We follow Hong Kong Tatler's watch and jewellery editor as she makes her rounds to discover what's new and notable at Baselworld 2018

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Blancpain Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde
Why we love it:

For the first time, we see a retrograde day indicator on Blancpain’s classic Villeret collection, placed between 7 and 9 o’clock, right beside the large date positioned between 5 and 6 o’clock. The position of these indicators are intentional, to keep the dial well proportioned and balanced.

Taking the seamless approach a step further, Blancpain uses under-lug calendar correctors so that save for the main crown, the profile of the watch is clean. Such is the way in the world of Villeret, where achieving a pure and elegant aesthetic comes first.

H. Moser Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity
Whe we love it:

It’s been said that no one does fumé quite like H. Moser & Cie. Looking at this new Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity, it just might be the case.

In this iteration, red gold is used for the first time in this line, a gamble that worked handsomely as the warm tone of precious metal gave the watch’s rhodium-plated fumé dial more depth and vibrancy. The piece is fitted with a distressed beige kudu leather strap, a nice contrast to the watchmaker’s famously pristine dial.

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Above Photo: Charlene Co/Hong Kong Tatler
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Above Photo: Charlene Co/Hong Kong Tatler

Tudor 1926
Why we love it:

From Tudor comes a completely new line called 1926, named after the year “The Tudor” was registered as a brand on behalf of Rolex Founder Hans Wilsdorf. With aesthetics that harken back to watches of the 1930s and 1940s, its dials are domed and have a waffle/honeycomb-like texture that offers a nice contrast against a smooth, high polished minute scale. Its debut line comes in four sizes from 28mm to 41mm, and a choice of a silver, opaline or black dial.

Should you want a touch of shine on your piece, you can opt for a version with its odd hours presented in diamonds. The pieces are equipped with an automatic movement with a 36-hour power reserve, which at a price range of CHF1,600 (about HK$13,000) and CHF 2,750 (about 22,800), is very attractively priced.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
Why we love it:

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is arguably one of the most talked-about watches at Baselworld, which comes with a bidirectional bezel and a 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic.

In this latest iteretion, the lugs and sides of its Oyster case have been redesigned, and is fitted with a new five-link Jubilee bracelet. Ticking inside is a new calibre with an impressive 10 patents pending under its belt, equipped with a “Chronergy” escapement that guarantees a power reserve of about 70 hours.

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