Pre-Basel: Tag Heuer announces 43mm Carrera Heuer-01

Tag Heuer announced its original 45mm Carrera Heuer-01 sports chronograph at Baselworld 2015, it was the first watch the brand released under the watchful eye of Jean-Claude Biver (our story here). Two years on Tag Heuer has announced a new Carrera Heuer-01, this time with a smaller 43mm case.

We reckon Tag Heuer has widened the Heuer-01’s appeal with this new case size.

Pre-Basel: Omega teases Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer, and it has a racing dial. Hooray!

Fact: Speedmaster enthusiasts are in for a treat this year. Why? Well, the iconic Speedmaster celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017, and you can bet that Omega is going to give the Speedy the fanfare it so richly deserves. We’re already off to a good start as just a few weeks ago Omega announced the Speedmaster SpeedyTuesday limited edition (our story here), and now there’s this new Speedmaster Moonwatch Automatic Master Chronometer with a racing dial.

Speedmaster enthusiasts are going to be spoiled for choice this year.

Two of a kind: Two new Seikos that we love

Seiko produces some fantastic watches but in the past, the brand released most of its highly desirable pieces only in its home market of Japan. Things are changing however, and this year the brand had several interesting quartz and mechanical watches at BaselWorld. We were drawn to two mechanical watches in particular, the Presage Automatic Watch 60th Anniversary (below), and the Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 Day Power Reserve.

The 12 o'clock index is finished in red on the enamel reference. It's a design trait we've seen on other enamel dial Presage watches.

The 12 o’clock index is finished in red on the enamel reference. It’s a design trait we’ve seen on other enamel dial Presage watches.

Zenith launches the Heritage Pilot Cafe Racer

Several cool and interesting timepieces were unveiled at BaselWorld 2016, and Zenith’s Heritage Pilot Cafe Racer is one of the most fascinating yet. This piece’s undeniably-engaging looks are said to be inspired by the ‘cafe racer’ biker culture that came to the fore in England in the 1960s.

Going just on pictures, this watch packs a heck of a lot of character.

Going just on pictures, this watch packs a heck of a lot of character.