The new trend color green and the retro trend
The most striking design detail that could be seen at the fair was probably the many deep green dials. With their dazzling shine they stood out from their blue and gray counterparts, which have meanwhile become standard. This trend color isn’t only meant to be worn by women, but also by men for whom a limited edition Glashütte Original Sixties or a masculine Breitling Navitimer Super 8 is available with a green dial. The latter is inspired by historic bomber pilot watches and marks the continuation of the retro trend: The newly launched models follow their historic predecessors in a more careful and authentic way than ever. The size of the watches is often also true to the original and thus corresponds to the trend away from large diameters of more than 42 mm. It was precisely its diameter of 39 mm, which hasn’t been seen for a long time in sports watches, that made the Black Bay Fifty-Eight presented by Tudor so convincing.
Great value for money
Technological progress could be found in the details at this year’s Baselworld. New materials and production methods make it for example possible to build movements with an astonishingly low construction height, even for complex mechanisms, so that they fit into elegant cases. The new self-winding movement that Nomos presented in Basel is as flat as it was previously only known from hand-winding models. With new movements suitable for everyday use thanks to their antimagnetic properties a development continues at Baselworld that could already been observed at the Geneva Watch Exhibition SIHH: Some renowned manufactures offer an amazingly great value for money, probably targeting at a younger clientele.