3Posted by Robert-Jan Broer on Apr 12, 2011
Actually, there are two Top 5s. One with watches in the more affordable range and one with watches that should be considered ‘extreme haute horlogerie’. Since I joined Ernie Romers of Watchuseek during BaselWorld, I’ve put both Top 5 lists in the BaselWorld forum at Watchuseek. Click here to go there.
Here are two teasers from both lists. In the ‘extreme haute horlogerie’ list, I only picked two established brands and one of them is Patek Philippe with their Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ref.5270. With a price tag of approx. $155,000.- USD definitely not for everyone, but for those who can : You need this watch. Period.
In the other Top 5, I picked Omega as one of the brands with a model worth mentioning in this list. The Planet Ocean Seamaster Co-Axial Chronograph Automatic. A diver’s watch with an in-house movement by Omega, featuring the co-axial escapement and chronograph complication. This new caliber 9300 has been covered in an earlier blog post here.
With Omega’s Liquid Metal technology, new range of in-house movements and – if you buy this model with a stainless steel bracelet – screw-in links bracelet, Omega is definitely ready taking the challenge to some of the other famous watch manufacturers in Switzerland. I think a lot of Omega fans have been waiting for these ‘final’ updates on their watches. With a list price of approx. 6.500,- CHF this watch doesn’t come cheap, but definitely worth considering if you are in the market for a serious manufacture diver.
Click here to go to the Top 5 BaselWorld 2011 Watch lists.