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T's Best Highlights from Baselworld 2018

By Caroline Suganda

 
Omega

One of Omega’s key releases this year is the all-new Tresor collection for woman. In steel or sedna gold (Omega’s version of rose gold), the classic, feminine design is fitted with a quartz movement and paved with diamonds on the alternate curves of the case. Its sapphire caseback also doubles up as a mirror — in case you want to touch up your makeup on the go.

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Rolex

So far, all eyes are on the GMT Master II in “Pepsi” or the Cosmograph Daytona in Everose gold and rainbow sapphire bezel. No doubt, they are the most Instgrammable pieces from this year’s collection. This Datejust 3 in yellow gold with a stunning malachite dial, however, deserves the highlight too. Malachite is not a new material for Rolex but it’s not offered very often either. So if you’re looking for something different, this is the one that, perhaps, would not be produced again in the near future.

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Bulgari

No questions asked. The most talked-about piece in this year’s presentation for Bulgari is the Octo Finissimo. Its unrealistic weight (at 33-gram) and thickness (at 3.95mm) offer an almost surreal concept of a timepiece. Constructed in sandblasted rose gold, this piece is a definite conversation starter.

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Tudor

As the Black Bay family continues to grow with the addition of a fresh blue dial, as well as a new 32mm size, Tudor is geared to launch a brand new timepiece in the Asian market next month, before hitting the rest of the world later this year. Fronted by Chinese singer legend Jay Chou, the 1926 (the year Tudor was founded) is an all-new classic model for both men and women, offered in four different case sizes of 28mm, 36mm, 39mm and 41mm, three different dials and option for diamond hour-markers.

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Longines

The Master collection has always been known (at least in Asia) as the Aaron Kwok watch — thanks to the legendary Hong Kong star (a Longines’s ambassador) who fronted the debut campaign in 2005. This year, this classic Longines number gets an update with an annual calendar, in addition to the previous year’s offerings of moonphase and day-date.

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Hublot

With Hublot’s Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the football tournament’s live match stats will be, literally, right on your fingertips. Preloaded with a set of dials featuring the participating countries’ flags, you can go one step further and pair it with the matching leather strap too. Post World Cup, the brand promises to update additional features for this smartwatch.

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Tag Heuer

The Monaco earned its cult status with luxury watch customiser, Bamford Watch Department’s touch of carbon case and Aquablue accent.

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Chopard

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its signature Happy Sport collection, Chopard introduces its first in-house movement for women. In addition to various limited editions, the highlight of this collection is the return of the oval case, taken from its archival piece. This year, Chopard also made an important announcement as the brand commits to use only 100 per cent ethical gold come June onwards.

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Patek Philippe

The Nautilus found its missing complication — the perpetual calendar. This is the line’s first grand complication, as well as the thinnest perpetual calendar in the entire collection.

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