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Although Baselworld 2017 is still in full swing, our favourite novelties of the year have already been revealed. Ranging from TAG Heuer to Nomos to Junghans, discover the most influential pieces from this year’s show.
It goes without saying that Baselworld is an annual highlight for watch enthusiasts around the globe. Each year, luxury watch brands gather to present their new collections to influential individuals in the watch industry, including buyers, collectors, and members of the press. This year, the exhibit attracted 1,300 brands and naturally, CXT Magazine was there to cover prominent timepieces that will become available to the public in 2017. We have already featured some of our favourites in detail including the new Rolex 50th anniversary Sea-Dweller, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono, and the Omega Speedmaster Racing Dial. But there is still much more to cover and we were quite impressed with many other brands who presented their 2017 novelties to us at this year’s show.
A luxury timepiece to top our list of favourites is the new Nomos “Club” Campus Series, which is presented with a California dial, meaning that half of the hourly indicators on the watch are comprised of Roman Numerals whereas the other half are made up of Arabic Numerals. This entry level luxury timepiece impresses with functional features, including luminescent indices enabling its wearer to tell the time under any circumstance. As described to us by Nomos, the Club Campus Collection is a timepiece for those completing a new milestone in their lives, including graduating from a college or university – as made evident by the model name. While the timepiece is powered by the in-house built calibre Alpha, the Club Campus series feature a stainless steel case back, which allows for an engraving to be made on the back of the watch. The three new campus models are available with a white and dark grey dial, while a red seconds hand provides a harmonious accent to the overall palette of the watch. The 36 mm variant is sold for €1,000 while the 38 mm variant will be sold for €1,100.
Not surprisingly, Nomos Glashütte won the “Classic Watch of the Year 2017” award with the Tangente Neomatik. The timepiece received twice as many votes to the runner-up A. Lange & Söhne. The Nomos Glashütte Ahoi Neomatik is presented with a summery aesthetic. The “Signlarot” with a bold red dial was especially well received. At the heart of the collection beats the in-house produced DUW 3001, which is the thinnest calibre from the Glashütte manufactory.
The Ahoi collection from Nomos also experienced a renewal in 2017. The models, which are officially part of the “Aqua” collection are now presented in siren red and siren blue. Furthermore, the models are paired with a bright orange seconds hand, adding to the summer sensation of the collection. The models are now available in 36.3 mm and 40.3 mm in diameter.
TAG Heuer is known for its sporty take on luxury watches. The latest models from the brand were presented to us live at Baselworld 2017. One of our favourites, as we’ve already mentioned, was the 42 mm TAG Heuer Autavia, which is equipped with the Calibre Heuer02 Automatic thus allowing for an impressive power reserve of 80 hours. The timepiece is also presented with a brown calf leather strap as an alternative to classic stainless steel bracelet, adding a traditional charm to the aesthetic of the model. But a revolutionary smartwatch was also presented to us at the TAG Heuer booth this year: The Connected Modular 45. This watch is an impressive masterpiece to behold on the wrist, especially considering it can be converted into a chronograph. Discover more details about these fascinating watches in our detailed reports.
Particularly noteworthy, as already pointed out via our Facebook channel was the presentation of the Special Edition “Jack Heuer 85th Birthday.” We were able to take an exclusive look at the design of the model, which features a silver brushed sunray dial, silver hands and indices with Superluminova, a 12-hour scale on a black bi-directional bezel, as well as exquisite black Autavia Heuer lettering.
Junghans is a manufactory with more than 150 years of tradition, which hail from the German Black Forest region. Junghans timepieces are particularly well known for their simple, design-oriented aesthetic on the wrist. In 2017, we can expect to see a new edition of the Max Bill which features artwork on the case back of the watch. This exclusive piece will only be manufactured in the year 2017 and will be limited to 220 pieces. The watch will be made available with a matching desk clock.
2017 will also mark the year that Junghans releases the Meister Pilot, which features a chronograph at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions. The timepiece is also treated with a DLC coating, ensuring that the model is resistant to scrapes and scratches.
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