The top trends and time­pieces on dis­play at lead­ing global watch fair Basel­world 2018

FROM OLD FACES TO NEW HANDS, WE’VE SEEN IT ALL AT THE AN­NUAL MEGA WATCH­MAK­ING EXHIBITION

Gulf Business - - FRONT PAGE - By Varun God­inho

BASEL­WORLD IS BY far the sin­gle big­gest lux­ury watch fair in the world. Ev­ery March, a mot­ley mix of es­tab­lished in­dus­try heavy­weights and emerg­ing niche brands come to­gether to show­case their nov­el­ties. We’ve sifted through hun­dreds of watches from dozens of brands to present the de­fin­i­tive guide to this year’s lead­ing trends and coolest watches.

Suit up, Son

If you were rock­ing a fit­ted three- piece suit from an Ital­ian mas­ter tai­lor, you’d be a long way off the mark to slap a ny­lon- strapped dig­i­tal watch on your wrist. What you need is a proper dress watch. Basel­world had its fair share of these time­pieces, but one that stood out from the crowd was the Breguet Clas­sique tour­bil­lon Ex­tra- plat

Au­toma­tique 5367. An 18k rose gold case, fluted case­band, a grand feu enamel dial and those leather straps are all sell­ing points. The deal­maker though is that ul­tra­thin tour­bil­lon that lifts this time­piece into the realm of myth­i­cal watches. Another dress watch that caught our at­ten­tion at Basel is the patek philippe Golden El­lipse

Ref 5738R. With its elon­gated black dial and ap­plied gold in­dices, it’s a black- tie watch we all re­ally need.

Car­bon fury

Car­bon has al­ways been a favourite muse among watch­mak­ers. This year though, they’re tak­ing it to the next level. The Hublot big bang MP-11 in

3D car­bon sourced its poly­mer ma­trix com­pos­ite re­in­forced by a 3- d car­bon weave from none other than the US mil­i­tary. That makes for a tough- as- nails and very light ( it weighs only 90 grams, in­clud­ing the strap) time­piece that can take ev­ery­thing you throw its way, in­clud­ing the kitchen sink. Then there’s the bul­gari octo finis­simo Minute re­peater Car­bon that shuns gold, ti­ta­nium or plat­inum tra­di­tion­ally used for the cases of minute re­peaters, and trades it in in­stead for some blacked- out car­bon magic in­stead. The re­sult is a dev­as­tat­ingly hand­some time­piece which, might we add, is the thinnest minute re­peater in the world too.

Paint tHe town blue anD green

The colours of the sea­son were blue and green. Mak­ing the case for blue were time­pieces like the omega Sea­mas­ter 300M and the grand Seiko Cal­i­bre 9S

20th an­niver­sary ref SbgH267. How­ever, a more un­con­ven­tional choice, green, saw sev­eral tak­ers this year. Wav­ing the flag for camp green was H. Moser &

Cie’s en­deav­our per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar Pu­rity Cos­mic green that fa­mously doesn’t have the brand’s name on the dial and the glashütte orig­i­nal Six­ties col­lec­tion that doesn’t just make green look like the hottest colour of the sea­son but also re­minds us that Ger­man fine watch­mak­ing can cer­tainly hold its own when it comes to its Swiss coun­ter­parts.

olD- SCHool Cool

Throw­back time­pieces are nearly al­ways a hit be­cause they riff off tried- and- vet­ted con­cepts that have a ded­i­cated fan base. Case in point: The ‘ Pepsi bezel’ on the tu­dor black bay

gMt might re­mind you of the brand’s sib­ling – Rolex. While the look of the Black Bay GMT’s is that of a ro­bust Fifties dive watch, there’s noth­ing mid­cen­tury about its me­chan­ics. Tu­dor has gone to great lengths to “own” this time­piece, as you will no­tice from the snowflake hand that in­di­cates the sec­ond time zone. The au­to­mat­icwind­ing COSC cer­ti­fied chronome­ter fea­tures the Man­u­fac­ture Cal­i­bre MT 6552 and has a 70- hour power re­serve.

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