When the “Watch of the Year” was presented, the prize went to Audemars Piguet – a watch that has set standards by the sound of its minute repetition.Winner of the selection: Nomos Glashütte.When it comes to the German market, there is no more important event at Baselworld than the award of the “Watch of the Year”, which is organized by “Welt am Sonntag” and the magazine “Wristwatches”.The event in the congress center was correspondingly well attended.Every year, the jury awards a prize for the watch personality of the year – this time he went to Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, who, with LU Chopard , created a brand in the past, which stands for the highest craftsmanship and many complications.The honored one, who had appeared with his father, accepted the prize modestly: “This award inspires me even more,” he said.
In the “Grand Complication” category, the jury quickly agreed: The Audemars Piguet “Royal Oak Concept Supersonnery” fascinated all professionals at their performance a year ago, thanks to the sound of their minute repetition.The judgment for a clock, which has set standards by the loudness of its sound, which is the reason for all competitors, was correspondingly clear.The prize “Trendsetter Herren” won the “Senator Excellence” from Glashütte Original, a Baselnewty in 2016 with a silicon spiral that sets standards in precision.This year, the factory equipped the model with an eternal calendar.The Jaeger-LeCoultre “Atelier Reverso” was the front-runner for the ladies: the company celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Wendeuhr last year by giving its customers the opportunity to design parts of the model, such as the dial and the bracelets themselves,
Ulf Poschardt, editor-in-chief of the “Welt” group, held the opening speech this year. He stressed above all the sustainability of the watch industry’s products.In uncertain times like those we lived in, readers’ interest in such “wonderful things” was particularly pronounced as they offered guidance and support.In the readers’ poll of the “Welt am Sonntag” and the “Wrist Watch Magazine” Nomos Glashütte confirmed his reputation as a dauersieger.This year, too, the readers voted for a model with the new automatic manufac- turing caliber DUW 3001: the classic watch of the year 2017 is Nomos Glashütte “Tangente neomatik”.Managing Director Uwe Ahrendt accepted the award as usual: “A very good start of Baselworld!”
The prize for the “sporty watch” went to Breitling for the model “Superocean Heritage Chronoworks”.The engineers had completely dismantled the B01 plant in order to optimize it according to the latest findings and with the aid of state-of-the-art technologies.The result is, among other things, 100 hours of gear reserve.A good arrangement, the jury would have reached no other verdict: perseverance is probably what the suppliers of mechanical watches currently particularly need at watchtutorials.The award also showed very clearly that the industry does not have to worry about innovation.At the moment there may be an economic downturn, but companies are already tackling the problem.