Another week and another three watches from last month's Baselworld. Sorry if you were expecting me to move past the show, but so many watches come out of it that it takes a few weeks to get to grips with the new pieces from the big brands, never mind the hundreds from the smaller outfits. OK, that sounds like a whinge and it is, but you don't have to sift through all this stuff, I'm doing it for you, after all.
We begin with Swiss brand Breguet and this year the highlight for me was the Tradition Repetition Minutes Tourbillon 7087 (top left). With its beautiful classical styling, rose-gold case and exposed mechanics, it looks like a steampunk watch straight out of Jules Verne. In the age of the smartphone and smartwatch, people often ask us what the point is of spending huge amounts on a traditional watch and the 7087 is the most succinct answer to questions like that; it's simply mechanical art. To fit in so much on the dial, Breguet has opted for a larger case, at 44mm, even though that flies in the face of the trend towards smaller sizes. Features include the tourbillon from the name, which sits at the six o'clock position and has a titanium bridge securing it to the dial. The baseplate and the other bridges are titanium, too, which, coupled with the silicon elements of the movement, show that Breguet is one of the more innovative watchmakers out there. The in-house calibre 565R movement comes with 80 hours of power reserve. Prices for the Tradition Repetition Minutes Tourbillon 7087 will be released soon.
Tag Heuer has had a tough few years as the brand struggled to decide what it was. On the one hand, it was an incredibly popular mid-market watch brand. On the other, it had the heritage and competence to do so much more but could only do so in fits and starts. And let's not even mention side projects such as the mobile phone. Jean-Claude Biver, the man who made Hublot what it is today, has been running the show at Tag Heuer since 2014 and it seems he has righted the ship and the brand is on the up. One of the best offerings at Baselworld was the Monza (right), a 40th-anniversary tribute to the original Heuer Monza. Tag Heuer has one of the most impressive archives in the business and the brand is mining a rich seam in bringing back classics such as the Monza, which, with the addition of the all-black colour scheme, also makes it refreshingly modern. This isn't just a reissue though, the watch packs punch and features a pulsometer and tachymeter scale, which, some might say, make the dial appear a bit busy but we think they add to the racing edge. The cushion case is sized at 42mm and the more perceptive will have noticed the original Heuer logo. Prices for the Tag Heuer Monza Chronograph will be released in the coming months.
Finally, we have a new iteration of a classic, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe (top right). You might wonder what's new, as this version looks similar to recent Bathyscaphes. Well, this one comes in grey plasma ceramic. OK, that might not appeal to everyone, but here are two things you should know - first, it's incredibly difficult to get subtle, almost metallic shades with ceramic and, second, it really looks cool and is a distinctive twist to a classic. Features-wise, the case is 43mm, the watch has 300 metres of water resistance and inside is an in-house calibre 1315 movement. Prices will be released soon.