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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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


We are off to Baselworld

by Peter ChongMarch 19, 2019

And we are off. From tomorrow Wed March 20, Central European Time, we will be starting our “Live from Baselworld” broadcasts direct from the Messe floor. These live reports will take the form of a kind of live blogging, where we will be updating and sending live photographs of the novelties as we see them (probably with a small delay).

Hall 1.0 at Baselworld 2018. This year’s floor will be greatly changed with absence of The Swatch Group.

As with our “Live from SIHH” reports, these reports will be not be as polished as our usual posts. All photographs taken with an iPhone and uploaded via mobile. This is in place of the DLSR and portable-studio lighting equipment we use for almost all of the photography you see in these pages. But we figured you would prefer to see the information and photographs as soon as we see and handle the watches than to wait for a more polished presentation.

We wonder if the lilies which adorn the halls will remain.

The usual photography and analytical reports will follow later in the form of detailed reviews of the watches.

Beautiful models hand out the Daily News. File photo from Baselworld 2014.

The live coverage will form the bulk of our articles for the following week, and press releases will be a lower priority. We pick up with our Writer’s Armchair Picks from Thursday Mar 28, rounding up with the Chief Editor’s Picks on Saturday Mar 31. And from thence, revert to [...]


Throwback Sundays: A look at our darlings from Baselworld 2018, one year on

by Peter ChongMarch 3, 2019

As this year’s Baselworld looms near, we reflect at our picks from last year’s crop and re-look if they remain our top watches one year on.

We ran several Baselworld 2018 staff picks after the show completed last year. See this link for the suite of articles outlining our top choices from then. We re-looked at the list and the benefit of hindsight, now re-evaluate them one year on. Here is our top 6 as it stands now, from Baselworld 2018. Most of the picks remain, although there is one notable new entry. As usual, the title will link you back to the hands-on detailed reviews.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master-II “Pepsi” Ref. 126710 BLRO

The Rolex Pepsi remains THE HOTTEST watch from 2018. Waiting lists are really long, and the vile black marketers are asking exorbitant amounts for BNIB (Brand New in Box) pieces. Read our discussion on the effects of the black market to real collectors in the Throwback article on ultra hype watches.

The Rolex GMT-Master II.

And Rolex can seem to do no wrong. Almost all their sports models have this hype aura, and are difficult to find at retail prices. From the Cosmograph Daytona, to the Sky Dweller, the Deep Sea Sea Dweller. They all command a long wait list and require effort to cultivate a relationship with the authorized dealer.

But Rolex did not become king by just having a crown as a logo. They tick all the boxes. Robust, tough, consistent, legible, usable, and [...]

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