January 30, 2023

After two economically difficult years for sales of high-end watches, I was expecting a fairly subdued Baselworld 2017. I could not have been more wrong. The sun was literally shining outside for most of the show and metaphorically inside.

The year 2017 wasn’t just good for both interesting and exciting new wristwatches at Baselworld, I’d go so far to rate it as a vintage year.

This post started as a pure Top 5, but the sheer number of superb watches soon had us reaching for our “Special Mention” over spill. And that’s all without the really big surprises.

So without further ado, here are the picks from our team members.

Ian’s Baselworld 2017 Top 5

It was extremely hard to narrow my list down to just a Top 5 as there were so many excellent watches at Baselworld 2017 that caught my eye, however here goes:

Top 5
Akrivia AK-06
Lang & Heyne Georg
Patek Philippe Reference 5320G
Konstantin Chaykin Joker
Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

Special mention
Tutima Tempostopp
Van der Klauuw Real Moon Stella Nebula
Hermés Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente
Rebellion Weap-One
Nomos Club Neomatik

Biggest surprise
James Pellaton

Akrivia AK-06

Akrivia AK-06

Lang & Heyne Georg

Lang & Heyne Georg

Patek Philippe Reference 5320G

Patek Philippe Reference 5320G Perpetual Calendar

Konstantin Chaykin Joker

Konstantin Chaykin Joker

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

Special mention

Tutima Tempostopp

Tutima Tempostopp

Van der Klauuw Real Moon Ammolite

Van der Klauuw Real Moon Ammolite

Hermés Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Hermés Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Rebellion Weap-One

Rebellion Weap-One

Nomos Club Neomatik

Nomos Club Neomatik

Biggest surprise

James Pellaton Chronomètre Royal Marine

James Pellaton Chronomètre Royal Marine

Elizabeth’s Baselworld 2017 Top 5

Top 5
Hermés Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente
Lang & Heyne Georg
Tutima Tempostopp
Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton
Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

Special mention
Patek Philippe Reference 5320G and Reference 5650 Advanced Research Aquanaut
Graff Floral Tourbillon and MasterGraff Structural Skeleton Automatic
Breguet Marine Equation of Time Marchante Reference 5887
Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor

Biggest surprise
Moritz Grossmann Tefnut Twist

Hermés Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Hermés Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Lang & Heyne Georg in platinum

Lang & Heyne Georg in platinum

View through the display back to the beautiful movement of the Tutima Tempostopp Flyback Chronograph

View through the display back to the beautiful movement of the Tutima Tempostopp Flyback Chronograph

Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton

Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Black

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Black

Special mention

Patek Philippe Reference 5178

Patek Philippe Reference 5320G

Patek Philippe Ref. 5650 Advanced Research Aquanaut

Patek Philippe Reference 5650 Advanced Research Aquanaut

A bouquet of Graff Floral Tourbillons

A bouquet of Graff Floral Tourbillons

Graff MasterGraff Structural Skeleton Automatic

Graff MasterGraff Structural Skeleton Automatic

Breguet Marine Equation of Time Marchante Ref. 5887

Breguet Marine Equation of Time Marchante Reference 5887

Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor

Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor

Biggest surprise

Moritz Grossmann Tefnut Twist

Moritz Grossmann Tefnut Twist

GaryG’s Baselworld 2017 Top 5

Top 5
Akrivia AK-06
Hajime Asaoka Chronograph
Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure
Patek Philippe Reference 5178
Konstantin Chaykin Joker

Special mention
Breguet Classique ultra-thin Reference 7147

Biggest surprise
Moritz Grossmann Tefnut Twist

Akrivia AK-06 on the wrist

Akrivia AK-06 on the wrist

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

Voutilainen art watch inside back cover

Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure inside back cover

Voutilainen art watch movement

Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure movement

Voutilainen art watch dial

Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure dial side

Patek Philippe Ref. 5178 Minute Repeater

Patek Philippe Ref. 5178 Minute Repeater

Konstantin Chaykin Joker

Konstantin Chaykin Joker

Special mention

Breguet Classique ultra-thin Ref. 7147

Breguet Classique ultra-thin Reference 7147

Biggest surprise

Moritz Grossmann Tefnut Twist

Moritz Grossmann Tefnut Twist (left and right)

Alex’s Baselworld 2017 Top 5

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph
Beat Haldimann H12
MCT Dodekal
TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02
Patek Philippe Reference 5320G

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph on the wrist of its creator

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph on the wrist of Hajime Asaoka

H12 by Beat Haldimann

H12 by Beat Haldimann

MCT Dodekal One D110

MCT Dodekal One D110

TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 (photo courtesy http://www.chrono24.pl)

TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 (photo courtesy www.CH24.pl)

Patek Philippe Reference 5320 lume shot

Patek Philippe Reference 5320 lume shot

Nola’s Baselworld 2017 Top 5

Top 5
Hermés Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente
Chopard L.U.C XPS
Chanel Première Camellia Skeleton
Omega Railmaster
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

Special mention
Nomos Club Neomatik
Rolex Yacht-Master II 40
Bulgari Serpenti
Dior Grand Soir
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons

Hermés Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Hermés Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Chopard L.U.C. XPS

Chopard L.U.C. XPS

Chanel Première Camellia Skeleton

Chanel Première Camellia Skeleton

Omega Railmaster

Omega Railmaster

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

Special mention

Nomos Club Neomatik

Nomos Club Neomatik

Rolex Yacht-Master II 40

Rolex Yacht-Master II 40

Bulgari Serpenti

Bulgari Serpenti

Dior Grand Soir Botanic collection

Dior Grand Soir Botanic collection

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons Spring

Joshua’s Baselworld 2017 Top 5

Top 5
HYT H0
Akrivia AK-06
MCT Dodekal
Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph
Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

Special mention
Konstantin Chaykin Joker

Biggest surprise
James Pellaton

HYT H0

HYT H0

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MCT Dodekal One

MCT Dodekal One

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

Close up look dial side of the Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

A close look dial side at the Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

Special mention

Konstantin Chaykin Joker wristshot

Konstantin Chaykin Joker on the wrist

Biggest surprise

James Pellaton Chronometre Royal Marine

James Pellaton Chronomètre Royal Marine