Baselworld 2016: Our Top 5 Watches of Day Two

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Another day, another five watches to be picked. It isn’t easy when you view upwards of 200 watches in a day to whittle it down to just a handful, but somehow we manage it. See what you think of our selection.

GoS Sarek

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I just tried this beautiful new watch on this afternoon courtesy of Patrik Sjogren, and I was told I am one of the first journos to take a picture of it. Sarek is a new model from GoS that has premiered as a prototype during Baselworld 2016. Sarek will have the largest damascus steel dial GoS has made to date and other details will be in more traditional materials such as an all stainless steel case. This enables details that would otherwise be camouflaged by the damascus steel patterns. The case is still in development and will have features with subtle Viking design hints inspired by Viking bracelets. Some details are however very close to their final design such as the hands and the crown. Sarek is the first GoS model to be fitted with the new GoS crown which shaped much like the form of the hilt of a Viking sword.

Glasshütte Original Senator Excellence

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Bhanu has fallen rather heavily for the Senator Excellence and was last seen writing it a love letter. It has been nominated as one of his picks for today, and with good reason. In developing the new manufactory Caliber 36 the designers and watchmakers at Glashütte Original have made time for what is essential: the basic form, as substantial as it is innovative, of a new generation of timepieces.

The automatic movement with classic hour, minute and seconds functions has been thought through with care; exceptionally user-friendly, it meets, at the same time, the highest standards of the watchmaker’s art. Fittingly, it celebrates its debut beneath a classic face of modern time measurement in Glashütte: the Senator Excellence.

Bulgari Octo Velocissimo Ultranero Chronograph

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Bhanu says, ‘What’s not to love about this watch. The Octo shape is gorgeous, it sits comfortably on the wrist, and to top it off it’s fitted with the legendary Zenith El Primero chronograph movement.’ His favorite finish is the rose gold. With black DLC-coated steel and 18k pink gold, it does cost about the same as a steel Rolex Daytona.

Nixon The Mission

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The photographer Anthony, had a horological epiphany when he saw this watch, and he eagerly wants to shell out the necessary $400 bucks to acquire it. It’s described Nixon as the world’s first ultra-rugged, action sports smartwatch. Built on the latest technology from Google’s Android Wear™ smartwatch platform and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 system-on-chip (SoC), The Mission features a suite of custom applications tailored to action sports, as well as industry-leading durability and a category-first 10-ATM (100 meter) water-resistance rating. In addition to the full capabilities of the Android Wear™ platform and apps, the smartwatch introduces Nixon’s custom Mission app powered by Surfline and Snocountry, The Mission app places live conditions information at a glance of the wrist and features a custom activity-tracking application developed in partnership with Trace, the leader in action sports activity tracking.

Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition

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I saw this in the flesh for the first time today, and while there are quite a few other Oris watches that we will be covering, this one just pipped the others to today’s favorite. The Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition is based on Oris’s hugely successful Divers Sixty-Five and celebrates a man who conquered not only challenges of race, but also of disability. Brashear was the first African-American to attend and graduate from the Diving & Salvage School and the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver. On March 23 1966, during a bomb recovery operation, Brashear’s left leg was struck below the knee leading to the leg having to be amputated.

The watch marking Brashear’s life and character is the first Oris watch to be made in bronze, a naturally aging material used in deep-sea diving helmets of the 1950s. Bronze is initially bright and shiny, and then darkens as its copper content reacts with carbon dioxide and moisture. This means each of the limited run of 2,000 pieces will develop a unique patina over time and create an individual looking watch for each owner.

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