Each spring in the city of Basel, Switzerland, Baselworld showcases what is new from the leading watch and jewellery brands. It comprises of about 2,100 exhibitors from over 45 countries and attracts over 94,00 visitors. This year it was on from the 17th to 24th March and we have been extremely excited to see what our favourite luxury watch companies had been working on. Let’s have a look at the watches that caught our eye...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (ref.116500LN)
In 1963, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona was a watch born to race. It was designed with motor sport in mind. Known simply as the “Daytona”, the watch has risen to the rank of an icon and is one of the best known chronographs in the world. Rolex is introducing a new version of its Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 904L steel, with a monobloc Cerachrom bezel. It highlights the everlasting appeal for steel! Rolex has used latest technology combined with a beautifully sleek, iconic design. The black bezel is reminiscent of the 1965 model that was fitted with a black Plexiglas bezel insert. The new Cosmograph Daytona carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist. It is also available with a rather fresh looking bright-white dial.
Patek Philippe (ref. 5930G-001)
At Baselworld 2016, Patek Philippe presented a number of new models, which demonstrated that no complication is too challenging for them! There were of course numerous new Patek models that we particularly enjoyed, so let’s start with the World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930. It combines the Genevan manufacture's patented World Time mechanism with a proprietary self-winding chronograph movement that comes in a round white-gold case and a dial with a blue, manually guilloched center. It is certainly a showstopper! The matt navy blue alligator strap will really stand out from a crowd. The ref.5930 is a new movement from Patek their first world timer chronograph. It was in fact inspired by a watch from the 1940’s that is currently in the Patek Philippe Museum.
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar (ref. 5396R-012)
The second debut from Patek Philippe that we wanted to mention is the Annual Calendar Ref. 5396. It recalls the 20th anniversary of the patented Annual Calendar ref. 5035. This was first seen at Baselworld in 1996 and was voted Watch of the Year. Since then, there has been many stunning versions of the Annual Calendar (21 versions before the newest this year). These include ladies’ diamond-set models with mother-of-pearl dials, and several variations in platinum, yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold with eclectic dial designs. We adore the classic, stylish design of this watch. The silvery opaline dial, gold applied Breguet-style numerals and shiny chocolate brown alligator strap.
Rolex Day-Date (ref.228235)
How could we not mention the stunning new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40? The Day-Date actually celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year!
The Day-Date is the “ultimate watch of prestige” according to Rolex. Their latest version has been modernised by design as well as a new mechanical calibre 3255 movement that offers a superlative feel of performance. We particularly like the 18 ct Everose gold, polished finish combined with the olive green dial. It gives it a very vintage vibe, which will team nicely with up and coming fashion trends this year. Many of the most iconic Rolex watches feature the unmistakeable bright green dial, and this latest beauty is available in either the Everose gold or white gold bracelet. If you fancy a watch that everyone will instantly recognise and be envious of this year, this is the watch for you!
We hope you enjoyed our few favourites from Baselworld 2016. There are so many stunners to choose from, so we will post more "stand-out" new timepieces over the next couple of weeks.
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