Last week, I headed to the Baselworld watch show in—you guessed it—Basel, Switzerland, to check out all the newest horological offerings from the best watch brands in the world. It was an intense two days packed with back-to-back appointments, but I did get to see all the amazing new collections, creations, and innovations of the year, and it did not disappoint. Read on for 15 of my favorites from this year's show. And if none of these do it for you, check out our recent piece on some of our other favorite men's watches.
Bell & Ross Argentium:
One of the big trends aesthetically that stood out this year for me was grey on grey.
Carl F. Bucherer
There are simple three-hand watches, and then there are ones like the TravelTec. It's truly impressive, thanks to a chronograph function, three time zones, and a date indicator. I particularly love the skeleton dial that shows you the all the guts of the watch, and the subtle use of rose gold.
Casio Pro Trek:
With the crazy popularity of the G-Shock series, it's easy to forget that Casio has other great collections. This Pro Trek caught my eye immediately. Packed with every outdoor function that one could ever need, it's perfect for the hyperactive outdoor enthusiast or urbanite (like myself) who just likes the army green case and camo straps.
The new collection being added to the already impressive Chopard watch range is classic and beautiful, taking design inspiration from vintage pocket watches.
Another example of a classic gentleman's watch. If it ain't broke, why fix it.
Louis Vuitton Tambour
At LV, this year is all about celebrating The Tambour (the original iconic watch by Louis Vuitton) and the America's Cup. Wrapped in black rubber with red, white, and blue accents, you don't need to be into sailing to appreciate this beauty. Oh, and it also boasts Regatta race-timing functions.
The blacked out trend continues to be strong in the men's watch market. Movado introduced this full PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) version of their Datron range, and it's a beauty.
Nautica BFD 102:
As in menswear, military influences are a constant in the watch world. Here's an understated, classic example from Nautica.
Nixon Automatic Chrono:
Over the years, Nixon has been steadily stepping up their watch-making game by introducing Mechanical watches to their line. This year, they introduced this automatic chronograph with a Valjoux (popular high-end Swiss movement manufacturer) movement.
The newest addition added to the the Speedmaster family, the Racing pays tribute to Omega's motor racing roots. With classic motor influences, this chronograph is a timeless addition to any man's wrist.
Oris Kittiwake Limited
Made to commemorate the USS Kittiwake, which was sunk last year off the shores of the Grand Caymans to form a new artificial reef, this limited edition diving watch not only has serious diving capabilities but also a great story behind it.
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Regulator:
On the surface, it's just a beautifully crafted time piece with an unusual way of telling time, however, the fact that it combines a "regulator" dial with an annual calendar is apparently a feat that Patek Philippe alone is able to achieve.
One of my favorite watches from last year's Basel show features new color treatments like this grey version.
Tag Heuer Jack Heuer
80 Birthday Watch:
To celebrate his 80th birthday this year, the brand's founder personally designed this beauty.
Timex Easy Reader:
This iconic watch from Timex got a tone-on-tone treatment.
—Eugene TongAlso on Details.com:
Editor's Pick: Kris Van Assche Sunglasses
Luxurious Men's Watches
Spring Fashion Special: What to Wear with Grey Suits