The New Vintage
2017 Baselworld Highlights
Text | Cheriy Li
Edit | Henry Lau
Photos | Kimio Ng
Design | Franco Au-Yeung

Baselworld could be described as the quintessential watch and jewellery show with over 2,100 exhibitors and attracting around 100,000 visitors every year. All the key players in the industry take this opportunity to showcase their latest technologies, trends and exclusive products being released in the coming year. Taking place this year on March 23 to 30, these are our picks from the fair as it happens.


OMEGA 1957 Trilogy Limited Editions

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster, Omega is releasing special editions of the three models with just 3,557 pieces each. The style of the trilogy stays true to the 1957 original releases but the watches are powered by the latest movements. For true enthusiasts, OMEGA created a special Trilogy box limited to just 557 pieces. Each box contains the three watches engraved with the same limited edition numbers as well as a leather watch roll with six extra straps and changing tool.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller

For the 50th anniversary of the iconic model, Rolex is celebrating with the new Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller in a 43mm case with brand new calibre 3235. The highlight of the new watch is the cyclops lens on the date window, commonly found in many Rolexes but a rare sight for Sea-Dweller. The name Sea-Dweller on the dial is now in red, a tribute to the original model launched in 1967.

TAG Heuer Autavia

Worn by famous Formula One driver Jochen Rindt, it is not surprising that last year TAG Heuer fans voted this one out of 16 vintage styles for an reissue. TAG Heuer is bringing all the elements of the vintage Autavia together to form a modern interpretation of a watch first introduced in 1962. The final production uses a 42mm case with panda dial,  paired with either a brown leather strap or a beads-of-rice bracelet.


Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel

Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay diving watch is now offered in a brand new all-steel style with brushed steel bezel insert and for the first time in 60 years, a date function makes an appearance in the Black Bay collection. The steel bracelet further brings out the vintage aesthetics, but if a leather strap is your preference then the aged black leather strap option is a nice alternative. Both versions include a khaki green fabric strap which is an icon of Tudor’s Heritage line.

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante

Featuring a 45mm case, the Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante uses a Manufacture Breitling Calibre B03 with split-seconds chronograph. The self-winding mechanical movement is the first in-house chronograph featuring two separate stopwatch components. The sophisticated watch is available in a steel case and leather strap as standard, and in 18K red gold with black rubber strap as a limited edition.