It’s high time to ditch the traditional golf accessories and gardening gifts this Father’s Day, because what Dad really deserves, is to be treated to something that stands the test of time. And nothing says thank you more than an opulent watch he wil cherish for years. This year’s Baselworld exhibition, held at the Messe Basel – the world's largest and most exciting watch fair – showcased a host of beautiful timepieces that every dad will adore no matter his signature look. Join us as we deliver a heap of wristwear inspiration to solve all your dad gifting dilemmas this Father's Day. >>
Green was the standout colour at this year’s fair, and no piece showcased the trend better than the Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date. Combining two trends in one – vintage throwback and green hues – the timepiece is a limited-edition addition to the cult Sixties retro collection. The striking dégradé dial features a beautiful green hue that blends from green to black in a design that explodes outwards like a firework. Simply beautiful.
Swiss watch brand Hublot have launched its first luxury smartwatch, the Big Bang Referee 2018 World Cup Edition Russia, and it's already making waves in the sporting world as FIFA World Cup referees sign on to wear it during competition fixtures. Designed with the avid football fan in mind, the sports-inspired timepiece is capable of instantly connecting the wearer to 2018 FIFA World Cup matches – just in time for this summer's event.
Commemorating 50 years since the Apollo 8 team journeyed to the other side of the moon, the timepiece’s skeletonised dial features an exact replica of the moon’s surface, etched into the surface via laser ablation. Turn it over to see the reverse of the moon – or the ‘dark side’ – along with the words of former NASA astronaut Jim Lovell, “we’ll see you on the other side”. The chronograph, made from black ceramic steel, is a beautiful collector’s item, powered by Omega’s famous Moonwatch calibre 1861.
If your dad loves to make a statement, the new Defy Zero G from Zenith is the perfect choice. The skeletonised 44mm Defy, inspired by early marine chronometers and powered by the El Primero movement, encompasses an innovative patented mechanism known as ‘Gravity Control’, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Whichever way you hold it – horizontal, vertical or anywhere in between – the balance stays level. It’s available in titanium or gold.
In honour of its golden anniversary, the brand has created a limited-edition series of 100 special watch and cufflink sets. In a nod to traditional Genevan craftsmanship, Patek has engaged the help of skilled engravers and enamellers to create stunning hand-engraved dials, etched with the motif resembling the Calatrava cross, Patek Philippe’s logo – an exceptionally time-consuming feat.