Baselworld is ground zero for emerging trends on the watchmaking product front. Here's a round-up of the big trends and themes from the 2014 edition:
- Retro designs. Revival watches, especially those based on 1960s designs, were more prevalent than ever before. Our favorites came from Omega (the re-issued Omega Speedmaster Mark II) and Rolex's throwback Cellini offerings (featured above).
- Smaller diameters. The trend away from clock-sized toward wrist-sized watches continued this year at Baselworld. Many new models came in at 40 to 42 mm, which we think is a welcome trend.
- The color of green. Every year there's an in vogue color and this year it seemed to be green. Bulova’s Accutron II Alpha was one prominent example but there were many others from the likes of the Shinola Runwell, Ulysse Nardin Black Sea, and the new Rolex Milgauss variant.
- In-house movements. As Swatch's ETA division continues to tighten access to its movements, the knock-on effect is being felt across the industry. New in-house movements from Maurice Lacroix, NOMOS, Breitling, and Bulova were all noteworthy and part of a trend that is likely to accelerate in coming years.
- NATO straps. Once the provence of low-end utility watches or soldiers in action, these durable nylon straps are now the rage in premium models too, like the Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Carbon Orange pictured below.