The Best of Baselworld 2018
The world’s biggest watch fair came to an end this week and the choices from our favourite time purveyors seem endless. Here are our top pick’s from this year’s show:
Rolex GMT Master
One of the most anticipated new releases of this year is the Rolex GMT Master. In the 1950s Rolex invented the GMT dual time-zone, most notably the red and blue “Pepsi” version that saw the bezel divided with two colours to represent the separate hemispheres. Rolex then began to adopt ceramic bezels and left the Pepsi colour scheme only for its white gold watch, to the detriment of all the steel lovers. This year, Rolex finally brought back the Pepsi GMT in steel that’s finished with a sturdy Jubilee bracelet.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Red
Another insanely creative and outlandish timepiece from Hublot created entirely in red ceramic. The invention of a new material – the first vibrantly coloured ceramic – Hublot has once again achieved a world’s first. Designed and produced in-house, by the Hublot R&D team, this invention has been patented. A triple tour de force, the coloured ceramic is innovative in both the material itself and the manufacturing process. In addition to the vibrant colour, it is also harder than conventional ceramics.
Tudor Black Bay GMT
Much like its better known sibling; Rolex, Tudor have brought a striking new GMT to the watch market for 2018. With a two-colour aluminium bezel, the Tudor Black Bay GMT has a vintage inspired aesthetic and contains an in-house movement putting this piece at the forefront of technology. The watch is expected to retail at £2, 750 offering some serious value for a timepiece of this stature.
Breitling Navitimer Super 8
Part of the new Navitimer 8 collection, suitably called the Super 8, this watch is a prototype of the new Ref 637. With a 46mm case, the crown is not out for winding, taking in to consideration that this 30s style pilots watch would have sat on an aviator’s leg requiring the crown to have a prominent position. This big, bold wristwatch is set to be one of the stars of this year’s collection.