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Baselworld Day 4 is down, and while it was hard to narrow down all our favourites-we picked these as our Top 5 for the day from the World's Greatest Watch Fair. What do you think?

Chopard LUC Perpetual Calendar Steel


Bhanu has been playing fast and loose with a variety of exotic watches for the past few days, but now word has it he is considering settling down with this little beauty. Chopard, the Geneva watchmaker, has released a brand new L.U.C caliber 03.10-L with a manually-wound chronograph and perpetual calendar. The new movement, entirely designed and produced in Chopard's workshops, is based around a column wheel that drives the watch's functions, which include a flyback mechanism. It has a distinctive double-window big date, with the day, month and the current or leap year, plus day/night indication and an orbital moon phase display.


Voutilainen Vingt-8


I plumped for this new stunner from the Finnish master watchmaker, arguably the best watchmaker alive today. In keeping with the most classic watchmaking traditions, all the watches emerging from the Voutilainen workshops are designed, built, produced, finished and assembled in-house. This Manufacture is equipped with a 'natural' escapement built by Kari Voutilainen. The watch features a balance-spring with a Breguet overcoil and a Grossmann inner curve. The wheels and pinions are perfectly polished, the bridges and main-plate are in German silver and hand-finished to superlative levels. All the steel parts are polished and hand-chamfered. This refined approach is also reflected on the dial of the Vingt-8. A solid silver base is guilloché-worked with a trompe l'oeil motif. Two zones appear to be magnified by an optical illusion created by a subtle variation in the guilloché pattern. The central part is coated with Grand Feu enamel.


Pequignet Rue Royale GMT


Greedy Bhanu has selected not one but two watches for today's pick of the best 5. French brand Pequignet unveils a new version of its exceptional Royal caliber, the Rue Royale GMT. It features not one but two functions, GMT plus a day/night indicator. The 24 hour UTC (formerly called 'GMT') and the day/night indicator are the fourth and fifth complications of the new Caliber Royale. They take after the Big Date calendar, power reserve and moon phase. On the dial the day/night has replaced the traditional moon phase at 6 o'clock. The second time zone UTC (red point needle), finds is located at 4 o' clock. The Rue Royale GMT also has a power reserve of dial 88-hours thanks to a dedicated counter at 8am.


TW Steel Maverick



This pick of the day is for TW Steel USA Vice President Fae Druiz, who has recently joined the US subsidiary for the popular Dutch oversized watch brand. Featured here is a new 48mm automatic watch from the Maverick range. The watch comes on a vintage leather strap. We will show live pictures of these new watches shortly. The watch retails at EUR579.00


MK II


These are the new MK II offerings from American watch maker Bill Yao. Bill makes Rolex influenced watches to the most exacting standards, and Watchuseek administrator Brad, who has been seeking a watch he loves as much as his alligator hide boots, has gone completely gaga over these new models. He is still torn between the white dial or the black dial, but he reckons the black dial just about clinches it.
 

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Is the TW supposed to be a Panerai homage with the numbering and font? Not feelin it.
I guess you could say that, but other than the font choice and the fact that it is an automatic the Maverick shown is fairly consistent with TW Steel's other designs. They have always had a look similar to a U-Boat or a Panerai in general. It is the MK II I kind of scratch my head on, that isn't a homage, that's a direct copy.

The other choices are solid though and I agree the VV-8 has a stand out dial.
 

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I guess you could say that, but other than the font choice and the fact that it is an automatic the Maverick shown is fairly consistent with TW Steel's other designs. They have always had a look similar to a U-Boat or a Panerai in general. It is the MK II I kind of scratch my head on, that isn't a homage, that's a direct copy.

The other choices are solid though and I agree the VV-8 has a stand out dial.
You are aware one of the watches in the pic is, in fact, a Rolex.
 

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In fact, it's my Rolex 5513 included to show similarities of size and dimensions.

Bill is not renowned for his originality, but for his eye for detail and flawless execution.
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