Last week we previewed four of our favorite watches debuting at the Baselworld 2016 convention in Basel, Switzerland. Many fine watch makers like Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Blvgari and others use Baselworld as a platform to show off their latest designs.
If you love watches, you HAVE to love Baselworld.
As the convention wraps up this week, we are going to take a look at 5 more killer watches! We’ve noticed two major things from this year’s watch releases:
- Rose gold and chocolate dial watches are IN
- Blacked out watches are continuing to rise in popularity (and look awesome)
Yacht-Master 40 Rose Gold with Chocolate Dial
If this isn’t a watch for a high-roller, we don’t know what is. The Yacht-Master has always been one of the classiest Rolex models, but the addition of Everose (Rolex’s patented version of rose gold) and a chocolate dial gives even THIS watch a nice boost. The new Yacht-Master still features the mega waterproof oyster case, the rock solid Perpetual Calibre 3135, and Everose dial that allows captains to calculate times between objects on the water. If you are a boating fanatic – you need to have this watch in your collection.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark
Smooth is honestly the best way to describe this variation on the Black Bay by Tudor. If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been ALL OVER the blacked-out trend that has emerged in the fine watch market recently. Whether it’s a bespoke design from Titan Black or off the shelf styles like this Black Bay Dark, we love it.
The Black Bay Dark’s most striking feature is it’s Black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating that was originally developed by NASA to allow non-organic materials to bond with metal. Tudor went with a flat matte finish as a nod to military watch design. Like the Black Bay Brown that we reviewed last week, the Dark also features the iconic 1970’s “Snowflake” hands and “Big Crown” winding crown from the 1958 Ref. 7924 Tudor model.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean “Chocolate”
18k gold + chocolate ceramic case = pretty freaking sexy if you ask us. This Omega Planet Ocean watch for ladies makes use of what Omega calls “Ceragold” – a process that allows 18k gold to be incrusted in the ceramic case. In our opinion – Omega completely nailed it with this watch. The 39.5mm case diameter is right in line with the trend of larger ladies watches, AND the color combination looks incredible. One other note – the band is brown leather on the outside, and rubber on the underside. This makes the Planet Ocean Chocolate the perfect mix of beauty and comfort.
The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater
This watch is making a big splash at Baselworld this year because of it’s size! The Octo Finissimo comes in as the thinnest minute repeater on the market at just 6.84mm. The calibre BVL 362 fits all of it’s components in a ridiculous 3.12mm titanium case. The styling of the watch is very minimal and keeps the focus on it’s size. Another note – only 50 of these watches were made for 2016.
Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39
Bling. That basically sums it up on this watch. This Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39 has diamonds covering every available spot on the dial, several around the bezel, and even the bracelet on the model pictured. This watch isn’t just pretty – it has all the normal Rolex goodies like the Perpetual Calibre 3235, a hermetically sealed case back, and Everose 18k gold with 18k white gold accents.
Have you seen anything from Baselworld 2016 that you want a closer look at?
Just let us know! Jonathan’s is able to overnight the watches from Baselworld directly to our showroom BEFORE they will be released to the public later this fall.