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Sports Watches: Rolex GMT-Master, Omega Seamaster: Dress Watches: Vacheron, Rolex Tridor; Lange 1

Baselworld 2019 is in full swing, but Tim Mosso and “Watches Live” take a tour of the recent past; the top luxury watch livestream on YouTube is ready to bring Rolex, Omega, Sinn, Ulysse Nardin, Manufacture Royale, Zenith, and Vacheron Constantin for an even of sensation firsthand pleasure. While 2019 Rolex rolls-out within the confines of the Baselworld fair, Tim looks back to the first “Baselworld” – the 2005 show. That was the year that the “Anniversary Dial” Rolex GMT-Master II with green lacquer dial arrived to dazzle watch buyers. This exact model is ready to make an appearance alongside more recent Basel arrivals from Ulysse Nardin (Toro GMT +/- Perpetual) and Zenith (Chronomaster Open T, El Primero Classic Cars, Defy El Primero 21), and Glashutte Original (Panotourbillon XL). Although mainstream luxury watch brands generally rule Baselworld and “Watches Live,” several spunky independent watch brands are ready to answer the call. Grand Seiko sets sail with two stunning automatics including the US boutique 35-piece limited edition SBGH051 and the ravishing no-date SBGR097. Manufacture Royale joins the proceedings with its 1770 Flying Tourbillon in rose gold. Zenith’s El Primero automatic high beat chronograph turns 50 years old in 2019, so we have three examples of the El Primero representing the last 20 years of Zenith chronograph history. Baselworld outsiders also feature; Richemont’s brands have never been shy about stealing Basel’s thunder by releasing new models during the show; Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Sohne are on hand to fly the flag for Johann Rupert’s watchmaking empire. And Swatch Group, newly withdrawn from the Basel circus, brings the goods tonight in the form of several Omega watches; Aqua Terra and Speedmaster are set for launch. A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon 704.032 B. Glashutte Original PanoTourbillon XL 41-03-04-04-04 C. Grand Seiko Hi-Beat Automatic SBGR051 D. Grand Seiko Automatic SBGR097 E. Manufacture Royale 1770 Flying Tourbillon F. Omega Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendar 130.33.41.22.06.001 G. Omega Speedmaster Racing 326.32.40.50.03.001 H. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M 231.12.42.21.01.001 I. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Annual Calendar 231.10.39.22.03.001 J. Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II 116718LN K. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Tridor 18239 L. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II 218206 M. Sinn 910 Anniversary Rattrapante/Split-Seconds 910.010 N. Ulysse Nardin Executive El Toro GMT Perpetual Calendar 329-00-03 O. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 31-Day Retrograde Day-Date 47245/000R-8775 P. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49140/423A-8886 Q. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 5500V/110A-B075 R. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Automatic 49140/423A-8886 S. Zenith El Primero Classic Cars 51.2041.400/27.C771 T. Zenith Chronomaster Open T 18.0240.4021/01.C495 U. Zenith Defy El Primero 21 95.9000.9004/78.R582