The coverage of ours of this year’s Baselworld has become practically non existent, which was definitely intentional on the behalf of ours. We needed to take it easy, let the event and its proceedings unfold and provide you with guys the opportunity to make up the own mind of yours about what was sexy, what was not, what you would spend the hard earned cash of yours money on and what you would steer clear and far from. It has been a short time after the conclusion of Baselworld. Loads of time to possess formulated and agreed upon a conclusive and clear decision on everything you definitively enjoyed. And so, we believed this the opportune time to throw our very own proverbial and opinionated spanner into the works. With that, let us check out what we believed to function as the very best of a rather stacked and extremely amazing bunch.
Arnold & Son Globetrotter ($16,995USD)
Dare I say it? Is there a little bit of MB&F impact in the Globetrotter? Personally, I do not care. Though I know lots of folks out there are actually turning the noses of theirs up at the Globetrotter. The brand new world timer is actually a bit of a revelatory piece from Son and Arnold, whose really standard way of doing things was to skeletonise and decorate. The Globetrotter is a far more contemporary affair however, what about a pretty big package that could prevent some potential customers. At 45mm wide and 17.23mm in thickness (at probably the highest point of the domed sapphire crystal), the Globetrotter is actually by no means subtle. But just what it lacks in sophistication it will make up for in bucket loads of fun, crazy good looks along with a little bit of absurdity.
Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 (From 4,000CHF)
Breitling’s amazing streak since Georges Kern’s takeover continues with Navitimer
one Automatic thirty eight, a unisex timepiece made in possibly a stainless steel or a stainless steel and gold variation. This’s a certainly love-at-first-sight watch for me. Although it does appear bigger compared to its dimensions dictate with because of the expansive dial real estate, at 38mm in width this’s certainly on the smaller side of things. This’s a really wearable timepiece that’s truly an ode to an evolving manufacturer that has the ears of theirs to the street, the brain of theirs on progression and the eye of theirs on the prize.
Breitling Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44 (From 7,350CHF)
Just like the Navitimer one Automatic thirty eight, the Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph forty four is actually a stunner. The moment I saw it I knew I want to it. A riveted and thickened bezel, a lovely panda dial layout and a complex look truly brings to light exactly how capable and wearable the Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph forty four is actually. It is handsome, classically styled however a lot in keeping with Breitling’s contemporary ethos. The gorgeous sun ray cream dial meshes well with the black sub dials and bezel, as well as the stainless steel case, exposed crown and chronograph pushers round off an extremely appealing package.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 114 (From $5,800USD)
I do not recall the last time I featured an Oris timepiece. But Oris actually hit the nail on the head with the fundamental Crown ProPilot Calibre 114. It is a fun looking timepiece that still packs quite a great deal of horological punch with because of its 10 day rated in house made hand wound Oris Calibre 114. At 44mm in width with sometimes a black or maybe anthracite dial, the fundamental Crown ProPilot Calibre 114 actually sits flush and nice in this zone of perfect dimensions and proportions. The dial flows well, and also the differently sized sub dials, touches of slim-line and red bezel finish off a watch that I’d really quite enjoy. Long lugs, an oversized crown along with a really conventional appearance makes the fundamental Crown ProPilot Calibre 114 a definitive winner in the eyes of mine.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon DoublePeripheral ($72,300USD)
How can you create one of the world’s most amazing horological complications that a lot cooler? Hard to answer definitively, but Carl F. Bucherer
might have just upped their tourbillon’s cool element in the Manero Tourbillon DoublePeripheral
. Carl F. Bucherer have mounted the tourbillon of theirs inside of a peripheral cage, giving it the impression of the tourbillon floating in space unsuspended. Outside of the ultra impressive tourbillon, the Manero Tourbillon DoublePeripheral is an extremely stylish timepiece that could hold its own against a few heavy competition. The tourbillon is actually of course the focus here, and the completely apparent from the rear or maybe the front of the watch. Carl F. Bucherer have gone one step more and also added a stop seconds mechanism in the piece, ensuring timekeeping accuracy and precision.
Patek Philippe 7150R/250R Chronograph ($83,918USD)
A far more beautiful watch to come out of this year’s Baselworld I am yet to find out, the 7150R/250R is actually a stunningly beautiful, somewhat understated timepiece from one of horology’s greatest watchmakers, ever. Designed for the feminine horological enthusiast, the 7150R/250R features a physically wound mechanism (the CH29 535 PS calibre), applied Breguet numerals and seventy two round diamonds in the bezel. Although it certainly does are like it is going to sit nice and comfortably on the blessed lady’s wrist, the lug configuration is very strange. The 7150R/250R sits at 38mm in width, is actually made of pink gold and does not forgo some type of horological importance or perhaps significance.
Patek Philippe 5270P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (165,000CHF)
The web was definitely smitten with the release of the 5270P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
, this time with a salmon dial. Although I can actually see the appeal of its, I am not quite sold on it. Arguably the king of QP/chronograph timepieces, the 5270 is as appealing as it’s respected. The 5270P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph features of course the salmon dial which really sits in a lovely platinum case. All of the standards are there, also. In-house manually wound Calibre CH 29 535 PS Q mechanism, open sapphire caseback and also the sensation of superiority that will come along with having a Patek Philippe
. 2 issues: replace the Arabic numerals with Breguet numerals; as well as eliminate that damn chin. Otherwise, horological perfection.
Patek Philippe 5740 Nautilus Perpetual Calendar (105,000CHF)
Okay this’s it. The one everyone, and everyone is meant by me, had the eye of theirs one. The release of the 5740 Nautilus Perpetual Calendar. I can’t express exactly how satisfied I’m, exactly how impressed I’m and just how excited I’m seeing Patek Philippe integrating a perpetual calendar in their most popular collection, the Nautilus. There’s very much to applaud here. Although the not so obvious would be Patek’s ability and gusto to produce something out of air that is thin, the apparent is obviously the perpetual calendar. So to speak. The only qualm of mine with the 5740 is actually the lacking dial movement. The missing sweeping seconds hand means there is basically no active movement dial side, but that is negated by the open sapphire caseback and also the micro rotor powered Calibre 240 Q. Cannot have the cake of yours and eat it as well, right?
Patek Philippe 5968A Aquanaut Chronograph (38,600CHF)
Youthful, exuberant and a refreshing look, the 5968A is Patek’s initial response to a market that’s getting younger, more dynamic and more demanding. The 5968A is actually Patek Philippe’s most colorful timepiece, featuring pops of orange that actually resonates with me (in a great way). It reminds me of something from Richard Mille, but with a touch much more sophistication. It comes with sometimes a black or maybe an orange rubber strap, and both in fact look great with the 5968A. its dimensions are a lot in keeping with today’s sizing demands, too. It sits at 42.2mm in diameter, 11.9mm in height and features the automatic Calibre CH 28-250 C with a power reserve rated up to 55-hours. Quite cool things in case you ask me.
Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions (From 5,700CHF)
Available in two variations to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the iconic Seamaster, the Omega Seamaster 1948 Centre Seconds and the Omega Seamaster 1948 Small Seconds (the one pictured above) are drop-dead gorgeous. It’s simple watchmaking like that of the Seamaster that sometimes gets me the most excited. I just enjoy a simple, well put together watch that’s quiet, not ostentatious and carries with it an inconscpicuous nature. Under the hood lies the Omega Calibre 8804, a METAS Master Chronometer Certified calibre that is resistant of up to 15,000 Gauss, features a co-axial escapement and that beats at an unconventional 3.5Hz. Love it
Zenith Defy Zero G ($131,000USD)
High-end sports watches are all of the craze today. And this’s Zenith’s answer to the market’s ever increasing demand. The Zero G
combines the very high beat El Primero movement with the Gravity Control system (a gyroscopic mount for the regulator which guarantees that it often remains horizontal). Better timekeeping is actually of course the purpose here, secondary of course to it looking damn awesome. The rose gold case can serve as the best backdrop for the remarkable nature of the dial, what about all honesty from a strictly technical perspective, the Defy Zero G
is likely one of Baselworld’s highlights. Out of the great perspective, this’s actually up there with the very best of them.
Laurent Ferrier Galet Minute Repeater School Piece (TBA)
produce several of the world’s most marvellous timepieces, and I say this with absolutely no reservations. Were I in a place to buy one, I’d certainly not hesitate. The dial is amazing, yes. Though the magic is actually on the movement side. I can’t begin to commend the Laurent Ferrier atelier on their innate ability to produce movements which are actually both technically innovative and eye wateringly, gob smackingly gorgeous. Take the time to value what lies before the eyes of yours. Done and detailed to an amount of perfection that even by far the most astute cynic would find trouble in speaking negative of. The LF 707.01 calibre features a power reserve of approximately 80 hours, features 300 components and it is of course by hand wound. Gentlemen and ladies, I provide you with the Laurent Ferrier Galet Minute Repeater School Piece.
Rolex GMT-Master II 126715 CHNR (35,000CHF)
The love affair of mine with the infamous BLNR “Batman” was on-again-off-again over the past 12 months or thereabouts. At the moment, I am sitting in the off again stand, not necessarily noting much more of a difference between it and also the more inexpensive Submariner (disregarding of course the GMT function). Then again Rolex comes along with the newest iteration of theirs of their much acclaimed GMT Master II line, this time with an 18k Everose gold case, a black dial and a bidirectional Cerachom bezel (whose top portion is actually in black, even though the bottom is actually in) that is brown. Rolex also have integrated their updated GMT calibre into the CHNR, the calibre 3285 (COSC Chronometer certified, of course). Grails be damned, this’s the watch to have. things that is Great .
De Bethune DB25 Starry Varius (60,000CHF)
Time and space appear to work in unison, and a great small masterpiece depicting the relationship has been created by the De Bethune atelier. The dial of this wondrous piece could really be customised to provide you with an individual view of the night sky, essentially helping you to take a mental image of the favourite celestial cluster of yours and embed it within the watch of yours. The watch itself is actually of course of upmost quality. The 42mm titanium case is actually polished to perfection, while the polished and blued silver toned hour and titanium dial ring finishes off an extremely handsome ensemble. This’s a relatively fundamental De Bethune model, with the DB25 Starry Varius being driven by the calibre DB2005, which just really depicts the minutes and passing hours. While fundamental, this particular motion is rated for 6 days when fully wound as well as has extremely contemporary mechanism architecture. A lovely piece undoubtedly, and certainly one for the fan boys of the thrilling independent atelier.
Voutilainen 217QRS (From 118,000CHF)
The 217QRS is actually an enigmatic timepiece whose distinctive aesthetic has captured the hearts of us all over here at Haulogerie. To put it simply, this might be probably the finest timepiece to have been introduced at this year’s Baselworld. By no means is actually this’s a very complex timepiece, with probably the most complex part of the mechanism being the retrograde date. No, this’s an extremely immediate, really specific watch made with a singular notion in mind: perfection. And this particular watch is perfect, in each and every sense of the term. Every Voutilainen piece is actually crafted by hand, as well as the 217QRS isn’t a different. With that really individual attention to detail comes the undeniable appeal of an in house calibre, too. This’s Voutilainen at his best, period. A far cry from high end complication watchmaking, the 217QRS is actually at the very pinnacle of what could be accomplished to the realms of “simplistic” watchmaking. Superb.
Akrivia Chronométre Contemporaine (From 55,500CHF)
There is hardly any to no coverage on Akrivia on Haulogerie, and that’s in no chance a manifestation of the brand. The pieces of theirs are actually crazy, inventive and hugely personified things of the atelier’s creators and the maddening skill of theirs. The Chronometre Contemporaine however is a really different Akrivia. It is a workout in restraint, focus and maturity. Although with a sense of differentiation and unconventional direction that we have all come to expect from the boys at Akrivia, it is a lovely timepiece whose visual flows in a regular fashion. The movement, on the additional hand, is exceptional. The Chronometre Contemporaine features Akrivia’s in house RR 01 caliber, a just beautiful affair which seems as a thing coming out of the Dufour atelier. This particular movement is so amazingly well put together I genuinely feel you have to find a few living pictures of it. Stick to this link here to take a look at the motion from the friends of ours over at SJX Watches.