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  1. News from the Watch Industry
    With Baselworld 2017 kicking off tomorrow, we wanted to take another look at what we feel are the best watches at last year's Baselworld based purely on price category rather than by genre. Disagreements, there were many, and long into the night, with Watchuseek's editors practically camping out...
  2. Hamilton
    Hamilton had plenty to show at Baselworld, the only disappointment being we had to shoot the watches through perspex display stands. But with the sheer volume of reps, dealers, distributors and journos turning up to see the brand, there simply wasn't the time or space to sit down with all but...
  3. News from the Watch Industry
    Less is more, and light is right sums up the Lengnau, Switzerland based brand Rado's approach to luxury watchmaking for 2016. Rado's signature material is high-tech ceramic. The brand believes it stands out among luxury watchmaking materials for its remarkable marriage of lightness and hardness...
  4. News from the Watch Industry
    "We make no apologies for resisting the norm and neither do those who choose to stand tall and wear our time. There's an art to being bold with style, it takes confidence and character to stand alone…it's not a watch, it's a statement." These words form part of the TW Steel mission...
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    Each year Baselworld brings one or two new interesting brands which start out small in a booth where there is very little foot traffic. This year I had the privilege to meet and accidentally run into Orologi Calamai. They deserve the Watchuseek attention for putting out amazingly cool tool...
  6. News from the Watch Industry
    Here is our pick of some of the best divers we saw at Baselworld 2016, listed in descending order according to price. Do you agree? Probably not, but you are more than welcome to make your own recommendations. Hydroscaph GMT Power-Reserve Chronometer With 83 components, the case of the...
  7. News from the Watch Industry
    Regular Watchuseek contributor and Editor Bhanu Chopra, gets to see a lot of watches each year. Just an email or a Whatsapp message to a Swiss brand of his choice and a high-end watch is winging its way to the heart of Texas for him to test drive, photograph, review and return. Bhanu poses...
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    If you're expecting to shake the hand of Monsieur Claude Bernard during your visit to Baselworld, you're going to be disappointed. That's because the original founder, Claude Bernard, was busy establishing his business in Les Genevez as far back as 1540. The brand continued the same path as many...
  9. News from the Watch Industry
    Eberhard & Co. introduced only three new novelties (but in quite a few different styles) at this year's 2016 Baselworld, two of which are totally new designs instead of doing line extensions or just new dial variations. The theme seemed to be to stay simple, though they did introduce a new...
  10. News from the Watch Industry
    Rebellion is a part car racing brand and part watchmaking brand - a perfect match! When you meet with the Rebellion team, you can feel their passion for both cars and watches. That passion is translated into building powerful racing cars and highly complicated watches. Rebellion did not...
  11. Tissot
    Our meeting with Tissot turned out to be something of a Canuck love-in when the Verticalscope guys and Swatch Group Managing Director for Canada Rick Ostrom discovered that they are both not merely resident in Toronto, but literally one block away from one another. Then they discovered they...
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    Bhanu, Austin Texas' resident watch expert, covered this watch in his Chopard Live Report , but it is such a beauty it is worthy of a feature all its own. Endowed with the hallmark mechanical excellence of Chopard complications while housing its perpetual calendar movement within a stainless...
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    Laurent Ferrier continues to make some of the best looking contemporary dress watches in the world as he continues in his quest to reinterpret Haute Horlogerie traditions. Since 2015, Laurent Ferrier introduced the hunter, cushion or tonneau-shaped model known as the Square, designed to reflect...
  14. News from the Watch Industry
    Visit to Eterna booth this year was more interesting than in past Basel fairs. Eterna is beginning to re-discover its history and also leveraging the innovative movements from Eterna Movements subsidiary. Eterna unveiled the extension of legendary KonTiki divers series - The Super KonTiki...
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    Max Busser's creative mind has a knack of finding other like-minded creative artists who take his existing ideas to the next level. This time it was a chance meeting with James Thompson at Salon QP, which catapulted the already creative HMX watch into a far more desired object. James...
  16. News from the Watch Industry
    RJ Romain Jerome each year has entertained the Basel fair attendees with the most playful booth at the event. This year RJ's booth had taken the theme of our favorite 80's Nintendo game, Super Mario Bros. RJ celebrated Super Mario game's 30th anniversary, by unveiling 85-piece limited edition...
  17. News from the Watch Industry
    Baselworld organizers are left counting the cost - predicted to run into millions - following a sophisticated raid by a criminal organization dubbed the Verticalscoop Gang. They are believed to be responsible for a series of daring heists conducted at several major watch shows throughout North...
  18. News from the Watch Industry
    Blancpain was on board the stainless steel trend and unveiled the Villeret Quantième Annuel GMT in steel. The hands as well as the hour-markers match the material of the watch case. The dial layout has been designed to facilitate the order of annual calendar readings. Villeret Quantième...
  19. 2016
    Like the almost imperceptible drift of tectonic plates, there are gentle undulations and shifts in formation that serve as change in the Swiss watch industry juggernaut. The trick is for the keen observer to spot them. Fashion fads In many cases, this change did not appear to be in men's...
  20. 2016
    The brand who has become synonymous with single handed watches, Meistersinger, had a great variety to view at this years Baselworld. With a wide variety of sizes, movements and colors, the brand is really making a mark for itself in the industry. The new line named Phanero gets its name from...
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