Baselworld 2017 Watch Report

Perpetual calendars, moonphase timepieces and swanky tourbillons ruled this year’s Baselworld, the mecca of fine watchmaking. Many brands dived into their past to bring out new editions of legendary models to woo a younger clientele. The dominant theme was vintage watches whereas in terms of trends, one could not miss the various hues of green, which is now being termed as the new black. We list our favourites from Baselworld 2017.

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Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887


A spectacular marvel, the Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887 can calculate the equation of time, which is the difference between mean solar time (as shown by clocks) and the actual solar time. It simultaneously indicates civil time and true time 
by means of two separate minutes hands and is available in a 43.9mm case in platinum or rose gold.

Price: Rs. 1.49 crore and Rs. 1.39 crore respectively.

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Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition


Launched originally in 1957, the Speedmaster was called the “Broad Arrow” due to its distinctive hands. It was also the first chronograph wristwatch in the world with its tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial. The new edition carries the same design codes and is equipped with Omega’s 1862 calibre.

Price: Rs. 4.68 lakh approx.

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Rolex Cellini Moonphase


If dresswatches are your thing, then look no further than the new Rolex Cellini Moonphase. The company’s first dresswatch since the 1950s, it is crafted with 18-carat rose-gold and tracks the lunar cycle for 122 years. The 39mm timepiece displays a blue disc at 6 o’clock with the full moon made of real meteorite applique.

Price: Rs. 16.38 lakh approx.

Tag Heuer Autavia

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A legendary racing chronograph from the 1960s, the Autavia gets its name from ‘automobile’ and ‘aviation’. The new model is distinguished by the reverse panda dial, presented on a brown leather strap.

Price: Rs. 3.32 lakh approx.

Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph

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Available in three limited edition versions—King Gold, carbon and titanium, the timepiece celebrates Hublot’s partnership with the Italian motoring giant, Ferrari. Each version of this 45mm robust watch is limited to 70 pieces and equipped with the new in-house manual-winding Calibre HUB6311, composed of 253 components.

Price: Rs. 82 lakh approx.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special – 40mm

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Zenith has scaled down its signature Pilot’s watch, distinguished by its generous oversized case. The brand has been experimenting with the worn-out look, achieved by using ‘aged’ steel for the cases and grained dials. However, the trademark onion-shaped crown remains and the watch is available in burgundy, blue, olive green and camel brown.

Price: Rs. 3.79 lakh approx.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic


Bulgari has been strengthening its ultra-thin game and the result is apparent with the new Octo Finissimo Automatic. With a case measuring just 5.15mm thick, this is currently the slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch in the market. The movement, too, measures a mere 2.23mm thick, encased in sandblasted titanium, adding to the lightness.

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Price: Rs. 9 lakh approx.

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Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver


Billed as a professional diving instrument and water-resistant to 300m, this is the first square diving watch from Bell & Ross. It is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement housed in a 42mm case.

Price: Rs. 2.27 lakh approx.

Breitling Colt Skyracer

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This watch uses Breitling’s patent alloy Breitlight and is out to woo a younger audience. The all-black timepiece is powered by a SuperQuartz movement that is ten times more accurate than a standard quartz.

Price: Rs. 1.43 lakh approx.

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Longines Heritage 1945


Distinguished by its champagne coloured dial, the Longines Heritage 1945 takes its cue from dresswatches of the 1940s. It measures 40mm with six Arabic numerals on the face.

Price: Rs. 1.22 lakh approx.

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Rado True Thinline Colours

True to its name, the new Rado Thinline is available in options of blue, green, chocolate brown and grey. Crafted in ceramic, these are Rado’s thinnest timepieces measuring just 5mm in thickness.

Price: Rs. 1.28 lakh approx.

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Tissot Chrono XL

The Tissot Chrono XL comes in a generous case measuring 45mm. The dial displays Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock along with chronograph functions.

Price: Rs. 19,280 approx.

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