An event no watch collector or enthusiast would miss if their life depended on it.
Baselworld is the one place where just about every timepiece and watchmaker puts their latest and greatest on display.
The margin for error is quite slim, every function has to run like clockwork, literally, so the second you step into the venue, watchmakers from around the world are eager to showcase and impress with the newest movement and deepest divers. Baselworld is sort of the Oscars for watchmakers and considering the sheer amount of watches you’ll come across in the course of day, awarding the biggest and brightest is quite a challenge.
It’s all about the most exquisite, that one watch that simply blows your mind and also, the most intricate of details. Naturally, we’ve narrowed down the list to 5 of the best watches and a really cool fountain pen you should keep an eye out for.
The CARAN D’ACHE Astrograph Limited Edition
The Maison Caran d’Ache and the horological laboratory MB&F undertook an authentic creative odyssey in creating the Astrograph.
It all began with the original idea of MB&F founder, Maximilian Büsser: projecting his dreams of conquering space into a writing instrument. It took more than four years for the creative and technical forces at Caran d’Ache to make this dream come true in the shape of a “rocket”. Its structure is based on a mechanism inspired by penknives: a miniature lever – the entry door to the rocket, concealed in the ring of the pen – activates the lowering of three stabilizer legs designed to place the rocket in a vertical position, ready for take-off. Other innovative features enrich this 99-piece limited numbered edition.
More than 500 manual operations were required to launch the Astrograph, the most complex writing instrument ever produced by the Caran d’Ache workshops in Geneva.
EBERHARD & Co Scafograf GMT
Following on from the success enjoyed by the Scafograf 300 – winner of the Sports Watch prize at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2016 – Eberhard & Co continues its journey through the Scafograf world with a GMT version that is certain to please.
This new automatic model has the cult attributes of a Scafograf with the addition of a triple time zone that is operated by the position of the rotating bezel and the central GMT hand. The bidirectional bezel is crafted from steel, with a black or blue ceramic insert that coordinates with the galbé dial. Water-resistant to 100 meters, the new Scafograf GMT ensures easy read-off by way of luminescent hands and hour-markers.
It comes on a black or blue integrated rubber strap, or with a steel Chassis bracelet fitted with a patented Déclic folding clasp.
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Carbon Edition
The I.N.O.X. Carbon starts a new chapter in Victorinox Swiss Army‘s quest for perfection.
Made from a carbon resin composite that protects space shuttles from re-entry temperatures in excess of 1,260°C, it is built to achieve the highest levels of performance. Each I.N.O.X. Carbon watch combines high structural rigidity with scratch-resistance and hypoallergenic properties. Design is a priority too, shown by the clever contrast of red military time, printed under the sapphire crystal, with the subtle marbled effects of the carbon composite.
An alternative to the natural rubber strap, a second strap in Naimakka paracord – a multi-strand nylon used for parachute suspension lines that has a breaking strength of 250 kg – equips this I.N.O.X. Carbon in its multiple exploits.
HAMILTON | Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono
Renowned for its classic aviator styling and functions specific to pilots’ needs, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation heads for new heights with a new automatic chronograph. A rugged X-shaped case with five pushers, sophisticated monochrome styling, impeccable precision: all the characteristic collection features are there.
But what makes this new Khaki X-Wind Auto Chronograph truly unique is hidden inside, since it is one of the world’s first watches to house a drift angle calculator. This instrument enables pilots to accurately calculate and record the crosswinds they will encounter during their flight. Powered by an automatic Valjoux movement modified to increase the power reserve to 60 hours, this new chronograph propels Hamilton’s longstanding heritage in the field of aviation to ever greater heights, as a worthy descendant of the watches supplied to the US Armed Forces from 1914 onwards.
The Bergstern Active
The Active watch by Bergstern is brimming with energy and dynamism. This resolutely sporty model is designed for challenges and never resorts to half-measures. Function and design meet and merge in this model.
Its chronograph and taychmeter scale are staged in a particularly legible manner on the dial and inner bezel ring, along with the extremely graphic hour-markers and the date window at 4 o’clock. While accentuating this legibility, the contrasts between the black dial and the red minutes counter and small seconds at 9 and 3 o’clock also contribute to the sophisticated nature of this watch. A powerful and modern style, reinforced by a generous 47 mm robust steel case.
A red rubber strap matching the counters set the finishing touch to a decidedly eye-catching model.
Blancplain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
The vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe first presented in 2013 is extending its range by offering a 38 mm watch attired in an abyss blue recalling the depths of the ocean.
Water-resistant to 30 bar, meaning around 30 meters, it is equipped with a unidirectional bezel rotating counter-clockwise in small notches, while the luminescent marker is an ideal point of reference for divers that lines up with the minutes hand to define the start of a given dive time. The watch beats to the rhythm of Caliber 1150, an authentic technical feat featuring two series-coupled barrels delivering a 100-hour autonomy. The movement is also equipped with a balance-spring in silicon, a light, shock-resistant and innovative material that is impervious to magnetic fields. These properties serve to improve the isochronism and thus the precision of the watch.