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The Best Watches of BaselWorld 2014

Another BaselWorld is in the books, and it’s time for our annual tradition of choosing our favorite watches of the show. Once again, we polled five of our esteemed Timekeeping contributors for their picks -- and once again they chose a real mix of haute horlogerie, divers and chronographs from brands big and small. Mind you, these aren’t necessarily the best watches of the show (despite our title), but just the ones with which we’d choose to flee across the border on our wrists. See if you agree with our choices.

Notes from the World's Largest Watch Show

Dispatch From BaselWorld 2014

In this age of 24/7 connectivity and instant news reports via Twitter and press releases, it's relatively easy to cover events even from half a world away. For the past couple of years, that's how we covered the three-ring horological circus known as BaselWorld. But there was always a nagging feeling that the only way to truly report on the world's largest watch event was to be there on the ground. So this year we booked a ticket, rented a room, bought some comfortable shoes and packed our bags for Basel.

BaselWorld 2014
No sleep til Basel

Preview: BaselWorld 2014

For one week a year, the center of the timepiece universe revolves around Basel, a quiet Swiss city that sits astride the borders of France and Germany. Whereas January’s Salon Internationle Haute Horlogerie is a more intimate, almost quaint affair with its handful of high-end brands, BaselWorld, the world's largest watch show, is a raucous mosh pit of over a thousand brands, 100,000 visitors and a whole lot of schnitzel. This year, the show is earlier than usual, running from March 27th through April 3rd. And we’ll be there.

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Prepare for a Watch Nerd Overload

Primer: Baselworld 2013

If you like your watches and pay any attention at all to the watch industry, then you know about BASELWORLD, the annual industry show in Basel, Switzerland. Otherwise, you may never have heard about the exhibition, which is the wristwatch equivalent of the Detroit Auto Show and takes place April 25th to May 2nd. There’s plenty of fine jewelry too, for those who like sparkly things -- but we’re here to talk watches. We'll round up our favorite new timepieces after the dust settles, but until then, here's a bit of a primer on one of our favorite events of the year.

Boldly goes where no one has gone before

Timekeeping: Omega Spacemaster Z-33

Housed in a retro-styled titanium case that evokes their classic Flightmaster pilot's watches from the 70's, the new Omega Spacemaster Z-33 cannot be mistaken for anything else; namely a purpose-built pilot's watch from a company known for pushing boundaries.

Timekeeping: Baselworld 2012

Hot on the heels of SIHH we have yet another major watch industry trade show approaching, Baselworld, which takes place in -- you guessed it -- Basel, Switzerland. Baselworld, which has roots that stretch all the way back to 1917,