Exceptional vintage and classic timepieces from Baselworld 2018.

Rob Chilton

Bell & Ross

With this watch on your wrist you’ll be instantly transported into the cockpit of a plane – without any air sickness or cramped leg room. Bell & Ross have, once again, nailed it with two fantastic new pieces from its heritage collection that echo aeronautical instruments Inspired by panels on 1960s aircraft, the standout feature of these 41mm watches are the sand coloured numerals that pop beautifully against the jet black dial. The 94 model is the busier of the two with two pushers and a crown, a date window and two sub dials at nine o’clock and three o’clock. Its equally handsome brother, the 92, only carries the date window and one crown, but both have that distinctive rotating black bezel and a polished stainless steel case.


Beautifully subtle levers hiding under the lugs of the new Villeret Quantième Complet GMT from Blancpain are a neat way of adjusting the day, month, and moon phase. Blancpain’s complete calendar GMT complication came on the scene in 2002 and has been refreshed for 2018. GMT is indicated with a red-tipped hand while the date is shown by a beautifully curved blue serpentine hand that cups the elegant numbers.

Jaquet Droz

There was a time when man used the moon to keep track of the months passing. This time-old method has been honoured in a key piece from Jaquet Droz that made its debut at Baselworld. The key feature of the 43mm Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel is a moon of 22-carat gold that stands out beautifully on the Grande Feu dial as does the neighbouring 18-carat red gold star. Moon phases can be set with the corrector pusher located at 8 o’clock and only need to be corrected once every 122 years.

Moon phases only need to be corrected every 122 years.

Carl F Bucherer

Remember when you were growing up and distant aunties you hadn’t seen for a while used to shriek, ‘My, haven’t you grown!’? That message applies to Carl F Bucherer’s beautiful new watch that was revealed at Baselworld. The brand’s Manero Peripheral family – first launched in 2016 with 40.6mm watches – has a new, bigger member in the form of this 43mm rose gold model that comes with a light brown alligator leather strap. The new model is designed to appeal to men who want to invest in quality.


Senator Chronograph – The Capital Edition is a big, grand name for this big, grand watch from Glashütte Original. The masculine piece was unveiled at the recent 68th Berlin International Film Festival and is designed for the urban gentleman. Featuring Glashütte’s in-house caliber 37 chronograph movement, a bold panorama date at 6 o’clock and a dial colour described as ‘bourbon grey’ this 42mm watch really has the butch factor.