Hamilton & Inches’ Head of Watches, Danny Mitchell, has hand-selected the most note-worthy timepieces showcased at this year’s 2018 Baselworld. This year we had seen that traditional craftsmanship and colour take centre stage. Discover more about the very latest releases from our brand partners below, soon to be in our showroom. If you would like to know more then please get in touch.
Rolex have steadily refined their watch collections with changes that widen the appeal of the brand while amplifying their core aesthetic and functionality. They have also extended their diamond and gemstone collections this year, producing watches with beautifully set stones and dials and bezels of pure artistry.
Rolex GMT-Master II
The standout watch of 2018 for Rolex is the GMT-Master II which surprised avid watchers by having the 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in a captivating red and blue. The calibre 3285 movement offers a 70-hour power reserve and an incredible -2 to +2 precision. This is the first modern professional model to have a jubilee bracelet rather than the oyster, a welcome return to a classic style.
Rolex Everose GMT-Master II
My watch of the collection is the Oystersteel and 18ct Everose version of the GMT-Master II with brown and black ceramic on the bezel, reminiscent of the versions released in the 70s and 80s. Other key models to mention are the Datejust 36 and 31. The iconic, classic watch has seen a re-profiling of the case sides and lugs and some welcomed new dial variations. The new models feature calibre 3235 and 2236 respectively. Both at the forefront of watchmaking technology and bringing them in line with the rest of the collection.
The 2018 launch from Patek Philippe was smaller than usual but more focussed. It is 50 years since the launch of the Golden Ellipse and therefore two models have been launched in this range. A rare handcraft model 5738/50P in platinum with hand engraved 18 carat gold and black ebony dial, and the 5738R rose gold with ebony black sunburst dial. The name, “Golden Ellipse” deriving from the half rectangle, half circle dial.
Patek Philippe 5270P-001 Chronograph
My standout watch of the collection is the 5270P-001 Chronograph with perpetual calendar. The very first developed completely in the manufacturer’s workshops. Now in platinum with a golden opaline dial, this watch has a beautiful, vintage appeal.
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740/1G
The Nautilus now has its very first grand complication in the launch of the 5740/1G, a perpetual calendar sports watch. Innovative engineering has allowed the pushers for the calendar to be integrated in the lugs yet retaining water resistance of up to 60 meters. This is one of the thinnest perpetual calendars created by Patek Philippe.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968A & 5067A
The Aquanaut also had two new models to add to the collection. The 5968A, the first to contain a chronograph is uncluttered and exciting, with bold orange accents. The lady’s version, the Aquanaut Luce, 5067A is in stainless steel with a misty blue dial. Sporty, chic and modern.
Finally, the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time was launched in rose-gold with a brown dial with black graduation. The two dial side options have been described as ladies and gents, but both are likely to appeal to all. A fantastic pilot’s watch with superb legibility and style.
Tudor has positively set out to mark their territory with the most technically advanced watchmaking within their price range. It was a surprise to most that they were launching a GMT at Baselworld, however, they have successfully covered the market for these timepieces side by side with Rolex.
Tudor Black Bay GMT
Their GMT is a striking timepiece and it stands alone within the Black Bay collection. The burgundy and blue bezel is distinctive and the dial has been inspired by the TUDOR diver’s watches of the 1950s along with the snowflake hands which originally appeared in the brand’s 1969 catalogue. The case back has been re-profiled making it comfortable on the wrist and it is waterproof to 200m. All of this comes in at a price below £3,000, astonishing for a watch of this specification. It is worth noting that Tudor has decided to no longer put a spare strap alongside new watches, with a view to continue to provide only the best standard of fabric or leather straps without compromising the price point.
Tudor Black Bay S&G
The Black Bay S&G is a fantastic addition to the family with a distinctive champagne or black dial and unidirectional bezel in yellow gold with black anodised aluminium disc and gold markings. This watch brings a more formal feel to the Black Bay.
The Black Bay 32/36/41 have now introduced a blue dial which is a nod to the heritage of the brand and the Fifty-Eight is a nod back to the first Submariner released in a more modest size of 39mm. The case is beautifully shaped and thinner.
Finally, the 1926 is a new line introduced to pay tribute to the early history of the brand. The watches are timeless and elegant with a variety of sizes in steel or steel and rose gold. The dial is embossed with appliqued numerals and the bracelet feature an intricate seven link row design which sits beautifully on the wrist. Despite the detail and elegance of the watch, it is also waterproof to 100 metres. A stunning watch, yet again within an affordable price bracket.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300m
Omega opened proceedings with their new Seamaster 300m, the 4th generation of the collection which has had a bit of a makeover. The iconic wave dial has been reintroduced and the indexes are raised and filled with Super-Luminova. The skeleton hands have been reshaped. The traditional metal bracelet has been upgraded with an ergonomic design and a patented extendable foldover rack-and pusher. The sapphire case back within the wave patterned edge allows you to see the METAS-approved Master Chronometer Calibre 8800.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch – Apollo 8
The Speedmaster Moonwatch has also had an upgrade with the “Dark Side of the Moon” created 50 years after the Apollo 8 crew became the first humans to ever see the dark side of the moon. The space theme is featured in the specially decorated version of the Moonwatch calibre 1869, which has been laser-ablated to produce realistic imagery of the lunar surface. On the blue version, there is an aventurine quartz dial to also represent the space theme. On the case back the words “WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE” reference Jim Lovell’s final words spoken to ground control just before Apollo 8 travelled to the far side of the moon.
Omega De Ville Trésor
The new Trésor releases are feminine, modern and confident, a stunning dress watch to complement the collection. The beautifully thin diamond set cases are available in rose coloured Sedna Gold or steel with a choice of dial giving a variety of options. The two dial sizes give an additional layer of variance, with the 39mm being a significant size for a dress watch.
Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions
The Seamaster 1948 Limited edition has been created in tribute to OMEGA’s original post-war classic on its 70th anniversary. This classic style watch comes fitted with a commemorative caseback which features a 70th-anniversary logo, a Chris-Craft boat and Gloster Meteor aircraft, the first jet plane used by the RAF. This classic chronometer masterpiece retains its unique original style while being fitted with modern complications.
Chanel Code Coco
Chanel has launched some fantastic new models, showcasing both their firm position as one of the most sought after fashion brands, but more importantly, their ability to compete with the finest Swiss watch brands. Very much orientated by their fashion collections, the Code Coco is a tribute to the famous Chanel handbag. The clasp, fitting over the watch face is named Mademoiselle and it comes from the 2.55 handbag and the ceramic strap features the iconic quilted motif. Finally, the single diamond above the clasp represents Gabrielle Chanel, her favourite stone due to its graphic beauty.
One of our top picks from the fair, the 18K Beige gold Monsieur has a clean simple ivory opaline dial showing two integrated complications: instant jumping hour and retrograde minute indication as well as a small seconds subdial. The reverse of the watch is transparent, so you can observe the beautifully manufactured calibre 1 movement. Stunning from both front and reverse.
Nomos Tangente Neomatik 41 Update
Nomos announced a new technical innovation at Baselworld, the neomatik date calibre DUW 6101, which has been four years in the making. The movement allows the calendar to be changed in both directions with no restrictions or potential damage to the watch while remaining incredibly slender. The outstanding watch featuring the new movement is the Tangente, which now displays the date on the edge of the dial by two moving red dots framing the day number. It is aesthetically satisfying and suits Nomos’ minimalistic style.
Nomos Autobahn Neomatik 41 Date
The new Autobahn is the result of a partnership by Nomos and Werner Aisslinger. Resonant of a classic car speedometer the dial is concave, catching the light beautifully at the edges and specifically in the sunken subdial. The Autobahn displays the time in the dark as well as it does in the light with a ring of large superluminova fields on its dial. There are three dial options, each with its individual personality, white, midnight blue and sports grey. These will be the first of our Basel models to appear in the showroom in early April.