The watch world is gearing up for its largest event
The countdown has officially begun. In about a week, the major players in the global watch space will congregate in the Swiss city of Basel to attend the industry’s largest and most important exhibition – Baselworld. The eight-day event, starting on March 17, will host over 1,800 exhibitors and welcome over 150,000 attendees and 4,000 members of the international media.
Rolex Submariner 114060 First Launched at Baselworld 2012
Baselworld is where all the top watch brands from all over the world present their novelties, innovations, and concepts for the coming year. It is an absolutely thrilling time for anyone who considers themselves a watch fan, and here at Bob’s Watches, we are excited to see what this year’s edition of Baselworld will bring. Here are some of our top timepiece novelties to look out for during the 2016 edition of Baselworld.
1. TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T
Tag Heuer, the experts of accessible luxury, has taken two of the most beloved complications – the chronograph and the tourbillon – and merged them in a sleek and bold black watch named the Carrera Heuer-02T.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T it is a 45mm case with grade 5 titanium. (Image Courtesy of TAG Heuer)
The Carrera Heuer-02T’s imposing 45mm case is fashioned from grade 5 titanium topped with a tachymeter scale engraved black bezel and outfitted with a rubber covered steel crown. Its in-house movement combines an automatic chronograph with a COSC certified tourbillon and offers wearers a power reserve of 65 hours. The new TAG Heuer timepiece is presented on a black rubber strap with matte black alligator leather sewn onto it for a great looking dynamic sports watch.
2. Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire
Always driven by innovation, the cutting-edge Hublot is presenting their incredible Big Bang Unico Sapphire timepiece that is almost entirely created from sapphire.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire giving a transparent theme. (Image Courtesy of Hublot)
Notoriously difficult to work with, sapphire is actually almost as tough as diamond. Large blocks of sapphire were cut to create the case middle, bezel, and caseback and the watch’s transparency gives a perfect view of the movement within. Carrying on with the aesthetic is the transparent strap that looks almost invisible. Hublot’s new Big Bang Unico Sapphire is an impressive technical feat and a marvel to look at.
3. OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer
As the first watch to travel to the moon, the Speedmaster has an incredible history linked to space exploration. OMEGA honors this legacy with an ultra-realistic depiction of the moon inside the moonphase aperture on the dial of their latest Speedmaster – the Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer.
OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer (Image Courtesy of OMEGA)
The stainless steel case is perfectly accented by its blue ceramic bezel, blue sun-brushed dial, and blue leather strap. The Speedmaster Moonphase Chrono’s impeccable design is matched by the technical sophistication of the new OMEGA Master Co-axial 9904 movement housed within.
Rolex Pavilion at Baselworld 2015 (Image Courtesy of Baselworld)
As expected, Rolex is keeping tight-lipped about what new releases they will unveil at Baselworld 2016. We may not know what’s in store for the Swiss watchmaking powerhouse brand yet, but we are certain that whatever watches they do decide to launch, they will beautifully designed and expertly crafted. Stay tuned for the latest Rolex updates from Baselworld right here on the Bob’s Watches blog.