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Some of the new luxury timepieces include Gucci’s 40 mm automatic watches and the TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02.

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More than a tool for tracking time or a fashion statement, luxury watches can prove to be a good investment as owners can trade their timepiece in the future for a fortune. The preowned timepieces market is actually booming, according to Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, luxury and fashion powerhouses are exerting efforts to compete with the growing secondhand market, by re-releasing old designs, along with innovative new collections.

Here are some of the new releases this year that watch collectors and enthusiasts should check out.

Gucci’s new innovative watches for men

Italian luxury brand Gucci has introduced its new automatic timepiece collection for men. This 2018 collection features five new innovative 40 mm watches.

The new watches are Swiss Made. Two of them feature a GMT function with an additional hand in the shape of a snake for tracking time in two different time zones. One features a yellow gold PVD case, a yellow gold chevron dial and a black alligator cuff. The other one has a steel case, silver guilloché dial and an emerald green alligator cuff.

The other edition showcases Gucci’s decorative technique and precise attention to details, with a repeating pattern engraved on the bezel and the bracelet. It has a steel case, silver guilloché dial and steel bracelet. There are two other variants with leather bracelets, one with a yellow gold PVD case and yellow gold-colored chevron dial, and one with a steel case and a silver-colored guilloché dial.

New Rolex watches seen at Baselworld 2018

Rolex, the world’s famous Swiss luxury watchmaker, featured five new watches at the Baselworld 2018 last March. The collection includes an updated GMT-Master II version, two new Oyster Perpetual Datejust, a new Cosmograph Daytona and a new Deepsea timepiece, per South China Morning Post.

Rolex's GMT-Master II

Rolex’s GMT-Master II now comes with Oystersteel and also features a blue and red “Pepsi” ceramic bezel. (Photo by Juho Eskelä via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0)

The new GMT-Master II version features Rolex’s iconic Oystersteel, plus the “Pepsi” red and blue ceramic bezel, with caliber 3285 and a bi-directional rotatable bezel.

The Datejust 36 and the Datejust 31 are the new additions to the Oyster Perpetual Datejust family. Datejust 36 comes in Everose Rolesor and Yellow Rolesor, and both come with the caliber 3235. There’s a version with a diamond hour markers and another with a diamond-encrusted bezel.

On the other hand, Datejust 31 is equipped with caliber 2236 and comes with a mother-of-pearl dial or a diamond-encrusted bezel.

Meanwhile, the new Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is surely the most eye-catching among the bunch. It features a gradation of sapphires in its bezel, with 56 diamonds in the lugs and crown guard, plus 11 baguette-cut sapphire hour markers.

Finally, Rolex Deepsea is the watchmaker’s new divers’ watch. It is equipped with caliber 3235, with a blue Parachrom hairspring and redesigned lugs and sides with a broader bracelet.

TAG Heuer’s rare ’70s racing watch

Automotive enthusiasts would not want to miss out this ultimate retro timepiece from Tag Heuer. The Swiss watchmaker brings back its rare “Orange Boy” Autavias in a sports collaboration with Hodinkee, Maxim reports.

The TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 features a stainless steel with a see-through caseback and a “beads-of-rice” style bracelet, orange “racing stripe” accents, automatic chronograph movements, and tachymeters for measuring speed.

Whether you plan to keep the watch for good or sell it in the future, these items are worth considering, especially with their extravagant and sophisticated features.

Arturo Garcia is a Peruvian-Filipino financial journalist. He is a self-confessed football fan. He started out as a political writer for a local daily in Peru, but now focuses on tech and business. Arturo studied Economics at Unibersidad de Lima and currently lives at an apartment in Salinas Valley, Northern California, exactly 725 meters from John Steinbeck’s hometown.

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