Every year at Baselworld, Swiss Omega announces a massive amount of new watches, and usually only a handful take the spotlight each year. Last year it was the Trilogy Collection and this year the new Seamaster 300M seemed to get all the love. However, Omega usually has a few sleeper hits up their sleeves, and for 2018, one of my favorite Omega releases is the latest addition to its CK2998 family, the Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Pulsometer Limited Edition watch.
Leading up to Baselworld 2018,Swiss Tissot has released a new limited edition into what's arguably its most masculine collection. Tissot has often been criticized for its change of direction over the last few years (something I feel is a good thing) through partnerships with a number of organizations and people – the NBA and MotoGP being the most consistent and successful. The motorbike racing inspired Tissot T-Race MotoGP Watch Limited Edition Chronograph has more nods to Motocross than a bobble-head in a hurricane.
Chances are you’ve at least heard of the Swiss Parmigiani name before, even if you’re not overly familiar with them. Within their relatively short history of 20 years or so the manufacturer has done some pretty amazing things, especially for other brands. It has only been in more recent years that the company has really started to focus on growing its own timepiece offering. This is good news for the likes of you and I.
Back in 2014, English explorer Ben Saunders set out to complete the longest human-powered polar journey in history, with a Bremont prototype Terra Nova GMT on his wrist. After Saunders completed the expedition from Ross Island to the South Pole (and back), Bremont made the watch commercially available and it eventually proved to be one of their most successful limited edition models. This year Bremont is releasing a natural follow-up to the Terra Nova with the Bremont Endurance Limited Edition.
Whether it’s fair or not, the Girard-Perregaux Laureato is one of several luxury sports watches that will be compared to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or Patek Philippe Nautilus ad nauseam upon the mere mention of its name. However, when Girard-Perregaux announced a black ceramic version of the Laureato for SIHH 2018, I was heartened at the implementation of the elegantly simple solution to constantly being compared to juggernauts like those aforementioned watches. That solution, of course, is to offer something they don’t.