Watches of 2010

Timothy Barber
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OVER the past ten days the world’s leading watch-making companies have been displaying their new creations in the Swiss city of Basel, for the BaselWorld Watch and Jewellery show. We’ve gathered together some of the best and most innovative watches that were on show in Basel and at February’s even more exclusive SIHH show in Geneva, to show the timepieces that are 2010’s must haves for those lucky enough to be able to afford them.


L’Astronimo Luminor 1950
This ultra-hig end offering includes a dial that apparently displays the difference between real solar time and the human perception of time.


Tag Heuer

Carrera Calibre 1887
Tag’s smart new offering contains an innovative new movement,
and is available with a silver or black face.



Dual Carbon Chronograph
One of this year’s smartest
black watches, thanks to
retro-style rose-gold numbers
and hands.



El Primero Striking 10th
Zenith’s chronograph can measure time to a 10th of a second, and it looks sharp too.


Audemars Piquet

Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix
For those who like things chunky and bright, a motoring-themed limited edition.



Portuguese Automatic
Effortless elegance and style make this revamped classic from IWC the very essence of upmarket cool.



Clipper Chronograph
One of the most stylish diving watches of 2010 with a rubber strap in the label’s trademark orange.



Developed for the US
airforce’s U2 spy plane squadron and designed to work at 70,000 feet, this is the highest and smartest flying watch around.