Predictions For Baselworld 2019: ComplicationsWritten by Alvin Wong
More talking pieces and decorative complications?
SIHH saw the return of highly technical ‘talking pieces’. Taking the lead from the Geneva watch fir, might we expect the same from the more audacious brands such as Jacob & Co. or Hublot from Baselworld?
But even if the complications are ‘basic’ – such as ‘just’ a tourbillon or a perpetual calendar – we might see more ornamental approach to their presentation, particularly via skeletonisation and openworked dials; as well as the stretching of technical and performance limits of those complications with new materials or advanced movement construction.
However, if we were nominate one technical complication that would dominate the headlines at Baselworld 2019, we’d bet on the tourbillon returning to the spotlight. With GMT and world-time watches taking the pedestal last year, we think that the tourbillon feature in enough watches to send our peers into overdrive. Though not as practical as a GMT, the tourbillon evokes deep-seated romanticism and horological sophistication as an evergreen feature that is ready for its return to the big stage.
Read on for our Baselworld 2019 predictions for dress watches HERE!
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.