Baselworld, the world’s largest watch and jewellery fair – and arguably the most important – is back again this year from March 22 to 27.
The fair sees countless watch brands, from long-established powerhouse brands to young, budding watch companies, present their newest novelties for the coming year.
Here are the six of the best men’s watches that are set to hit Baselworld.
Chopard’s L.U.C collection welcomes a new update to its signature L.U.C Quattro timepiece. The L.U.C Quattro is a major highlight of the L.U.C collection – it is known for its sleek aesthetic paired with an advanced movement.
The watch features a new vertical silver-toned dial matched with a rose gold case, creating a chic two-tone look. Adding another layer to the complexity are the blue hour markers and hands.
The classic design codes of the L.U.C Quattro remain, including the small seconds and date dial at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. The 43mm watchis driven by the COSC-certified L.U.C Calibre 98.01-L, which comes with a nine-day power reserve. This watch is limited to 50 pieces.
H. Moser & Cie.
If there’s one word to describe H. Moser & Cie., it would have to be “minimalism”.
This year, it is releasing a new Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity Cosmic Green, featuring an almost-hypnotic green fumé dial. This 42mm timepiece, encased in white gold, is limited to 50 pieces. It is paired with straps made of hand-stitched beige kudu leather.
There is a large date window at 3 o’clock. At 6 o’clock is an offset seconds dial with hacking second function, and at 9 o’clock is a power reserve indicator. The watch is powered by an in-house HMC 800 calibre with a power reserve of seven days, which can be viewed via the transparent caseback.
Bell & Ross
Bell & Ross launched its aviation-inspired Horo line last year with the BR03-92 Horolum – and this year, it is expanding the line with two new novelties: BR03-94 Horolum and BR03-92 Horoblack. We’re especially excited about the BR03-94 Horolum, a limited-edition chronograph that comes with green SuperLuminova C3 treatment (hence the name ‘lum’) for better readability at night.
The case comes in the signature house style: a circle in a square. The case and dial are made of microblasted steel, giving it a sleek, monobloc-like look. A tachymeter scale runs along the outside ring. The watch runs on the automatic calibre BR-CAL.301 and is water resistant to 100m. This 42mm model is limited to 500 pieces.
Breguet is known for its ultrasophisticated watches, and this year, the brand is set to make waves at Baselworld with its new Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367. This timepiece is the newest member of the brand’s Grandes Complications collection, and is the first to introduce a Grand Feu enamel dial to the family tree.
The clean, minimalist dial allows the spotlight to shine entirely on the tourbillon, located at 5 o’clock. It is understated elegance at its best.
The 42mm timepiece is driven by the in-house calibre 581, which boasts a 80-hour power reserve, thanks to a patented high-energy barrel. Two versions are available in rose gold or platinum, paired with brown or blue alligator straps.
No one understands romantic complications quite like Jaquet Droz does – and this is the latest proof. The Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel features an astronomical moon phase at 6 o’clock that displays a black onyx moon disc, star and moon appliqués in red gold and gold. The moon phase only needs to be corrected every 122 years.
The jet-black onyx dial creates a beautiful contrast to the red gold and gold accents, elevating this 43mm timepiece’s appeal. The figure ‘8’ design detail, where two subdials are interlaced on top of each other, is a Jaquet Droz signature.
The new timepiece is driven by the Jaquet Droz 2660QL3, a self-winding mechanical movement with a silicon balance spring and pallet horns, a double barrel and flat bridges. It comes with a power reserve of 68 hours.