OVER 120,000 PEOPLE GATHERED IN THE SMALL SWISS TOWN OF BASEL FOR THE WORLD’S LARGEST WATCH AND JEWELLERY SHOW. RE:LUXE WAS THERE AS WELL.

By RYAN CARAFA

1) Grönefeld

The Cadillac of watches at BaselWorld 2017 is the Grönefeld Bespoke 1941 Remontoire.  The original 1941 Remontoire has already received the Men’s Watch prize at the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and the Bespoke version has been highlighted by the vibrant guilloche dial, created by Kari Voutilainen and Inès Hamaguchi.  This watch sits perfectly on the wrist at 39.5mm and the breathtaking movement can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back. The Grönefeld brothers created a watch that even the harshest watch critique would appreciate and admire. Version shown in stainless steel.  Price: $61,380 USD

2) Voutilainen

Kari Voutilainen creates some of the most refined watches in the world and the Vingt-8 ISO goes beyond beauty and refinement, it seeks to change your relationship with time.  The outer ring for the minute hand is not laid out as we are accustom.  The time in the image is 9:25 -not 9:12 – which can only be seen by putting more attention on the numbers on the watch because the hour hand and minute hand are not in the traditional relation to each other.  This creates a more intimate relationship with the wearer and the watch, and ultimately the time.  All this in a 39mm 18k white gold case with the as expected immaculate finishing throughout the entire watch including the movement which is visible through the sapphire case back.  Price: $89,000 USD

3) Patek Philippe

At BaselWorld there is always a buzz around the Patek Philippe booth and it is not easy picking just one stand out from their new 2017 models.  However, our favourite watch from them is the 5960/01.  This flyback chronograph with an annual calendar perfectly matches the vintage pushers with a modern blue dial.  The white gold case measures 40mm and houses a beautiful automatic movement can be viewed through the sapphire crystal caseback.  This is a handsome watch that reminds me why we hold this brand in such high esteem.  Price: $81,200 CDN

4) Breitling

The Breitling Navitimer is a legendary aviation timepiece and in 2017 they have added their first in-house split-second chronograph movement, giving us the Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante.  This very handsome watch and has a strong wrist presence at 45mm.  The recognizable Navitimer dial is in a bronze tone which pops out in the light.  One does not just have to be a Naivitimer lover to appreciate the beauty in this watch.  The version shown in stainless steel.  Price: $13,195

5) NOMOS Glashütte

We always say that everything Nomos Glashütte does, they do very well.  In 2017, this remains true, and we can choose any of their new releases and put it on this list but we settled with the new and improved Nomos Glashütte Ahoi Neomatik.  Most obvious, they have introduced new vibrant colours choices (blue and red) to the dial.  There is also a smaller cases size at 36.3mm and the updated automatic movement can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back.  Feel comfortable getting this watch wet, it is water proof up to 200 meters. Price: $5,500

6) Glashütte Original

The new Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is a modern take on a beautiful watch.  It has the same beautiful in-house flyback chronograph movement which can be seen through the sapphire crystal case-back and takes up the same amount of wrist space at 42mm.  What’s new is the stainless steel case, the black dial, and the application of blue Super-LumiNova on the idexes and the minute and hour hands.  This sporty version looks awesome.  Price: $16,500 CDN

7) Grand Seiko

First, Grand Seiko has been established as an independent brand separate from Seiko.  This is a big and welcoming set in the right direction for a brand that is making waves in the watchmaking industry.  Secondly, of the Grand Seiko new models, the SBGR305 is our choice for one of the stand out watches at BaselWorld 2017.  This is a clean and fresh take on its original model in the 1960’s…and in titanium.  It looks strong on the wrist at 40.5mm.  We look for more exciting timepieces in the years to come from Grand Seiko and this is a great start.  Price: $11,200 CDN