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Allow us to make a sweeping generalization: at every watch fair, it’s the blinged-out pieces that get the most attention.

Of course there’s nothing bad about the ultra-embellished, diamond-studded watches that are half jewelry, half timepiece. After all, we have a massive soft spot for gems ourselves—it’s just that because people are magpies, we’re just naturally drawn to the shiniest thing in the bunch, and sometimes, the less extravagant pieces are pushed to the sidelines.

So, for this roundup, we’re putting the spotlight on the less blinding but, in our humble opinion, equally stunning pieces from one of our favorite brands, Rolex. You’ve already seen the colorful, iced iterations. These are definitely more wearable, timeless, and gorgeous in their own right. Get them and you’re pretty much set for any and everything that life might throw at you.

That is, until next year.

GMT-Master II in Oystersteel

Rolex GMT-Master II in Oystersteel rolex baselworld 2018
Rolex GMT-Master II in Oystersteel rolex baselworld 2018
Rolex GMT-Master II in Oystersteel rolex baselworld 2018

Pilot? Frequent traveler? Fan of the beloved dual-color bezel? This needs to go on your wish list, not just because it’ll, as fashion writers love to say, pop, but also because of its black dial, Jubilee bracelet, and a brand new movement, the caliber 3285, it’s all at once functional, comfortable, and even more resilient and reliable than its predecessors.

Datejust 36 in Everose Rolesor

Rolex Datejust 36 Everose Gold rolex baselworld 2018
Rolex Datejust 36 Everose Gold rolex baselworld 2018
Rolex Datejust 36 Everose Gold rolex baselworld 2018

They’ve combined Oystersteel and 18 carat Everose gold in an update of this classic, which makes this equal parts trendy and timeless. This is the watch you’re tempted to get in every color, and this new iteration is as convincing as it gets.

Deepsea in Oystersteel

Rolex Deepsea Oystersteel
Rolex Deepsea Oystersteel rolex baselworld 2018
Rolex Deepsea Oystersteel rolex baselworld 2018

The Titanic connection is enough of a reason for some people to want this revamp of the original. But if you’re a diver, chances are you pay close attention to more than face value. At the heart of the new Deepsea is the calibre 3235 movement—which, with its Chonergy escapement, increased insensitivity to magnetism, heightened precision, and improved multi-position regularity—makes a very persuasive argument for a new addition to your collection.

Datejust 31 in White Gold

Rolex Datejust 31 White Gold rolex baselworld 2018
Rolex Datejust 31 White Gold
Rolex Datejust 31 White Gold

We couldn’t help it—it toes the line of extravagance, but holds back just enough. We did say we liked shiny things.

We’ll be the first to admit that we have a soft spot for a good, centuries-old brand story. While one of the many reasons we love Patek Philippe is how the brand and the idea of heritage go hand in hand, we also relish in how this nearly 200-year-old watch house always has something new up its proverbial sleeve.

From the droolworthy Rare Handcrafts to, er, more practical pieces, we’ve rounded up our favorite pieces this iconic brand unveiled at Baselworld 2018.

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  • Aquanaut Luce in Misty Blue
    Rubber and diamonds? Why not? You’ve seen it in black, brown and white, and this year, Patek Philippe asks you to add a pop of color to your watch wardrobe with the grey-blue version of the 2004 original. Staying true to its Italian name, meaning “light”—thanks to the 46 diamonds circling the bezel—it’s perfect for the fabulously sporty woman.

  • 5270/1R-001 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
    In 2011, Patek Philippe introduced its first manufacture-made chronograph movement with a perpetual calendar, which they’ve (finally!) paired with a rose gold bracelet, dubbed “Goutte” because of its heraldry-inspired, droplet-shaped links. Gone is the opaline dial, and in its stead is an ebony sunburst, which contrasts beautifully with rose gold markers and hands, creating an effect that manages to bring together traditional embellishment with an almost modern minimalism. Bravo.

  • Calatrava Pilot Time
    Available in ladies’ and gentlemen’s sizes. Yes, some his-and-hers novelties are a little…cheesy. We can’t judge anyone for wanting these to match, though: they’re a warmer take on the 2015 iteration, rendered in rose gold and featuring a brown dial with black gradation, and with a vintage calfskin strap reminiscent of pilots’ harnesses. If you’re one-half of a jet-setting couple, put these on your wish list.

  • 5205G-013 Annual Calendar
    Say goodbye to your old two-tone dial…seriously, because they’ve discontinued the original 2010 release. In its place is something just as, if not more, beautiful in the form of the Ref. 5205 in white gold. It features a literal new face, with a smooth blue to black gradation in lieu of the more straightforward two-tone grey and black (or grey and…grey).

  • 5207G-001 Minute Repeater Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar
    It’s out with the old and in with the new as Patek Philippe discontinues all older iterations of the brand’s only watch that features a minute repeater, a tourbillon, and an instantaneous perpetual calendar with aperture displays. We foresee a short, albeit intense, mourning period however, since the brand has replaced it with a stunning piece in white gold you won’t be able to keep from admiring, on or off your wrist.

  • 5270P-001 Chronograph Perpetual Calendar
    This got collective oooooohs not because of the fact that it’s the first of this model rendered in platinum. Absolutely not. It isn’t even because it has a beautiful chocolate brown alligator strap, or that its subtle vintage look hides a stunning complication. It got collective ooooohs because it has a salmon face. End of story.

It was a big year for Omega. From celebrating the Seamaster’s original launch in 1948 and the Diver 300M’s 25th anniversary to the unveiling of much-awaited, exquisitely feminine pieces, and even a dark, beautiful ode to the cosmos, the brand’s offerings at this year’s fair has us wanting to get our hands on them, ASAP.

Here, we round up our favorites.

Speedmaster "Dark Side of the Moon" Apollo 8 omega baselword 2018

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, which allowed human eyes to see the dark side of the moon for the first time, this new take on the Moonwatch is gorgeous for a variety of reasons: a stunning ceramic exterior, a skeletonized dial that reveals lunar-inspired laser ablating, and a transparent caseback that greets you with astronaut Jim Lovell’s eternal words to mission control: “We’ll see you on the other side.” Indeed.

Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronomete omega baselworld 2018

Even classics need an update, and in this respect, Omega managed to deliver, with the revamp of its iconic diving watch. It was a makeover, both inside and out, as the watch now not only comes with a smaller, 42mm face, but also a reintroduced laser-engraved signature wave pattersn, raised (and much more luminous) indexes, a new and improved helium escape valve, and—a walk on the wild side, this—a crystal caseback.

Omega De Ville Trésor omega baselworld 2018

Classic and elegant but young and modern—a difficult combination to master that would be a disaster is lesser hands, but Omega’s Trésor collection for women both draws inspiration from decades past while looking forward with a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic that’s all at once simple and luxurious.

Omega Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds and Central Second omega baselworld 2018

Happy 70th, Seamaster. We’re going to justify our deep desire for these limited edition tributes to the original with the fact that modern life is lived in a proverbial battlefield all its own. A stretch, we know, but how can you not want these two stunning watches that just might make you feel like you could lead armies—or, at the very least, take them on? Grandpa would be proud.

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