Insider's Picks: 11 Important Watches from Basel World 2012
With the conclusion of Basel World 2012, the world awaits delivery of quite a few exciting watches. Here is our selection of outstanding pieces coming your way soon
The watch business is full of curious coincidences – synchronicities if you will – that watch writers and retailers alike encounter virtually every year. For example, we saw IWC Schaffhausen reconfigure its entire aviation collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) earlier this year. Just a few short months later at the Basel World 2012 watch fair, evidence of activity in this segment of fine watchmaking is all around us.
Obviously, Breitling has a piece of the action with numerous interesting novelties for 2012 but this is only to be expected. Less obvious is Zenith, which has revealed a new Pilot collection of watches and the fact that the word ‘Pilot’ is trademarked by the LVMH-owned brand. In our visit to the fair this year, we also saw notable examples of the aviation theme in brands as varied as Bell & Ross, Hanhart and Alpina but one example stands out very clearly: the Rolex Sky-Dweller.
We’ll showcase our selection of watches to watch from Basel World 2012 in a moment but first, we’d like to also like to match our observations from Basel with those we made in Geneva. Basel World of course showcases hundreds of watch brands so the scale is quite different to the SIHH but there are still statement pieces, collectables and, most importantly, watches that tell us what to look out for in the future.
The aviation theme is a mere trend but some brands have released statement pieces to match. We have made a selection of these of course. Other obvious statement watches in the past have included the always-impressive Harry Winston Opus series, TAG Heuer concept watches and the iconic Ulysse Nardin Freak. This year though, we are missing new entries from TAG Heuer and Ulysse Nardn, both choosing to go for depth in watches for the future.
A note about complications: although we have only selected one in this list, do not be misled. There are very attractive tourbillons, minute repeaters and perpetual calendars to be had from the likes of DeWitt, Breguet, Bulgari, Chopard and even Jacob & Co. With this list, we wanted to higlight ambitious moves on grander scales as well as the implementation of a few mechanical timekeeping improvements.
Without further delay then, here are 11 watches that caught our eye at Basel World.