A classic among Hublot’s classics, the Hublot Classic Fusion Watches collection nevertheless continues to push the envelope even if, when it was launched at Baselworld in 2010, five years after the audacious Big Bang, it was specifically designed to be conservative. The concept of fusion, an important idea for the company, brings contemporary materials such as ceramic and titanium to these models inspired by Hublot’s very first watches from the 1980s.
Rewinding back a little over a year to Baselworld 2017, there were really just a handful of watches that grabbed my attention and the Swiss Zenith Defy El Primero 21 (Hands-on here) led the pack. In fact, it was among my favorite watches from last year. It checked all the right boxes. Fun to look at? Check. Functional chronograph? Check. Modern movement? Check. Reasonably affordable? Check. When I got the opportunity to review the titanium model, I jumped. For the most part, it lived up to the hype I had for it.
When Raymond Weil designed the Calibre RW1212, their first ever in-house design (produced by Sellita), I suspect part of the mandate was to show it off, hence the open escapement prominently on display — literally showing off a movement they’re rightfully proud of. Well, Raymond Weil doubled down at Basel 2018, exposing not just the escapement but the whole dial, thanks to a new series of skeletonised Freelancers.
The original OMEGA CK 2998 was released in 1959 and, for collectors, it has since become one of the most sought-after vintage Speedmasters in the world. With its “Alpha” hands, symmetrical case and dark bezel, it has always had a strong following amongst the most
Every year at Baselworld, Swiss Omega announces a massive amount of new watches, and usually only a handful take the spotlight each year. Last year it was the Trilogy Collection and this year the new Seamaster 300M seemed to get all the love. However, Omega usually has a few sleeper hits up their sleeves, and for 2018, one of my favorite Omega releases is the latest addition to its CK2998 family, the Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Pulsometer Limited Edition watch.