Ones to watch

The biggest watchmakers unveiled their new models for 2013 at Baselworld last week. Here are the styles to get excited about.

IF you wants to see the new watch styles before everyone else, Baselworld is the place to be. The tradeshow, which is the biggest of its kind in the world, is the go-to place for watch aficionados. This year over 100,000 guests from almost 100 countries descended on the Swiss city to be among the first to view the new launches for 2013.

The keen traveller should head to Jaquet Droz. The watchmaker’s latest model took inspiration from the founder’s penchant for travel and is designed to appeal to the needs of the modern man on the go. It displays two time zones, with a red hand showing local time, while a blue steel hands shows the time at the destination location.

For something sporty, the new Carrera from Tag Heuer is a good choice tapping into the label’s love affair with racing. Fifty years on from its first incarnation, the new Carrera chronograph has a slick black dial and comes with the brand’s proudest technical achievement, the Calibre 1187 oscillating pinion.

Omega has added a new style to one of its much-loved collections. Called The Dark Side of the Moon, this all-black model is a sleek and sporty addition to the Speedmaster collection and, while it features many of the watch’s original features, it now comes with a matt chromium scale and a highly durable strap.

One of the more interesting new launches is Tissot’s T-Complication Squelette. The model is the perfect marriage of craftsmanship and modernity and features new technology, which allows a 3D experience of the dial without the need for special eyewear.

Whether you’re after something modern and innovative or a reworked classic, all of your horological needs are well and truly catered for.

Jaquet Droz Grande Heure
£19,800
Out in September
jaquet-droz.com

Tag Heuer Carrera
£6,500
Out in October
tagheuer.com

Omega Speedmaster
£7,590
Out in November
omegawatches.com

Tissot T-Complication Squelette
£1,240
Out in June
tissot.ch

Breguet Classique Chronométrie
Prices starting from £28,000
Out in September
breguet.com

Hermès Dressage Chronograph
£6,850
Out in July
uk.hermes.com