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Top 20 Watches from Baselworld 2014 - Part 1

Discover 20 of the most exciting new watches that the CW Sellors Jura team saw at Baselworld this year...

The Engineer II Magneto S is equipped with a revolutionary A-PROOF anti-magnetic device.

The movement of an anti-magnetic BALL watch is usually fully enclosed in a soft iron casing, which channels magnetic fields and stops them from entering the movement. Developed and patented by BALL, the new A-PROOF device uses mumetal (an alloy of nickel, iron, copper and molybdenum) which has never been used before in watchmaking. Mumetal has anti-magnetic properties which are far superior to soft iron. The device features an ingenious diaphragm mechanism that extends or retracts by a simple circular motion of the bezel. When closed, the diaphragm locks the mumetal anti-magnetic protection cage in place. When retracted, the diaphragm disappears to reveal the movement at work through a transparent case back.

The Engineer II Magneto S has a 42 mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 12.5 mm. The black dial has a finely silk-screened graduation and features 15 micro gas tubes for night reading capability. The bezel is chiseled to enable easy manipulation when activating the diaphragm of the A-PROOF device. The watch is powered by the automatic calibre BALL RR1103-CSL and comes with a cordura fabric strap.

2. Bremont Terra Nova

The limited edition Bremont Terra Nova was tested by renowned British polar explorer Ben Saunders and his teammate Tarka L'Herpiniere during their world record-breaking Antarctic expedition in early 2014. The explorers became the first to ever complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition, trekking 1,795 miles across Antarctica.

The Terra Nova was an essential tool during their journey. It has an extremely durable and lightweight case - vital for endurance challenges - and the mechanical movement incorporates a special vibration mount that protects against extreme shocks and serves as a thermal insulator. The movement was tested to -40°C, ensuring it could withstand extreme temperatures. The explorers could measure longitude using the chronometer and could point to the South Pole using the GMT hand and the sun.

The Bremont Terra Nova has 43 mm case with a bi-rotating bezel and a domed, anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The hands, numerals and bezel feature SuperLumiNova for improved visibility. The watch is limited to 300 pieces and comes with an integrated rubber strap.

The new Nomos Glashütte Ahoi has a new dial colour inspired by the deep ocean on a windless day. The deep Atlantic blue dial with rose gold hour and minute hands give a more mature appearance to the sporty design.

The timepiece is powered by the automatic calibre Epsilon, which can be viewed through a transparent case back. It has a 40 mm stainless steel case with a curved sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 200 metres.

4. Tissot T-Race Aluminium

Tissot has combined its T-Race and the Racing-Touch watches to create the "ultimate modern sports watch". The T-Race Touch is inspired by a passion for fast motorsports and provides 11 tactile functions at the touch of a fingertip, including a chronograph and compass.

The aluminium case gives the watch a youthful, sporty appearance and is very lightweight. The watch is powered by a quartz movement and has a scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. It comes with a smooth synthetic strap and is water resistant to 100 metres.

The Hamilton Khaki Auto Chrono Limited Edition was inspired by a Hamilton elapsed time clock produced during World War II, considered to be the most complicated aircraft clock of the time. The case can be detached from its strap and presented in its wooden storage box which features a number of aviation-inspired design details.

Limited to 1,999 pieces, the watch has a 46.3 mm steel with black PVD case and features yellow details. The hands are a reinterpretation of the classic hands of traditional pilots' watches, but a yellow plane-shaped pointer appears on the chronograph second hand as a styling signature. The watch has a bi-directional turning flange, driven by the bezel, which can record a countdown. It is powered by the Hamilton H-31 movement with 60 hours of power reserve. 

6. Grand Seiko Spring Drive Platinum

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Platinum is a limited edition of 50 pieces. It has a 39.9 mm platinum case and a high definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating. A date window is positioned at 3 o'clock.

The watch is equipped with the in-house 9R15 calibre and has a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement can be viewed through a see-through case back with sapphire crystal. The Spring Drive Platinum comes with a crocodile strap.

The Silverstone RS Endurance 12HR chronograph is inspired by racing spirit and high speeds. It is powered by the calibre G1735 automatic tri-compax chronograph movement and it has a 46 mm case in steel with black PVD.

The watch has a shiny ceramic bezel with an orange tachymeter scale and an orange aluminium ring. A date window at 9 o'clock reveals a white and orange striped disc, inspired by a race track's painted kerning edges. The black-smoked openwork dial features a second counter shaped like an automobile brake disc. 

The Silverstone RS Endurance 12HR has a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces and a smoked sapphire crystal case back. It comes with an integrated black tyre tread rubber strap with orange inset.

Oris has been producing specialist aviation watched since 1938, and the new Big Crown ProPilot Day Date harnesses the brand's decades of flight experience. Designed to meet the accuracy and functionality demands of a pilot, the watch has a larger calendar indicator and eye-catching SuperLuminova inlayed hands, indices and numerals for paramount visibility in the air.

The watch design is inspired by turbine jets, with the bezel featuring a coin edged top ring, case back and crown reminiscent of an aeroplane's engines. It is powered by the Oris Calibre 752 automatic movement and has a 45 mm multi-piece stainless steel case.

SevenFriday organised a leak of its new M Series watches at Baselworld, including this version in black PVD. Official photos and details will not be released until May.

The 144 St S Jubilee celebrates the 40th anniversary of the classic Sinn 144 timepiece. Two engravings on the case back, '40 Jahre' and 'Eine von 300', mark the occasion. The watch is produced with a robust Black Hard Coating and is a limited edition of 300 pieces. 

The timepiece has a 41 mm bead-blasted stainless steel case made with TEGIMENT Technology, making it especially scratch resistant. Ar-Dehumidifying Technology enhances functional reliability and freedom from fogging. Functions include hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds, date display, day display, and a tachymeter / pulsometer scale.

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