Hublot, Chopard, Rolex and many more: 12 best watches of Baselworld 2019

With hopeful hearts and curious eyes, Baselworld 2019 started off with an array of new launches and re-editions that shocked, wowed and astounded watch lovers across the world.

Baselworld 2019 Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, TAG Heuer Autavia, and Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin (Left to right)

Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT

One of the fair’s most pleasantly surprising releases was the all-new Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT. This comes after a long and successful collaboration between two iconic brands that have given us true horology gems like the Big Bang Ferrari Unico Magic Gold, Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic and the MP-05 La Ferrari in the past. However, with the 2019 Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, the brand marks a departure from the usual sharply angular and structural design of a Hublot watch by taking inspiration from the universe of “Gran Turismo”. Designed in collaboration with the “Centro Stile Ferrari” (Ferrari’s in-house design group), the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is uniquely crafted with a curvy case structure. 

Baselworld 2019 Rs 15.21 lakh, Titanium Rs 26.87 lakh, King Gold Rs 18.91 lakh, 3-D Carbon

Apart from the different form, this is also the first time the UNICO HUB1280 (Hublot’s very own calibre) movement has been integrated into a Classic Fusion series. With 354 components in total, the self-winding flyback chronograph movement is protected by four patents and clocks in a  power reserve of 3 days which is very useful for everyday use. The 45mm timepiece sits low on the wrist; Courtesy the convex-saucer like case shape and hooded lugs. The oversized, racing-inspired screw-down crown and pushers further accentuate the smooth curves of the case making it a truly unique and interesting Hublot timepiece. The skeletonised dial features a black outer ring with Ferrari’s ‘Cavalino Rampante’ — prancing horse — at 12 o’clock. It also houses a 60-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’ clock and a running seconds indicator at 9 with an integrated inconspicuous date display. The 2019 Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is available in three versions; Titanium,  limited edition of 1,000 pieces, King Gold, limited edition of 500 pieces, and 3-D Carbon, limited edition of  500 pieces

Rs 15.21 lakh, Titanium

Rs 26.87 lakh, King Gold

Rs 18.91 lakh, 3-D Carbon

Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin

Baselworld 2019 Rs 85.24 lakh

Chopard presented their first flying tourbillon with the elegantly designed rose gold L.U.C Flying T Twin at Baselworld this year. Extremely refined and technically advanced, the 50-piece limited edition timepiece is dedicated to the contemporary gentlemen who want their watches to not only look exceptional but be technically sound too. The L.U.C Flying T Twin is distinguished by remarkable features like an ultra-thin case made from ethically certified “Fairmined” rose gold — the brand’s first flying tourbillon manufacture movement, the L.U.C 96.24-L, a solid gold dial with grey ruthenium surface that is decorated with hand-guilloché honeycomb motif and a freely spinning tourbillon carriage aperture at 6 o’ clock. Produced entirely in Chopard’s Swiss workshops, the Calibre L.U.C 96.24-L boasts of a stop-seconds function (a rare function in a tourbillon) along with a COSC certification and the prestigious ‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark. The movement’s patented “Twin” technology that allows the watch to clock in a lengthy power reserve of 65-hours is why the watch has been named Flying T Twin.

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The watch stands out because of a remarkable fusion of finesse and refinement of its aesthetics. From the hand-crafted honeycomb motif to the beautiful combination of the colour grey and rose gold, the 40mm L.U.C Flying T Twin is undeniably chic and elegant. It is available in a hand-sewn plant-dyed matt black alligator strap with a cognac-coloured alligator leather lining.

Rs 85.24 lakh

Rolex Yacht-Master 42

Baselworld 2019 Rs 17.60 lakh

The Rolex Yacht-Master collection has finally earned a place for itself within the magnificent and icon-filled world of Rolex timepieces. After the successful launch of the 2015 Yacht-Master in Everose gold, the general perception of the watch had changed drastically. Taking this popular opinion forward, Baselworld 2019 saw the release of a bigger, bolder, and if one may say so, colder (in a good way) Rolex Yacht-Master 42mm. This new timepiece takes many of the nicest elements of the Everose version and makes it better. Firstly, the change in size. Offering a larger option, the 2019 version sits largely at 42mm case size,  a first for the simple time-and-date Yacht-Master collection. Keep in mind that this is not to be mistaken with the Yacht-Master II which is already available in a 44mm case option and a  regatta complication. 

The new release comes in a sleek combination of black and white. It features a black dial with a bezel made of white gold that is set with a matte black Cerachrom insert that houses raised and then polished markers. The all-white, luminescent filled indexes and hour and minute markers give a good contrast against the black dial and the matte black bezel. Beating hard inside is the Calibre 3235, Rolex's in-house new generation time and date movement that clocks in a power reserve of 70 hours. This state-of-the-art movement also incorporates the Chronergy escapement technology that “combines high energy efficiency with great dependability.” It is also the first time that this calibre has been used in the Yacht-Master. Worn on a matte black Oysterflex (rubber) bracelet, the new Rolex Yacht-Master 42 is a sporty yet elegant timepiece.

Rs 17.60 lakh

Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono Carbon Bugatti

Baselworld 2019 Rs 24.93 lakh

What do you think happens when two of the world's most turbo-charged technologically innovative brands (in this case French automaker Bugatti and Swiss watchmaker Jacob & Co) combine their expertise? The result is the creation of something out of the ordinary. 

Introducing Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono Carbon Bugatti. This 110-piece limited edition commemorates the 110th anniversary of the founding of the brand by Ettore Bugatti back in 1909. Equipped with an exclusive skeleton column wheel Bi-Compax chronograph, the JCAA05 clocks in a power reserve of 48 hours. The 47mm newly-invented and specially-forged black carbon case houses a black carbon fibre dial with the colours of the French Flag to pay tribute to the manufacturing giant. The bicompax layout of the counters feature the small running seconds at 9 o’ clock and the elapsed minutes at 3 o’ clock. 

The centrally mounted skeletonised hour and minutes hands work perfectly with the French Flag red chronograph seconds hands. At the back, “110th Anniversary” logo engraved on the sapphire glass with a special “Bugatti Edition Limitée” engraving on the carbon fibre caseback commemorates the anniversary and pays tribute to the epic partnership . It is available in a special black rubber strap with a black DLC Titanium deployment clasp.

Rs 24.93 lakh

Gucci Grip 

Baselworld 2019 Rs 82,113 approximately

Making a fashion statement has never been this easy with Gucci timepieces always coming up with the most reliable and consistent watches every season at Baselworld. This year too, Gucci introduced a new line of unisex watches called the Grip, a range of four quartz timepieces that blend timeless design with a rather unique and contemporary twist. 

The new Gucci Grip collection has a rounded square case that features a single faceted dial decorated with the brand's signature interlocking G logo. The case is styled with delicate contours that give the timepiece a very rounded effect. The dial features three apertures or windows with three rotating white disks that show the hours, minutes and date from the top to the bottom. 

Made up of four editions, the collection makes full use of various materials to offer a range of choices. The first features a PVD yellow gold case and bracelet, the second has a stainless steel case and bracelet, the third has a steel case with a green calfskin leather strap, and the fourth (our favourite) features a PVD yellow gold case strapped to a Bordeaux-coloured calfskin leather strap. 

All the timepieces are decorated with the iconic double “G”,  the well-known Gucci signature logo. Sleek, durable and highly fashionable, the 2019 Gucci Grip is a unique collection that works perfectly for both men (the bracelet version especially) and women. 

If you are looking for a clean yet eye-catching design with a subtle vintage appeal and high functionality watch, then the Gucci Grip is a good place to start. It is available in 35mm and 38mm case sizes. 

Rs 82,113 approximately

Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze Chronograph

Rs 3.83 lakh Rs 3.83 lakh

Baselworld 2017 saw the release of a limited edition series of sandy coloured chronograph timepieces that were beautifully designed and immensely good looking. It was the first iteration of the Bell & Ross Heritage Bellytanker collection. For Baselworld 2019, Bell & Ross extended the Bellytanker collection with the addition of a brand new version — the Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze Chronograph (BR V2-94). The collection is inspired by the iconic and aerodynamic vehicles used for ultra-fast races being held on the salt flats. These hot-rods were first created by Bill Burke, whose fascination with the original Bellytank (which was the emergency drop tanks that were fitted in the belly of fighter planes) pushed him to create his first Bellytanker car.

One of the most standout features of this watch is its bronze case. The 2019 Bellytanker Bronze Chronograph is passivated to stop it from ageing unlike the other cases in the market . 

Vintage in its aesthetics, giving off a warm vibe, the 41mm chronograph features a distinctive black twin register reverse panda dial with gold chronograph counters (small seconds at 3 o’clock and 30-minute timer at 9 o’clock). 

It also houses a black tachymeter bezel with gold numerals and thin gold hands, Arabic indices with a circular date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. The domed sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, pushers and caseback adds to the old-world charm of the Bellytanker. 

Powered by the reliable BR-CAL.301, the chronograph calibre clocks in a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. Strapped to a black calfskin strap with a bronze butterfly clasp, the 2019 Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze Chronograph is limited to just 999 pieces.

Rs 3.83 lakh

TAG Heuer Autavia

Baselworld 2019 Rs 2.42 lakh

Two years after the return of TAG Heuer's most beloved collection, the Autavia, the brand expanded its collection with seven new references at the Baselworld this year. 

Featuring an array of contemporary colours, functions and a new technological breakthrough in the movements, the 2019 TAG Heuer Autavia collection boasts of ruggedness, versatility and reliability with something special for everyone. It features five steel models available in a combination of blue dials and blue ceramic bezel with a brown leather strap; black dial and black ceramic bezel with a brown leather strap; grey dial and stainless steel bezel with a brown leather strap;  blue dial and blue ceramic bezel with a stainless-steel bracelet and a NATO strap; and black dial and black ceramic bezel with a stainless steel bracelet and NATO strap.

The brown models are available in either a brown dial and brown ceramic bezel on a brown calfskin strap or a green dial and black ceramic bezel on a khaki calfskin strap. Each bronze timepiece features a titanium case back. 

Each model is equipped with a chronometer-certified Calibre 5 automatic movement that features a newly developed carbon composite hairspring. An in-house creation with exclusive manufacturing rights, this hairspring allows every model in this collection an Isograph distinction. It means that the light-weight, low-density properties of the hairspring allows it to be completely anti-magnetic and virtually unaffected by gravity and shocks. 

TAG Heuer has ensured that all the straps and the bracelets are interchangeable without the help of any tools which will make life easier for someone who likes to keep changing their straps.

Rs 2.42 lakh

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver

Baselworld 2019 Rs 5.33 lakh

With such an extensive range and a unique heritage for Pilot watches, it came as no surprise that for Baselworld 2019, Zenith chose the Pilot’s range to release their first silver case timepiece, the 250-piece limited edition Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver.  This new timepiece not only channel’s the collection’s deeply embedded pioneering spirit, but also reiterates the brand's acclaimed history of onboard instruments that were developed during the early years of aeronautics. The beautifully designed 45mm silver case features a duly inscribed case back of the brand’s flying instruments logo as a tribute to its origins.

The brushed silver dial is matched to the case and features a riveting pattern to pay tribute to vintage aviation. 

The large numerals and hands paired with the oversized crown further cements the rugged tool watch look of the timepiece. Beating inside this handsome-looking timepiece is the Zenith Elite 679 calibre movement that clocks in a power reserve of 50 hours. It is fitted with a brown calfskin leather strap and a rivet and silver pin buckle that provides a gentle reminder of vintage helmets used by pilots earlier in the day. 

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The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver is limited to 250 pieces.

Rs 5.33 lakh

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT

Baselworld 2019 Rs 11.40 lakh

Bulgari earned its fifth record in ultra-thin watches by launching the thinnest chronograph watch in the world, the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT at Baselworld 2019. Sitting at a meagre 3.3mm of movement thickness,  6.9mm case thickness and a chronograph GMT complication, this was one watch that made heads turn at the fair. 

After the 2014 release of the thinnest tourbillon,  followed by a series of ultra-thin, record-setting timepieces like the thinnest minute repeater (2016), thinnest automatic watch (2017), and the thinnest automatic tourbillon (2018), Bulgari has outdone itself again this year.

Impressively smart-looking and technically marvellous, the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT features a sharp and modern 42mm sandblasted titanium case with a monochromatic, matte rendering that stays true to the rest of the Octo Finissimo line. 

Also keeping in line with the complications it houses, the ultra-light titanium case features pushers on the right side with a third pusher at 9 o’clock that serves for the GMT function. When pulled, the crown allows the adjustment of both the second timezone and the central hour hand. 

The dial stays true to the DNA of the collection with black markers set against the backdrop of grey sandblasted background. Working within this masterpiece is the 3.30mm automatic calibre BVL 318 that is specially developed with a peripheral rotor and not a centrally mounted oscillating weight or a micro-rotor. 

Despite the thinness of the movement, the calibre remains modern and powerful with a comfortable 55-hour power reserve. 

Rs 11.40 lakh

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Tourbillon

Baselworld 2019 Rs 25.66 lakh (steel version); Rs 32.33 lakh (red gold version)

The master of complex horology, Arnold & Son introduced to the world the newest addition to their exclusive Pyramid collection, the 2019 Time Pyramid Tourbillon in two versions —red gold and steel — this year. Featuring a uniquely crafted skeletonised pyramid-shaped tourbillon with two power reserve indicators which look like they are floating between two sapphire crystal is a testament of the brand's technical prowess and sleek elegance. Paying tribute to the original designs of John Arnold who first built the clock, the skeletonised calibre A&S8615 features the hours and seconds on different axes with the former on the sapphire disc and the latter on a rhodium-plated ring. Apart from the off-centred hours and minutes, the seconds are indicated on the tourbillon. 

With the gear train running vertically and connecting the two barrels at 6 o’clock and the tourbillon at 12 o’clock, both masterfully ensure a pyramidical structure while giving off a three-dimensional feel. The blued steel hands on the side artfully prove the power reserve between the two barrels on either side. 

The two serially set-up mainspring barrels also manage to generate and supply a total of 90 hours of power reserve to the calibre. Apart from the distinctively advanced technology used for the Time Pyramid, Arnold & Son also ensured the highest standard in finishing techniques. The movement of the Time Pyramid Tourbillon is decorated with chamfered bridges, polished edges and Côtes de Genève etc.

Sitting large at 44mm, the Time Pyramid Tourbillon offers a large and magnified view of the mechanism working within, without the need to use a loop. It is available in a hand-stitched brown or black alligator strap.  

Rs 25.66 lakh (steel version); Rs 32.33 lakh (red gold version) 

Seiko Lx Line

Baselworld 2019 Rs 3.98 lakh

Seiko has a reputation for manufacturing one of the most rugged, efficient and purpose-built sports or tool watches. The brand stayed true to its DNA by launching the Seiko Prospex Lx Line,  a completely new collection made for action — at sea, on land and in the sky. Equipped with Spring Drive movements and offering an array of diving, compass and GMT options, the newest addition to Seiko's long list of tool watches is both new and known.  The LX collection is designed in collaboration with Ken Okuyama Design. With his extensive international design experience with automobiles and other high-end products, Ken has extended his own special creativity to the Prospex LX line. The overall aesthetic of the collection strikes an unusual balance between the new and the old. 

While it does stay true to the heritage of Seiko's 1968 Professional Diver watch, it also inculcates modern aesthetics and functions. With an aim to offer something suitable for all three different environments, the collection features timepieces with a unique case design with a lower centre of gravity that offers additional comfort on the wrist and Zaratsu-polished surface for more shine. 

The only difference between the models is the various dial and complication options. The collection features three stand-out models with each available in two versions.

The land versions (reference SNR033 and SNR035) feature a GMT hand and a compass bezel that allows easy detection of direction. The sea versions (reference SNR029 and SNR031) features a uni-directional diving bezel and the sky versions (SNR025 and SNR027) has a GMT hand and a bi-directional bezel for tracking an extra time zone. 

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The six references are all available in titanium featuring a common Zaratsu polished upper case with three in light-colour titanium and the remaining in a special all-black interpretation with a “black super hard” coating. All models are either powered by the Spring Drive GMT 5R66 or the Spring Drive 5R65 which offers a 72-hour power reserve. The references are available in a titanium bracelet or a calf, alligator or silicon strap, accordingly strapped to their respective purposes.

Rs 3.98 lakh

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