Baselworld 2019 is a yearly watch and jewellery trade show and arguably, the biggest of the calendar year. Of course, the main talking point of this year’s Baselworld was the exclusion of The Swatch Group from Hall 1.0. This included many brands under its umbrella like Breguet, Omega, Harry Winston, and Blancpain.
Unlike SIHH 2019, which was all about technological innovations, Baselworld 2019 focused more towards the classics. We witnessed leading brands reimagining the iconic timepieces from its heritage and history as well as anniversary editions, which were refreshing to revisit.
Here are some of the top picks for watches that made an appearance during Baselworld 2019 and perhaps, on one’s wrist soon.
Zenith brings mechanical watches into a new era with the Defy Inventor, the latest to come out from the Swiss luxury watchmaker. This is due to the new disruptive control system within the watch known as the ‘Zenith Oscillator’, which offers chronometric precision, reliability, and stability. Design-wise, the Zenith Defy Inventor does as its name suggests and defies all odds set forth by its inventor. It has an avant-garde appeal being a three-hand watch while comprising ultra-lightweight materials like brushed titanium in its 44m case. This gives the Zenith Defy Inventor a modern and futuristic look while still maintaining its timelessness.
Baselworld and Patek Philippe often go hand-in-hand and Baselworld 2019 was no different. Known as one of the most prestigious watchmakers in the world, Patek Philippe took the Baselworld ballrooms by storm with three, highly coveted timepieces, one of which is the Patek Philippe Calatrava Weekly Calendar. This is the latest complication to come out from the luxury Swiss watchmaker to its calendar watches: a weekly calendar. Through this semi-integrated mechanism, the wearer will now be able to not only tell time but the week, in addition to the regular day and date as well.
Whether you’re an aficionado or a collector, it isn’t hard to notice a Rolex on one’s wrist. Rolex is known for taking Baselworld with a bang, much like last year’s introduction of the Rolex GMT-Master II with a Pepsi bezel. This time, it rolled out another timepiece known as the Yacht-Master 42. While this particular model has been around since 1992, the new Yacht-Master 42 houses a 42mm case as opposed to the regular 40mm. It also carries an 18k white gold case as well as a stunning white gold bezel with a matte Cerachrom insert to boot. It’s sleek, black dial pairs well with the Oysterflex bracelet, which give the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 a sportier look.
At Baselworld 2019, Grand Seiko celebrated its 20th anniversary of its innovative Spring Drive by releasing four anniversary models, which are part of its Elegance collection. The grandest of them all in the Grand Seiko lineup was the SBGZ001, a manually-wound dress watch that carries the brand’s famed snowflake dial with a matching hand-carved platinum case. Its hand and hour markers are also made from 14k white gold and its minute markers are hand-engraved. To top it all off, the Grand Seiko SBGZ001 is limited to only 30 pieces worldwide.
Most luxury Swiss watch brands would stick with a conventional shape and design, rarely ever straying out of the norm. Then again, most luxury Swiss watch brands aren’t MB&F, a brand is never afraid of taking its timepieces on an adventure. Its latest creation comes in the shape of the MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT, the first of the brand’s three-dimensional art pieces that are dedicated to women. The watch itself is a thing of beauty with a circular white gold case as well as a steeply cambered bezel and slender, elongated lugs, which are fully set with diamonds. A cinematic flying tourbillon lies at the heart of the Legacy Machine FlyingT while the dial itself is inclined at a 50° tilt, which means only the wearer can tell the time.
Hublot is one such brand that has had a huge influence over the luxury watchmaking industry for some time now. It has constantly brought forth countless memorable timepieces into the market, especially its Big Bang pieces in particular. The latest to come out from Hublot is the Big Bang Sang Bleu II, which is an update from the brand’s on-going collaboration with artist Maxime Buchi. The watch in question features an intricately designed dial that helps you in reading the time, which a total of three different diamonds in total working in unison.