Technically, Baselworld 2017 starts today, Thursday, March 23rd. However, as some of you may know, the day before opening day, is Press Day, where they let those with press badges in half a day early to preview the exhibition halls.

And so, as has been the case for the past 9 years, we were there yesterday checking out many of the new timepieces, in advance of a full schedule of individual brand meetings that will take place between today and Monday.

From our initial walkthrough of the watch exhibition halls, along with a few meetings – here are three “unedited” shots of watches we think you’ll like. And as usual, full hands-on photo reports will follow in the coming weeks.

First, is the new Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor (cover image), which comes in a case under 40 mm, has an impressive array of hand-finished details. Producing approximately 50 pieces a year, and a partner with Chanel, this is one of the hottest independent brands.

Second, is the Seiko 62MAS re-edition, shot through the case, as our appointment is not until tomorrow. What we can tell you so far is that this is a properly executed re-edition and that there are other divers watches being launched alongside this that are also inspired by Seiko’s original professional diver watch.

Finally, there is the new Patek Philippe 5170 Chronograph, which has a stunning dark blue faded to black dial. And while we would love this watch even without the baguette diamonds, they are executed so subtly that they will not pop like many diamond-studded watches do.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason is the founder of Professional Watches and specializes in writing, product photography, and digital marketing.