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BASELWORLD 2013

As you may know, Baselworld is nearly upon us. The huge watch show in Basel, Switzerland opens March 19th and runs through the 26th. In fact, I believe my compadré Dave Kaiten will be there. – hopefully blogging live.

Eight days of geeking out over new watches, lamenting the ones we’d hoped brands would release but didn’t, and – yes – speculation about what might be in store next year.

Remember the much anticipated Rolex Pepsi GMT-Master II from last year? Yes, it dropped, but only in white gold. Will there be a stainless steel version this year? Rolex has done that in the past – releasing a steel version a year after a new gold reference.

And what about a panda Daytona (my personal favorite hoped-for piece)? A throwback to the Paul Newman and similar references would be great, but I think that ship sailed with the Daytona’s 50th anniversary a couple of years ago. Still, a watch geek can dream…

And there’s some crazy stuff that’s already been announced. Arnold & Son’s Constant Force Tourbillon, for instance.

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And what about Hamilton’s Ventura Elvis80, celebrating what would have been The King’s 80th birthday this past January 8th.

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Or the more conservative Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase, from a favorite brand of mine. No waiting for the steel version of this one, it’ll be available right away in either steel, two-tone steel and rose gold, or rose gold.

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And many more have been announced to an eagerly awaiting horological press. Go have some fun searching Google!

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