The floor of Baselworld 2018 ticked and tocked with some of the most advanced, futuristic watches that money can buy, but there was also no shortage of the tried-and-true workhorses inspired by styles and models that have been serving their wearers for decades. Designers showcased the best of their best of their new creations at this industry-imperative event. Here are some of the vintage-inspired timepieces from Baselworld 2018 that caught our eye:
Breitling Navitimer Super 8
Many vintage timepieces are inspired by a similar, or even nearly identical piece from the designer’s history – not the Navitimer Super 8. This bold watch is based on the World War II-era Reference 637 stopwatch, which bombers and pilots would strap to their legs. This stopwatch featured a top crown for easy activation and was developed by Breitling’s Huit Aviation Department. It’s updated, wrist-worn counterpart features a 46mm case, the option of titanium or stainless steel, and the model pictured appropriately includes a brown NATO strap.
Bell & Ross Vintage BRV1-92 Racing Bird
Bell & Ross, known for their bold mix of practical and simplistic timepieces, takes us back with their new BRV1-92 Racing Bird. Switching it up from their usual absence of white faces, B&R’s limited 999-piece BRV1-92 Racing Bird Made a statement on the floor of Baselworld 2018 with its bold numerals, bare face and trendy 60s-inspired calfskin strap in navy blue with orange sides.
Omega Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds
Taken from their original Seamaster line manufactured for the servicemen of the British Ministry of Defense, the new Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds watch was a showcase of both Omega’s traditional styling and their futuristic technology. The 38mm case of this 70th-anniversary piece contains a Swiss-made, METAS-certified Omega movement with anti-magnetic properties for lasting, pinpoint accuracy. The Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds features a secondary dial at the six o’clock and a mix of bold numeral and greek key indicators.
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse in Rose Gold
Manufactured to commemorate their original 1968 Golden Ellipse, this larger-format version touts an elegant design that made it a standout piece at 2018’s Baselworld convention. With 18K gold stylings, hand-stitched alligator belt and a crown with an onset Onyx, Patek Philippe celebrated this heritage timepiece’s 50th birthday with understated luxury.
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