The most exciting watches from Baselworld 2015

The Apple Watch is the dominant theme at Baselworld, the world's largest watch fair these days. It's comforting, however, to see examples of true, traditional craftsmanship alongside electronic iPhone-extension wristwatches…

Breitling Galactic Unitime Sleek

Together with racing and stunt pilot Nicolas Ivanoff Hamilton, Breitling has raised the Chrono Worldtimer to a new level. At a glance, the time can be gleaned in 24 time zones, whilst the quartz movement also has a day/night indicator that is automatically based on the selected time zone.

Fortis B-47 Worldtimer

The Worldtimer Fortis is the perfect entry-level model in world time watches. Equipped with a mechanical automatic movement, this is a clock for frequent travellers. With a price just over 3,000 euros it represents very good value for money.

Hermès Slim d'Hermès Koma Kurabé

We see no reason to exclude ladies' watches from our highlights. Buzan Fukushima is a master of Aka-e painting, a Japanese craft that can be best translated as ‘red-picture painting’. Normally a designer of vases and plates, Fukushima has applied his skills to the Slim d'Hermès Koma Kurabé, designing 12 dials of different designs, all made from porcelain.

Tudor North Flag

The coolest clock from Basel is without doubt the Tudor North Flag. A chronoraph aimed at adventurers, the new watch marks a turning point for Rolex’s sister brand: for the first time, an independently developed movement beats in the heart of a brand-new casing.

Ulysse Nardin Hannibal

The combination of a minute repeater with a tourbillon is currently something of a trend. In addition to these two complicated features, ‘Hannibal’ by Ulysse Nardin is decorated with a white gold depiction of the Carthaginian generals and an elephant at the crossing of the Alps.