The 15 Best Watches From Baselworld 2016

Esquire's favourite timepieces from year's biggest watch event

Last week the Esquire style team decamped to the tiny Swiss city of Basel to take in the sights of Baselworld, the world's biggest watch fair. From tourbillons to dual times and perpetual calendars to jumping hours, the wares were shinier than ever. Here, to help you decide on your next timepiece (or two) is our edited highlights.

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1 ​Breguet Classique 7147

One of the most beautiful dress watches on show at Baselworld, Breguet's new 18-carat rose gold take on the marque's signature style is surprisingly slim (at 6.10 mm deep) and comes finished with a silvered engine-turned 18-carat gold dial and blue steel hands – a Breguet signature.

2 ​Patek Philippe's Aquanaut Travel Time

The seventies trend has made its way to the world of watches in the shape of Patek Philippe's Aquanaut Travel Time 5164R. Dual time zone mechanism and 120m-water resistance aside, it was Aquanaut's tertiary-hued rose gold case and chocolate brown composite strap which really caught our attention. Taking its design cue from last year's rose gold Nautilus, the Aquanaut Travel Time was perhaps our stand out piece at this years' show.

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3 ​Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon 'Meteorite'

The latest addition to Omega's much loved 'Side of the Moon' series, the 'Meteorite', not only features all the streamlined styling of the classic Speedmaster, but it also comes finished with a smart 18-carat Sedna gold and ceramic bezel and an extraordinary meteorite dial, sourced from the Gibeon meteorite, which feel in Namibia in prehistoric times. Fancy.

4 ​Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Annuel GMT Steel

It might be something to do with the global downturn, but plenty of well respected watch brands were releasing steel version of their flagship timepieces straight off the bat this year (new watches are more commonly released in precious metals before being released in steel). This beautiful annual calendar dual time zone timepiece by Blancpain is a prime example. As elegant as it would be in gold (and positioned at a fraction of the price), this steel take on the marque's classic timepiece is a great entry point into the world of haute horology.

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5 Seiko Presage

Where once the gulf between the affordable quartz pieces produced by Japanese watch brand Seiko and the super complication pieces manufactured by it's high end arm Grand Seiko was vast, now there is Presage. Inspired by Seiko's long watch making heritage, which stretches back to 1913, the new mid-priced collection consists of two limited edition automatic chronographs, one which is finished with a Japanese lacquer dial and the other with an enamel dial.

6 ​Tudor Black Bay Bronze

Over the past year and a half, Rolex's younger brother brand Tudor has unveiled a range of groundbreaking timepieces at extraordinarily accessible prices. The most interesting of these is the Black Bay. Where the Black Black Bay was last year's big news, this year it's all about the Bronze version. A 43mm divers watch containing an in-house COSC-certified movement, the timepiece comes complete with a host of pleasingly retro features, including a domed dial and crystal; an oversized crown and a natty woven fabric strap in a complimentary shade of mustard.

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7 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

This latest iteration of Rolex's iconic racing chronograph (named after the Daytona race track in Florida) pays homage to the 1965 original with its black monobloc cerachrom bezel. What's more, it carries Rolex's superlative chronometer certification, which means it's pretty damn faultless.

8 Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronoworks

BMW has Alpina, Mercedes has AMG and now Breitling has Chronoworks. The elite branch of Breitling's in-house manufacture, the first watch produced by the brand's new in-house department is the Superocean Heritage Chronoworks. Housed in a black ceramic case and featuring a movement complete with super-light silicone wheels, the watch is remarkable light, features an impressive 100-hour power reserve and is limited to 100 pieces worldwide. Get your order in now.

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9 ​Bremont Regatta OTUSA

Bremont's Regatta OTUSA is the first regatta timepiece ever produced by a British watch brand. Released as part of the brand's collaboration with the America's cup and Oracle Team USA, the red, white and blue timepiece features a super-light titanium case, a COSC-certified in house movement and a two –register five-minute count down display - which is useful, as a five minute count down is used at the start of all Regatta races.

10 Tag Heuer All-Black Monza

A satisfying mix of understated

style and road worthy functionality, the newest iteration of Tag Heuer's

classic cushion-shaped Monza (the first in six years) is perhaps the most

discreet to date. Featuring a brushed an dpolished titanium carbide case, it's

as hard working as it is good looking.