Armin Strom: Skeletonized watch movements have long been a core specialty at boutique brand Armin Strom, which brought as its Basel highlight the Gravity Date Fire, the most luxurious of its Gravity Date models (which are all named after elements), in a rose gold case and boasting a five-day power reserve.
Seiko: Seiko, Japan’s lone representative at IBG 2014, brought a vast selection of its mechanical Grand Seiko timepieces, with their mirror-polished bezels and diamond polished indices and hands, including the new Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT model, in three different dial colors. Also drawing lots of attention was a complete selection of the popular Seiko Astron collection of solar-powered GPS watches, including the new chronograph version.
RGM: Watchmaker Roland G. Murphy himself, the founder of this U.S.-based brand, was at the table at IBG, showing interested guests a variety of timepieces that use the brand’s Pennsylvania 801 movement. These included the aircraft model, with its 24 hour time display. Along with these were two versions of the RGM 20th Anniversary Watch — the first RGM in a tonneau case — one with the full guilloché dial and the other with an openworked dial, and both containing RGM’s made-in-America Caliber 20.