There were lots of beautiful watches at this week's Baselworld, the annual horological orgy in Switzerland where watchmakers unveil their latest models. Sorting through them all we came up with five pieces that we actually want to own. Here's our top draft picks:
1. Rolex Daytona
The Daytona itself is not a new model, but Rolex made a brilliant move in giving the latest version a retro-cool makeover with a black ceramic bezel in homage to the highly collectible "Paul Newman" models of the '60s, which fetch hundreds of thousands at auction. This one will run you $12,000.
2. Ressence Type 5BB
Antwerp-based Ressence is one of the few manufacturers completely changing the game. Combining cutting edge technology with timeless design, their mechanical watches tell time using magnetic rotating disks and oil inside the dial, making the surface seemingly invisible. The Type 5BB is a diver's watch blacked out with DLC (diamond-like carbon).
3. Omega CK2998 Speedmaster
Omega showed a few variations on its iconic Speedmaster, but again in the vein of the Daytona we prefer the one that plays on heritage of the timepiece, which was the first watch on the moon. The limited edition CK2998 watch retains its classic Alpha hands sub-dials in deep blue. The color theme continues on the bezel with its tachymeter base scale, the minutes track, and even the blue alligator leather strap with beige stitching.
4. Patek Philippe 6300G-001 Grand Master Time
It wouldn't be Baselworld without at least one million-dollar-plus piece, and Patek came through with the a brand-new version of the 6300G. Now in white-gold with a purer design it features over 20 mind-boggling complications across its two faces. The ritzy reversible wristwatch clocks in at a cool $2.2 million.
5. Heuer Monza Chronograph
Some of TAG Heuer's latest designs have been very high tech, so we're psyched that they decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic Heuer Monza racing-inspired chronograph with an updated reissue. It features the 1970s watch’s two key functions – the pulsometer and the tachymeter scale (not included on previous reissues) – along with the original font. Very slick indeed.
Order them now--your wrist will thank you later.