It’s day three for us at Baselworld, where we continue with our journey of discovery of more fantastic timepieces—or rediscovery, as many of them are tributes to some of the past’s greatest and most iconic models.
While it’s true that we get excited over talking pieces with that “wow” factor, we also love timepieces that are wearable and versatile because we buy watches so that we can actually use them. We were pleased to find many introduced here. Without further ado, here are today’s highlight pieces.
Omega Railmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition
This year, Omega highlights the Railmaster, a model often overshadowed by its more popular siblings: the Seamaster and Speedmaster. All three were created in 1957, although interestingly, the Railmaster hasn't enjoyed the same kind of attention and admiration that it quite deserves.
At 60, the Railmaster finally has its moment. Omega releases what is basically a replica of the first 1957 edition, and it's just as beautiful, but with improved anti-magnetic properties. Its strong yet unassuming aesthetic has made it one of the biggest favourites at Baselworld.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC
Another revival worth mentioning is Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC. First launched in 1957, it was at the time arguably the most reliable professional diver’s watch. Blancpain does right by this icon, as it keeps its aesthetics virtually unchanged from the first model.
The MIL-SPEC was the first timepiece to feature a rotating bezel and an indicator that will tell you if your movement has been compromised due to water seeping via a circular window at 6 o’clock, which will completely change colour with any moisture.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5320G
This year, Patek Philippe came out with a new perpetual calendar, the Reference 5320G, and it is stunning. Referred to by many in the industry as “pure, unadulterated vintage Patek,” this piece is a great addition for collectors who loved the Patek Philippe watches of the 1940s and 1950s.
A piece with stunning proportions, the day and month indicators are at 1 and 11 o’clock, while the moonphase and date display are at 6 o’clock. The cream lacquer dial matched with a 40mm white gold case makes it overall a very elegant piece that we’re certain will encourage you to check the time more frequently than usual.
Chopard L.U.C. XP
This is another stealth timepiece that sits beautifully on the wrist. At 40mm and equipped with an ultra-thin movement, Chopard’s new L.U.C. XP timepiece slips seamlessly under your sleeve—probably more than you’d like, as you wouldn’t want to keep this stunner hidden.
Featuring a clean silver-toned dial and decorated ever so subtly by an elegant Dacron finishing, the large blued numerals are matched by a blue cashmere fabric strap. Don't let this fine-drawn look deceive you: its in-house movement is equipped with two barrels the can ensure 50 hours of power reserve.
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