The Best Watches From Baselworld 2017

Including a heritage reissue from Longines and the 50th anniversary Rolex Sea Dweller

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Esquire travelled to the Swiss city of Basel last week for an exclusive look at some of the most beautiful new watches in the world.

Baselworld - the biggest watch fair on the planet - showcased the latest artistry from the likes of Patek Philippe, Omega, Rolex and more.

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Here, to help you decide on your next big investment, is my edit of the best new watches to be released this year.

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1 | Breguet Marine Equation Marchante 5887

Appointed the official chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy in 1815, Breguet's new Marine Equation Marchante 5887 is a celebration of the marque's maritime history. An impressively hefty timepiece available in both gold and platinum, the Marine Equation Marchante contains a host of complications including a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar and an equation of time function, which measures solar time.

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£161,300 rose gold, £172,800 platinum, breguet.com

2 | Patek Philippe Aquanaut white gold Jumbo 5168G

A slightly larger (42.5mm) take on Patek Philippe's classic Aquanaut sports watch, which was originally released 20 years ago in 1997, the new 'Jumbo' has a white gold case and a remarkably chic dial, which radiates - like the night sky - outward from midnight blue to black.

£27,990, patek.com

3 | Graff Mastergraff Structural Skeleton Automatic

Unusually for jeweler Graff, the marque's new fully skeletonised timepiece doesn't contain one precious gem. The DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) model is my pick of the marque's 2017 releases and it comes in at around 38 grams (about the same as a very small chicken egg).

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POA, graffdiamonds.com

4 | Nomos Glashutte Ahoi Neomatik Atlantik

As close as German, design-focused watch brand Nomos Glashutte will come to releasing a diver's watch, they've decided to call their new water resistant Ahoi a 'swimming watch'. Available in a range of colours, the midnight blue dial with matching fabric strap is my pick for 2017.

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£3,070, nomos-store.com

5 | Tudor Black Bay Chrono

The smart new Tudor Black Bay Chrono is at its best on a blue fabric strap. More interesting, however, is that it contains a manufacture movement made in collaboration with Breitling. It's COSC certified and is a snip at well under GBP 4,000.

£3,430, tudorwatch.com

6 | Bell & Ross BRV1-92 Black Steel

Discreet, beautifully round and coming in at a diminutive 38.5mm, Bell & Ross's new BRV1-92 embodies a stylish new direction for the brand. Inspired by an old pilot's watch, it's available from September and costs under two thousand pounds.

£1,700, bellross.com

7 | Chopard Mille Miglia XL 90th Anniversary edition

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Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the stylish Italian Mille Miglia road race, this new timepiece is housed in a chunky piece of rose gold and features a chic white enamel dial. Unusually, it contains one of the marque's prestige LUC chronograph movements, but I'm just as taken with the worn leather strap.

£30,580 – 18ct rose gold, chopard.com

8 | Rado Ceramica Matte Grey


Reimagined by celebrated industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, the ultra futuristic Rado Ceramica now features an automatic movement. Our favourite is the brushed grey ceramic version.

From £2,010, rado.com

9 | Omega Railmaster


2017 marks the anniversary of perhaps Omega's three most iconic watches, the Seamaster, the Speedmaster and the Railmaster. To celebrate, in June, the marque will be re-releasing all three in an updated, monochromatic take on their original forms (you can buy all three in a special collectors box for a cool GBP 16,000). Perhaps more exciting, however, is that Omega is also releasing its classic Railmaster (originally designed for those who worked on the railways in the middle of the 20th century) in a range of natty new styles.

Omega Railmaster £5,040, omega.com

10 | Longines Heritage 1945


Another elegant reissue, Longines' new Heritage 1945 comes on a worn leather strap and is an exact copy of the original watch, complete as it is with a barely-there bezel and elegant brushed champagne dial. Available from September.

£1,330, longines.com

11 | Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic


Italian marque Bulgari is breaking horological records left, right and centre. Last year saw the release of the world's thinnest tourbillon, and for 2017 the brand has broken another record with the thinnest ever automatic watch (5.15mm), the Octo Finissimo Automatic. Housed in a smart, brushed titanium case, it's almost as light as it is thin.

£11,300, bulgari.com

12 | Slim D'Hermes L'heure Impatiente


Playful and beautiful (much like the majority of French luxury brand's output) Hermes' new L'heuer Impatiante is housed in the dressy slim d'hermes case but features a new complication which allows the wearer to set a sub dial to a specific time, an hour head, which will then count down in anticipation of the hour before the event and then, charmingly, chime.

£28,100, uk.hermes.com

13 | Zenith Elite Classic 39mm


A new, smaller take on Zenith's classic dress timepiece. The 39 mm blue-on-blue Elite Classic is effortlessly elegant and perfectly in line with this year's trend for smaller timepieces. It's also reasonably priced at just over GBP 4,000.

£4,100 in steel, zenith-watches.com

14 | Rolex Sea Dweller


It's the 50th anniversary of Rolex's Sea Dweller diving watch this year and for 2017 the marque has released a new version of the timepiece with a larger 43 mm case size and a new cyclops lense at three o'clock. It also features sporty red text on the dial in homage to the original 60s watch and is waterproof to 4,000ft.

£8,350, rolex.com

15 | TAG Heuer Autavia

Last year TAG Heuer released its first crowd-selected watch, the Autavia. For 2017, the marque has released a series of elegant new takes on the family (with a larger 42mm case size) all featuring the new Heuer 02 movement and neat reverse panda sub dials.

£3,900 – polished steel case, black opalin dial and brown leather strap, tagheuer.com

16 | Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante


Continuing the brown timepiece trend we saw plenty of in 2016, the new Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante features a split-second chronograph and all the classic styling notes of Breitling's function-focused Navitimer family.

£9,910 – in steel with croc leather strap OR GBP 29,070 – in rose gold with rubber strap, breitling.com

17 | Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph


This year Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary, and one of the most tantalising gifts of its birthday is this new Ferrari-designed, Hublot-executed Techframe. Chunky and impressive with a technology-focused latticed structure (much like a Ferrari engine) and containing an exotourbillon, the watch is an exciting synergy between automotive technology and horological advancement. There will be three versions of the watch available in King Gold, PEEK Carbon and Titanium. Each version of which will be limited to 70 pieces.

£105,000, hublot.com