Our Six Favorite Watches From BaselWorld 2014
Baselworld 2014 ends today, and as always, we wish we had more wrists. And more money to furnish them with the best. After perusing this year's wares of the world's definitive watch show, here's six of the models that captured not only our curiosity, but our attention.
Omega Seamaster 300 Co-Axial
Omega's new Seamaster gets a lot of attention every time a Bond movie comes out (Pierce Brosnan's Bond switched from Rolex), but the contemporary models bear only a vague resemblance to the mid-century beauties. This new Seamaster 300 brings back that late-fifties aesthetic, making us wonder why they ever changed. We'd also like to give the De Ville Tresor a shoutout — it masters the simple dress watch.
Longines Conquest Heritage 1954-2014
This dress watch marks the 60th anniversary of the Conquest, and it respects its history. A period-correct 35 millimeter case holds an ETA movement and both the gold and steel versions exude a certain classic appeal that can stand up to whatever contemporary trend happens to come along.
Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime
LV certainly brought the most striking dial to the party in Switzerland this year with this world time beauty. Intoxicatingly colorful and certainly more than a pretty face, this useful Worldtime is unique in number as it is in design — only 20 are to be made.
Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT
While BaselWorld is always bound to be a Swiss fest, Seiko showed up to the party with something impressive. This Grand Seiko is its first hi-beat GMT watch and it has a fat power reserve of 55 hours. It's a good reminder that the watch community is larger than the 15,940 square miles of the Confoederatio Helvetica.
Tudor Heritage Ranger
Tudor really knocked it out of the park at this year's BaselWorld. Both the Ranger and the Black Bay really offer a masterclass in officiating the perfect marriage between past and present. Read our in-depth coverage here and here.
Patek Philippe Nautilus Time Travel Chronograph
Last on our list but certainly not least, this column chronograph really blends business and pleasure, combining a metallic severity with classic Patek luxury. As well it should, because this puppy is probably going to be at the $57,000 price point.