With Baselworld's doors closed for another year, it's time to take a look at the big stories that emerged out of the annual celebration of fine watches. Here are our five biggest takeaways from Baselworld 2013:
- Over-the-top timepieces. Watch launches from Harry Winston, Hublot, HYT, and Ressence were among the most talked about introductions, largely because they are pushing form over function in technologically innovative ways.
- Navy is the new orange. It wasn't long ago when orange was the hottest color in watch design. This year, navy seems to be staking a claim as the color du jour. Glashütte's stunning Original Sixties Panorama Date model (pictured above) is a good example of this trend.
- Rolex underwhelms. For the second year in a row, Rolex's introductions were met with, at best, mixed reviews. The showpiece 50th anniversary Rolex Daytona seems to offer little more than unusual dial and bezel colors.
- Omega has a hit on its hands. Omega wowed pretty much everyone with the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon variant. It's likely to be a hot seller.
- Swatch stole the show. The Swatch PR machine is the best in the business but this year there was a lot of substance too, not just hype. Swatch's 51-part Sistem51 looks like a truly revolutionary automatic movement.