Baume et Mercier is an interesting brand that hasn’t seen a large share of the spotlight in recent years. Having a model range that is almost exclusively dress watches or vintage-inspired pieces has meant that B&M spent years playing second to sport watch brands like Tag Heuer and Omega.
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Breitling has expanded their Transocean Chrono line with the introduction of a GMT version into the range. The new Breitling Transocean Chronograph GMT makes for a practical and no-nonsense addition to this range of vintage inspired pilot’s watches.
Always a fan of a well-sorted diver, these new models from Sinn have been flirting with my wallet since we first saw them at BaselWorld last week. The all-new Sinn T1 and T2 divers offer a different perspective on the tool diver platform we’ve come to expect from Sinn after such hits as the U1, U2 and UX divers.
The Perrelet Turbine Chronograph was announced more than a month ahead of BaselWorld and we got the chance to see this interesting and dynamic watch in person while in Switzerland for last month’s show.
Panerai is an often polarizing brand that has, in recent years, has seen a massive spike in popularity and has become a somewhat household name in men’s luxury wrist watches. Now often included in the brands that your non-watchnerd friends are aware of, they hold rank in upscale jewellery boutiques alongside Breitling and Rolex. Personally, I have loved the Panerai Radiomir as long as I have loved watches but both the price and the case size has often been too much for my reality. While SIHH saw quite a few new models from Panerai, none were as intriguing to me as the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio (PAM00526).
Just because BaselWorld is almost over doesn’t mean we’ve seen everything yet. Today we stopped by Arnold and Son and I was blown away by their UTTE, which stands for Ultra-thin Tourbillon Escapement.
What would BaselWorld be without high end divers? Luckily, thanks to brands like Blancpain, we don’t have to find out. Blancpain has introduced the Bathyscaphe, a new model for their legendary and long-standing Fifty Fathoms range.
Case size is crucial in watch design as it effects not only comfort, but also proportion and the everyday practicality of the piece. With that in mind, it is remarkable what a difference a few millimeters can make when up-sizing a smaller model to suit a larger wrist.
Today we had the opportunity to view the entirety of Omega’s new 2013 line up, including the new Speedmaster ’57 Automatic Co-axial chronograph and it’s a complete stunner.
Tudor has announced a new chronograph model at BaselWorld and it is called the Fastrider Black Shield. This new model expands the Fastrider line and features a matte black ceramic case and is part of the continuing relationship between Tudor and the motorcycle brand Ducati. With a brash red-on-matte-black style, the handsome Fastrider Black Shield certainly looks like a fitting companion for any modern Ducati sport bike.
For Rolex, BaselWorld 2013 seems to be all about color. Not only has the brand introduced new color variants for both the GMT-Master II and the Daytona, but they have also announced a series of new colorful versions for the Day-Date range. Spanning six different colors across three different gold cases, these new Day-Date models reflect the current popularity of wearing a Day-Date or Datejust on a leather strap.
We’re here at BaselWorld 2013 and Rolex has shown off a couple of new model iterations, including a platinum Daytona and this black and blue colored GMT-Master II. Essentially just a new color variation of the current GMT-Master II range, this new version employs a two color cerachrom bezel insert (a first for Rolex) in a day/night arrangement of blue and black.
Magrette is a small independent watch brand hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. We have covered their watches in the past and they have recently announced a new addition to their Ragattare line of sport dive watches. The new Regattare Tiki will offer a wider range of dial colors as well as case finishing in either stainless or PVD. The Regattare Tiki builds on the Magrette formula with strong and legible dial design backed by a sport-ready case construction which boasts 500m water resistance.
Linde Werdelin has announced two new limited edition models for their Spidolite II series of luxury sport watches. The new LW SpidoLite II Tech features two variations of a watch that takes the recognizable SpidoLite II platform and moves it into the next generation as far as case construction and materials are concerned.
Raven watches have quickly made a name for themselves in the online forums by offering nicely made Rolex Submariner homages at a very competitive price. The Raven 42mm Vintage was a fast hit among buyers looking for a watch that could echo a vintage Sub without costing quite so dearly. Whether you call them Sub clones, homages or something else, it doesn’t change the goal…
Maurice Lacroix has started releasing information about their upcoming Baselworld 2013 collection. They will be debuting two watches each week leading up to the start of BaselWorld. This week kicks off with two new models within their very successful Pontos range of elegant but sporty automatic chronographs. The Pontos is arguably Maurice Lacroix’s most famous model, and rightfully so as they have managed to design a watch that looks distinctive without being especially boisterous or ostentatious.
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