One of the great things about BaselWorld is being able to see and touch watches that are normally pretty off limits…in fact, there might only be a small handful of those watches in existence to begin with. Naturally, these watches tend to fall into the category of Haute Horology, and are not about to make one of our buyer’s guides, as they cost tens of, to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Oris is one of those brands whose watches need to be seen and held to really be appreciated. Sure, they look great in pictures, but their weight, finishing and build quality are all top notch. They also put an emphasis on doing things differently, with patented bezel designs, regulator modules, expanding clasps, etc.
Perhaps the thing we love to see the most in the affordable/accessible price range is mechanical innovation, especially when paired with attractive design.
Swatch is not necessarily a brand that pops to mind these days, especially when it comes to mechanical watches. Yes, Swatch was extremely popular during its heyday back in the 1980′s but since then has been perhaps more of a novelty. This month, Swatch introduced a new watch, and a new movement, that it hopes will help it regain some of its former glory.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting the chance, as we know many of our readers have, to see the Shinola watches in person and we finally got it (if you are not aware yet of Shinola, please check out our post from the other week). Shinola put forward a tremendous showing for their very first Basel, which is especially impressive considering they’ve only pre-sold 2,500 watches.