The Best of Basel 2016

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Baselworld 2016
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Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon
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Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon

Anchors aweigh! Designed to resemble the deck of a wooden schooner with a boom that sweeps across to indicate the minutes of the hour, the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon by Ulysse Nardin will leave you yearning for summertime adventures on the high seas.

Zenith Academy Tourbillon Georges Favre Jacot
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Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot Tourbillon

This timepiece offers unobstructed views of Zenith’s cutting edge mechanics, revealing an unprecedented ‘engine’ - the Calibre 4805 - which combines two notable complications - the tourbillon and a fusee and chain transmission system.

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph with Cerachrom Bezel
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with Cerachrom Bezel

A timeless classic with a fresh twist -- Rolex had watch novices and connoisseurs alike drooling over this Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, featuring a scratch-resistant Cerachrom bezel that is reminiscent of its vintage ancestors.

Roger Dubuis Knights of the Round Table
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Roger Dubuis Knights of the Round Table

The perfect piece for the chivalrous gentleman, one look at the intricately complex dial of Roger Dubuis’ Knights of the Round Table will take you back to the days of olde. At each of the indices sits a 6.5mm bronze knight, sculpted with the aid of a microscope.

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater
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Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

Bvlgari made its mark on Baselworld this year with the introduction of the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, a timepiece with the kind of complex ultra-thin movement that is almost always left to those firms with a very long technical history - Think Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Octo Finissimo Repeater is only 6.85mm thick, a record for wristwatches by a fairly significant margin.

Jacob & Co Astronomia Sky
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Jacob & Co. Astronomia Sky

This year Jacob & Co. took the much-loved Astronomia to new heights - literally! While this timepiece won’t fit nicely under your cuff links, it offers a myriad of intricately complex and insanely cool features including a twin-turbo tourbillon on a double axis movement, a globe at its center that signifies if it is day or night, a sapphire moon sitting opposite an orbital second hand, a ring on the base plate that gives the time relative to the stars, and a slim-rose gold ring that reveals what constellations you should currently be able to see in the northern hemisphere - all cased in sapphire for an incredible view.

Hublot MP-07
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Hublot MP-07

Not one for the timid, Hublot’s MP-07 makes a bold statement. This timepiece boasts a verticalized movement with the flying tourbillon visible via a lateral display with magnifying crystal as well as a side-scroll time display for easy reading even with both hands on the wheel and an impressive 42 day power reserve.

Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon
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Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon

Tag Heuer made its mark at Baselword this year with the introduction of its Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon, whose most stunning feature isn’t its contemporary, industrial facade or its COSC-certified automatic chronograph, but rather it’s incredible price point. At $15,950 the Carrera Heuer 02T is the most affordable Swiss-made tourbillon available on the market - coming in at roughly ten times cheaper than the comparable Bell & Ross BR-X1.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 6300
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Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300G

A refined model of the masterpiece created for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe, the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300G features the 20 head-spinning complications of its predecessor, among them six patented innovations. Despite being one of the most complex timepieces in the world, this new white gold, double-faced version of the Grandmaster Chime maintains a deceptively simple, elegant appearance. The enormous amount of complications comes with an equally large price tag - clocking in at a hefty $2.2 million.

Patek Philippe 5930G World Time Chronograph
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Patek Philippe 5930G World Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe introduced the 5930G World Time Chronograph, notable for combining two complications - a world-timer and a chronograph, and being the world’s smallest and thinnest watch to do so. Though many were surprised that no Nautilus was shown at Baselworld 2016, we have word that you can expect to see something this October.

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire
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Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire

The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire’s most distinctive feature is its sapphire case, cut from nine blocks of sapphire, the second hardest material on earth, after diamonds, making it nearly impossible to scratch and providing splendid views of the chronograph and flying tourbillon cage.

Blancpain 'The Great Wave' Villeret
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Blancpain 'The Great Wave' Villeret, 8-Days

A nod to Hokusai’s famous Great Wave Off Kanagawa woodblock print, The Great Wave by Blancpain uses silver obsidian on a base of Shakudo, an ancient Japanese alloy given a unique patina by immersion in a bath of rokusho salts, marking the first time this alloy has been used in horology.

Each year Baselworld is full of surprises and delights – crazy complications, never-before-used materials, new horological records – and 2016 did not disappoint! Take a look at some of the standout pieces from Baselworld 2016 and see how luxury watch manufactures have been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in horology.

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