Baselworld Round Up
With Baselworld over for another year, we’ve taken a look at some of the most exciting product launches and gone behind the scenes with our Buyers to bring you the latest news on the world’s most talked about watch and jewellery exhibition.
Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Master Chronometer
Tested to the highest industry standard, the new Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Master Chronometer pays tribute to its legacy of being the first watch ever to be worn on the lunar surface with an exquisite Moonphase function.
Beautiful in blue, the Omega Speedmaster Moonphase has a distinctive aesthetic with its sunbrushed dial, ceramic bezel with a Liquidmetal tachymeter scale and luxurious leather strap which are all beautifully coordinated. The stainless steel case features brushed and polished surfaces, whilst the two sub-dials with rhodium-plated circles create a symmetrical look, augmented with a wonderfully detailed image of the moon which is as detailed as a NASA photograph.
Powered by the revolutionary new 9904 Co-Axial Master Chronometer automatic movement, the Omega’s highly accurate Moonphase mechanism also represents an impressive feat of watchmaking and only needs adjusting once every ten years.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Master Chronometer Collection
A collection of three new, beautifully designed timepieces, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Master Chronometer Collection is the epitome of precision, performance and style, with revolutionary movements and technologies taking it to the next level.
A rubber and ceramic bezel
Representing a first in style as well as precision, rubber has been blended with ceramic to create a revolutionary new diving bezel with Liquidmetal markings. Fastened with a patterned black rubber strap with orange highlights, the 43.5mm stainless steel case is finished with a black ceramic dial with orange Arabic numerals and a date window. Water resistant to 600m, the Omega Master Chronometer 8900 provides the beating heart.
A GMT for night and day
Representing another first for the brand, the GMT model introduces Omega’s first bi-ceramic bezel. Creating a dramatic and eye-catching effect, the contrasting black and white markings are designed to help you separate night from day. Presented on a black leather strap with a rubber underside, the 43.5mm stainless steel case has a black ceramic dial and is powered by the revolutionary Master Chronometer GMT 8906 movement.
The new chronograph
A bold bi-metal design with introduces 18ct Sedna gold to the Planet Ocean collection for the first time, the new chronograph features a striking blue ceramic dial and bezel with Omega Ceragold markings. Water resistant to 600m, the watch is powered by the extremely precise Omega Master Chronometer Chronograph calibre.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Basel
Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about the watch world’s most influential and important exhibition.
1. The show spreads across 1.5 million square feet in several buildings
2. It takes 20,000 workers six weeks to set everything up
3. Around 3,600 journalists and 120,000 guests regularly attend from all over the world
4. 400 cleaners are employed to clean the exhibition venue every day while the show is on
5. The smallest stand at the show will be around 5 square metres, whilst the largest (based on the 2014 show) could be a monstrous 1,625 square metres
6. The amount of steel used in the stand structures totals more than 6,300 tons
7. Over 7,000 lorries are used to bring in equipment for stand construction
8. The number of stand personnel employed for the 8 days will span 25,000
9. Since it was first founded in 1917, the show has undisputedly become the most premier event in the watch and jewellery sector, showcasing the world’s best brands
10. Material and goods weighing over 10,000 tons will be delivered from all over the world
TAG Heuer Monza Chronograph
40 years of history
Proving that beautiful watches never go out of fashion, the latest re-release of the TAG Heuer Monza chronograph celebrates 40 years since Jack Heuer, the great Grandson of the brand’s founder, designed a chronograph to commemorate Niki Lauda’s first World Championship title with Ferrari.
Returning to its roots for this special anniversary, the 2016 re-issue of this iconic timepiece will include a pulsometer (to measure the heart rate) and a tachymeter scale (to convert time into speed), neither of which were included in previous re-issues. And of course, the iconic coussin case will remain centre stage, retaining its all-black finish, black and white lacquered hour and minute hands and vintage orange SuperLuminova, all of which confirm its status in the brand’s historic collection. However, never one to shy away from advancements in technology, the enlarged 42mm case will now be constructed from grade 5 titanium (as opposed to steel), making it lighter and more shock-resistant, and will be coated with titanium carbide to enhance its powerful aesthetics.
Presented on a black, full-grain calfskin ‘super racing’ strap which evokes the racing cars of the late 1960’s, the watch is powered by a calibre 17 automatic movement.
Beautifully designed in the spirit of the original Monza, which is now highly sought after by collectors, this daring timepiece blends the spirit of the past combined with the state-of-the-art technology of today.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze
Expanding the iconic Black Bay family with the arrival of the new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze, this remarkable timepiece is inspired by an illustrious heritage and showcases a mechanical movement which has been developed by the brand in-house.
Dating back to 1954, the history of the Tudor diving watch documents a long line of ergonomic, accurate and robust divers’ watches which have gained unanimous acclaim from some of the greatest military navies in the world.
An understated, functional and reliable tool, the new Heritage Black Bay Bronze inherits key design features from the past to create a luxuriously retro aesthetic. Its clean lines and domed dial are inspired by some of the first diving watches, whilst the prominent crown and distinctive ‘snowflake’ hands are nods to Tudor watches used by the French National Navy in the 1970’s.
A watch that is designed to be worn, the imposing 43mm case is constructed from a high-performance aluminium bronze alloy with brushed finishes is designed to develop a unique and subtle patina with use, and is an aesthetic reference to the use of bronze in historic ships and diving equipment. Inside, the high-precision chronometer certified Tudor MT5601 automatic manufacture movement has been developed, manufactured and assembled in the Tudor workshops, and has an impressive power reserve of 70 hours.
Finally, as is characteristic of the Tudor brand, the watch is supplied with two straps, enabling you to change the look to suit the situation. The beige and brown woven jacquard strap is inspired by a period watch which was secured with elastic recovered from a French rescue parachute, whilst the aged brown leather strap features an angled cut in order to accentuate the rustic effect.
Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Men’s Watch
Unveiling its first ever bronze timepiece at Baselworld 2016, this beautiful Oris watch has been designed to remember the extraordinary life of Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy’s first African American master diver.
Conquering challenges not only of race but also of disability, Carl Brashear became the U.S. Navy’s first amputee diver in 1968 after losing the lower part of his leg during a mission to salvage a hydrogen bomb. He then became the first African American to qualify as a Master Diver in 1970.
Inspired by Oris’s hugely successful Divers Sixty-Five watch, the watch is limited to just 2,000 pieces and will develop a unique patina over time as the naturally ageing material reacts with the atmosphere. Fastened with a brown leather strap, the 42mm case features a unidirectional rotating bezel which is also made of bronze, as well as a striking dark blue dial. Water resistant to 100m, this elegant watch is powered by an automatic mechanical movement.
Raymond Weil present their new Shine Collection
Introduced by their brand ambassador, Katheryn Winnick, the dazzling Shine collection is feminine, elegant and sensual, and features a unique patented system of interchangeable bracelets.
Designed to celebrate Raymond Weil’s 40th anniversary, the new additions are equipped with quartz movements and combine delicate curves and feminine refinement. The 32mm case is illuminated with diamonds and is available in a number of different finishes to remain perfectly in-tune with your style, and with two different straps you can easily change your look for every occasion.
Bulova Curv Chronograph
Brand new from Bulova, the Curv family.
Worlds first curved chrono, the movement, sapphire crystal, case are all curved... beautiful product, gents only priced from £449 to £699, launching Sept 1st. Model shown is titanium case, rubber strap, £699
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02 Tourbillon
Heralding a new era of affordable haute horology
Representing a very exciting addition to the TAG Heuer collection, the line of elegant and contemporary manufacture chronographs is set to be expanded with an awe-inspiring COSC certified automatic chronograph combined with a titanium and carbon flying tourbillon.
Epitomising the cutting-edge technology, exemplary quality and Swiss watchmaking expertise you would expect from TAG Heuer, their mastery of processes and costs will make the Heuer-02 the only Swiss Made COSC automatic chronograph with Tourbillon available for under 15,000 CHF.
An impressive feat of engineering in its own right, a tourbillon houses the escapement and balance wheel in a moving cage which essentially cancels out the timing variations that can be caused by gravity.
Interpreting two of watchmaking’s most famous complications: the chronograph and the tourbillon, the largest challenge faced by the engineers developing the Heuer-02 was how to house the chronograph functions, winding mechanism and tourbillon in a 45mm case, whilst still preserving a clean aesthetic with well-spaced counters. The case itself is crafted from grade 5 titanium which is lightweight and shock-resistant, and is constructed with 12 modular components, allowing a huge range of design possibilities. Boasting TAG Heuer’s signature refined, yet sporty look, the Heuer-02 is presented on a black alligator strap with rubber backing and is water resistant to 100m.
Hand-crafted by four highly-skilled watchmakers, the tourbillon has a power reserve of 65 hours and is inspired by the Monaco V4, with central sections crafted from titanium and a carbon top section. A true work of art, all the fitting, assembly and adjustment work that goes into the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02 Tourbillon is performed by hand, with all the major components being manufactured at the TAG Heuer Manufacture.
The meticulous process doesn’t stop once the watch has been constructed. In order to obtain its COSC certification, every watch must undergo a stringent test which involves a total of 21 days of checks to guarantee it meets exceptionally high accuracy standards.
Symbolising exceptional creativity and inventiveness, the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02 Tourbillon puts TAG Heuer firmly at the forefront of Swiss Avant-Garde.
What is Basel?
Hailed as the most important exhibition of luxury watches, Baselworld 2016 is something that’s most definitely one of the highlights on our Buyers’ calendars. Enthralling its visitors with the latest horological developments from the 17th to 24th March, our Buyers will be there sending the latest updates as some of the newest watch collections are unveiled.
The greatest show on earth for watch lovers, Baselworld 2016 may not sound that inspiring to the uninitiated but is, in fact, where 80% of global watch sales for the year ahead will be generated. Showcasing the most exciting watches from some of the world’s best brands such as TAG Heuer, Omega and Breitling, as well as fashion brands such as Hugo Boss and Emporio Armani, Basel is an annual fair which attracts more than 150,000 customers, buyers and collectors as well as 4,000 members of the press who come together to discover the latest horological developments.
Located in Basel, Switzerland and covering around 141,000 square meters of exhibition halls, there are expected to be approximately 1,800 exhibitors from over 45 countries spread out around 30km of corridors! And, for eight days, this space is transformed by hundreds of ultra-luxurious stands, some of which cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to build, as the brands aim to replicate the sophistication and drama of their flagship stores in this impressive exhibition space.
Dictating the trends for the coming year, we’ll be at the show during the week to bring you the latest Basel updates and highlights. Watch this space.Shop Watches
Raymond Weil celebrates the iconic Beatles
Representing the most exciting musical partnership in the world of watchmaking, Raymond Weil have unveiled a unique Maestro Beatles limited edition watch. Designed to mark the brand’s 40th anniversary, this remarkable timepiece celebrates the greatest band of all time.
Presented in a beautifully designed watch case celebrating the legendary musicians, this unique timepiece is limited to just 3,000 pieces. Fastened with a polished steel bracelet, the 39.5mm polished steel case features a silver galvanic dial which is embellished with the 13 Beatles’ album titles. Powered by a mechanical self-winding movement, the caseback features a smoked sapphire crystal which features the official Beatles logo as well as the limited edition number.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m Ceramic Automatic Calibre 5
Inspired by the lure of the deep
Since Edouard Heuer filed the first patent for a watertight case in 1892, the Aquaracer collection has continued to evolve and adapt to for all kinds of extreme adventures.
A design which is immediately recognisable both above and beneath the surface, the ceramic uni-directional rotary bezel, screw-down crown and characteristic dial patterns have become an iconic symbol of daring and resilience.
Re-designed and re-invented for 2016, the new Aquaracer model boasts a larger 43mm stainless steel case which emphasises its power and presence, whilst the trademark ceramic bezel has been restyled for understated sophistication with engraved silver lacquer numerals. Water resistant to 300m, a magnifier on the date window increases ease of use, whilst the calibre 5 automatic mechanical movement, which beats at its heart, ensures proven accuracy and reliability.
Taking this iconic collection one step further towards the future, the high quality finish and craftsmanship of the Aquaracer collection is never in any doubt.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m Full Ceramic Ladies Watch
Continuing the pioneering spirit
Continuing the pioneering spirit that was established when Edouard Heuer filed the first patent for a watertight case in 1892, the Aquaracer collection has never ceased to evolve to face new challenges.
Representing another first for the brand, 2016 sees the launch of TAG Heuer’s first ever collection totally ceramic watches with the introduction of several new versions of the iconic ladies Aquaracer.
Striking a harmonious balance between high-tech materials and sophisticated, feminine aesthetics, the new Aquaracer collection features a more generous 35mm case and will be available in either completely white or black finishes with the option of diamond or rose gold embellishments.
Maintaining its ready-for-adventure status, the new Aquaracer is water resistant to 300m (of course) and is powered by a quartz movement. It also features the characteristic uni-directional rotating bezel that has long been associated with the collection, as well as large luminous indices and hands for improved visibility and a screw-down case back engraved with a diver’s helmet.
Robust, durable and highly tactile, ceramic has proved itself as one of the most perfect materials for the modern watchmaking world. Its incredibly hard finish is highly scratch resistant (yet incongruously soft to the touch). It is hypoallergenic and retains its original colour, and is lighter than steel. All of this combines to create a new timepiece that effortlessly blends sport-inspired style with sophistication.
Our top tips for surviving Basel with style
Our Buyer, Bruce Andrews gives us his top tips for getting the most out of a visit to Baselworld.
What was your Basel show highlight from last year?
I couldn’t pinpoint one particular highlight as there were so many; Basel sees the world’s leading brands meet in Switzerland to showcase the best of their new designs and so for a watch buyer, it’s all very exciting!
Having so many brands under one roof is an extremely efficient use of both buyers and suppliers time, which is why we view Basel and other trade shows ‘a must’ in our calendar. Every year, there are new exhibitors and of course lots of new product ranges and so we never know what exciting new ranges/brands we will uncover until we arrive.
Supplier relationships are very important to Beaverbrooks and so Basel gives us the opportunity to meet up with many existing supply partners, see their new ranges and have a catch up.
What would be your top tip for people attending Basel this year?
Last year Basel attracted over 1,500 brands and 94,000 visitors and so it really does get busy. So that you don’t miss your designated ‘slot’ it’s important that you stick to your meeting schedule and get there nice and early. The exhibition space is approx. 141,000 square meters and so on a practical level it’s important to wear comfortable shoes. Hotels also get booked up quickly and so I’d also recommend booking your accommodation well in advance.
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