Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2013

Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2013
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Ariel & James inspecting new ceramic watches with Rado.

First, a small Basel recap: if you are interested in watch industry business then my report from Baselworld 2013 is simple. The watch industry has anticipated a slowdown in business and growth from China for the last few years and the projections are true. While Chinese money is still important, China isn’t exactly a growing market and many Chinese buyers are purchasing outside of China in places such as the US and Europe (where sometimes surprisingly, taxes on luxury goods are cheaper).

This means that the luxury industry is once again focusing on the Western world and traditional luxury hot spots such as the Middle East, Russia, and the world’s hot vacation spots (that still attract money). Business as usual in the world of glitz and status is “go where the money is” which is once again the primary objective of those who claim to make the best watches in the world.

The good news is that new watches in 2013 are better than ever, and take it from people who've seen the watches. Top 10 lists are great, but a few we've seen are written by people who haven't even seen the products. What we hope to offer you is a transference of our own hands-on experiences. I saw a lot of solid new introductions from the big brands, and appealing unique watches from the independent makers. Modern design is finally back in fashion, and vintage redo models are finally slinking away back into the past. Instead we see vintage inspiration in new watches that simply focus on the appeal of retro design but rendered in a thoroughly modern skin. A big reason for that is ceramic. With no historic analogs, ceramic is a modern watch making material used in modern looking watches – and ceramic is hotter than ever. Prices remain high, but we see less price increases and potentially more value, especially from the big brands.

With literally over a 1000 watch brands showing at Baselworld, we were able to see a scant few. Even so, we met with about 65 brands including the corporate power houses that show in the lux Hall 1 to the cool guys and new guys in The Palace.  A little note before I start. We are only covering watches our team got to see. Yea, there are probably other good watches we missed and if you think something should have made the list then comment below. So, what did the aBlogtoWatch team find to be the best watches of Baselworld 2013? Let's find out:

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Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon

Oh baby, did we love Omega’s new variation on its in-house movement-based Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph called the Dark Side Of The Moon (hands-on here). What makes this Moon Watch dark? Black ceramic is what. A carefully designed black ceramic case mimics the precise polished and brushed finishes of the standard steel Speedmaster case that is just over 44mm wide. Rather than absorb the light, this case plays with it elegantly. Omega matches the case with a black ceramic dial, but legibility is still thoughtfully precise. Once on the wrist, you find that the watch is actually surprisingly light, and on the black Cordura strap, it fits snugly. This may be the best new Speedmaster with an extremely satisfying mixture of modern design, movement, and materials. omegawatches.com


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Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5227

You want a classy dress watch? Patek Philippe has got a classy dress watch for you. This new version of the Calatrava has an 18k gold (rose, yellow, or white) case, increased in size to 39mm wide. Even Patek Philippe isn’t immune to the concept that people want bigger watches, even formal pieces. 39mm wide isn’t big, but rather just the right size for a modern suit watch. At just over 9mm thick, it isn’t chunky either. Aside from the picture perfect dial with pristine dauphine-style hands, the case has a new hunter-style hinged case back that Patek Philippe worked hard to blend in with the case. The system means that it does have a case back that can be popped open to see the movement, but you’d never know it was there unless you looked. Imminently classy, this was easily the top dress watch of the show. The icing on the cake is the extremely modern mechanical Patek Philippe made caliber 324 S C automatic movement that include technologies such as Patek’s Gyromax balance wheel and their Spiromax hairspring. patek.com


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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

The Pontos collection is Maurice Lacroix’s bestselling watch family. The new Pontos S diver is more or less a three-hand version of last year’s Pontos S chronograph. In addition to the metal bracelet, Maurice Lacroix decided to offer it on a soft leather NATO style strap – which is what pretty much every one at Maurice Lacroix at Baselworld was wearing. The three-hand diver cleverly mixes retro design with modern style and has a clever internal rotating bezel system. A fancy polish job on the steel case makes this a very desirable and fashionable diver for 2013 in the circa $3,000 price point. mauricelacroix.com


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HYT H2

Vincent Perriard of HYT might not have the world figured out, but I think he found his home at HYT. In his brand’s second year they release the H2 watch as only imagined by the hydro mechanical horologists.  Priced much higher than the brand's original H1, the H2 (hands-on here) is a limited edition piece that celebrates none other than ‘horology’ itself. A gorgeous deep movement designed like a car engine was produced to appeal to watch movement lovers, and it sure does. A double retrograde system for the hours and minutes combines liquid with a traditional watch hand. This is a timepiece worth spending a lot of time just looking at. Don’t miss the temperature gauge designed to keep the watch in an optimal working environment. hytwatches.com


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Bell & Ross BR 126 Blackbird Flyback

You need to have an appreciation for the history of Bell & Ross as it began as an extension of German tool watch maker Sinn if you really want to understand where the BR 126 Blackbird Flyback watch came from. Part of the BR 126 chronograph collection, the Blackbird Flyback contains a new for Bell & Ross movement produced by Dubois Depraz. The movement puts a chronograph module over a base Swiss ETA 2892 which hearkens back to the features of the famous Lemania 5100. You need to look closely at the dial to realize it, but this watch has a central seconds and minutes chronograph with a synced 24 hour indicator at 9 o’clock which functions as an AM/PM indicator. Yea, and the chronograph has a flyback feature. An orange accent completes the otherwise instrumental black case with instrumental dial. bellross.com


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Breguet La Chronometrie Ref. 7727 10Hz

To be honest we listed this Breguet watch before (back in 2012), but it is even better for 2013. When we last visited this watch, it had one feature no one seemed to like, which was red print for the 10Hz label on the dial. Red is unsurprisingly gone from the dial (your comments do influence changes so keep them up). The 43mm wide case is size able and modern, while the hand operated guilloche machine engraved dial is picture perfect Breguet. While putting a 10Hz movement in an automatic movement doesn’t necessarily make a lot of practical sense, it is something Breguet himself would be proud of in its pursuit of accuracy and consistency in designing innovative watch movements. Silicon allows for the ultra-fast movement to operate and aside from the label on dial, you are reminded of the high beat by the quickly moving small small seconds hand (produced intentionally from silicon). breguet.com


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Ball Engineer II Annual Calendar

The man who develops the new products at Ball watches came to the brand from an interesting role at Rolex. Part of the crown brand’s product development department is inventing amazing things, at Ball watches he can actually have his creations made. This new annual calendar watch is not only the best-price annual calendar watch with independently adjustable indicators, but it also includes Ball’s new SpringLock system that puts a cage around the hairspring to reduce the error experienced in watches when they are subject - not to harsh shocks, but constant minor vibrations. In this conservative guise, the watch is still everything you love about a Ball including tritium gas tube illumination and durability. ballwatchusa.com


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Casio G-Shock GW-A1100 Gravity Defier

Last I checked, Casio G-Shock watches had digital dials. All of a sudden you have 100% analog G-Shocks and I don’t even know if I miss the digital ones as much as I should. Casio believes that analog watches sell better than digital ones so they have been perfecting the art of making previously digital-only functions in analog dials. With Tough Movements and Smart Access, they are getting rather successful at it. In addition to doing so much else, top-of-the-line Casio G-Shock and Edifice watches now have digital compasses like the Pathfinder models. The modern looks of the GM-A1100 looks like it is best worn while piloting a big robot, and it should survive just about any beating. gshock.com


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Citizen Satellite Wave-Air

Citizen and Seiko have been fighting over GPS satellite technology in watches for a couple of years now. Both have indicated that it is their intention to supplant atomic clock radio signal receiver watches with those that receive signals from GPS satellites (that in turn rely on atomic clock time of course). The first Citizen Satellite Wave was a wild looking limited edition. The Satellite Wave-Air gets a more mainstream look and a significant price drop, but more importantly, an improved system to received signals from satellites. This technology is here to stay, and the Japanese are on top of it. citizenwatch.com


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Rolex GMT Master II Day/Night

People held their breath as Rolex lifted the curtain on their 2013 watch collection when it was unveiled on the press day at Baselworld. We didn’t see anything revolutionary, but the new version of the GMT Master II was a popular hit among retailers and a good looking watch by all measures. The real innovation is the bezel. Of course in ceramic, it uses a patented Rolex process to produce a single piece with multiple colors. Rolex owns this technology, and its potential is exciting. For the day/night version of the GMT Master II, Rolex offers a perfectly half-and-half black and blue ceramic bezel used as an AM/PM indicator. That’s great, but what I really like is how it looks and what Rolex might do with it in the future. rolex.com

54 comments
KwekJooChuan
KwekJooChuan

Maurice takes the cake for me....  Was always looking out for clean 3 hands diver with date and inner rotating bezel as well as able to hit super depths via either a helium escape valve or crown...  Maurice sort of ticks all those boxes for me...

Ironhead66
Ironhead66

I'm nost looking forward to the Shinola Brakeman. No real reason from a horological stanpoint - just a really good American story there.

RandyTorres
RandyTorres

Fascinating list. Frankly "knowing" Ariel Adams I'm not surprised to see not one, but two quartz watches on the list. One watch I would have liked to see on the list, or at least see a future post with a little more detail, is Seiko's 100 Anniversary chrono featuring  their 8R28 column wheel and vertical clutch movement with a three-pointed hammer for the chrono functions.  This is not a new movement so perhaps that's why its not as interesting, even though it is supposedly a top notch manufacture chrono movement, but that dial seems to me a thing of beauty. ABTW has covered the Ananta's hand painted lacquer dials before, but this blue lacquer is supposedly unique and seems to me warrants a special look.

clueless1
clueless1

Slaves to marketing. No idea why the Rolex GMT is on the list. You'll say because of the complexities involved in creating a two colour ceramic bezel. They'll make you think it is ultra complicated, using words like "patented", but give me a break. This is hardly groundbreaking. Just like the PP Calatrava caseback and it's "hidden hinge". These two big brands are taking us all for fools.

EranR
EranR

for me, the top watches all came from the palace, by small and indi watch makers. My favorites include the Konstantin Chaykin Cinema, the Valbray collection (such great execution of a lovely concept, and a range of design that should truly appeal to anyone), Arnold & Son (impossible to choose just one - could it be they keep improving their quality every year?), GoS and the previously unknown to me, Nord-Zeitmaschine (total quirky yet fascinating collection!)

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Mr. FrankWhite (Jason Campbell - why the cover-up?), you're assertions are ridiculous. Unless you have evidence to show it would be wise for you (a novel concept it would seem) for you to cease making such childish claims re: Mr. Adams and the blog ABTW.

It is well and good that you feel other brands are deserving of more praise than you see here, that may well suit your horological tastes. But to assume that there is an ulterior motive behind the presentation shown speaks to your own insecurity.

Enjoy the blog and 'chill out.'

pmspice
pmspice

The Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver is one I would definitely hide from wife !

Jacquess
Jacquess

I love that Calatrava, I want to have one and fasten it to my car's steering wheel every time I go out.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Thank You All...Quite a round-up!

I am impressed by the Ball offering.

Belligerent Man
Belligerent Man

Nice list, thanks for the coverage as I really like seeing the overall range.

manivelle
manivelle

Look what I just read on connoisseuroftime: "As a result, Cartier wristwatches with mechanical movements are often considered more desirable than their quartz counterparts"

ebcohn
ebcohn

Very nice. Agree strongly with most and don't disagree with the others. Really curious to see the Casio in person. Have spent some time with the Seiko Astron and they are very well done- far better than I expected at this price point.  Only watch I wanted to see on your list, which was not there was the Breitling Emergency 2. It is too big and it is too expensive, however it struck a chord with me (tool watch guy). Even like the look of the reworked band. Thanks again for your time and insight.

gojiB
gojiB

how about the Tudor.. it was very interesting in picture. I guess it can't be considered a new watch.. just new livery?

KeithNagel
KeithNagel

Ariel - thanks for the great coverage and continuing fascinating articles. I'm new to the watch "world" but can really appreciate your descriptions. No, I won't be in the market for a $34k watch anytime soon, but I can certainly appreciate quality, design and beauty! As a pilot, I won't be buying a Boeing business jet either, but reading about them is still fun. Love to see some lesser known brands and watches as well. Thanks for ABTW!!

Tekky
Tekky

How about also doing an "interesting watches from Baselworld" article... one that covers niches rather than just new colors and sizes.  For example, a tritium (Ball) made the list, but Basilworld also had a variety of mechanical alarm watches and some strange quartz ones (like the Versace); alarm seems more relevant than yet another chrono.  

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

It's a shame that there's so little time to view all the different manufacturers.  Imagine how much cool stuff you might have missed?  One of these Baselworlds it might be an idea to eschew the usual big names and deliberately seek out the small, devoted, creative brands that are trying to get themselves known in a very cut-throat and competitive industry that no doubt requires a lot of back-room dealing and brown-nosing, something the little guys are not very good at.  The PP is a little plain - any number of Grand Seikos beat it for looks, value and probably craftsmanship too.

I had a thought about what the "next big thing" might be, and while ceramic looks nice and doesn't scratch, I would like to see a watch that uses a monocrystalline metal case.  For a brief and crappy science lesson, most metals are made of microscopic grains that are squished together; the boundaries between these grains are weak spots - discontinuities in the regular metallic structure.  Imagine all the left over bits of soap bars you have around the house and try to squash them together to form a new bar.  Bits will keep falling off and the result is quite tragic.  Monocrystalline metals are those where there is only one single huge grain that eliminates structural problems with boundaries and flaws in the crystal structure.  An object made from a monocrystal is thus extremely strong and highly resistant to deformation.  They use them for jet engine turbine blades since nothing else is strong enough to resist the constant extreme forces and temperatures.

Anyway, let's see them make a watch out of that...

CG
CG

Thx for the list and coverage. If ceramic is becoming the industry fav I would think prices would come down significantly compared to the standard use of precious metals in the industry. The ceramic Omega is my pick... no nevermind I can't decide! Ceramic use will increase creativity since it is such a versatile material. That Omega should have the surface of the Moon 3D laser etched on the face, it is ceramic and would take a relief etching superbly. An link out there that collects examples of all the exhibitors products?

nsudhir
nsudhir

Ariel - Many thanks for your Baselworld coverage. Anyways, your blog is my view into the world of watches.


Omega is my top pick. I will however go with the Omega Good Planet GMT. I know this was pre-Baselworld. But I love the cool blue design.


Keeping with the blue theme, the next favorite for me is the Rolex GMT Day/Night.


For now, I like the techno play of the GPS watches both Seiko and Citizen, but @ 50 mm size still too big for me.

 Thanks again for your coverage.

trj66
trj66

Maybe I'm getting old as well as Ariel is, but the Calatrava made my heart jump. And hopefully Breguet will loose the "10 Hz" altogether for the 2014 incarnation of this otherwise beautiful watch: Sans Serif (and in cursive as well) has no place on a dial of a model named "Classique".

Cybotron
Cybotron

Omega, Bell & Ross, Ball. Those were some of my picks also. 

You forgot Zenith. I also thought Muhle Glashutte had some cool pieces.

SN0WKRASH
SN0WKRASH moderator

No love for Ressence? Or did it lose out on a technicality?

frankwhite
frankwhite

Wow Ariel I think your getting old. I don't think anybody can deny that the calatrava is a good piece but I really can't believe it made your top 10 list. Either your getting old like I said or patek paid you to get on the list, or maybe you've been watching too much Archie luxury. Its just a really boring watch IMO, there had to be something a little more interesting than that. I'm loving that gshock though but I'm sure I won't like the price.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@clueless1 No,  none of that really. It just has a high-level of appeal. Not for all demographics for sure, but we will see a lot of them on wrists and it isn't a bad watch.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@EranR All positive watches and ones we love, but with limited production, distribution, and high prices, there will only be a few of those to go around. For example, GoS watches are often made as limited editions of 5 or 10 pieces each.

frankwhite
frankwhite

I think its you that needs to chill out and read all the comments before you go putting somebody on blast like that. Writing my name and suggesting I'm hiding something. Frank White is a Christopher Walken character and just a cool name IMO. If you took the time to read all the comments you would see that I already tried to make clear that I didn't think that ablogtowatch was paid by Patek. If you read my original comment again you will notice that I mentioned Ariel getting old in the beginning and than again along with the other two possibilities which were getting paid by Patek and being an archieluxury fan which I thought would be obviously not correct leaving the only possibility that Ariel was getting old. It was only meant as a joke because there is no way the calatrava would have made this list a few years ago. I'm a huge fan of the blog, the podcast and Ariel and truly wasn't trying to insult anyone.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@DG Cayse Thanks. You and everyone else know that the majority of brands people wanted to be on this list will be fully covered in "hands-on" glory on aBlogtoWatch soon.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@ebcohn We covered the Emergency 2 twice so far during Basel (people can do a search for it). Great tech and a cool watch. Though the size will make it too cumbersome as a daily watch for most. 

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@gojiB Loved the Tudor Fastrider Black Shield. A great looking pieces, but others just edged it out a bit more.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@Tekky Personally I don't have a lot of love for mechanical alarms. They sounds like mechanical vibrators and their utility is limited in so far that you can't set them very precisely, they aren't too loud, and they need to be rewound each time they ring. Also no snooze makes your phone's alarm a lot more useful.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@Ulysses31 We try to see as many little brands as possible. We missed a lot this year due to the new layout of Baselworld and trying to re-find were everything was. Not covering the larger brands would be doing most of the readers a disservice. Our goal is to have a larger team at the show so that we can visit with more brands. In reality it is only going to be support from the larger brands that makes that happen.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

@trj66 It is not 'getting old' my friend...it is an appreciation of true quality.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@SN0WKRASH We didn't have any lack of love for the Ressence Type 3. We have a new hands-on article with the close-to-final watch coming soon. Why did it not make this list? Well, we feel that the Top 10 lists should cover a range of high-end and affordable watches that are cool, but ready for prime-time and good to wear daily. The Ressence Type 3 is no doubt a cool watch and I enjoyed playing with it. Having saying that, I don't quite think it is ready for mainstream prime time given how you set it and that the system is close to, but not totally done yet. It is hard to put something on the list that is still sort of in a beta phase. Plus, I feel that at $34,000, the price is extremely high. I know that the concept is very complicated and was difficult to perfect, but I just don't know if the brand is ready for that type of price yet. If there was a top 15 watch article the Type 3 would be on it, but given the novelty of the concept, price, and how much we enjoyed other pieces, it narrowly missed out from being on the top 10. Again, I don't mind people disagreeing, but I got to wear and operate all the watches on this list and went with my overall reaction to everything.

LapYoda
LapYoda

Agreed. The Ressence Type 3 was the one watch that I couldn't get enough of during the Baselworld coverage. There are nice pieces in this list, but I think the Ressence belongs here with the HYT as the truly innovative new watches.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@frankwhite The Patek price doesn't bother you but the G-Shock price will? Patek doesn't give us a dime and we added it to the list because in the scheme of traditional classic watches it is a solid piece. The more wild watches you see, the more appreciation you have for a timeless classic. I doubt anyone reading this would return the Patek 5227 if someone gave it to them as a gift.

SN0WKRASH
SN0WKRASH moderator

@frankwhiteI know for a *fact* that no one pays us to write anything in their favor, or include them on any list we put together. That can't be said about all watch blogs.  If that were true, I'd be on vacation right now, or I would choose to not even work here.  So, one of those other things you said might be true.  I'm shocked PP made this list when it seems there were others there that blew it away.

However, I just found a pic I posted on the ABTW FB page that does help the case for PP and what he says about the case back (still think a more innovative piece should have made this list): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=463820470363234&set=a.462644473814167.1073741827.385506631527952&type=3&theater

clueless1
clueless1

Clueless. Basel 2013 had so mich to offer, and this is your top ten? Including Ball, Citizen, and Casio is an insult to the true artisans of ingenuity, like Haldimann, Ressence, Voutilainen to name a few.

ebcohn
ebcohn

@aBlogtoWatch @ebcohn I know and thanks. I do agree about the size, although I did have the Seiko Space Walk for a long time and found it wearable.  It is just that they improved on so much with this watch- particularly the band, which looks better.  As an aside in no way was I criticizing you. Some posters here need to get some xanax. I also think the Rolex GMT is really cool- personal issue is small, but I don't like the polished center links. Would prefer dull. That is an esthetic however.  Take care.

Tekky
Tekky

@aBlogtoWatch @Tekky Ariel, taste and utility are certainly personal things! ;)  My work environment (business meetings with foreign execs or muckity mucks sometimes) don't allow for pulling out a cellphone; it's a sign of disrespect.  And don't require snoozing; I'm not trying to sleep another few minutes, just ensure I wrap up or don't miss the next one.

I wear mechanical alarms about a quarter of the time, primarily one of my Seiko Bell-Matics or an A.Shild based MemoStar.  Different sounds, but the sound plus vibration is enough to catch my attention.  

I'd wear a mechanical alarm more, but I also wear cuffs and have some long evenings, so Tritium hands are another third of my watch wardrobe.  Fortunately, both mb microtec/Traser and Luminox have some decent quartz alarm tritium analogs.  The Traser has a two-hand Ronda startech movement that allows for very accurate setting.   But... both beep.  I prefer the vibrate and mechanical noise.  

I do seem to be a tiny niche in that so few people want mechanical alarms and few find Tritium cool, due to the resulting inelegance of the hands.  As I said, taste and utility.... 

SN0WKRASH
SN0WKRASH moderator

@LapYoda Without knowing what is yet to come, I think the Type 3 is a contender for Watch of the Year.  That HYT H2 was my other show favorite.

frankwhite
frankwhite

Ya the gshock price bothers me and the pp doesn't but that just because I actually plan to buy the gshock and not the pp. I could care less how much the pp costs because it doesn't interest me. You're right I don't think anyone reading this would turn down the pp but I did say that there's no denying its a good piece I'm just pretty sure that it wouldn't have made my top 10. And just to clarify, getting paid by pp was only a possible reason and not what I believe. I believe you must be getting old.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@clueless1 Haldimann is interesting, but hardly top 10. That is the guy who made a tourbillon with a solid black crystal last year obscuring the dial 100%  Ressence I discussed above, and Voutilainen is great but as they make 50 pieces a year and many of them look similar, their timepieces are gorgeous works of art for the very few. No one buying a Voutilainen would be dis-swayed because it didn't show up on a 10 ten list. We like to focus on mostly watches that move us emotionally and that enough of which are within the grasp of people to own. A top 10 list doesn't mean that anyone not on the list is crap.

Clueless2
Clueless2

@clueless1you mention those brands but not Omega? Their Dark Side Of The Moon is as bad as those blacked out Rolex watches, except it's not aftermarket and Omega is offering it themselves! And surprisingly, their fans eat it up. Ooh ceramic, have fun when it shatters or cracks.

frankwhite
frankwhite

What does it not being my top ten have to do with anything. I left a comment in the comment section expressing my opinion. I've read almost every article on this website and listened to every podcast and was just pointing out that Ariels tastes are clearly maturing. And why would I bother making my own watch blog? I already know a really good one.

frankwhite
frankwhite

I never said that there was anything wrong with the pp, in fact I said that there's no denying that its a good piece. I just think its a strange choice for a top ten watches at Basel list. Other than the case back which isn't some innovative thing it looks like a lot of other calatravas from years past and I don't think it would have made Ariels list a few years ago or even last year.

IvanGopey
IvanGopey

It's not your Top 10. It's ABTW top 10.

Make your own watch blog with your personal Top 10 and we will read with pleasure and then discuss.

KeithNagel
KeithNagel

Gotta tell you the PP is my favorite, after the Omega. Classic, clean and simple. It's a dress watch, so I don't expect complications.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@frankwhite No ill feelings at all. The TAG Heuer MikropendulumS was cool, but as a non production piece (maybe 5 will be made), it doesn't really quality to make the list. Plus, the pendulum escapement technology is still being refined.

frankwhite
frankwhite

To be honest I think the Tag Heuer MikropendulumS would be a better fit than the Calatrava for this list. And just to clarify again because I get the impression that you guys were offended by my comment. I don't actually think anyone paid to be on this list. It was just one of the possible excuses I could come up with for the PP being on the list. It was really all meant as a joke, the joke being Ariels getting old. I'm probably one of ablogtowatch and the hourtime podcasts most loyal followers and really wasn't trying to insult anyone.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@Clueless2 @aBlogtoWatch @clueless1 Good to know. It hasn't ever happened to me, but perhaps I am uncommonly careful with my watches. Metal is great, but like ceramic it has its pluses and minuses.

Clueless2
Clueless2

@aBlogtoWatch @Clueless2 @clueless1 Crack, naw, but I'm sure you've seen that picture of the IWC with a cracked case. Shatter? Unfortunately yes, several times now. Rado Ceramicas if you're wondering. Accidentally knock them against something at the wrong angle, they shatter like they're made of glass. Sure it was nice not having any scratches for a couple years, but y'know what, I'll take a steel case that just needs to be refinished over a ceramic case that needs to be replaced. I also don't have to constantly wipe off fingerprints, yes!

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@Clueless2 @clueless1 It is very difficult to convey the feeling we get when we actually put on the watches, feel their weight, and see what they look like in the light. Many people rely purely on marketing images so it is easy to come up with a range of opinions. We respect all of them, but at the same time we have go to with out feeling on what is the best. Have you actually had a ceramic watch case crack on you?

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