If there’s one thing you can always say about Baselworld it’s that it just keeps going. Still, watch-related debauchery of the night before aside, there’s plenty to see once again on day 2 of Baselworld 2018 and once again we’ve winnowed out the chaff to bring you only the most interesting. So here you go. You’re welcome.
Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition
It’s not the first time Oris has honoured the first African American diver in the US army, but this is by far our favourite iteration of the watch. In full bronze, it’s vintage steampunk vibe is very much in Oris’ wheelhouse, especially with the cool faux-worn strap it comes on. The 43mm case is on the small end for a diver’s watch which is no bad thing, and the calibre 771 is as reliable as ever. Because this is Oris, you also get immense value for money – the 2,000 piece limited edition is priced at CHF 4,700, just over £3,500.
Hublot Big Bang MP-11
No matter what they do, Hublot goes big. It’s certainly true of their case sizes but this year the same goes for their power reserves. The MP-11 is indeed a beast to look at, but it’s full 14 days of power is the show-stealer here. The tech comes direct from the earlier LaFerrari tie-in with it’s row of barrels, but in a less out-there shape.
That shape is decent in carbon, but it’s something else entirely in full sapphire. The actual machining of the material is impressive enough; being able to see the inner workings of the MP-11 is staggering. No wonder it’s limited to 200 pieces worldwide.
Bell & Ross BRX1 RS16
Continuing their collaboration with the newly-formed Renault F1 team, Bell & Ross has upped the sporting ante with the BRX1. This version doesn’t just restrict the racing yellow to the dial this time, adding in a touch of rubber on the case sides, around the bezel and on the pushers. Those pushers themselves are unusual, protected as they are by metal surrounds, but they fit perfectly with the open worked dial. Yes it’s not dissimilar from the previous RS watches Bell & Ross has done, but as far as we’re concerned it’s the best.