The Four Watches You Need To Know About From Baselworld 2016
Every spring, the foremost leaders in the watch and jewelry industries descend on Basel, Switzerland for the world’s leading watch and jewelry fair better known as Baselworld. The event’s 2016 edition was no different, serving as a platform for the world’s most renowned luxury watch brands to debut their latest collections and most eye-catching designs. Ahead, we preview our favorite timepieces and provide a glimpse of the styles likely to make their way soon to the Miami Design District.
Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon
This sail boat-inspired timepiece is designed to look like a deck of a wooden boat with a boom that sweeps across the watch’s face to indicate the minutes and hour, which is all controlled by nanowires that are thinner than a strand of hair. This watch also features another marvel of the moment: a UN-630 movement with a quick-set system for the hour. All it takes to advance the hour in one-hour increments is an easy push of the crown.
Fans of Hublot searching for something as bold as the brand’s signature Big Bang, you’re in luck. Like LaFerrari, Hublot’s other vertical tourbillon, MP-07 was designed with drivers in mind—placing the minutes and hours at the bottom left to make it easier to tell time while driving. Hitting the road? The watch features an impressive 42-hour power reserve for extra reliability.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater
Based on its measurements, Bulgari’s new Octo Finissimo has stripped Vacheron Constantin of the title for world’s thinnest minute repeater measuring in at 6.85 millimeters in thickness— making it even thinner than an iPhone 6. The use of a flat balance spring and water resistance up to 30 meters keep this ultra-thin luxury watch more than leveled with the competition.
Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon
Omega's most impressive offering during this year’s fair was literally out of this world: the Speedmaster Grey, whose dial features slices of the Gibeon meteorite that fell in Namibia during prehistoric times. The ribbon-like pattern created by the meteorite crystals means no two timepieces are alike.
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