Baselworld, the vast watch and jewellery show, opened this week in Switzerland. The show began as an industry fair a century ago amid somewhat more turbulent times than today, but there is, nevertheless, quite enough change to keep everyone on their toes.
The smart watch revolution is finally taking more concrete form this years after a couple of years of rumblings, this is the first year when connected watches replica are present in numbers rather than as an existential threat. Samsung is taking a significant space at the fair for the first time, while TAG Heuer and Montblanc both pre-empted Baselworld with Android-based connected watches outlet last week. There’ll be more news on that front, so watch this space.
Real watches replica still dominate though and the rumour-mills are busy with the traditional game of trying to predict what Rolex replica and Patek Philippe will present. Minor changes to replica Rolex designs elicit reactions out of proportion and there’s already excitement at the prospect of cheap Rolex producing a “Coke” version of the GMT Master II (ie with a red and black bezel and steel case) to complement the “Pepsi” version (same colours but white gold case).
Other rumours are based on this year being the 50th anniversary of the Sea Dweller, which seems a sensible peg to hang a prediction on save that Rolex replica is perfectly capable of ignoring such convenience.
Patek Philippe is much harder to work out. There has been some embargoed previews of updates to existing watches rolex, two of which are very successful, but none seem headline-grabbing and Patek has a tendency to throw in a genuine surprise or two (the 5524 Pilot watch in 2015 being a prime example).
Other brands are less observant of the pre-show embargo, however, and there’s some intriguing previews and promises. Three of the most interesting are from Bulgari, Hermès and Omega: Bulgari has already said it will be launching a skeletonised version of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon and will likely have additions to the Octo Roma collection previewed in Geneva earlier in the year. This is the year for the Speedmaster at Omega, so we expect plenty of action in that corner, but to start with, there’s a smart Racing Dial version.
Hermès has an update of the 1991 Cape Cod, one of the maison’s most identifiable lines. The 2017 edition includes blue, anthracite or black dials with matching alligator straps and the option of a Barénia calfskin strap all matched to H1912 movements made by Vaucher.