Baselworld 2018 Day 3: Simple, Pure And Elegant Aesthetics

Watches & Jewellery

March 27, 2018 | BY Charlene Co

We follow Hong Kong Tatler's watch and jewellery editor as she makes her rounds to discover what's new and notable at Baselworld 2018

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde
Why we love it:

For the first time, we see a retrograde day indicator on Blancpain’s classic Villeret collection, placed between 7 and 9 o’clock, right beside the large date positioned between 5 and 6 o’clock. The position of these indicators are intentional, to keep the dial well proportioned and balanced.

Taking the seamless approach a step further, Blancpain uses under-lug calendar correctors so that save for the main crown, the profile of the watch is clean. Such is the way in the world of Villeret, where achieving a pure and elegant aesthetic comes first.

H. Moser Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity
Whe we love it:

It’s been said that no one does fumé quite like H. Moser & Cie. Looking at this new Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity, it just might be the case.

In this iteration, red gold is used for the first time in this line, a gamble that worked handsomely as the warm tone of precious metal gave the watch’s rhodium-plated fumé dial more depth and vibrancy. The piece is fitted with a distressed beige kudu leather strap, a nice contrast to the watchmaker’s famously pristine dial.

Tudor 1926
Why we love it:

From Tudor comes a completely new line called 1926, named after the year “The Tudor” was registered as a brand on behalf of Rolex Founder Hans Wilsdorf. With aesthetics that harken back to watches of the 1930s and 1940s, its dials are domed and have a waffle/honeycomb-like texture that offers a nice contrast against a smooth, high polished minute scale. Its debut line comes in four sizes from 28mm to 41mm, and a choice of a silver, opaline or black dial.

Should you want a touch of shine on your piece, you can opt for a version with its odd hours presented in diamonds. The pieces are equipped with an automatic movement with a 36-hour power reserve, which at a price range of CHF1,600 (about HK$13,000) and CHF 2,750 (about 22,800), is very attractively priced.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
Why we love it:

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is arguably one of the most talked-about watches at Baselworld, which comes with a bidirectional bezel and a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic.

In this latest iteretion, the lugs and sides of its Oyster case have been redesigned, and is fitted with a new five-link Jubilee bracelet. Ticking inside is a new calibre with an impressive 10 patents pending under its belt, equipped with a “Chronergy” escapement that guarantees a power reserve of about 70 hours.

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