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Best of Baselworld: Top offerings from Rolex, Tudor, Hautlence, Rado and Hamilton

Highlights from day 2 of Baselworld 2018.

01: Rolex GMT-Master II

Relax, Rolex isn’t simply repeating its 2014 novelty. This year’s GMT-Master II, while having the same red and blue Cerachrom bezel, is now in steel with a Jubilee bracelet. It also has a brand new movement, the Calibre 3285, which uses the brand’s Chronergy escapement (allowing for a 15 per cent gain in efficiency), has 70 hours of power reserve and boasts 10 patents.

 

02: Tudor Black Bay GMT

Rolex’s more accessible sibling has also rolled out a “Pepsi” bezel this year, and it surrounds the brand’s very first GMT. Housed in a Black Bay case, the 41mm watch is a handsome, vintage-style ticker that’s available with a leather strap or bracelet.

 

03: Hautlence HL Vagabonde

If you prefer your watches to look far more modern than the traditional mechanics that keep them ticking, Hautlence should have long caught your eye. The HL Vagabonde is no exception, using three openworked hour discs that orbit around a minute disc to tell the time. The HL Vagabonde 01 comes in grey, black and white, while the 02 adds a splash of orange for a sportier look.

 

04: Rado Ceramos DiaMaster

Don’t let its sheen and lustre fool you – that’s not metal on the new Rado DiaMaster. Not entirely, anyway. Rado has created Ceramos, a combination of ceramic and metal, that offers the lightness and durability of ceramic with the appearance of shiny metal. It’s even offered in different colours, such as platinum, gold and rose gold.

 

05: Hamilton X-Wind Auto Chrono

Among the slew of aviation-themed watches by Hamilton this year is the Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Limited Edition. Not only is this the watchmaker’s first chronograph movement that uses a silicon hairpspring, it’s also been spotted on the wrist of Liam Hemsworth in Independence Day: Resurgence. The watch is a certified chronometer and is limited to 1,918 pieces.

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