Baselworld 2017 Novelties That Went Back To Basics With Their Design

Patek Philippe 5320G-001​

Straightforward, dignified and wonderfully vintage, the Patek Philippe 5320G is everything you could ask of a retro-looking watch built with and for modern technology and tastes. Inspired by its watches from the 1940s and 1950s, Patek Philippe has given this 40mm perpetual calendar a cream dial and syringe hands, and features the brand’s Gyromax balance and Spiromax balance spring.

Rado Hyperchrome Captain Cook

Refreshingly retro for Rado, the HyperChrome Captain Cook is inspired by a collection from the 1960s and named after 18th century British explorer Captain James Cook. The vintage case design is complemented by a box-shaped sapphire crystal, oversized indexes and a brown leather strap. The men’s models feature a black high-tech ceramic bezel while the women’s ones are decorated with diamonds.

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Blancpain Tribute To Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec

This tribute to the Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec 1 combat diver from the 1950s faithfully recreates the original’s humidity indicator, found at 6 o’clock. Should water enter the case, the white semi-circle (made of paper in the vintage models) would turn orange, indicating the need for servicing. You’ll not likely see the change in this remake given its 300m water resistance, but it’s a neat addition.

Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition

Rather than make a modern interpretation of a beloved classic, Omega has decided to honour the Speedmaster on its 60th anniversary by recreating the original reference CK2915-1 to a tee. Its guts though, understandably, have been updated from the calibre 321 to the calibre 1861. It is available in a box set alongside a similarly remastered Seamaster and Railmaster from 1957.

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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono

The Black Bay family welcomes its first chronograph, marrying the brand’s diving heritage with its racing one. The 41mm steel watch, with both polished and satin finishes, features a matte black dial for optimal readability, pushers inspired by early Tudor chronographs and includes a date window at 6 o’clock. Its snowflake hands maintain the Black Bay’s DNA.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

Overtaking Piaget in the race for slimness is Bulgari’s latest record-breaker, the Octo Finissimo Automatic. With a movement just 2.23mm thick and case at 5.15mm, it is now the world’s thinnest automatic watch. The in-house Caliber BVL 138 consists of approximately 130 parts, most of them in titanium, and a rotor made from platinum.

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Hermes Slim D’Hermes L’Heure Impatiente

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Not one to forget the watchmaking is as much about charm as it is impressive craftsmanship, Hermes has released another playful offering. Essentially an alarm watch, the L’Heure Impatiente lets you set a time that you are looking forward to, and when it comes it will remind you, not with a long ring like a typical alarm watch, but a single, clear chime.

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