An Omega Speedmaster displayed at the 2018 Baselworld luxury watch and jewelry fair in Basel, Switzerland.

Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

An Omega Speedmaster displayed at the 2018 Baselworld luxury watch and jewelry fair in Basel, Switzerland.

Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

The Most Exciting Timepieces From the Biggest Watch Show of the Year

At the Baselword fair, such luxury brands as Rolex, Bulgari, Tag Heuer, Patek Phillippe, Omega bring their best wares for the new year.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic

Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic

This bright, red hue is especially hard to achieve in ceramic, so it's no wonder Hublot calls this watch "magic." It will retail for $26,200.

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The Rolex GMT Master-II Pepsi Dial in Stainless Steel 

The Rolex GMT Master-II Pepsi Dial in Stainless Steel 

This unexpected release from Rolex has been one of the stars of the show. This GMT style of watch (Greenwich Mean Time variation allows wearers to track time zones) debuted in the 1950s in stainless steel, with a combination red-and-blue bezel to distinguish between day and night. Rolex stopped making versions of the watch in 2007. The model, beloved among collectors, was revived by the brand in 2014 in white gold. It's now available in the original stainless steel, a boon to Rolex fans because, at $9,250, it is roughly a third of the price. Expect waiting lists for this one to extend for years. 

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The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

This is another record-breaker from a brand that has been making serious strides in its watchmaking. At 3.95mm thick, it's the slimmest self-winding watch on the market—an exceptional feat, considering it has a tourbillon complication. (That's the round-shaped wheel near the 6 o'clock spot on the dial; it's a tool to ensure that gravity doesn't affect the accuracy of the watch, and it's difficult to make them so thin.) Since the case is made of sandblasted titanium, the watch is ultra-light, too. It will retail for $118,000.

Source: Bulgari

Tag Heuer/Aston Martin Racing Chronograph

Tag Heuer/Aston Martin Racing Chronograph

Announced earlier in March at the Geneva Motor Show, Tag Heuer created this handsome chronograph in partnership with sports car brand Aston Martin.

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The Fifth Element by MB&F and L'Epée 1839

The Fifth Element by MB&F and L'Epée 1839

This four dials on this desk clock—which separately reports time, temperature, humidity, and air pressure—are removable and can stand on their own. Only 18 will be made in each of three colorways; you can get one for your desk for a mere $55,000.

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The Gucci G-Timeless

The Gucci G-Timeless

While mechanical watches by Swiss brands tend to be the stars of such shows, fashion houses that include Chanel, Gucci, Calvin Klein, and Dolce & Gabbana showcase designs that don't take themselves as seriously.

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Patek Philippe WorldTime Minute Repeater

Patek Philippe WorldTime Minute Repeater

Created for a Grand Exhibition Patek staged in New York, the 5531R WorldTime Minute Repeater combined a hand-painted dial, a world time complication, and a chiming function. This version, new for Baselworld, features a different image on the face. 

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The Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Super Titanium

The Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Super Titanium

This solar-powered quartz watch from Citizen automatically connects to a GPS satellite to maintain accurate timekeeping. The brand has sold a version of it since 2011, but this year's model is made in a metal Citizen calls Super Titanium. It's thinner and lighter than previous iterations. 

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The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon

The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon

Bell & Ross debuted new, limited-edition versions of this $480,000 watch in six different colors. The blue model will be sold exclusively through mrporter.com. 

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The Nomos Autobahn Collection

The Nomos Autobahn Collection

This new collection from German watchmaker Nomos features the brand's first-ever curved dial. It will retail for $4,800. 

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The Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture

The Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture

This looks like a mechanical watch—and it is—but it's also a smartwatch—delivering analytics on steps, sleep, heart rate, and more to an app on the wearer's phone. It also measures the watch's own precision and consistency, reporting this via the app. 

Photographer: Chris Rovzar
The Arnold & Son Globetrotter

The Arnold & Son Globetrotter

This World Time watch stood above the crowd for its dramatic, domed design and rotating Earth. It will retail for $16,995.

Source: Arnold & Son