Baselworld Round-Up 2013

We have just returned from a very exciting Baselworld 2013 where every year over 100,000 people flock to see the latest and greatest releases in the world of watchmaking.

Of course everyone tries to grab an exorbitantly priced and (when there is a show on) not so cheap flight, but, over the last few years we've found that if you truly want to arrive in style… drive.

 

As you may have seen from our Facebook and social media posts, we were lucky enough to be loaned a Jaguar XJ by Jaguar Cars to drive from London to Basel.

A blast through continental France is the ideal way to clear your cobwebs and the perfect way to travel in style and comfort. Our automotive companion for this journey was the understated Jaguar XJR long wheel base. A car that has a discreetly sumptuous interior and attracts an amazing amount of attention, being a fresh and different sight on European roads.

We were lent a classic Sinn 103 Chronograph by Sinn watches and we timed the journey from London to Basel at 9 hours 18 minutes, which cosseted by the Jaguar’s fantastic comfort seats and a superb Meridian sound system, was a pleasure.

First stop when we arrived at Baselworld was Sinn watches where we returned our ‘timing device’ to Sinn CEO Lothar Schmidt himself. Sinn had some great new releases which we hope to have by the summer. Highlights for us were the superb T1 and T2 Titanium diver's watches, amazingly light even with a bracelet fitted, the great value 104 ST SA, and the very cool 857 UTC TESTAF Pilot’s watch. 

 

We then headed over to the ‘Palace’ to see the ever so charming and very cool Frank Huyghe, owner of Ralf Tech watches. We were able to video interview Frank to discuss not only the fascinating history of Ralf Tech watches, but also to see the amazing new Ralf Tech WRV watches. 

The new WRV the perfect counterpart to the classic WRX 47.5mm dive watches, being a more compact 43.5mm and features a gorgeous vintage inspired case that has some really fascinating angles and shapes. Starting with the limited edition automatic Vintage 77 model of just 77 pieces, the line-up is joined by 2 pirate editions of just 22 pieces each. Please note all of these limited editions are now nearly sold out, when Ralf Tech say limited edition they really mean it. Once these new WRV releases are sold there will be no more until October.

Then on to Muhle Glashutte where we saw our great friend Thilo Muhle who proudly displayed his new ‘Sea Monster’ the Rasmus 2000 meter dive watch and the gorgeous Titanum SeeBataillon GMT. Both of these watches have been designed in conjunction with military and diving specialists. And finally the very elegant new M29 available with both blue and cream dials. Muhle really do offer some exceptional watches from the home of German watchmaking.

Glycine had some of their fantastic Airman on show, particularly eye catching was the Airman SPHAIR available in 46mm and 38mm with its unique Caoutchouc rubber bezel insert. 

The star of Glycine’s show was undoubtedly the Glycine Number 1 ‘Trilogy’ set. This unique set features 3 Glycine Airman in white gold, rose gold and yellow gold, all featuring original Felsa 692 movements and housed in a unique Zebrawood Box. Price on application, let us know if you’re interested! 

And finally we popped down to see Andrea from Squale watches. Squale are the true vintage diving watch brand and they unveiled prototypes of the new 44mm Squale Master. This watch is based upon the intricate bezels of the original 1960’s Squale Master with its expensive individually applied bezel markers. We had 2 samples on display, one fashioned from marine bronze and the other from stainless steel. The first releases will feature a bespoke handmade Swiss movement with a ‘12’ o’clock date window and power reserve indicator. Keep an eye on our site for all the latest news of this amazing watch.

We met with many interesting new people and hope to be adding some very exciting brands to our portfolio in the very near future so watch this space!!