01: Breitling Colt Skyracer
Two key points to note for the latest sporty model by Breitling: Firstly, the case of the Colt Skyracer is made from the brand’s own Breitlight material, which is nearly six times lighter than steel and 3.3 times lighter than titanium. This ultra-light polymer was first used last year in the 50mm Avenger Hurricane. Secondly, this 45mm watch, like Breitling’s other entry-level Colt models, will be very affordably priced, with a projected retail price of US$2,000 ($2,826).
02: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
Smaller-sized watches are officially back (again). Always wanted a downsized Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe but missed out on the Revolution Special Edition last year or found the 2013 series too feminine? Blancpain hears you. Its latest Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm is ruggedly designed with a blue sunburst dial and blue ceramic bezel with Liquidmetal numerals and markers. It is also slimmer than its 43mm counterpart (which will continue production), coming in at 10.77mm instead of 13.4mm.
03: MB&F LM2 Titanium
Mark our words: Vibrantly coloured dials will be big for 2017 and beyond. One of the most good-looking examples for the year, we are sure, will be MB&F’s new Legacy Machine 2 (LM2) Titanium. While its titanium case is new (previous models are done in red gold, white gold and platinum), what immediately attracts onlookers will undoubtedly be its striking bluish-green dial, created using a chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process that was also used for the M.A.D Dubai edition of the LM1.
04: Rado DiaMaster Grande Seconde
Rado gives its DiaMaster Grande Seconde a classical-inflected update with two new variants. In blue or brown – horology’s two safe but just-funky-enough dial shades – the watch with the asymmetrical dial design now features an hour-and-minutes subdial with Roman numerals instead of stick indexes. Another traditionally inspired touch is the sunray pattern that frames both subdials, and adds interesting texture to the 43mm timepiece. Unsurprisingly, the case – which looks metallic – is made from Rado’s plasma high-tech ceramic.
05: Omega Speedmaster Automatic
Heads up: You’re going to be hearing a lot about the Omega Speedmaster, with 2017 being the sixtieth anniversary of the family synonymous with lunar landings. One of its pre-Baselworld models, the 44.25mm Speedmaster Automatic, kicks things off with energetic orange accents set against a matte-black dial – a nod to the range’s associations with motor-racing. Another distinctive touch is the unusual minute track, which first appeared on a Speedy in 1968.