I’ve spent the last two days ogling watches. Yes, it’s the Baselworld watch fair, over in the lovely city of Basel, Switzerland. This is where all the world’s watch manufacturers hang out to show off their wares in the comfort of some ridiculously well-furnished exhibition halls.
While there may not be so many people attending this year – good for me getting round such a huge show; not quite so good for manufacturers – it’s nice to see plenty of new models and trends still coming through.
Tag Heuer was proudly showing off its 40th anniversary Monaco, based on the watch worn by Steve McQueen in Le Mans. In fact, they had Steve’s actual watch in the cabinet alongside the tribute model. Limited to 1000 worldwide, costing 6350 Euros.
It wouldn’t be Baselworld without a Tag Heuer concept, and this time the Monaco gets another makeover. The bars at each corner are holding the movement in place, and thanks to some clever new polymer, they give shock protection up to 24G.
Also new from Tag Heuer was the revamped Aquaracer line, with 500m water resistance and a new ribbed dial and bezel. Starting from £1650 with rubber strap.
Cuervo Y Sobrinos win my prize for Most On-Brand Stand Design, as well as having one of my favourite watches of the show. The Historiador uses Cuervo’s first in-house movement to display time, date, day and month, without being as love-or-loath as some of the brand’s other models. It’ll cost £4000. Skeleton hands and great strap lugs, it was lovely with the white face. (I know, I didn’t get a photo of the white. I was tired!)
They also had a great Historiador Chrono with a classic Venus movement, limited to 50 pieces and priced accordingly at £13500. Ouch.
New brand Maranello V8 was showing off its ‘Bad Boy’, a hand winder with an in-house movement and black PVD coating. They’ll only be making 77 per year and expect it to cost in excess of £5000.
Hmm, movement craziness with this single-hander from Blu (Bernhard Lederer Universe). Not as big as it looks (unlike the similarly styled but massive Maurice Lacroix Memoire).
DeGrisogono was showcasing the gold version of its Meccannica, with that wonderful digital-style analogue display.
This cool Glycine Airman was limited to 10 pieces that have all sold out. Thankfully, the same watch can still be bought without the gold bezel in a non-limited edition.
More coming up in part 2, including some of that none-more-blackness I mentioned, and tales of my hotel woes (if you're lucky).