The watch industry has a unique ability to nurture both changing trends and heritage. So at the same time, while incorporating the latest silicium alloy into movements or the most high-tech ceramic into bezels, it also remains obsessed with minute repeaters column-wheel chronographs and tourbillons—all invented decades and even centuries ago.
(From top left) Tudor Grantour Chrono; Breguet Type XXI Titanium; Breitling Barnato racing; de Grisogono Meccanico DG; Timex Intelligent Quartz Flyback Chrono Compass; Tissot T-race Motogp; Concord C2; raymond Weil Nabucco Inverso; Chopard Classic Racing Superfast Chrono Split Second; Seiko Ananta Automatic Chronograph Diver; Romain Jerome Black Mood Chrono; Hublot F1 King Power Tourbillon.
And so it is with references. While elements of the design, construction, movements and complications transform over time, many brands remain committed to certain core collections. The classic, pure men’s watch, the elegant ladies dress watch, and the aviator watch are staples for most brands, most years.
At BaselWorld 2011, like every year, there was a superb range of chunky, sporty and rugged timepieces from a variety of manufacturers. The rugged watch is one of the most versatile of references. It is available not only across every price range, but also with a spectrum of movement choice. From the dependability of a quartz Seiko, to the sophistication of a Breguet Type XXI. From the timelessness of a Breitling to the bold, new form of a Concord.
This is a collection of some of the most outstanding rough and tough timepieces from BaselWorld 2011.