So here we are, day 2 of BaselWorld 2018, for me a much more exciting day, as I get to absorb all the watches being launched, and not the few that stole the show on day 1.
The Elephant is out, and so is the Rolex GMT Pepsi, but that's not all, Rolex has also launched a Tudor Pepsi, you know, because why not, let's own both sides of the spectrum. As for Batman and Hulk owners, well, they will have to hold on a bit longer to their pieces.
But let's stop talking about Rolex for now, because there are outstanding new launches this year, equally as important as Rolex, albeit with much less share of voice. Here are some hits, at least in my opinion. A side note, it is absolutely fantastic and refreshing to see "mechanical watchmaking" being so nicely revived, and by mid-tier brands, mind you.
Oris continues to bring out outstanding watches with its Pilot and Diver launches, with in-house movements, pretty cool with their famous 10 day reserve! wowsers! Omega, who should have stolen the show as much as Rolex did, brings back the Seamaster 300M with a wave dial (the quintessential James Bond watch), Tudor goes all out with a Black Bay GMT but more impressively a 39MM Black Bay, the 58, very true to the original form and size.
Going higher up, we have the Bulgari Octo breaking records again, Glashütte Original with the Senator Cosmopolite, and of course the undisputed horlogical master, Patek Philippe launching the Aquanaut Chrono, a Perpetual Nautilus, and a gorgeous salmon dial Perpetual Calendar. Even Tag Heuer, went all out introducing a certified Tourbillon within its Carrera line.
Getting a bit more independent and unique, Moser continues to launch unique and rare watches with Fume Dials and finishing of the first order, and a unique Tourbillon Minute repeater! Music to my ears
Laurrent Ferrier pleases our ears with an outstanding unique minute repeater and Czapek continues with their Guilloches mastery and introduces a Chronograph called "Faubourg de Cracovie" to celebrate its Polish roots.
What all the above tells me is that watchmaking is in full swing, and getting better with mid-tier brands upgrading, Rolex listening to their collectors, and high horology and independents doing outstanding work.
Start listing which piece talks to you and should be part of your collection. But maybe you should add a GMT of some sort, as this seems to be the year of GMT's :)