Baselworld Part III: The five most impressive releases of the last five years



March 08. 2017 - by CHRONEXT

These are the most important releases of the past years

Baselworld 2017 will be taking place in only two weeks and just like every year, the excitement is abundant. While some new releases have already officially been made public, there are exhilarating speculations and rumours, which we have already presented to you in the first and second part of our series. Until Baselworld 2017 takes place, we have taken a look at the past few years and chosen the five most spectacular new releases of the last five Baselworld years. These select watches were the most striking from the years 2012 until 2016!

1. Tudor Black Bay

A great deal has happened since the reorientation of the brand Tudor. One of the greatest milestones being, the presentation of the Black Bay in Baseworld 2012. Not many watches have generated the hype like the Black Bay has. This watch became iconic in the watch world only within a few years since it was introduced. The Tudor Black Bay is a tribute to the historic Tudor Submariner, which was sold parallel to the Rolex Submariner since the 1950s. The design of the Tudor Black Bay is fully preserved in the Heritage style through its detailed implementation.

Although the Tudor Black Bay was presented with a red bezel at Baselworld, a blue version followed shortly after and finally the long anticipated Black version of the Black Bay came in 2015. Tudor didn’t stop there, in 2016 the Black Bay was presented with a bronze case.

2. Blancpain Villeret

With the Villeret, Blancpain has once again demonstrated at the Baselworld 2012 how the touch of consistent elegance can always be reinvented. The real charm of the Villeret can be seen only at the second glance. Next to the 40 mm white gold case and the nonchalant, yet stylish Roman numerals - also made of white gold - a serpentine hand shows the date arranged around the dial of the Villeret. The real highlight, however, is the retrograde second positioned on the six; the seconds hand runs from 0 to 30 seconds before jumping back to the beginning and displaying the next 30 seconds.

The dial has blue guilloché work and is impressed with an incredible depth achieved by the multi-layer application of a translucent lacquer. In the Blancpain Villeret, the caliber 7663Q works with an automatic drive, a date speed adjustment as well as a gear reserve of 72 hours. Thanks to the transparent case back of the watch, one can truly admire the 244 parts it entails.

3. Rolex Submariner (No Date)

Before the introduction of the 6-digit reference number, the Rolex Submariner only existed with the cyclops lens with the date. The original classic was introduced without the date in 2012. The reference 114060 is characterised by a combination of the traditional dial design and enjoyable innovations. These include, for example, the distinctive, now wider Oyster casing, the cerachrom luminous material, a ceramic bezel as well as the practical glidelock clasp, which allows for a comfortable fine adjustment of the wristband.

The Submariner is titled by Rolex as the ‘archetype of the diving watch’. This title was earned due to its unique history and distinctive, yet simple design. Therefore, it was all the more pleasant to have the long awaited model presented at Baselworld 2012 as the reference 114060, which is simply known as the Submariner – without the addition of ‘date’.

4. Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial

More than 50 years later, Omega presented the re-edition of the Seamaster 300 at the Baselworld 2014. The new Seamaster 300 is cut from the face as its historic predecessor and at the same time, is very prevailing. With the Heritage design, Omega has really hit a nerve. From a technical point of view, the 41 mm Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial entails all the innovations from Omega. These include the high magnet protection; which despite the sapphire glass, withstands a 15,000 Gauss strong magnetic field, as well as the caliber 8400 with co- axial escapement, two spring barrels and a chronometer certification.

The Seamaster 300 is the cornerstone of an important era that is important for Omega's distinguished history. It was the first professional diving watch and was released in 1957. In addition to a rotatable diving bezel, it was equipped with a double crown seal and a particularly thick glass. Hence, it was able to withstand a pressure of more than 20 bar (depth of 200 meters).

5. Oris Diver Sixty-Five 42 mm

Oris presented the first version of the Diver Sixty-Five with a diameter of 40 mm at Baselworld 2015. Only a year later, Oris surpassed itself with a slightly larger version of this watch as well an evidently more charming dial. Oris's Diver Sixty-Five 42 mm has also taken on a historic diving watch design and skilfully implemented it in the wake of the Heritage wave. The domed sapphire glass as well as the vintage luminous material promise a lot of charm; furthermore, the metal strap with its captivating look is proof that attention to detail was not overlooked. Even though the watch has a water resistance of 10 bar – which is slightly undersized for diving watches – it is adequately protected against all environmental influences of everyday life. It is also worth mentioning that the Oris Diver Sixty-Five 42 mm is extremely versatile. There are only a few watches that succeed in making a good figure on both the steel and leather strap; the Sixty-Five is one of these few watches. See also: The Oris Diver Sixty-Five 40 mm.



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