Switzerland's annual Baselworld 2018--which is basically the Super Bowl for watch geeks--premiered a slew of of awesome new luxury timepieces this year, some of which might cost more than your house.
Offerings from Omega, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Breitling and more are bound to become instant classics for collectors while more eccentric options aimed at wealthy collectors, like Bell & Ross' transparent sapphire timepiece and Hublot's World Cup-themed smartwatch, might just be crazy enough to work.
Here, 12 of the best watches from Baselworld 2018:
The BR-X1 from Bell & Ross is made of five blocks of sapphire crystal. Its skeletonized appearance puts every movement of the timepiece on full display. Options with black and gold details are available on the Bell & Ross web store while a blue option is available on Mr Porter. Check out all three versions here:
Those searching for a superlative dive watch found it in the Chronomat 44 from Breitling. Best known for their aviation watches, the Swiss brand nonetheless made this chronograph to resist water pressure down to 1,650 feet.
One of the most iconic Rolex colorways, the so-called "Pepsi" red and blue that originated on the first GMT from the 1950s, found its way onto a handsome new model, a GMT-Master II finished in stainless steel.
Omega pays tribute to the Apollo 8 crew 50 years after they became the first humans to see the dark side of the moon in 1968. The black ceramic watch has a skeletonized dial, which, like the Bell & Ross BR-X1, allows wearers to see every movement.
Omega also celebrated an anniversary of its own, 25 years of the Seamaster Diver 300M. The design, inspired by the ocean, is still there, but this iteration is sized at 42 mm and includes a ceramic bezel.
Casio has only created 25 pieces of this connected MR-G model, which is distinguished by a hammer tone pattern called "Arashi-Tuchime" from artisan Bihou Asano. It has three-way time sync, powered by Bluetooth Connectivity, the G-SHOCK app and G-SHOCK’s GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor technology. The latter also measures time and location from anywhere on earth.
TAG Heuer let personalized watch maker Bamford trick out its iconic Monaco chronograph, known for its square case. They gave it luminescent blue subdial counters, minute track and dates and pitted them against a black dial. Its case is made of solid carbon.
The salmon color of the dial, which compliments the brown alligator strap beautifully, is what stands out from this chronograph. But it is the first time Patek Philippe has ever finished its 570 model in a platinum dial.
Hublot debuted its first connected watch at Basel, joining the like of TAG Heuer in luxury smart watches. Powered by Intel and Google, its Big Bang Referee is now the official watch of FIFA. Expect to see them on players at the World Cup.
Longines offered a considerably more affordable quartz option that is nonetheless still on-trend. Its Conquest VHP Chronograph follows a recent craze of deep blue watches, complete with a navy dial and strap.
TAG Heuer celebrated 55 years of its iconic Carrera collection with two new versions. Our favorite comes in a black dial and leather strap with red finishes, which speak to its legacy as a premier racing watch.
Hublot has never been a fan of subtle designs, and so it is debuting its go-to Big Bang model in ultra bright red ceramic. You saw traces of it before on Hublot's Ferrari Unico Carbon Red Ceramic, but they went all-out this time.
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