We have just returned from Baselworld 2015, the world’s largest and most important jewellery and watch show, which takes place for one week each year in Basel, Switzerland. It is where watch and jewellery brands big and small come to show off their latest designs which we buy to display here on our website and in our shops. This year we have been excited enough by the latest Baselworld 2015 watches and jewellery to come back home with orders placed with Rolex, Tag Heuer, Omega, Mikimoto and Gucci; to name but a few. These beautiful and innovative new pieces will be arriving with us between now and Christmas and we can’t wait to share them with you and hear your feedback. Here are five of our favourite watches. We hope we can keep up with demand but if you want to be one of the first privileged owners then place your order now!
1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master
This striking new black and 18 carat Everose gold version of the Yacht-Master model, first launched in 1992, is available in two case sizes: 40mm and 37mm. Its 100 metre waterproof case is in 18 carat Everose gold with a black ceramic rotatable bezel with polished raised numerals on a matt background. It defies Rolex norms as it comes on an innovative “Oysterflex” bracelet developed and patented by Rolex which combines the comfort of a rubber strap with the reliability and resistance of a metal bracelet. Due to the bracelet being attached to the case and clasp by a flexible titanium and nickel alloy metal blade, which is overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer that is particularly resistant to environmental effects, it is very durable and perfectly inert for the wearer of the watch. Stunning!
Prices from £14,750
2. Omega Globemaster
This watch with its distinctive 1950s look is the first watch ever to meet the “Master Chronometer” criteria Omega self-imposed last year in cooperation with METAS (Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology). It is sure to become an icon of the watch world. The 39mm case is available in 18 carat gold, 18 carat gold and stainless steel or steel and comes with a distinctive fluted bezel and either a silvery opaline or a sun-brushed blue dial as well as several strap and bracelet options. The Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement can be seen through the protective sapphire crystal caseback set with a medallion stamped with the image of an observatory surrounded by a polished sky marked with eight symbolic stars – a reference to the site where the famed chronometry tests of the 1940s and 50s took place. Unique and immediately identifiable.
Price from £4,860
3. Breitling Chronoliner
Breitling’s latest aviation themed chronograph watch evokes images of a bygone era. It is inspired by a Breitling model from the 1950s and 60s and asserts itself as an authentic captain’s watch. The large 46mm case, however, is most definitely a more modern size. Other features that point to the modernity of this timepiece are the 24 hour scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, super-luminescent hands and markers, and a second timezone indicated by the red-tipped arrow hand. Perfect for a long-haul flight anywhere in the world.
Price from £5,560
4. TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 18
The fourth watch in our top five that nods towards the past. Infact you could almost be fooled into thinking that you were looking at an original Carrera from 1963. With a case measuring 39mm and using the vintage style Heuer logo, it distinguishes itself from the rest of TAG Heuer’s chronographs. The aesthetics of the domed sapphire crystal, faded grey markers and sharply angled lugs add to the decidedly vintage look, as do the push pieces and aged leather strap. Try it on – you won’t want to give it back.
5. Tudor North Flag
5. Tudor North Flag
The Tudor brand, reintroduced to the UK in September 2014, continues to take huge steps forward with the introduction of the new North Flag, the first model to feature an in-house movement. The quality of the materials used by Tudor to build their cases and bracelets has never been in doubt but the introduction of their own MT5621 movement that beats inside the all-new North Flag takes the brand to yet another level of quality and value. Keeping with the vintage theme, the look of the watch draws from the early 1950s Tudor Oyster Prince models that the British North Greenland Expedition team wore and from where the name derives. A 40mm satin-brushed steel case with a matt black ceramic and brushed steel bezel and a sapphire crystal case back showing off the new movement add to the modern appeal of the watch. Onwards and upwards for this exciting and collectible brand.
Price from £2,500
Well there you have it, our top five highlights of the Baselworld 2015 watches that were released at the show. Dates are yet to be confirmed as to when we will be receiving these new pieces but for up-to-date information and news please follow Robert Gatward Jewellers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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