5 New Watches at Baselworld 2016
Watch connoisseurs, aficionados and enthusiasts have made their way to Switzerland once again. It’s spring and Baselworld 2016 is underway, the largest, most diverse fair in the world when it comes to time-measuring tools and the people who design and manufacture them. Here are some of the models that caught our eye.
The Rolex Explorer
The new Explorer (ref 214270) comes in the recognisable stainless steel finish and with stunning luminescence. An enduring blue glow is emitted by the 3, 6 and 9 figures, the hour marks, and also by the hands themselves. The length of the hands has been slightly increased in this revision of the Explorer, a common request. Its case can withstand a water depth of 330 feet due to the Twinlock system. The oyster bracelet is solid-link and fitted with a safety clasp. It’s a great update, and one that goes straight on to our wish list.
The Tudor Black Bay Bronze
The Black Bay Bronze is a 43mm bronze watch featureing Tudor’s in-house movement with 70 hour power reserve. It’s a great looking piece that is likely to result in a whole load of bronze watches flooding on to the market in the coming months. 3,800 Swiss Francs.
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer
TAG Heuer places an emphasis on functionality and durability and the Blue Aquaracer 300M is no exception. While the case is made of polished steel and 41mm in diameter, its bezel is ceramic blue. The date window is fitted with a magnifying lens which I think looks like crap, but people seem to like it. It can be purchased with either a nylon strap or a stainless steel bracelet.
The Bulova CURV
A quartz model, the Bulova CURV comes in both stainless steel and ultra-light titanium. The curv applies both to its aspect and movement, the Bulova being the first to accomplish such movement from their watch, a feat that required the manufacturing of curved parts as well. With a black background and subdued golden hands and hour marks, the CURV fits very well on the wrist and under clothing.
The Citizen Eco-Drive One
With the passing of 40 years since Citizen introduced the Eco Drive technology for their watches, the company presents their newest accomplishment, the Eco-Drive One. The entire case is only 3 mm thick, while the whole quartz movement takes place in 1 mm of thickness. Ultra-thin and light-powered, One maintains many of the subtle aesthetics of the Citizen brand, along with its more practical qualities. Ugly though.