We saw literally hundreds of watches at this year’s Baselworld Watch and Jewellery show in Switzerland, but only a handful went onto our ultimate fantasy shopping list.
If we miraculously win the lottery jackpot in the next few weeks (we’ve got everything crossed!), these are the watches we will buy in the first twenty minutes…
Chanel Monsieur de Chanel
Ok so this isn’t a woman’s watch but it was one of the best things to come out of this year’s show. It’s Chanel’s first man’s watch, has its inaugural in-house movement and it even has original typography. The only flaw is that, at 40mm, it is just a tad too large for us to wear.
Definitely not an everyday wearer, this incredible piece by Graff was only possible thanks to 3-D printing. In order to get the 300-joint lattice design to move with such fluidity, the design was 3-D printed first so there were no surprises when the metal version was made.
Gucci G-Timeless Honeybee
Alessandro Michele, the new creative director, has certainly got the Fashion Pack hot under the collar with his latest designs and, luckily for those of us who can’t quite stretch to his ready-to-wear, some of his motifs have filtered down to the watches. This bee-adorned dial is just fashion enough, but won’t date in years to come.
Tudor Black Bay Bronze
This watch must surely have been the most Instragrammed of Baselworld racking up more views than a minor Kardashian. It’s certainly a chocolate-y slice of style, with its bronze case, brown bezel and fabric or leather strap. It is also the first Black Bay to contain Tudor’s in-house movement.
Nomos Tetra Neomatik Tiefblau
Nomos can do no wrong as this update of its Tetra proves. Whereas the previous Berlin collection was the most female-oriented of the brand’s output, this new Tetra neotmatik tiefblau with its larger dimensions and dark blue dial is definitely going for the more masculine approach.
Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200-200R
There seems to be nothing that innovative about this Patek, until you notice the diamonds around the bezel.
It’s called Flamme and has been registered to Patek Philippe as a completely new gem-setting technique.Before the diamonds are set, hand incisions shaped like a flame are made above and underneath the holes in order to cast as much light as possible into the stones to make them sparkle. Now that’s what we call innovative.
This is, without doubt or hyperbole, the most beautiful dial on a watch. For each of these unique pieces, a piece of Dior’s embroidery is refracted through a kaleidoscope to create a geometric design. This is then picked out on the watch dial in precious stones. Each one takes 18 months to make and is just exquisite to look at.
Bulgari Serpenti Incantati
The serpent has been a Bulgari icon since the 1970s but this is the first time it has been seen in the round. Rather than curving up the arm, this sits around the bezel, in all its jewel-encrusted splendour. And it also has a tourbillon, if you’re interested in that sort of thing…
Henry London Moonphase
Generally speaking, complications are the preserve of the prestige brands, however we are seeing more fashion brands stepping into this territory. This Henry London Moonphase proves that you don’t have to pay big bucks to get something more than a straight three-hander. We also love the added inner date ring.
Omega DeVille Tresor with Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial
This gorgeous Omega blends style with substance thanks to the inclusion of its new super-certified movement.
Established in conjunction with the Swiss Institute of Metrology (METAS) any watch that had been subjected to these rigorous tests, including ensuring it is anti-magnetic to 15,000 gauss, bears the moniker of “master chronometer”. Which is exactly what powers this beauty.