At the latest instalment of Baselworld the world of haute horology witnessed several pieces that redefined the standard for strong design and cutting-edge technology. Many globally renowned brands introduced models that were nothing short of spectacular with Rolex, TAG Huer and Patek Philippe deserving a special mention.
Rolex’s much-redesigned Air King is their most accessible watch to date. It perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the brand’s conservatism. The combination of a coloured logo with printed minute numbers and applied hours is certainly unusual, but highly successful. The new Air King is a strong and masculine piece that possesses extreme stability. Its retail price is $6,200 and every watch holds the brand’s Superlative Chronometer Certification.
Another striking piece from the event comes from watchmaking Maison Patek Philippe. The new Reference 5930 World Time Chronograph is a piece that savvy business travellers will truly appreciate due to its austere design and functionality. It has a blue dial and 39.5 mm white-gold case with vintage-style “winglet” lugs. There is a world-timer that automatically changes time zones at the push of a button without affecting the progression of the minute hand. This is the brands thinnest chronograph to date and will be made available in summer at an asking price of $73,712.
The TAG Heuer Caliber Heuer Carrera 02T is a head-turning smart watch model coming from the Swiss market. A fine tourbillon piece – the new model is marketed as the ‘most affordable Swiss-made tourbillon chronograph’ at $15,950. It features a 45mm case that is made of grade-5 titanium, stainless steel, and rubber. Intricate semi-skeletonized dials highlight the minute and hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock. The design is completed by hand-finishing and all watches are COSC accredited. A more exclusive version will be available at the price of $23,100. The of “Black Phantom” will only be manufactured in 250 pieces.