By Julien Schaerer
Baselworld represents an annual pilgrimage of sorts, with more than 120,000 professionals, journalists and enthusiasts attending the holy grail of what is new and exquisite in the world of watches.
This year was one of contrast, with technical innovations and classic revivals vying for attention. Continue reading to find out more about three of the most captivating debuts.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller
Rapidly gaining popularity among watch aficionados, Laurent Ferrier unveiled a fourth model, the new Galet Traveller—made for the global jetsetter.
It boasts an 80-hour power reserve and a simple and ingenious setting mechanism. Two buttons on the case side adjust your local time simply and precisely, while the aperture at 9 o’clock tells the home time in 24-hour format, and the one at 3 o’clock the date, which adjusts automatically.
After over 37 years at Patek Philippe, Mr. Ferrier has again created a masterpiece (about $59,660 in pink gold; about $61,791 in white gold).
Robert Weintraub at Manfredi Jewels in Greenwich, Conn.
Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue
Based on the 1970s Tudor Monte Carlo chronographs, this year’s model is another successful reinterpretation of a classic.
Tudor launched the line in 2010 with a black version, and produced this model with a fun blue dial and bezel, plus a NATO-style canvas or optional metal bracelet.
These new timepieces mark a renewal for the brand that struggled somewhat to find its identity in the 1990s, but with new models such as the Pelagos and Black Bay, has re-established its place in the market.
The 42mm stainless steel automatic Heritage Chrono Blue features both chronograph and date functions ($4,425).
Maria Smith-Rutten at Rolexin New York
Rolex Day-Date Ref. 118138
Following the popularity among collectors and at auction of the now famous Rolex Stella Day-Dates (found in a wide variety of bright colors), Rolex launched at Basel this year six dial variations on the Day-Date (green, cognac, blue, cherry, chocolate and rhodium) with matching leather straps that are sure to brighten up your summer.
The nicely sized 36mm timepieces are available in yellow, white or pink gold to tone in with the dial color. Housing the COSC-certified caliber 3155, this is yet another model that will undoubtedly become a future classic ($22,150).
Maria Smith-Rutten at Rolex in New York