James Pellaton Chronometre Royal Marine tourbillon in red gold

My Biggest Surprise Of Baselworld 2017: James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer

It’s always a pleasure to discover something entirely new during Baselworld 2017, and at my last meeting of the fair, this happened again. On this occasion I was shown the best watch I had never heard of: the James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer, a shining example of haute horology if I have ever seen one.

Patek Philippe Reference 5320G lume shot

Baselworld 2017 Lights Up With LUME!

While there are no lack of lights, colors, and sparkles during the day at Baselworld, it’s when the lights go down that you get to learn which watches come out and party after the sun goes down.

Here are a few of the watches that I saw donning their colorful glow-in-the-dark party clothes at Baselworld 2017!

Akrivia AK-06

Quill & Pad Team Members Pick Their Top 5 Watches From Baselworld 2017 Plus Special Mentions And Biggest Surprises. Warning: Modem-Burning Photo Fest!

The year 2017 wasn’t just good for both interesting and exciting new wristwatches at Baselworld: I’d go so far to rate it as a vintage year. This article started as a pure Top 5 rundown, but the sheer number of superb watches soon had us reaching for our “Special Mention” over spill. And that’s all without the really big surprises. So without further ado, welcome to our team’s top picks of Baselworld 2017.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT Tribute to The Rolling Stones

Let It Bleed: Final Rolling Stones Limited Edition With Zenith Arrives In Pilot Type 20 GMT

Following the 2016 Zenith Christophe Colomb Tribute to the Rolling Stones, in 2017 Zenith presents a limited edition Pilot Type 20 model that also utilizes the famous tongue logo from the English rock band as the collaboration’s swan song.

The Watches TV talks to Philippe Dufour about Time Aeon

Philippe Dufour Explains The Goals Of Time Aeon And Oscillon (Video)

As the Naissance d’une Montre project will be concluded when the eleven timepieces are completed, Time Aeon, whose main objective is to perpetuate the art of handmade mechanical watchmaking, had invited three students from three different watchmaking schools to learn the handmade way of working in horology – on display at SIHH 2017. Here, Philippe Dufour talks to Marc-André Deschoux of The Watches TV to explain.

H11 (left) and H12 (small seconds) by Beat Haldimann

Beat Haldimann Introduces H11 & H12, His First Stainless Steel (Relatively Affordable) Wristwatches

Beat Haldimann creates wristwatches that are for watch enthusiasts who “are about content, not brands,” as he puts it. And in 2017, his H11 and H12 arrive in stainless steel cases with beautifully frosted dials.

Faberge Lady Libertine III

Fabergé’s Lady Libertine III Created By Three Exceptional Women

Three is a number full of symbolic power, and Fabergé’s Lady Libertine III is three times lucky in that a trio (or troika, if we wish to allude to Peter Carl Fabergé’s Russian origins) of exceptional women created it: Aurélie Picaud, Fiona Krüger, and Anita Porchet.

MB&F Destination Moon

The Magic Is In What You Don’t See: MB&F Destination Moon Clock With L’Epée 1839

I absolutely love negative space. And now MB&F has now created a piece where the viewer’s imagination plays as important a role as the largely empty physical structure. That creation is Destination Moon, a rocket-shaped clock made in collaboration with L’Epée 1839.

Close up look dial side of the Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor in red gold

Romain Gauthier’s First Automatic Watch Is A Stunner Called Insight Micro-Rotor, But We Expected Nothing Less From This Perfectionist Micro Engineer

Romain Gauthier introduces Insight Micro-Rotor, his first automatic wristwatch. And, as one might expect, it is anything but ordinary despite the fact that it was conceived to be a comfortable, wonderfully efficient daily wearer.

Greubel Forsey Balancier

Nowhere To Hide: Presenting The Greubel Forsey Balancier (With Lots Of Live Photos)

When you strip away complexity, there is nowhere to hide: everything has to be absolutely perfect because the viewer’s gaze has no distractions. Just as the smallest of scratches on the otherwise unblemished paintwork of a new car appear magnified to our eyes, the design and execution of a relatively simple watch have to be flawless.

It should surprise no one that the Greubel Forsey Balancier has achieved that.