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Baselworld 2016: Robin’s Top 5 Watches

by Robin Lim on March 30, 2016

For those who have follow my writings or know me personally, you’ll probably have some clue as to what are some of the watches that I will be choosing for my Top 5 picks in this Baselworld. 

While there are admittedly some pretty interesting watches out there in this year’s exhibition, but I tend to base my choices on aesthetics, price proposition, as well as quality. So well, without any further ado, let us begin!

 

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

 

The Rolex Air-King. Something different from the usual Rolex offerings.

The Rolex Air-King. Something different from the usual Rolex offerings.

 

The Air-King is personally one of my favourite novelties from Rolex this year, although some of the colleagues at Deployant would not agree on this one. Personally, I think what makes this Air-King special is its aesthetics – it is a little different from the usual Rolex watches, with its bold and striking dial design.

Besides its appearance, there is another reason why we have selected a Rolex in this article: it is a solid tool watch that is built to last. The quality is immense, and its 5 year international warranty is a testament to how much faith the company has in its products. You simply can’t go wrong with it.

 

Sinn 856 B-Uhr

 

The Sinn 856 B-Uhr. Its pretty interesting, especially when it is paired with the brown bund strap.

The Sinn 856 B-Uhr. It’s pretty interesting, especially when it is paired with the brown bund strap.

 

One of the watches that caught our eyes is the Sinn 856 B-Uhr. We thought its classic dial design, paired with an equally traditional bund strap, gives the watch a rather appealing appearance.

Additionally, the watch is fitted with many high tech features such as tegimented (or hardened/ scratched-resistant) case, Ar-Dehumidifying Technology, as well as the Magnetic Field Protection that is able to minimize magnetism of up to 80,000 A/m. Well, who says that you can’t get the best of both worlds?

 

NOMOS Tetra neomatik

 

The new Nomos Tetra neomatik, which features an in-house automatic movement.

The new NOMOS Tetra neomatik, which features an in-house automatic movement.

 

NOMOS has been one of the more interesting brands in the recent years, with its unique and affordable in-house offerings. The Tetra, with its uncommon square case and Bauhaus-inspired aesthetics, is undoubtedly one of the more fascinating pieces from the Glashütte-based watchmaker. Now, with an enlarged case and an automatic movement, the Tetra neomatik had just made the timepiece much more user-friendly and desirable. Sometimes, it is really difficult to resist temptation…

 

Omega Speedmaster “CK2998”

 

The Speedmaster "CK2998".

The Speedmaster “CK2998”.

 

Personally, I have a soft-spot for the Speedmaster. It is not difficult to see why, for the watch features a timeless design and an intriguing history behind it. Oh, and yes, its price point is pretty appealing too – especially for a well-established and solid chronograph.

The Speedmaster “CK2998”, as its nomenclature suggests, is based on the historical CK2998 Speedmaster. This one is a little unique though, as it features the dark blue colour extensively for certain components of the timepiece. The end result is stunning, and it will probably attract many Speedmaster collectors who will go crazy for such special edition watches.

 

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Days Power Reserve

 

No fuss, fanfare or decadence. Just pure class and elegance.

No fuss, fanfare or decadence. Just pure class and elegance.

 

We end off this article with perhaps the most stunning timepiece from Japan, and probably one of the best pieces in this year’s Baselworld: the Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Days Power Reserve.

Everything on this watch is very subtle but beautiful. The dial, for instance, is textured to mimic the snowfall in the clear mountain air of the area around the Studio in Nagano. Next, the 43mm platinum timepiece is completed with the famous Zaratsu-polish, and thus giving it a shiny finish. Finally, the 8 Days Power Reserve movement features an exquisitely finished one piece bridge, with a power reserve indicator on it. The combination of all these elements is simply spell-binding.

Well, does my choices resonate with you? Let us know, and till the next article, ciao!

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