BaselWorld Special: 2011 Mens Watches

Here is my first round of new watches seen at BaselWorld. Early days to predict trends but what is coming through loud and clear is the abundance of rose gold, ultra-thin movements and a safe-bet return to classicism.

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon presents another twist in the winding tale of the tourbillon. This bi-axial tourbillon appears to float as it is anchor is invisible.

Here is my first round of new watches seen at BaselWorld. Early days to predict trends but what is coming through loud and clear is the abundance of rose gold, ultra-thin movements and a safe-bet return to classicism. Gone are the whacky watches of the past and even MB&F's normally outrageous timekeeper is sticking to a known format - the HM3 carcass in a new guise. The same goes for De Grisogono's Meccanico ana-digi contraption that had eyes popping five years ago. Today it is dressed in black, not exactly a way out there design gambit. Breitling is looking traditional with its 1950's chic TransOcean chronograph and the more traditional brands are looking well traditional. This is not to say that the industry is stagnant, and I welcome a break from the break-neck speed of change seen at the watch fairs in previous years. The biggest change is that all these watches are very wearable: now that is novel.

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