Top 10 trends from Baselworld — No.3: More bang for the buck

Bulova Sutton Skeleton is a clear illustration of the trend for affordable skeletonized automatics.

Chinese and Japanese factories have brought prices down for mechanical movements suitable for skeletonized dials, which has led to a slew of models being launched this year at prices well under $1000.

The key piece that alerted us that this trend has gone mainstream is the Bulova Sutton collection, a three hand automatic skeleton with a clear case back to display the movement, that will sell for around $500 when it goes on sale in Q3.

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Maurice Lacroix watches are not competing at the same price point, but they are Swiss-made and, in the case of its 2018 Aikon Skeletonized Automatic housing an in house ML234, the company has made a fully open-worked movement in a timepiece likely to cost around $6000 in the United States when it hits stores.

That is a lot of watchmaking expertise in a striking urban-styled model.

It is not just Maurice Lacroix that has gone for an urban look this year, as we discover in Trend No.4: Gun Metal Chic.

 

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