22% fewer than in 2018. At 3,300, the number of media representatives present was slightly down on previous years

Baselworld Closing Press Conference

And it was apparent in throughout the show. But we kept our appointment books full, and had some 40 meetings, presentations and photoshoots. And we had the luxury of mostly one hour meetings instead of the 30 min rushes we have had the past years. This allowed us to get a better in-depth understanding of the watches and to write the Live from Baselworld articles on the go.

While this Baselworld lacks no beautiful watches, I feel the industry is kind of stuck in a rut.

A summary of novelties

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Chief Editor’s Choice: Top 5 watches from Baselworld 2019.

by Peter ChongApril 3, 2019

Another Baselworld done and dusted. This year, we did the frantic thing of covering the show live from the booths as we see the watches and published a total of 40 articles in the six days of the fair live. We hope you have enjoyed that coverage, and the Top 3 picks from each of our writers. Here is the Chief Editor’s take on the Best of the Show.

After sifting though thousands of photographs, here is the Chief Editor’s Top 5. In no particular order…let’s go!

Patek Philippe Calatrava Weekly Calendar Ref. 5212

For the bulk of Patek’s new releases this year, Thierry Stern played it safe. Updates on the Nautilus with an annual calendar, Ref 5726/1A is a nice addition to the family, but many might prefer the cleaner dial of the Ref 5711. The ladies Nautilus got an update, and are gorgeous, Five models in three different sizes. All self winding. An khaki green Aquanaut was also shown. The other talked about piece is the Calatrava Alarm Travel Time Ref. 5520P, which Patek considers a Grand Complication, and many journalists who saw it thought it had one (or two) crowns too many. The new Calatrava Regulator 5235/50R is also a beauty, but not earth shattering technically.

So it comes to the Ref 5212 Weekly Calendar to hold up the Patek fort. A useful complication if one deals with the Europeans who use the week number of a year frequently. Indeed, the only other high end brand with this complication is [...]

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