Notes: Baselworld and Trade Show Life

The 100th installment of the watch fair and the weeks we spend as other people

I call it my week of suits. In actuality, it’s my other life. Four years in a row now I’ve woken up in an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, dressed myself quite professionally, hopped on a tram and worked a nine to six or seven job—for one week each year. There are about 30 or 40 back-to-back meetings in that span. Time is dedicated to innovations …

Eight New Watches Under $300

From sporty to minimal, retro to post-modern—our favorite affordable timepieces

Between the Swiss watch industry’s fashion-world-like calendar of annual releases and the awareness boost entrepreneurs receive from crowdfunding platforms, there have never been more options for the wrist. Contrary to popular belief, a beautiful or interesting watch doesn’t need to come with a hefty price tag. Many of the best known brands—Hamilton, Seiko, Citizen for example—all provide options under $300. The following eight selections, however, …

Botta Uno Automatik One-Handed Watch

If you thought the Mondaine that Ami wrote about yesterday was minimalist, then you haven't seen this new Botta. Get with the times man and check out the Uno, a one-handed watch. Two hands? That's just so second millennium. German watchmaker Klaus Botta's design makes seconds and minutes irrelevant; with the Uno, be on time-ish. The slacker's watch is available in mechanical automatic (€490)or quartz …