Baselworld 2018 Highlights
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BRANDS
Baselworld is the unmissable event to discover all the latest innovations and creations for all watch enthusiasts. We look back over the world’s largest watch and jewellery event and flag up a selection of our favourite watches from the brands.
Ernest Borel Grandeur Automatic
2018 sees a new Ernest Borel family ‘Grandeur Automatic Collection’ inspired by the glory of Gothic architectures. The collection perfectly blends elegant timepieces and the spectacular architectural style, state-of-the-art watchmaking and legendary craftsmanship. Every detail of a Grandeur Automatic watch is finished with the utmost attention, creating a sharply defined and cutting-edge silhouette in a uniquely European fashion.
Ernest Borel Iris Automatic
A delicate synthesis of keen observation, exquisite artisanship and impeccable design, the highly acclaimed Ernest Borel ‘Iris Automatic Collection’ draws inspiration from the ethereal beauty of nature where two butterflies flutter in a pas de deux amid a sea of blossoms. In 2018, the collection expands its offering with even more intricate craftsmanship to create details of graceful femininity in an innovative rendition of the romance of butterflies and flowers.
Hamilton Khaki Pilot Auto
2018 is a big year in aviation for Hamilton as we celebrate 100 years of timing the skies. With our 2018 Khaki Pilot collection we’re bringing together the very best of classic Hamilton aviation look and feel from collections past and adding a modern twist to create pilots’ watches that perfectly represent American spirit and Swiss precision.
The new sand-colored Super-LumiNova® indexes and numerals glow neon green in the dark and offer enhanced readability to ensure an accurate dial reading even during night flights.
Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Limited Edition
Based on the original Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono, the 2018 Limited Edition is packed with aviation features for pilots and offers a technical perspective including the ground-breaking crosswind calculator of the original.
Limited to just 1,918 individually numbered pieces, the Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Limited Edition is the first Hamilton chronograph movement with a silicon hairspring.
Longines Master Collection with Annual Calendar
Devoted to highlighting the horological traditions of the brand, the various models of The Longines Master Collection present many special features.
This collection now also offers a version with an annual calendar and a Longines exclusive mechanical movement, a guaranteed winner for those who appreciate exceptional watchmaking.
Building on its expertise in the world of sports, Longines is expanding its HydroConquest collection this year, offering reimagined variations. Combining technical excellence and traditional elegance both hallmarks of the winged hourglass brand, these watches feature a bezel enhanced with a coloured ceramic insert adding a touch of brilliance and modern styling. These new, refined models derive their inspiration from the fascinating world of aquatic sports.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
OMEGA is unveiling a complete facelift of this famous watch in 2018, with 14 unique models, including 6 in stainless steel and 8 in a mix of stainless steel and gold.
Now sized at a larger 42 mm, each new Diver 300M has been given a Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, instantly taking the collection into a higher realm of precision, performance and magnetic resistance.
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8
50 years after the Apollo 8 mission, the first to orbit around the moon, OMEGA is proudly releasing its newest Dark Side of the Moon timepiece. Unlike previous Dark Side models, this release houses a specially decorated version of OMEGA’s famous Moonwatch movement – a calibre that deserves to be seen. And in this new creation, OMEGA has again embraced its popular “Dark Side of the Moon” innovation, producing the entire watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date
Oris’s new Big Crown Pointer Date collection revives a heritage design for a generation of forward-thinking men
The new models have reworked the case to be slimmer, smoother and more seamless so that it slips elegantly onto the wrist and under a cuff. Much of this contemporary profile is delivered by the watch’s bubble-curved sapphire crystal, a feature that both enhances the watch’s vintage aesthetic and gives it its up-to-date feel.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 114
Oris turns its hand to creating a high-performance pilot’s watch once again with the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 114, a pilot’s watch powered by Oris’s latest in-house developed calibre.
The new movement combines a 10-day power reserve, Oris’s patented non-linear power reserve indicator, a date indication and, for the first time, a 24-hour second time zone with half-hour indication. No other mechanical watch in Swiss watchmaking combines these functions in a single watch.
Rado DiaMaster Ceramos
Simplicity is the key to brilliance. With the DiaMaster Ceramos collection, Rado has found the key and brilliance is present in every sense of the word: bright, ingenious and impressive.
The combination of the high-tech ceramic and the metal alloy is putty in Rado’s hands and has allowed the brand, with its superior knowledge of high-tech materials, to create a steel colour and a new rose gold colour. With both finishes, the colourful sheen is a part of the material and will never fade or lose its shine.
Rado Tradition 1965
Inspired by the Manhattan skyline, the 1965 original sports an unmistakable geometric design, incorporating elements such as rectangular hour and minute markers, a squared day-date complication window and the iconic Rado red anchor at 9 o’clock. The new Tradition 1965 XL retains this aesthetic while integrating the innovative materials and design language Rado is renowned for.
TAG Heuer Carrera “Tête de Vipère” Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer
The first TAG Heuer chronograph to bear the prestigious “Tête de Vipère” stamp of excellence, awarded by the Besançon Observatory. Since 2006, only 500 watches have received this highly exclusive certification.
A brand new limited edition of 155 pieces released to celebrate 55 years since the Heuer Carrera was created.
TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph GMT
To celebrate 55 years since the Heuer Carrera was created, TAG Heuer is unveiling a new TAG Heuer Carrera with its Heuer 02 manufacture movement and a GMT function – the first time that TAG Heuer has added this complication to its prestigious manufacture movement.
As daring as it is refined, this model boldly demonstrates the height of the Swiss watch brand’s avant-garde technology.
The very definition of vintage is “something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind”.
Reminiscent of watchmaking origins, the Lepine takes a contemporary approach to revive the traditions of pocket watches; combining heritage with modernity to spectacular effect.
Tissot Heritage 2018
Homage to heritage, Tissot is inspired by its great history with the elegant Tissot Heritage 2018, which looks back to a wristwatch that was part of the Tissot collection in 1943.
The new Tissot Heritage 2018 adheres to the same principles as the original models but uses today’s new production technologies, for the highest possible quality.
Tudor Black Bay GMT
The Black Bay family welcomes three new models, adding new sizes, styles and a GMT function to a line inspired by generations of TUDOR divers’ watches.
TUDOR’s famous Black Bay divers’ watch is now available with a new GMT function that establishes local time without losing sight of the time in two other time zones. Fitted with the Manufacture Calibre MT5652, the Black Bay GMT sports a distinctive burgundy and blue bezel.
With its new 1926 line for women and men, TUDOR pays tribute to its early history with a range of mechanical watches that are timeless and elegant. A classic watch for women and men, the TUDOR 1926 comes in four sizes and a wide choice of dials.
As a man of taste and culture, Tudor’s latest brand ambassador, Jay Chou wears the new TUDOR 1926 in the new #BornToDare campaign.