Most of the visitor of BaselWorld start in the impressive Hall 1.0 and you can not pass this hall without stoping at Rolex and Patek Philippe! Hereby some snapshot (my apologies for the poor quality).
I was not impressed with all the novelties this year. It seems a year of ‘going back to your roots’. Although everyone expected that it would be a quite fair, it was rather busy (visitors) and many brands still sounded positive…
Last year Rolex ‘rocked’ the fair with the introduction of The Dipsy, but this year I was not impressed AT ALL! It seems a year of flowers… Yes! Flowers. Check the dial:
Midsize Rolex Oyster with floral pattern on dial…
I did not take the effort to make a picture of the new bi-color submariners… We all know how the look like ;)
At Patek it also seemed like a ladies year… Focus was on the PP Seal and relaunch of midsize Nautilus models in precious metals with diamonds.
Patek Philippe Nautilus mid size
The platinum version is one of my favourite PPs, but I have to admit this gold version looks amazing!
PP walked away from the legendary Geneva Seal and introduced the Patek Philippe Seal.
We met an unique watchmaker that designed many amazing movements for the grand brands, still does, but also started his own brand:
Marc Alfieri Tourbillon GMT Watch
Ulysse Nardin knows what ‘freaky’ watches are, but they also started making cellular phones. Robert-Jan presented the back of the phone with a mechanical movement here couple of weeks ago, here is the front of the ‘Chairman’:
It is still unknown what the exact retail price will be…
Breitling proudly presented the new Chronomat models with the manufacture B01 movement:
Breitling Chronomat 2009
And, for their 125th anniversary this year, the created a limited edition Navitimer:
Breitling Navitimer 125th Anniversaire – Limited to 2009 pieces.
Seiko is 120+ old manufacture that also went back to their roots. The new Seiko “Ananta” collection does not only present new hybrid Spring Drive movements, but also manufacture automatic movements inspired by the original Samuari swords:
All new Seiko Ananta Automatic Chronograph
All new Seiko Ananta Automatic Power Reserve Hamilton slightly went back to their roots too, by launching the Automatic version of the Ventura (see our post about this watch)… But they are looking WAY ahead in the future, check these amazing new designs:
Hamilton ODC X–02 (front view)
Hamilton ODC X–02 (side view)
But this is not all, this is also a revolutionairy watch:
Hamilton Khaki BASE jump watches
Yes, you simply activate and reset the chrono by turning the bezel!
Also Longines went back to their roots and brought back some legandary watches, we are rather keen of this one:
Longines RAF WWW replica (see original here)
RAF Military www watch. 38,50mm with reference L2.7184.108.40.206!
Last year Longines re-introduced the Legend Divers, this year they added a version with a date.
Longines Silver Shadow replica
We were very curious to see the newest family of Rado’s by Jasper Morrison:
Rado by Jasper Morrison
Tomorrow more news from BaselWorld! Stay tuned.