Baselworld, the world’s largest and most prestigious watch and jewellery trade show, has now been and gone for another year. The annual event always promises delights to collectors, journalists, retailers, and watch geeks alike. And in the event’s 100th year, Baselworld 2017 certainly didn’t disappoint.
Minute & Azimut were in attendance at Baselworld 2017, and we covered as much of the 1.5 million square feet of event space as we could during our time in Switzerland. Sadly none of the timepieces on display were for sale, but Baselworld 2017 allowed us to get a feeling for how trends are developing in the industry.
Baselworld 2017 Trends
A key trend that we saw at Baselworld 2017 was the continued prevalence of vintage-inspired timepieces. Omega, Tag Heuer, and Seiko all released major new timepieces that paid tribute to their vintage predecessors.
We would like to give a special mention to the Longines Heritage 1945 with it pure simplicity of time.
1957 Railmaster, Seamaster, and Speedmaster
Omega launched a remake of their 1957 Railmaster, Seamaster, and Speedmaster timepieces for their 60th anniversary. This was a huge success at the event, and they found their booth swarming with nostalgic collectors. The new 3557 limited editions have kept the look and dimensions of their original counterparts, whilst embracing the latest technologies which include anti-magnetic movement.
5320 Perpetual Calendar
More signs of the revival of the vintage look were seen with Patek Philippe’s release of the new 5320 Perpetual Calendar. Features such as luminous hands, a cream dial, a centre second, and a mono-bloc stepped case have traditionally only been seen on vintage watches. These characteristics were a delight for vintage watch lovers like us.
The return of the Grand Seiko was also a real treat, with three vintage 38mm models showcased in platinum, yellow gold, and steel.
One of the most prestigious and highly anticipated pieces at Baselworld 2017 was the Octo Finissimo from Bulgari. The timepiece isn’t just sleek and elegant; it’s also the thinnest mechanical watch currently on the market.
To finish, our highlight from Baselworld 2017 was Hermès "L’heure impatiente". Nestled in their wooden greenhouse, "L’heure impatiente" was truly a poetic interpretation of pure elegance and time. This beautiful timepiece presents an alarm complication to highlight special moments worth celebrating.
In the meantime, why not sample our vintage inspired British watches ?