Our first Baselworld update of the year brought the forecasted watch trends of 2017 – in combination with the already announced novelties that will be presented to us in March. Today, we bring you the history of one of the most renowned trade fairs in the watch industry together with the introduction of 4 pre-releases.
For those of you who don’t already know, Baselworld is one of the most renowned watch fairs worldwide, where luxury watch manufacturers present their novel masterpieces to the market. Among the many exhibitors are Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, and much more. Last year alone, more that than 1,500 exhibitors, 4,300 journalists, and nearly 150, 000 visitors attended Baselworld.
The very first Baselworld was held in 1917 as part of the Basel exhibition, which is why the fair is celebrating its centennial birthday this year. Switzerland is a popular location for the watch industry and home to numerous watch manufacturers. In the 1930s, as the interest in mechanical timepieces steadily increased, Baselworld received its own pavilion. Not surprisingly, the fair continued to gain in popularity throughout the years and it was not until 2003 that the fair obtained the concise name “Baselworld”.
The excitement surrounding Baselworld has only continued to increase in recent years, in large part due to social media. Luckily, those of us who won’t have the opportunity of attending the fair in person, can expect live updates and Baselworld reports as soon as the fair opens its doors.
As per every year, rumours surrounding Baselworld 2017 novelties have already begun perpetuating around the watch loving scene. Some watchmakers have begun to publish pictures and videos with subtle hints regarding new model launches on their social media channels. In addition to the new Rolex GMT, Seadweller, and Explorer II, which we have already presented in the first part of our Baselworld update, here are 4 exciting releases that we can’t wait to see at Baselworld 2017:
For decades, you had the choice of a GMT Master with a red-blue bezel, red-black bezel, or a simple black bezel. However, this changed in 2007 when Rolex introduced a six-digit GMT reference, which only came equipped with a black bezel. In 2013, a completely new version of the model with a blue-black bezel was presented and in the following year, a red-blue bezel re-introduced. The only catch: the new “Pepsi” GMT was composed of white gold and cost over 30,000 Euros. Despite these two colour alternatives, many Rolex enthusiasts lacked a robust stainless steel variant with a classic two colour bezel. Luckily, it seems as though this year, Rolex just might be presenting a red and black “Coke” stainless steel GMT master (picture by Rolex).
The watch manufactory Longines is known for its consistent historical re-editions. Just in time for the 60th anniversary of the flagship collection, the Swiss manufacturer announced in January that there will be a new edition of the iconic series in 2017. The Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary models are inspired by their historical predecessors and impress with an exceptional attention to detail. The watches will be available in stainless steel, yellow gold, and rose gold, and will be available with a case diameter of 38.5 mm. Luckily the stainless steel variant will be available in 1957 pieces. However, the yellow and rose gold models are extremely limited to 60 pieces (picture by Longines)
The Breitling Colt Skyracer has already been announced by the renowned manufacturer to appear at Baselworld 2017. The special feature of the Colt Skyracer is the new, ultralight Breitling housing, which is 5.8 times lighter than stainless steel and 3.3 times lighter than titanium. At the same time, the material is significantly more robust. Particularly pleasing is the overall design of the Breitling Colt Skyracer, which is reminiscent of the original Colt Military, thanks to its colourful aesthetic (picture by Breitling).
The first Speedmaster with a racing dial was available in 1967, prior to the first moon landing. In 2017, an Omega Speedmaster with a racing dial will also be launched. The classic model will feature timeless and subtle details, including pleasing colour accentuations. Thanks to the new Omega 9300/9900 calibre series, the 44.25 mm Speedmaster will be slimmer compared to previous Omega models (picture by Omega, the other images by courtesy of Baselworld).
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