If we take one message from this year’s Baselworld, it’s that quality will always win and that premium craftsmanship is built for hardship. The best pieces are classic and reserved, the type of luxury that you’d want to indulge in every day. Here are five watches set to define 2017 as an era of stand-out quality and craftsmanship.
Patek Phillippe Ref 7130G-014 World Time
Making time for the ladies, Patek Phillippe have crafted a global statement that serves to represent 24 time-zones within white-gold, 62 diamonds and alligator skin. The watch masters have merged tradition with modern mechanics for a beautiful contemporary 36mm aesthetic. Once again, Patek Phillippe continues to remind us why they break all secondary market auction records.
With the new series of the limited edition Speedmaster, Seamaster and Railmaster, Omega looked back to their original releases as a muse. The watchmakers have satisfied enthusiasts’ cries for accurate reproductions of original pieces thanks to a process of digital scans and blueprints of original components. The result is an authentic offering equal in feel, weight and style to the vintage pieces.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph
Baselworld 2017 provided a platform for the launch of the very first Black Bay family member with a date function. Yet, despite this contemporary update, the new Black Bay stays true to its roots as a synthesis of Tudor divers’ designs from yesteryear with a bracelet that is inspired by the powerhouse’s vintage collection circa 1950.
Hublot Bang Unico Sapphire
Think of a collection cast entirely in polished sapphire crystal, which includes a range in pink and blue, and you’ll go a long way to capturing the spirit of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire. Considering it’s cutting edge aesthetic, style and high level of complexity, it is easily the most affordable high-end sapphire-cased watch on the market.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
When a watch is as highly revered as a Rolex, it makes sense that updates remain subtle, adding more value to the product offering than incremental changes to design. This year, updates to the go-to for wayfarers and jetsetters (thanks to its second-time-zone functionality) include an offering in white and yellow gold, a first for the collection which was previously restricted to precious metals.
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