We have intentionally left blue, white and black out of this roundup of 2018 trends. It is not that we did not see enormous numbers of watches using these colors, nor have any of them run out of steam when it comes to US sales, it is more that we are looking for clues for the next big thing, and the use of grey falls into that category.
German manufacturers are particularly partial to grey, linking it back to the minimalist architecture of the Bauhaus movement, so we saw fantastic examples at Junghans, and Mühle Glashutte.
Another German watchmaker, Bruno Sohlne, which spent Baselworld speaking to potential distributors from the United States, used grey particularly well in its family of Armina big date chronographs.
Meistersinger, which is represented in the US by Duber Time, came up with the signature piece to illustrate the trend in its Urgan collection, with a matt grey dial on its single-handed 42mm steel watch housing a Japanese mechanical Miyota movement.
Up next in our review of Baselworld, Trend No.6: Bronze and Brown