Baselworld 2018: classic clocks conquer the fair

The most important watch fair marks a single verdict: the models inspired by the icons of each individual brand are the trendsetter

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Number of exhibitors halved and shortened dates: despite the enthusiasm still ostentatious by the organizers, one wonders what is the current state of health of what, until recently, has always been considered the most important watch fair: Baselworld. The truth is that, at least for what concerns the big brands, all grouped together in a single pavilion (moreover, brought from three to two floors), the novelties are not lacking: of course, made some rare exceptions, nothing particularly stunning, but the fashion houses seem to have clear ideas, focusing on more streamlined collections and innovations based on reworking the most successful models of watches from the past.

Patek Philippe
The maison becomes more digital (the landing on Instagram, a few days before the fair, provides a rare anticipation of its news) and brings to Basel models expected from the market as the Nautilus perpetual calendar, first grade complication on this family, inserted in a 40 mm white gold case.

The crown house enriches its GMT-Master II range by proposing a new 40 mm steel model equipped with a bi-directional rotating bezel with a 24 hour bicolor ceramic red and blue Cerachrom disc and fastening it to the wrist with a Jubilé five-bracelet file.

Re-edition of a model launched 25 years ago, the Seamaster Diver 300M has a 42 mm case, a conical helium escapement valve, a curved hem and an integrated bracelet. The automatic movement certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) can be seen from the bottom.

TAG Heuer
To celebrate the 55th anniversary of Heuer Carrera’s birth, TAG Heuer presents the Carrera Chronographe Tourbillon Chronomètre Tête de Vipère, a limited edition of 155 pieces certified by the Besançon Observatory. Made of blue ceramic, this automatic chronograph with tourbillon has a diameter of 45 mm.

After only a few months, the Roman house recovers the world’s thinnest automatic model record with the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic: 3.95 mm thick for this 42 mm diameter titanium case.







































































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