Baselworld 2013, day one

Today was the official opening of the fair to the public. Which I passed; one opening a fair seems enough for me. Besides that I have to start here with finishing yesterday, after I posted the ‘day zero’ article I was at the (first ever) Tudor bloggers press conference.

Tudor Shield

Besides the new (mainly chronograph) models, all revived from or inspired by the early Tudor days, I was very pleased by the fact that they had a real Ducati Diavel customized for them and that it was on the stand. A bit over the top for my taste, but still a beautiful and monstrous bike.

Ducati Diavel

I ended the evening off with a very pleasant view of Basel, having dinner and a beer or two together with good friends of the show, like Bernard Werk (Watching Magazine), Robert-Jan Broer, Bert Buysrogge, Dennis van Staa (all Fratellowatches) and Bart and Tim Grönefeld who don’t need further introduction.

basel view

So today I started late after all the dust had come down a bit, and had my first meeting at the new Sinn booth with Mrs. Nicole Bausch. She’s the company’s general manager, or Betriebsleiterin in German, and we know each other for over 15 years already.

Sinn this year came with two new diving watches, the 45 mm T1 and the 41 mm T2. Both quite equal except for the size, only some minor details (the position of the dry-capsule is the only one I right away remember.

I’m sorry, I promised not to use stock press pictures, so I won’t. However I didn’t bring a camera to the appointment; this is what my iPhone made of it:

Sinn T1

To me the T’s are slightly competing with Sinn’s own U1, although the T’s have a different type of hands and dial, and the shape of the (titanium-vanadium) casing is very different as well. So is the price (almost € 3.000,=).

Another new watch in the Sinn collection which certainly caught my attention was the Sinn 104.St.Sa. A very clean pilot inspired daily wearer – in what still to me is a very Sinnish price level; just under € 1.000,=. I’m sure certainly the North-European public is going to love this one.

Sinn 104.St.Sa

After the Sinn appointment I did something which without would make my Baselworld incomplete. I had Bratwurst for lunch with friend and beer.

Bratwurst

In the afternoon I collected some print magazines from the media kiosk just outside the fair’s building. They have all watch related magazines you can ever think of, in any language, and they’re free.

Thereafter I went of to the Cuervo & Sobrino’s press conference. That was a mistake. Nice atmosphere, nice mojito’s, but I still don’t know what they tried to let us know. What I understood is that the three people talking (nt the faintest idea who they were) all shared the same passion, good hotels, good food and historic cars and races.

Cuervo

That’s fine, I like them too, but would have expected something about watches there, I couldn’t find it…

Now I’m on my way to a drinks-meeting with Bremont at Bar Rouge on top (31rst floor) of the Ramada hotel next to the fair ground. I will start my daily write-up with that tomorrow -> Baselworld 2013, day two

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