Baselworld has just ended and in this round-up we begin by taking a look at Ariel and James’ pick of the top 10 watches that they saw at Basel. Next, we attempt to answer the frequently asked question of which watch should you buy. Finally, we take a look at some boutique watch brands worth considering, Richard Mille’s crazy clock and learn more about the iconic Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona.
1. Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2014
Baselworld 2014 has just ended and there are a lot of new watches to digest. After all, Baselworld is the biggest watch and jewelry show of the calendar year and there were literally thousands of new watches on show. How do you make sense of it all? Fortunately we are here to help, because here are the top 10 watches that our Editor-in-Chief Ariel and Contributing Editor James Stacey saw at this year’s Baselworld.
2. TAG Heuer Carrera CH 80 Watch For 2014 Hands-On
TAG Heuer has had a long association with chronographs and one of their major releases for 2014 is the new Carrera CH 80 watch, which shares design cues from the original Carrera chronograph from the Sixties. Admittedly, the name is not the most sexy sounding, but it is so-called because it houses TAG Heuer’s new in-house made calibre CH 80. Check out this sporty new chronograph here.
3. Rolex Cellini Time: Return Of The Crown’s Dress Watch
One of the biggest surprises from Rolex at Baselworld 2014 was its three all new Cellini watches. Of the three, the Cellini Time and Dual Time are the ones I like the best. The former is a simple three-handed dress watch, while the latter has an extra dual-time complication at 6 o’clock with a day/night indicator. Both watches, I think, are very neatly and well executed and for once, these Cellini watches are a viable alternative to Rolex’s more illustrious Oyster models.
4. How To Choose What Watch To Buy
One of the questions that we get asked a lot is, “What watch should I buy?” The answer, though admittedly unhelpful, is it really depends. For example, some people may buy a watch because of its design and others may buy one because they are a fan of the brand. If you are feeling lost, our Editor-in-Chief Ariel has just written a bumper guide to helping you choose your next watch. We hope it helps.
5. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On
Zenith’s El Primero watches are probably the first that comes to mind when you think about high-frequency chronographs. However, that is all about to change thanks to Blancpain’s new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Flyback Chronograph watch, which features an in-house made caliber F385 movement that beats at 5Hz and has a column wheel and vertical clutch. Here’s a closer look at what is one of the best sports chronograph to debut at Baselworld 2014.
6. Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Watch Hands-On
The new Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity watch is one of those peculiar watches that you either love or hate. Obviously, the case and overall style of the watch is very classic, but the dial is very modern in its execution and shows off the all-silicon assortment and in-house made hairspring of the brand’s new ML230 caliber. This is a classically-designed watch for people who love to look at the movement in action.