Featuring a 40 mm case in 18K white gold with delicately fluted caseband and a dial in Grand Feu enamel, the new Breguet Classique ref. 7147 is the epitome of elegance in a time-only watch that contains all the signature elements of this manufacture. The Grand Feu enamel dial featuresArabic numerals in the traditional Breguet typeface and a small recessed off-centered seconds subdial at 5 o'clock.
Baselworld 2017: Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Split Seconds Chronograph. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
One of the most important releases at Baselworld 2017 is the new Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Split Seconds chronograph. This new watch powered by a true in-house split seconds movement fully developed and manufactured at Breitling is available in 18K red gold or stainless steel at a very affordable price. Developed in the spirit of instruments for professionals, this Manufacture Breitling Caliber B03 protected by two patents is distinguished by its innovative construction ensuring a maximum of precision, sturdiness and reliability.
Baselworld 2017: New Patek Philippe ref. 6006G-001 Replacing the ref. 6000 with a Bigger Case Size. Live Pictures & Price.
Released a couple of weeks ago at Baselworld 2017, the new Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 6006 is the new version of the now discontinued Patek Philippe ref. 6000. This iconic watch with an off-centered seconds subdial and a pointer date indicator on the periphery of its dial just got even better with a more wearable case size now measuring 39 mm in diameter opposed to 37 mm as in all of its previous iterations that are now all gone.
Baselworld 2017: Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent Tartan, Houndstooth and Prince of Wales. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
When we first saw the stock images of the new Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent before Baselworld we were not sure whether we liked this new collaboration with Lapo Elkann or not. However, after perusing the watches in the metal, we were blown away by the craftsmanship and the idea behind incorporating some of the most iconic suit fabrics on the straps and dials of these new watches.
One of our favorite watches released this Baselworld 2017 is the new Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph with grey dial. This new watch is available in three versions —stainless steel with grey dial and 18K red gold with either black or champagne colored dial— and equipped with a flyback chronograph mechanism. Giving special special attention to each of these three new watches, each iteration is very unique looking and with its very own character.
Going back to basics means going straight to the very essence. That's exactly why HYT decided to release the new HYT H0 with a fully redesigned case, crystal and look. By focusing on their fluid as their way of telling time, the new HYT H0 features a case that takes its inspiration from a droplet of fluid. With primal curves from a pebble smoothed by the water from a mountain stream...
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their calibre 240, Patek Philippe released the fully skeletonized ref. 5180/1R Squelette to celebrate the occasion during Baselworld 2017. For this new iteration of the Calatrava ref. 5180/1R, the automatic calibre 240 has been magnificently skeletonized and engraved in which could only be described as an horological work of art. The aesthetic appeal and transparency with which the caliber 240 SQU keeps track of time makes it a miniature opus of kinetic art.
Perhaps one of the most surprising and unexpected releases this year at Baselworld 2017 is the new Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Hundredths of a Second Chronograph. This new watch that clearly shows that Mr. Jean-Claude Biver is in the house and in charge of all that happens at the Zenith manufacture, couldn't look more like a hybrid between a TAG Heuer and a Hublot. After the surprising departure of Aldo Magada at the beginning of this year, Mr. Biver took the reigns of Zenith and here's the first of many watches that will for sure look like this moving forward. If TAG Heuer and Hublot were to have a child, the new Zenith Defy El Primero 21 would be it.
Baselworld 2017: Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
Powered by the new Glashütte Original in-house calibre 37-01, the new Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is the latest addition to the many chronographs that our friends from Saxony have released in the past decade. Featuring blue markers and Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o'clock with ultra bright superluminova, this new watch sports a stainless steel case measuring 42 mm in diameter and is available with a leather strap with blue contrast stitching, a black textured rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet.
The figure eight layout on the dial of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde just got much better with the addition of a very realistic moon phase indicator. The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon just released at Baselworld 2017 is available in three different versions: 18K red gold Grande Seconde Moon Ivory Enamel with ivory Grand Feu enamel dial ref. J007533200, in stainless steel Grande Seconde Moon Onyx with black onyx dial ref. J007530270 and also in stainless steel Grande Seconde Moon Silver with silver opaline dial ref. J007530240.
After the success of last year's Breitling Avenger Hurricane, this year at Baselworld 2017, Breitling released a new iteration of this watch with 'khaki' colored lume on its numerals and fitted with an olive green military looking fabric strap. The new Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military Breitlight is a huge watch with a 50 mm diameter case and very unique looking due to the unique sheen on its polymer composite case construction that is ultra-sturdy and ultra-light made in a futuristic material named Breitlight.
Baselworld 2017: Armin Strom Configurator. Live Pictures of Some of the Endless Possible Combinations.
This Baselworld 2017 Armin Strom released an innovative concept that will allow customers have their own unique piece with the Armin Strom Watch Configurator. Offering hundreds if not thousands of possible combinations, the Armin Strom configurator begins with the client choosing the desired movement —a tourbillon, a five-day power reserve, or any other functionality in Armin Strom’s arsenal. Then the customer can choose from an array of colors, engravings, finishes and even level of skeletonization of the movement to finalize their unique piece. Of course the ability to choose different types of buckles, straps and bezels is also part of the configurator experience.
Capitalizing on their rich history decorating clocks, watches and precious objects that have gone down in the history of decorative arts, Jaquet Droz released this Baselworld 2017 the Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons in two different versions. Since its early days, Jaquet Droz himself was very fond of the natural beauty of his native Jura. As the Seasons passed, he noticed the changes in the landscapes, the transforming light, the first flowers to pierce through the snow and the sun that bathes the hills with its golden rays.
Baselworld 2017: Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer Stainless Steel. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
Our second most favorite release from Omega at Baselworld 2017 and a watch that is as good as it gets. The new Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer in stainless steel with a matte black dial with orange accents is as sporty and racing inspired as a chronograph of this nature should be. This new watch is also available in 18K Sedna gold with deep dark blue dial and it was reviewed by us here.
Baselworld 2017: Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer 18K Sedna Gold. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
One of our favorite releases from Omega at Baselworld 2017 and a watch that sparked our love and interest in the brand after a year and a half without featuring any Omega watches here at WCL is the new Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer in 18K Sedna Gold. Also available in stainless steel with a matte black dial —hands-on live pictures coming up later—, this new Speedmaster Racing with a stunning deep dark blue dial and a case in 18K Sedna Gold is simply gorgeous and one that we must own.
Baselworld 2017: Omega 1957 'Trilogy' 60th Anniversary Limited Editions — Seamaster 300, Railmaster, Speedmaster 1957. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
One of the biggest releases this year at Baselworld 2017 and one that was quite polarizing is the new Omega Trilogy 60th Anniversary 1957 limited editions. This set of three vintage inspired watches with 'faux-patina' pays tribute to the three most iconic and legendary watches from Omega, all originally released in 1957. These three new watches that include the Seamaster 300, the Aqua Terra Railmaster and the Speedmaster, can be purchased individually —3,557 pieces each— or as a box set in a special limited edition Swiss Oak wooden box containing all three watches and an oily leather travel roll with three additional leather and NATO straps.
Baselworld 2017: Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
Available in 18K red gold or stainless steel, the new Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar is the latest complication released by this German brand belonging to the Swatch Group. Based out of Saxony in Glashütte, Germany many dare to call this manufacture the 'poor man's Lange' in a despective way. However, in its short history, Glashütte Original has consistently shown that their watches are exceptionally good, its product quality is up to par with their price tag and the new Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar is no exception.
Baselworld 2017: Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire, Big Bang Unico Red Sapphire and Big Bang Unico Sapphire Diamonds. Live Pictures & Price.
This year at Baselworld 2017, three new sapphire Hublots have been released to join the other Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire watches released last year. The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire, Big Bang Unico Red Sapphire and Big Bang Unico Sapphire Diamonds are a perfect example that there are no limits when it comes to releasing crazy watches by this brand. For these new colors, Hublot has now fused sapphire and metals to create a Big Bang case in blue sapphire and in red sapphire —marking the first time these colors of sapphire have been used in watchmaking.
Baselworld 2017: Patek Philippe ref. 5960/01G-001 White Gold Blue Dial. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.
Continuing with our coverage of Baselworld 2017, we now present you the other Patek Philippe reference 5960 that was released this year. We're now talking about the 18K white gold version that joins the other two stainless steel 5960s that are now available. Up until 2014, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5960 was only available in 18K rose gold with two different dials and in platinum also with two different dials, that same year, those versions were replaced by the first version of this reference in stainless steel fitted with a white dial and equipped with an integrated 'rice bead' link stainless steel bracelet which you can see here.
Following the success of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 ref. 79500 released last year, Tudor presents this year at Baselworld 2017 the new Heritage Black Bay 41 ref. 79540. Perfectly suited for larger wrists that liked the Heritage Black Bay 36 released during Baselworld 2016 but that couldn't wear it because it was designed with ladies and small wrist men in mind, Tudor expresses the aesthetic codes of its iconic Heritage Black Bay through this new model with a diameter of 41 mm and a time only function.