Buying Time: Baselworld 2017’s Best Debuts

Seven of the finest Baselworld 2017 debuts

Baselworld 2017 revealed a focus on pushing boundaries. New, lightweight watch case materials, coupled with colorful adaptations of traditional designs and the blending of technology with sport, inspired vivid detail and created a high level of variety for the consumer. These six debuts boast new materials and designs and can be worn in the board room and on the go.

Audemars Piguet Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

The designers at A.P. have continued to blend the traditional attributes of mechanical watchmaking with the colorful sportiness which has personified the brand as of late. The new Offshore Diver model sports watch bands are constructed out of rubber in colors ranging from lime green to bright orange. The coordinating dials add to the burst of vibrant hues creating a less formal piece of technological genius. The screw-down watch case is un-mistakenly A.P., as is the self-winding 40-jewel movement.

Audemars Piguet Beverly Hills


Hublot Big Bang Unice Depeche Mode

Hublot has once again teamed up with the world-famous rock band Depeche Mode to release a limited number (250 pieces) of 45 mm Big Bang watches specifically emblazoned with the name of the band’s tour, along with the symbol of their charity “Water.” The charity’s sole goal is to bring clean drinking water to the estimated 663 million people worldwide who do not have access to it. The ceramic case, engraved with thousands of pyramids housing the brand’s proprietary movement, makes this an easy charity to support.

Hublot Beverly Hills

Jaeger Lecoultre Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic

The latest JLC Master Compressor model features a unique blend of materials and engineering. At 46 mm, the large ceramic case is accented by trapezium-shaped pink gold hands as well as a pink gold crown and pushers. The 300-piece chronograph movement is powered by twin barrels that provide adequate power to maintain the accuracy of the movement during timing. A Trieste cloth strap along with luminescent hour markers remind the wearer that this watch can handle nearly any situation.

Westime Beverly Hills

Omega Speedmaster 38MM 

Omega Speedmaster 38MM

The Omega Speedmaster model has been a stalwart of the brand for nearly forty years, and its design is synonymous with the term chronograph. The new 38mm collection looks to provide variety and refinement to the last decade where chronometers have continued to expand in size. Fourteen models will provide differing metal and material combinations offering a multitude of options, but the traditional three sub-dial configuration will remain constant. Each watch will contain the brand’s co-axial driven movement.

Feldmar Watch Company

Parmigiani Watch

Parmigiani Bugatti Aérolithe Performance

Parmigiani continues its partnership with the ultra-exclusive luxury automaker Bugatti. Known for its immaculate finishing, this piece holds strong to that tradition, with laser-etched diamond patterns on the exterior of the case and on the face of the watch. In addition, the band carries the diamond-embossed leather reminiscent of the seats found in the cars. An in-house proprietary chronograph movement is further enhanced using blue, white, and red racing colors featured on the watch display.

David Orgell Beverly Hills

Patek Philippe Watch

Patek Philippe Aquanut

The “Sporty” Patek celebrates its twentieth anniversary by focusing on the details. The Aquanaut model has personified the understated elegance of the brand over the past 20 years with its rubber strap, minimalist design, and subtle stainless-steel case. The new anniversary model boasts a 42 mm case constructed of white gold with a watch face that fades from midnight navy blue to black along the perimeter. The movement boasts an accuracy rate of -3 to +2 seconds per day, making it one of the more accurate calibers in the industry.

Polacheck’s Jewelers Calabasas

Richard Mille Watch

Richard Mille RM 50-03 Mclaren F1 Ultralight

The desire to find non-traditional, technologically advanced materials has enabled the engineers at Richard Mille to create large watches that are deceptively light yet remarkably durable. Their latest creation boasts a split second chronograph (the ability to time multiple events such as laps in a race) combined with a tourbillon in a total package weighing less than 40 grams. Combining carbon and a completely new nano-material known as Graph TPT, or graphene, makes this possible.

Richard Mille Beverly Hills