Baselworld 2016

Highlights of the Baselworld 2016

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.

Baselworld 2016

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.

Baselworld 2016

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.

Baselworld 2016

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.