Another exciting edition of Baselworld, the world’s premier luxury watch event, has come to a close. In this week’s blog, we will be examining our three favourite watches to be unveiled at the exhibition, including some fine timepieces from Swiss watchmakers Rolex, Omega and Hublot.
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO
While Rolex will not be winning any innovation awards for the new steel version of the GMT-Master II with an iconic ceramic ‘Pepsi’ bezel, there is no doubt that the crowd-pleasing watch will prove to be popular with luxury watch fans around the globe.
The big news here is that Rolex has now upgraded the travel watch’s movement to the modern generation, in-house made calibre 3825. The automatic GMT movement has been endorsed as a ‘Superlative Chronometer” by the watchmaker, meaning that is has undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex to ensure its precision, waterproofness and power reserve.
The Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO will retail for around £6,600 in the United Kingdom.
Omega Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer
A full quarter of a century after it was introduced, Omega has unveiled the most extensive update of their Seamaster 300M dive watch since it was debuted.
However, the new addition to the collection maintains its charm and elegance despite the fact that it is presented with a new case, dial, bracelet, movement and redesigned hands.
Omega has bumped up to case size marginally to 42mm wide and has now provided an in-house Omega 8800 automatic Co-Axial Master chronometer movement, helping the Seamaster maintain its tool watch spirit.
The Omega Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer watch will be offered with either a strap or steel bracelet, priced at £3,400 and £3,500 respectively.
Hublot Big Bang UNICO Red Magic
We previously covered the Hublot BIG Bang UNICO Red Magic when the watchmaker announced they would be showcasing the watch at Baselworld 2018, with the headline going to the innovative red ceramic case.
It has been notoriously difficult to introduce colour to ceramic cases while maintaining its scratch-resistant and other robust qualities, and with the Big Bang UNICO Red Magic, it appears that Hublot has mastered the art.
It has been speculated that this will be the first in the line of many colourful ceramic watches to be introduced by Hublot, so it will certainly be worth watching how this collection grows over the coming years.
The Hublot Big Bang UNICO Red Magic can be purchased for around £19,000 and is a limited edition collection of 500 pieces.