Next week, at least 150,000 people will flock to Basel, Switzerland, for the world’s largest watch show, Baselworld. Our gang, of course, will be among them. Because of the frenzied pace of the show, most Baselworld visitors don’t get to see much of the city. That’s a pity because there is a lot more to it than the show. Here’s what’s beyond the watch halls.
It’s February 29, and in honor of this extra day on the 2016 calendar, we’ve gathered seven calendar watches that were introduced at this year’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Scroll down to see the watches, and don’t forget to reset your own watch (if necessary) at midnight tonight!
While we at WatchTime eagerly await the start of SIHH 2016, we offer here a glimpse of some of the new watches that we’ve seen in advance, from brands including Audemars Piguet, Cartier, IWC, and Panerai.
The January-February 2016 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the new IWC Portugieser Automatic, a historical retrospective on the classic Rolex Daytona, a comprehensive look at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Geophysic collection, and more.
WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Joe Thompson was recognized for his career-long contributions to the watch and jewelry industry, receiving the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jewelers of America’s (JA) GEM Awards ceremony at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street.
Last year, Montblanc launched its Heritage Chronométrie collection, with designs inspired chiefly by the 1948-era Pythagore timepieces created by the storied Minerva manufacture in Villeret, Switzerland (now known as Montblanc Manufacture). This year, the brand adds to the collection with two new complications, an unusual date indication and a chronograph with annual calendar.