What Disneyland is to children, Baselworld 2018 is to watch enthusiasts. The world’s biggest – not to mention most impressive – watch fair; every year, just before easter, the most preeminent watch journalists, buyers and horologists in the industry decamp to the Messe Basel exhibition centre in Switzerland’s third city to take in all the weird, wonderful and downright desirable new creations from the world’s biggest watch and jewellery brands.

We’ll be bringing you all the big news from the fair – so expect brilliant new pieces from brands including RolexOmegaTudor and Tag Heuer… along with a sudden insatiable craving to spend a lot of money.

GMT Master II in

 

GMT Master II in “Oystersteel”

This year’s hero piece from Rolex has just been unveiled – the new GMT Master II in ‘Oystersteel’ (previously known as 904L steel) with Cerachrom “Pepsi” two colour bezel and, for the first time in the Professional range of Rolexes, on a Jubilee bracelet.

 

The 3285 movement is new to the Master II, fitted now with a GMT function (as you might expect) and a power reserve of 70 hours (up from 48 on the previous model). The case has been “re-profiled” to add to the lustre of a timepiece that is hardly lacking any.

 

GMT Master II Everose Rolesor

 

 

GMT Master II Everose Rolesor

The biggest news? It’s been joined by two further Masters. This is the 18ct Everose Gold Rolesor version…

 

GMT Master II Everose

 

GMT Master II Everose

…and this is the first ever model in 18ct Everose gold, both of which feature a beguiling black and brown two-colour Cerachrom bezel. The GMT Master II 2018 can now be viewed as a collection. Yours for £6,800. Expect enquiries regarding acquiring all three to be swift and to the point.

 

Omega Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds

 

Omega Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds

We are very taken with the new Omega Seamaster 70th anniversary edition, the 1948. It’s Master chronometer certified, and a smart 38mm (big enough to feel masculine, discreet enough to look chic) and it’s limited, rather cleverly, to 1948 pieces.

Omega Seamaster 1948

Omega Seamaster 1948

Each watch comes with a selection of straps – a nato strap, a sturgeon strap and a calf leather strap. It’ll cost you £4,950 for the one pictured.

Omega Seamaster Diver in red gold and titanium
Omega Seamaster Diver in red gold and titanium

Don’t look now 007, but Omega has launched the 25th anniversary of the Seamaster Diver with a brand new collection slightly shrunken to 42mm and including this novel mix of titanium tantalum and red gold. The wave effect dial of the original piece reruns, albeit now laser engraved onto an enamel dial. Otherwise this watch would make a perfect partner to Daniel Craig 23 years after it debuted on Bond’s wrist. The lack of a date (a sign of a real tool watch) confers caliber 8806 status on its Metas-tested “grand chronometer” movement. Available in October. £9,600.

Tudor Black Bay GMT

Tudor Black Bay GMT

Tudor and Rolex, the two factions of the House of Hans Wilsdorf, are owning the GMT for 2018 – a GMT, incidentally, is a watch which tells both the local time, and GMT. This little beauty is Tudor’s Pepsi-Cola GMT. With a bicolour aluminium bezel, the watch has a Sixties-inspired, vintage appeal. The best bit, however, is that the watch, which contains an in-house movement and is available from June onwards, comes in at £2,570. That’s a hell of a lot of watch, for very little investment.

Chopard Quattro L.U.C
Chopard Quattro L.U.C

We were incredibly taken with this, the new Chopard Quattro L.U.C with blue saffiano strap. The watch has an extraordinary 216-hour-power reserve (that’s nearly 10 days), it’s crafted from rose gold – which has the subtle hue of Whispering Angel in the mid-summer sun – and it’s limited to a tantalising 50 pieces.

 

Chopard Quattro L.U.C features a sneaky chocolate crocodile interior strap

 

 

Chopard Quattro L.U.C features a sneaky chocolate crocodile interior strap

Yours for £20,800, on the nose.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut self-winding

Patek Philippe Aquanaut self-winding

Function and style in the form of Patek Philippe’s new orange-highlighted Aquanaut on a sturdy rubber strap. Just the thing for an afternoon of diving off the Gold Coast. It comes in at a cool £33,150, and will be available just in time for summer, which is handy

 

 

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