While many of the watches explored below are currently being bought to be worn, these brand-new watches, launched at the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show back in March, will most likely fetch awesome prices in the auctions of the future. Hopkins and Jones, posh pawnbrokers in London, extend a watchful eye over the newest model on show in Basel, Switzerland so that they can monitor the trends and futureproof pawnbroking loans from their jewellers and pawnbrokers shop in London.
Baselworld can count on upwards of 2000 visitors from over 45 countries across the globe and attracts around 100,00 visitors to see the best of what’s new and emerging in the worlds of watches and jewellery brands.
Baselworld 2018 brought a diverse collection of watches together, with some from timeless fashion houses and others from cutting edge chronologists.
Advancements in colour and material played a leading this year with Hublot leading the field in both. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic brought together the best in ceramic, which in turn allowed them to develop their bright new ceramic. Hublot took four years to develop their new, red ceramic, “using heat and pressure in a way that sinters the ceramic without burning the pigments.” This makes Hublot’s ceramic denser and more resilient than the conventional ceramic we may be used to. Ceramic is an interesting material in which to case watches. Temperature-resistant, hypo-allergenic and seven-times harder than steel, it is kind to the skin and can’t be compromised by rust or rot in the way that metal can.
TAG Heuer has also gone for a ceramic watch with the case, the bezel and the lugs decked out in midnight blue ceramic. In addition to the materials used, Tag Heuer has also pushed the envelope in terms of durability with the Tête de Vipère Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer featuring the Tête de Vipère (Viper’s Head) stamp from the Besançon Observatory, which demonstrates that it has passed a 16-day accuracy test in five positions at three different temperatures.
While Chanel is often associated with timeless class, it was in fact the Chanel brand that brought ceramics to the world of watch-making, with the J12. Reviving the J12 with a 2018 Untitled model, Chanel opted to go with a ceramic case and bracelet but also a ceramic marquetry dial and bezel with a monochrome abstract motif and fine 18k gold threads between ceramic sections.
Chronology’s cutting edge
While the rest of the UK was watching the weather, Hopkins And Jones, London pawn and jewelry specialists, were watching Baselworld 2018 for the best in new luxury watch releases. Baselworld is the annual watch and jewelry trade show in Switzerland, where the great and the good of the world of luxury watches come together to present their latest creations.
While the US space program may not be thrusting on all cylinders, the watch behind the moon landings is still making advancements in leaps and bounds. With one eye on the past, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 has been created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nasa’s Apollo 8 mission, which saw the first manned spacecraft successfully orbit the moon and return safely to Earth. With laser ablations on a stripped back dial representing the moon’s rugged surface, this Speedmaster could be bleak and unforgiving but the bright yellow hues on the hands, hour markers and strap lining pairs with the smooth surface of black zirconium oxide ceramic to create something very special indeed. Just in case there’s any confusion about the inspiration behind the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8, command module pilot, Jim Lovell’s famous words are etched – “We’ll see you on the other side”.
Hopkins and Jones are Rolex experts and so they were intrigued see what Rolex would be sharing with the world. For 2018, Rolex are showcasing the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II in the Pepsi colours of red and blue, which harks back to the original GMT-Master from 1955. This time, however, the ‘Pepsi’ bezel is supported by an Oystersteel and a Jubilee bracelet, with a heavily patented movement, the Calibre 3285. If you are looking for something more understated, the brown and black ceramic Oyster bracelet in either Everose Rolesor or full Everose is stunning.
Just as comfortable on the catwalk as the wrist, Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted will always look stunning. This year is no exception with a rhodium-plated steel and the exceptional rose gold. Grabbing most of the attention, the rose gold managed to convey warmth rather than a sickly pick hue and, with its matt finish, really is for men and women.
Adding to its sleek look, the self-winding Calibre BVL 138 Finissimo ensures that the watch is as powerful as it is attractive. Only 2.23mm thick, it is the world’s thinnest mechanical self-winding movement.
An update of the Ref. 5531 New York Special Edition, launched in 2017 specially or the American market, the Patek Philippe 5531R-001 World Time Minute Repeater Ref. 5531R uses local time of wherever you are in the world, instead of your home time.
With a World Time mechanism captured within a rose-gold case, the cloisonné enamel dial shows a Lavaux landscape set against Lake Geneva. Set at 40.2mm, the watch is driven by the Calibre R 27 HU, which is a hyper thin 462-part self-winding mechanical movement.