Baselworld 2015’s Big Releases

For watch enthusiasts, it is the most wonderful time of the year. It is finally time for Baselworld. Baselworld brings together watch brands from all over the world to Basel, Switzerland. These brands will spend all year preparing for the upcoming Baselworld. The watches that will be introduced during the two week event have been in preparation for several years, all leading up to the big reveal of the brand new watch. With so many interesting announces and releases being made during the event, it can be hard to keep up with all of the important news. In an effort to keep our followers updated on the happenings of Baselworld, Crown & Caliber will be posting Baselworld news here the minute we hear about it. This post can be your go-to source of Baselworld news for the next two weeks.

 Zenith Elite 6150

Zenith Elite 6150

The new Zenith Elite 6150 is the first watch to have the new Elite base caliber. It has an ultra-thin case with a diameter of 42mm. The ultra-thin case is 9.45mm thick and is designed in the shape of a pebble, with tapered and sloping lugs. A mechanical movement and oscillating weight system can be seen through the transparent caseback. The beautifully simple watch has a classic silver dial, baton hands, and slender index markers.

Full details from Zenith here.


Arnold & Son TBTE Tourbillon

Arnold & son Tourbillon

This incredible tourbillon watch is a limited series of just 28 pieces. It has a hand finished A&S8503 calibre with True Beat Seconds complication. The timepiece has an 18kt red gold case with a diameter of 44mm and a power reserve of 72 hours. The black open dial displays the tourbillon, as well as the hours, minutes, and seconds. Arnold & Son has a reputation for it’s innovation and uniqueness. Arnold & Son’s “No. 36” watch was the first watch to ever receive the chronometer certification.

Visit Arnold & Son’s website for more information.


OMEGA Speedmaster White Side of the Moon

OMEGA White Side of the Moon

The inspiration of this watch is the bright, white moon that we see from Earth. The watch is white ceramic and has a diameter of 44.25mm. The dial is also white ceramic with 18kt white gold hands. The chronograph hand and OMEGA name on the dial are both in red, giving the white watch a pop of color. This model rounds out the ceramic Speedmaster collection: the Dark Side of the Moon, the Grey Side of the Moon, and now the White Side of the Moon. The movement is a caliber OMEGA 9300, which can be seen through the transparent caseback. Read more about this incredible OMEGA watch here.

Tudor Pelagos

Tudor Pelagos

The new Tudor Pelagos is a tool watch made for the “modern adventurer.” This dive watch is the brand’s first watch to have a movement manufactured in-house, powered by the new calibre TUDOR MT5612, and is also the brand’s first chronometer certified movement. It is available with a matte blue dial, bezel, and rubber strap, or a matte black dial, bezel, and rubber strap. It has a power reserve of 70 hours and has a hour, minute, and central seconds function. There is a date display at 3 o’clock. The design of the Tudor Pelagos watch places an emphasis on readability, comfort, and functionality. Click here for full details on the Tudor Pelagos.

Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 and 268655

Rolex Yacht-Master 116655

The new Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 and 268655 gives a sporty twist to the current Rolex Yacht-Master. This new edition is matte black and 18kt Everose gold. It is fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet for reliability and comfort, combining the advantages of both a metal and rubber bracelet. The sizes available in 37mm or 40mm diameter. This Yacht-Master is waterproof to 100 meters and is the perfect combination of functionality and elegance. Read more about this new Rolex Yacht-Master here.


Hublot Big Bang UNICO Italia Independent


Featuring a new and Hublot exclusive material, Texalium, the Hublot Big Bang UNICO Italia Independent watch is a unique and innovative watch. This limited edition series only has 500 pieces. It’s electric blue case is sure to capture the attention and interest of others. The watch strap is made of denim fabric with grey or black studs. Manufactured by Hublot, the watch has a flyback chronograph movement, which can be reset at any time. Details about the Hublot Big Bang UNICO Italia Independent watch here.


NOMOS Tangente Automatik


Introduced at Baselworld, the NOMOS Tangente Automatik is ultra-flat, combining elegance with functionality. It has a diameter of 35mm and a white, silver-plated dial. The watch features an in-house movement, Caliber DUW 3001, which is the first movement equipped with the NOMOS swing system. With a height of 3.2mm, this NOMOS watch is incredibly thin. More details here.


Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524


Watch enthusiasts are always excited to see what Patek Philippe will debut at Baselworld. This year, the brand introduced the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref. 5524. The case is white gold and it has a diameter of 42mm. The blue varnished dial displays the dual time zone, as well as local and home day/night indications. It has a mechanical self-winding Caliber 324 S C FUS movement. Because it is designed with pilots in mind, readability has to be a priority, which explains the large numerals on the dial. Read all about this incredible watch here.

Glashutte PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve


At this year’s Baselworld, Glashutte introduces two new versions of the PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve. The new versions are 18kt rose gold with a matte black dial and a dark blue dial with a stainless steel case, both very refined and elegant. Like the original model, this watch features hours, mintues, seconds, Panorama date, and moonphase, all organized in accordance with the Golden Ratio. Details here.

Breguet Tradition Chronographe Independant 7077


Breguet’s new chronograph watch is unique as it has two gear trains for it’s two primary functions, its chronograph and timekeeper functions, with no interaction between it’s parts. It has a manual wind movement, Caliber 580DR. The guilloche skeleton dial displays the time at the top. It also has two retrograde indicators that display the power reserve and chronograph minutes. The chronograph is operated using the two screwed-in pushers on either side of the lower lugs. The watch is available in white or rose gold and will retail for around $79,000.

Bremont Jaguar

Bremont’s new MKI and MKII watches celebrate the long-standing partnership between Bremont and Jaguar. These watches are dedicated to the Jaguar E-Type car, which was the fastest and most beautiful car when it was originally introduced in 1961. The MKI watch has a sapphire caseback that shows the movement based on the Bremont  BWC/01. It also shows the automatic winding weight that resembles an E-Type steering wheel, with the Jaguar head at it’s center.

Bremont MKII

The MKII watch has a 1960s inspired dial with a classic chronograph layout and has a BE-50AE automatic movement. The movement is visible through the sapphire caseback, as is the “steering wheel” winding weight, similar to the one in the MKI. Learn more about the MKI and MKII here.

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date Complication

The classic and elegant Blancpain Villeret gets an update with the new Blancpain Villeret model introduced at Baselworld, featuring a grande date complication at 6 o’clock. The updated date window features two large side-by-side windows, ensuring legibility. It has a 40mm red gold double pomme case and a beautiful opaline dial. Like the rest of the Blancpain Villeret collection, this new Grande Date model is powered by the caliber 6950. More details here.


Ulysse Nardin Hannibal Minute Repeater

With a retail price of  725,000 Swiss francs, this Ulysse Nardin Hannibal Minute Repeater is a remarkable timepiece. This watch uses a hammer to strike a gong or bell to indicate the time. With a power reserve of 70 hours, the manually wound tourbillon movement is powered by the caliber UN-78. Above the tourbillon at 6 o’clock is an interesting relief made of polished granite. The subject matter is of Hannibal Barca leading his troops through the Alps. The watch is 44mm in diameter with a platinum case and is a limited edition watch, with only 30 pieces in the series.


Rolex Cellini Time 50609RBR

Rolex Cellini Time

The new Rolex Cellini Time perfectly combines traditionalism with a modern design. This new version of Cellini comes in four varieties, all in 18kt gold. The minute track has been moved closer to the center of the dial with diamond hour markers towards the outer edge of the dial. Two versions have the double bezel with 96 diamonds on it’s inner ring and a fluted outer ring, while the other two versions have a single bezel with 62 larger diamonds. Visit Rolex to read more about the new Rolex Cellini Time. 

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