From Rolex, TAG Heuer, Omega and more…

Watch enthusiasts are currently flocking to a usually-sleepy corner of Switzerland for the largest and most impressive watch show in the world – Baselworld 2018.

Glitzy stands fill the cavernous exhibition centre in Basel, showing off the best innovation and invention horology has to offer.

Expect announcements from brands including Rolex, Tag Heuer, Hublot, Tudor, Omega, and many more…

BigBagBlog have joined the fray, and will be bringing you the latest releases from the show. These are the best watches announced as Baselworld 2018 so far…

ROLEX

Rolex updated a few of its classic models at Baselworld 2018 – including the GMT Master II.

Fans have been calling for a steel GMT Master II with the classic red and blue ‘Pepsi’ bezel for a while now, and Rolex has listened. Great news for those of us who can’t stump up the £20,000+ for the white gold model.

The Swiss brand has made welcome changes to the lugs and sides of the case, and fitted it on an attractive five-link Jubilee bracelet.

The new GMT-Master II watches are equipped with the new calibre 3285, a next-generation movement with big improvements in precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability.

Rolex also introduced a new generation of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36, Datejust 31, and Deepsea Sea-Dweller.

If all of those sound too understated, the watch maker also unveiled an 18 ct Everose gold version of the Cosmograph Daytona, with a bezel set with a gradation of sapphires in rainbow hues, case is adorned with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds, and 11 baguette-cut sapphire hour markers.

TAG HEUER

TAG Heuer took to the stage to unveil a new, modern version of its flagship chronometer, combining two of traditional watchmaking’s most famous complications: a tourbillon and a chronograph.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer, as its called, looks fantastic with an understated midnight blue ceramic case, complemented by a ceramic bezel and lugs.

This colour scheme is carried onto the movement, with elegant touches of blue on the weight and barrel.

What really makes this piece special is that it’s the first TAG Heuer chronograph to bear the prestigious “Tête de Vipère” stamp of excellence, awarded by the Besançon Observatory.

As a result, the “Tête de Vipère” stamp has been applied to the movement, visible through the sapphire crystal of the case back.

Only 155 pieces are being released to celebrate 55 years since the Heuer Carrera was first created.

As part of the celebration, TAG Heuer also unveiled a new GMT version of the Carrera featuring the Heuer 02 manufacture movement, as well as a revised Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph (TAG’s best selling model).

TUDOR

Tudor’s Black Bay range has been tremendously successful, and looking to build on that success Tudor is releasing a more compact model with a 39mm diameter case. Slim wristed people rejoice!

It’s called the Black Bay Fifty-Eight, named after the year in which Tudor released its first diver’s watch, and comes in a new colour combination. It’s a subtle variation on the exiting range, but the hour markers, hands and minute track of the black and steel bezel are now finished in gold.

They’re small touches but we love the vintage aesthetic it creates.

The winding crown tube is made from satin-brushed steel, and the crown bears the Tudor rose logo.

The Fifty-Eight launches with the Calibre MT5402, the first of Tudor’s second family of movements. With its 26 mm diameter, it’s been designed for medium-sized watches, and its capable of displaying hour, minute and second functions.

Despite it’s smaller size, you’ll still get a 70-hour power reserve, meaning you can take it off on a Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without needing to wind it.

Tudor has also released its first GMT model, the Black Bay GMT. The piece sports a distinctive blue and burgundy bezel, managing to retain a strong ‘Black Bay’ identity, and features a new manufacture movement.

The additional time zone is indicated by the red ‘snowflakehand, which spins around the dial in 24 hours.

MONDAINE

Three years since the launch of Mondaine’s first horologically-styled hybrid smartwatch, Mondaine has released a successor – meet the new Mondaine Helvetica Regular Smartwatch.

Whilst the design is in-keeping with Mondaine’s existing line up, the technology has advanced even further.

The new hybrid watch uses a 281 module technology created in collaboration with MMT, allowing it to easily sync with an iOS or Android phone through the MMT-365 app.

The new watch adds the ability to receive Call & Email Notifications, in addition to the existing model’s ability to track daily Activity and monitor sleep.

It looks great, and beats many of its competitors with an impressive 2 years battery life.

HUBLOT

What’s the point in having an amazingly intricate watch movement if you can’t see it? The new Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon is completely transparent, everything from the case, to the dial, strap, and tourbillon movement have been given a clear makeover.

It represents a breakthrough in the use of sapphire in watch making, and we think it looks absolutely stunning. The crystal mechanics appear to float, while the dial and its numbers, index and power reserve indicator are all opalescent to add some subtle contrast.

Hublot also announced a smaller Big Bang Unico, now measuring 42 mm, perfect for slimmer wrists, and Big Bang MP-11 in 3D carbon. The MP-11 is reinforced with three-dimensional fibre woven resin, and shaped into a case inspired by a race engine.

 

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