BaselWorld 2013 is upon us and we are excited about seeing the novelties. As wonderful as it is to look at new pieces and, for us in particular, seeing if the trends we noted in our SIHH 2013 stories get reinforced, we are again mindful not to get lost in the never-ending quest for newness; there is only so much joy to be had from playing with prototypes. Sometimes, you just want to know what you can get now, at a store somewhere, rather than twiddle your thumbs for six to eight months! With that in mind, we went in search of rare and complicated watches that you can find in stores today…
These six watches are notable for both being highly complex timepieces at the very apex of haute horlogerie and for being a little offbeat – thus highly desirable in our opinion. For example, the Breguet Tourbillon Messidor is rarely seen with a platinum bracelet, as we have it here. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chronograph tourbillon is another rarity, looking much more like its beefier cousin, the Royal Oak Offshore. We were especially pleased to get the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1, a watch we last saw in person (slightly different version) at an auction, out of its comfort zone. Getting both this and the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 together was an unexpected treat; both are the only examples we can think of featuring the combination of complications they do.
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Our excellent shoot takes these watches, all of which are the real deal (the Patek Philippe 5270 was a travelling piece specifically meant for editorial photography), out of their cozy corners in boutiques and into a decidedly dangerous environment. We think this gives new context to the mechanical hearts beating incessantly within the watches.