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8 Beautiful Watches from Baselworld 2016 That You Should Seriously Consider Buying

​A roundup of 8 watches we want on our wrists immediately.​

BY Stephen Watson | Mar 30, 2016 | News

My official Baselworld stats: 15 hours of flying roundtrip New York to Zurich; three 14-hour days at the trade fair; two hours of commuting from Zurich to Basel each day; 47 individual watch brand appointments; three lunchtime street sausages; 12 Coke Zeros; 63 business cards given out; 24 USB press kits collected; and more than 1,900 iPhone photographs taken.

Good lord, what to make of it all? After letting all this collected data sink in for the past couple days, some thoughts about the world's top watch and jewellery show are starting to become clear. I'm usually pretty objective when it comes to reporting on watches, not letting my own personal taste influence my coverage of what might be this year's most important and newsworthy timepieces. Yet somehow Baselworld 2016 felt different. A stiff breeze of reality seems to have blown through the Messeplatz, with key words like "quality," "value," and "wearability" mentioned at almost every appointment.

I often get asked for personal watch recommendations and realised what I often write about and what I recommend to friends are usually quite different. So, this post is a fresh way of looking at the show. For the regular watch-buyer out there who might be thinking about taking a leap into higher end horology, this is what I loved. The highlights this year are the watches that I keep coming back to: my personal favourites, the watches that I would like to wear myself. Yes, there are many amazing horological inventions and dazzling high- jewellery watches to dream about (see my last post). But, at the end of the day, what would I actually like to see on my wrist? Here are eight timepieces that fit the bill.

Longines Railroad (RM7,230)*

Based on a historical model from the '60s with a dial illustrating time in a 24-hour format, the Railroad is part of the Longines Heritage Collection where important watches from the brand's history are updated (and often improved upon). If a watch was good enough to keep train service running on time, it's certainly good enough for counting down the minutes until the next G Train arrival.


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