Brice Goulard’s Baselworld 2017 Top 10 Favorite Watches

By rolex
April 7, 2021
12 min read

After Xavier’s and Frank’s Top 10 watches of Baselworld 2017, after our rundown of the 10 most read articles of the reasonable (just to give us a sign of what gatherers adored), it is the ideal opportunity for your unassuming editorial manager to come with his 10 most loved watches of Baselworld 2017. First all, prior to going into additional subtleties, this positioning isn’t about the 10 best watches of the show yet it depends on my own preferences – and as collecting dive and sports watches myself, you’ll see it is somewhat one-sided. From a super-accommodating valued Oris to a complex Patek, here are my 10 most loved watches of 2017 (and indeed, every one of them are on my desire list).

First of all, without delving again into the subtleties of the air at Baselworld 2017, you’ll see that our choices, regardless of whether Xavier’s, Frank’s or mine, are somewhat covering. In this, you can see two clarifications. First, as Frank and I attempted to develop a homogeneous group, these determinations mirror a specific intelligence, added to the way that the watches you can find in our choices are clearly easy decisions. They are largely amazingly acceptable offers. Besides, it can likewise mirror the trouble for us to pick, showing how tight the proposal at Baselworld 2017 was.

The industry is in an emergency, as far as deals, yet perhaps likewise as far as personality. Advancement: very little. Dangers: zero. Brands are utilizing known codes, by introducing evolutions on existing assortments as opposed to restoring. They additionally play a ton on vintage. Legacy has been a principle trend… for more than 10 years as of now! It very well may be the ideal opportunity for something else. Inventiveness, flexibility to new selling channels and to new contact channels with gatherers or customary customers, innovation… These 3 topics will be salvation for the business. Else, we may arrive at the final turning point. In any case, enough complaints, Baselworld 2017 was not unreasonably awful and there were a few watches that, on an individual premise, I’d love to (and for a few, I will) own. Ps. this Top 10 is in alphabetical order.

Armin Strom Watch Configurator

This is some genuine outside air. An appropriate imaginative approach to make and sell watches. At last, somebody here set out to do how the vehicle business has helped the previous 20 years: a configurator. The possibility of the comfortable yet rather somber watch shop is passing on. Picking a watch in a showcase without having the option to make it in like manner to our character is so 1990s. For extravagance things, uniqueness and customization are now key. Extravagance is currently available even to us, simple humans. Therefore, very good quality (contrary to extravagance) has to bring to the table more. Furthermore, that’s were Armin Strom makes a tremendous advance: Imagine/Choose/Create.

The thought of the Armin Strom Watch Configurator is basic: a devoted site permits to design each part of the watch, and not simply the shade of the dial and of the lash. Model of watch, development type, case shape, case material, case covering, spans and mainplate covering (with 7 potential tones), state of the stuff train, covering of the barrels and wheels, material and shade of the dial, shade of the hands, customized etchings, lash cowhides and stitchings… And this configurator will be accessible at retailers, for the individuals who need a “touch and feel” experience. Everything: you can do a coincidental watch, at a similar retail cost as a standard model of the assortment. That’s the strength of a genuine integrated brand. More subtleties here: . Also, see our video here about this extraordinary achievement.

Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver

When, before Baselworld, I got the information on a Bell & Ross plunge watch with a square case, I was exceptionally doubtful (most definitely). Due to the ISO standards behind the name “dive watch”, inventiveness and creativity in this field of watchmaking is low, low. This is the reason most jump watches are round and with similar sort of dials. However, when I had my hands on the Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver during Baselworld 2017, I promptly adjusted my perspective. Indeed, a square jump watch works, and it works very well.

Bell & Ross accomplished to combine the notable instrument-like square case with the key hour long rotatable bezel of a jump watch. It is toolish, it is extraordinary, it converses with me since it is a genuine diver (300m, all the ISO6425 highlights, a decent differentiation between the hands, the markers and the dial) and it has that B&R style that, as a Frenchie, I sort of affection. More subtleties here .

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

And another record-breaking watch from Bulgari… After the most slender tourbillon development (1.95mm) and the most slender moment repeater (3.12mm for the development, 6.85mm for the watch), Bulgari presently comes available with the most slender automatic development accessible, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic. With the assistance of a miniature rotor (obviously, as a halfway mounted rotor will irremediably expand the thickness), the brand accomplished (in-house) to make a development estimating 2.23mm thick. the past record, without considering possible models, was Piaget and the 2.35 mm type 1208P.

Besides the accomplishment, my affection for this watch is more about the plan, the general slimness (5.15mm) combined with a striking and special shape. The completely sandblasted titanium case, combined to a titanium arm band or a cowhide lash, the dial in that equivalent completion, the slight spot of the 7 o’clock situated little second, the Avantgarde look with striking shapes. This watch isn’t anything existing available and is just stunning. More subtleties on .

Frédérique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

Figure this in your psyche: in-house, automatic chronograph with flyback work, in an exquisite, extravagant watch. What might be the cost of such a watch? CHF 10,000 likely. All things considered, you’d not be right, as Frederique Constant indeed set the bar exceptionally high. In the wake of having dispatch available the most moderate ceaseless schedule, the “accessible luxury” brand currently comes with its own vision of the chronograph, and produces the development in-house. And the entirety of that at a cost path underneath CHF 4,000. Now, it becomes very interesting.

Like we disclosed to you in the video here , Frederique Constant regards its typical methodology to offer a great deal for a minimal expenditure – yet without a bad quality, trust us. The development depends on the automatic type of the brand, on top of which an improved yet proficient chronograph module is joined (with star-molded wheel to control the chronograph activities, an inventive grasp framework and flyback work). The watch is additionally presenting another plan for the brand, more current yet rich on the wrist. A standout amongst other incentive for cash offers of Baselworld 2017. More subtleties here .

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Railmaster Master Chronometer

As we advised you in our “first look” article , Omega returns to its underlying foundations with this watch, which I try to call “The Essence of Omega”. As decent the 1957 Trilogy Reedition can be (indeed, I can’t help myself…), this new Seamaster Aqua Terra Railmaster just is hyper-intelligent and offers such a huge amount for the cash. In the custom of the Railmaster, the watch is antimagnetic… yet not with a faraday confine, but rather in light of the fact that it highlights one of the greatest standard development of the current creation, the 15,000 Gauss Master Chronometer.

In expansion to that, there’s the look. A device like steel case, completely brushed, with notorious lyre-carries, a pleasant steel arm band (or cool texture lash) and a dial to kick the bucket for. It is steel, it is vertically brushed, it highlights signature sharp records, it has some false patina however it befits the model, it combines with extraordinary equilibrium a few numerals, a railroad track and a crosshair in the focal point of the dial. Unmistakably, one of the coolest Omega watches since a couple of years, with a good sticker price of CHF 4,500. .

Oris Aquis Date 43.5mm

I consistently cherished the Oris Aquis. As far as I might be concerned, it has consistently been perhaps the best combination of productivity, cool plan and moderateness. Regarding available automatic jump watch, coming from a brand with family, you can barely improve. With one little issue however: the hands and the case were not the best ones. Until Baselworld 2017 and the new forms of the Aquis Date, with a 43.5mm case (however which wears sensible), updated and more slender, and new hands and indexes.

It probably won’t be the unrest of the year, however all these updates make the watch far better. More refined, all the more exquisitely formed yet at the same time very apparatus situated, with hands and files that presently seem as though they were planned jointly with the remainder of the watch. What remains is a brilliant nature of execution, a fired bezel, incredible plunging limits and a Swiss-Made automatic development, with a super-very much situated cost of EUR 1,600 (EUR 1,800 on steel bracelet). .

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar “Pilot” 5320g

To all, no Patek Philippe isn’t misrepresented and indeed, they do have a mind blowing savior-faire, both as far as mechanics yet in addition regarding plan. Also, when the old-woman encounters the possibility of vintage-propelled, it brings a watch with positively the most wonderful instance of Baselworld 2017. It is slim, it is impeccably proportioned, it is exquisite and those drags, with 3 stages, are simply staggering (and they are a bad dream for polishers). The Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar “Pilot” 5320g has an appeal and a style that couple of could have design.

For this watch, PP additionally plays on vintage with a dial motivated by antique pilot watches of the brand (they made a couple, very little). Arabic numerals, applied and loaded up with iridescent paint, needle hands and smooth tone, the entirety of that blended in with common haute-horlogerie highlights of the manufacture, as the 5320g has an unending schedule (with a likewise vintage and very Patek-like presentation). In the event that only… .

Rolex Daytona Ceramic Bezel/Yellow Gold/OysterFlex 116518LN

To be straightforward, I never enjoyed the advanced Daytonas. Since the 1989 versions, I lost interest in this model. It changed with the 2016 steel form , which incredibly acquired in sex-advance, on account of its dark clay bezel, giving the watch more difference, less sparkle and such a vintage feel. The last contention to reconcile me with the Daytona came in 2017, with the gold/ceramic form, panda dial and Oysterflex arm band. Indeed, I realize I disdain the screwed pushers, I don’t like the strange situation of the sub-counters, however I can’t help myself.

For Baselworld 2017, the valuable renditions of the Daytona went through a little yet persuading facelift – new dial, new wristband, new bezel – which in the end incredibly change the view of the watch. What’s more, the worst… I typically don’t like gold, and especially gold Rolexes. In any case, that 116518LN Yellow gold has such a lot of allure. The EUR 25,250 sticker price is somewhat of a virus shower though. .

Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 Recreation of the 62Mas

If Seiko needed to do one vintage reedition, it must be this one; the famous 62Mas, the amazing mother of all the Propex jump watches. This watch is among legends, as the principal proficient jump watches of Seiko (and we as a whole think about the family of Seiko in this particular field of activity). For Baselworld 2017, the Japanese brand accompanied an eminent diversion of the 62Mas, under the reference SLA017 . Barely any concessions to advancement, a low limit and a sticker price that some didn’t see, yet in general, a genuinely attractive edition.

The SLA017 keeps things basic, with a sensible 39.9mm case, having a similar utilitarian look as the precursor. The dial is simply cool, so are the hands and the elastic lash. Everything has been steadfastly reedited. Nonetheless, it required EUR 3,800 and just 2,000 pieces will be delivered. Implying that it will absolutely be a future collector. .

Tudor Black Bay Steel and Gold 79733N

At first, when seeing the watch on a screen, I said “why????” Why Tudor is making the Black Bay, a rather utilitarian vintage-situated plunge watch, in a steel and gold combination? It just doesn’t fit the idea. And afterward, I strapped it on the wrist and that was finished. Indeed, the Steel and Gold Tudor Black Bay is essentially cool. Indeed, the combination works incredible. Indeed, even the date, an element I was wary about, is correct its place in this context.

The Tudor Black Bay Steel and Gold 79733N actually depends on the conventional (and all around manufactured) 41mm of the model, with a bolted wristband that fits the entire thought. For this two-tone form, the bezel and the primary connection of the arm band are made in strong 18k yellow gold, while the crown and the middle connections of the wristband are gold covered (not plated), implying that it even has the smart thought to stay available, as valued at EUR 4,690 (and even EUR 3,550 on calfskin). I would rather not say it, yet I love this new release. .