The world's largest watch fair, Baselworld, is an annual Swiss pilgrimage for lovers of quality timepieces. However, trying to pick a favourite watch from Baselworld is like trying to pick a favorite child. It's pretty much impossible (and, possibly morally wrong). We can't narrow it down to one, but we did manage to shortlist our top 10 favorites.
1. Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon
Fans of the Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch” will love this sexy take on the legendary timepiece. True to its name, the bold watch features a matte black ceramic case and a black Cordura strap. Small pops of colour enter in the form of red and white details against the black zirconium oxide ceramic dial. Inside you'll find the in-house made Co-Axial caliber 9300 automatic chronograph movement, and emblazoned across the back is an engraving of the special piece's Pink Floyd-esque name.
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2. Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari
Ferrari would never put its name on something second-rate (and nor, for that matter, would Hublot) so expect great things from the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch. The stunning MP-05 looks like nothing you've ever seen on a wrist before. The open dial and sapphire crystal offer an unprecedented view of the Hublot-made caliber HUB9005.H1.6 manually wound movement, which Hublot claims contains more parts (637) than any other movement they have previously produced. Fifty days of power reserve and the addition of a small electronic screwdriver to wind and set the watch also make this one to watch in 2013.
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3. Rolex Platinum Cosmograph Daytona
Those with a passion for driving and fine accessories will already be familiar with the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. At Baselworld, Rolex introduced a new Platinum Daytona to the lineup. Still clocking in at 40mm wide, the revamped Daytona features a case and bracelet made of 950 platinum along with a light blue dial and brown cerachrom bezel. A Calibre 4130 COSC automatic chronograph movement powers the watch, which has come just in time to celebrate the Daytona's 50th birthday.
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4. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GoodPlanet GMT
Omega first announced its partnership with the GoodPlanet Foundation back in 2011. In 2013, we're getting the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GoodPlanet GMT Watch and the release of the Planet Ocean movie. Rather than using one of its existing case sizes, Omega will produce the Planet Ocean GMT in a 43.5mm-wide case, only in steel. The GMT will also have a bi-direction 24-hour scale bezel instead of a uni-directional diver's style rotating bezel, and an in-house-made caliber 8605 automatic Co-Axial movement with a silicon balance spring.
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5. Breitling Emergency II
Daredevils, take note: there's a new Breitling Emergency watch in town. When activated, Version I had a 121.5MHz transmitter with a range of 90 nautical miles (167 km) capable of being detected by a search aircraft flying at 20,000 feet (6000 m). Emergency II improves upon its predecessor with a new digital frequency of 406MHz that can launch a distress signal all the way into space, to the network of low orbit or geostationary satellites. That puts it into the Personal Locator Beacon category of the Cospas-Sarsat International Satellite System and into the “Definitely Not A Toy” category of your accessories collection.
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6. Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition
What could be better than looking good and doing good at the same time? As the name implies, the Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition supports a great Australian organisation. The RFDS is an aeromedical health service for those who live, work or travel in outback and regional Australia. Oris is contributing to the cause with a 2000-piece run of the Royal Flying Doctor Limited Edition. The watch features a 44mm stainless steel case, black dial, brown leather strap, and automatic winding day date movement.
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7. Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue
Tudor will be making its way to the US for the first time in nearly a decade this year, and to celebrate the milestone the Heritage Chrono Blue will be added to the lineup. Based on the wildly popular Tudor Heritage Chrono from 2010, the 2013 update has a Swiss automatic Tudor caliber 2892 movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. The watch will come with a steel bracelet and an interchangeable multi-color fabric strap, milled in France by the same legendary weaver who supplies robes to the Vatican.
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8. Patek Philippe Gondolo 8 Days
Offered in both blue and white versions, the Gondolo 8 Days features an Art Deco-style case with two tiered sides and a day/date function. The brand new, manually-wound form movement includes, like other Patek Philippe pieces before it, silicon components: the Spiromax® balance spring and the Pulsomax® lever and escape wheel. Also of note is the instantaneously switching calendar, which updates at midnight within three milliseconds.
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9. Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date
Vintage lovers have this to look forward to: the Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date. It's one of two new timepieces Glashütte is adding to their successful Sixties collection, both of which will be offered in an intriguing, shimmering midnight blue colorway. The Sixties Panorama Date has a 42mm case with a sapphire display back. The movement is automatic mechanical, Caliber 39 series with polished steel components, a swan neck fine adjustment, and a skeletonized rotor with oscillating mass in 21-carat gold.
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10. Casio G-Shock 30th Anniversary Edition
Casio's G-Shock has just turned 30 years old. In honor of the beloved watch entering its fourth decade, Casio is releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition. A limited run of 5000 DW-6900 models will be available in a “lustrous metallic silver” finish. Mirror-finished front and side buttons, a brushed-metal dial, and an engraved back plate (designed by Brooklyn-based graphic artist Eric Haze) finish off the unique commemorative piece. 30 years old, and the G-Shock still looks as fresh as the day it dropped.
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