Baselworld 2014 was another tri­umph. We saw the big re­veals, sur­pris­ing suc­cesses and ex­pe­ri­enced the ex­cite­ment of many new watch launches.

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The Plaza Watch panel of ex­perts pick out the best of Baselworld 2014.

Here the Plaza Watch panel of ex­perts se­lect the most out­stand­ing new re­leases.

The new Swing Sys­tem found within hand-wound Cal­i­bre DUW 4401 is the fi­nal piece of the con­tin­u­ous evo­lu­tion that No­mos’ move­ments have gone through along the way to­wards be­com­ing a full-blown man­u­fac­ture. The Swing Sys­tem is the new No­mos-made os­cil­lat­ing sys­tem now utilised in all No­mos move­ments go­ing for­ward, though it has been de­signed to fit into ex­ist­ing cal­i­bres. This is an enor­mous step for an in­de­pen­dent company based out­side Switzer­land as it makes it as good as au­ton­o­mous, im­por­tant in this era of takeovers, merg­ers and the Swatch Group’s threat of sup­ply stop. The Metro is the first model pow­ered by this tech­ni­cal ad­vance­ment, and as an added bonus it also boasts a dar­ing new de­sign con­tain­ing all of No­mos’ own de­sign codes and housed in a stain­less steel 37mm x 7.7mm case, but pieced to­gether to make some­thing fully new. Car­ry­ing a price tag of just €2,600, the brand’s maxim of in­vest­ing in qual­ity rather than mar­ket­ing has cer­tainly paid off.

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