Horological premieres at Baselworld 2015. Part II.
Countdown to the world’s most important trendsetting show: #Baselworld 2015
The jewellery and watch industry is focused on Baselworld 2015 – the annual highlight for the sector and the most important marketplace and global trendsetting showcase. The show brings together the biggest and most prestigious brands in the world, emerging design talent, the finest retailers and the global press. But Baselworld goes beyond the world of watches and jewellery as it is also the leading global event for diamonds, gemstones and pearl merchants as well as machinery and other suppliers to the industry. Take a look at some of the watches debuting at this year’s event.
- Breitling Transocean Chronograph 1915
In 1915 Breitling invented the first independent pushpiece at 2 o’clock, a milestone invention that would change the face of the modern chronograph. In 2015, Breitling introduces the Transocean Chronograph 1915 in a 1,915-piece limited series, equipped with a new manufacture monopusher movement featuring a double column-wheel system (patent pending), a transparent sapphire crystal back and a vintage-inspired dial.
- HYT Skull Green Eye watch
The eyes of this skull are alive. The right eye becomes gradually darker as the 65 hours of power reserve go by. The left eye conceals a continually rotating seconds dial. A special fluid, a HYT signature, travels along a capillary in the form of a skull, and bending the glass into this form was a significant challenge. Also, power had to be calculated to be sufficient to push the liquid around the sharp angles while maintaining precision timekeeping over 12 hours. Nor are these the only developments. The two vertical bellows are in constant motion as their imperceptible expansion and compression drives the liquid through the capillary to make the skull even more alive.
- Chopard Happy Sport Medium Automatic Two Tone watch
Chopard Happy Sport collection has been interpreted over the years through countless evocative identities, sometimes with humour and consistently with elegance. Chopard now introduces a new two-tone setting for this automatic movement, featuring seven diamonds twirling freely across the silver-toned dial.
- Chopard L.U.C Qualité Fleurier – Chopard vision of Haute Horlogerie perfection
At this year’s Baselworld, Chopard presents a new timepiece bearing the prestigious Fleurier Quality Foundation label. The Fleurier Quality Foundation is one of the most demanding watch certifications. It combines the COSC, Chronofiable and Fleuritest trials. Entirely developed, crafted and assembled in Fleurier, the brand-new L.U.C Qualité Fleurier chronometer perfectly embodies the Chopard vision of Haute Horlogerie perfection.
- Manufacture Royale 1770 Rose gold watch
Entirely decorated and finished by hand, Manufacture Royale’s flying tourbillon movement, one of watchmaking’s most compelling complications, is housed inside a pink gold case, itself enlaced by two “brancards” in what is a hallmark of Manufacture Royale. The openworked dial creates multiple levels to offer glimpses of the movement in a technical and contemporary spirit.
- Burberry The Britain Spring Summer 2015 Runway – The Birds and The Bees
The Britain S/S15 Runway – The Birds and The Bees Limited Edition watch is inspired by the hand-painted prints from the Prorsum womenswear show for Spring/Summer 2015. The straps, in damson, daffodil, peacock or dragonfly, are crafted from the same leather worn by the models in the Prorsum show.
- Franc Vila Inaccessible Tourbillon Répétition Minute watch
This flying tourbillon combined with a minute repeater is distinguished by characteristics that are unique in their kind – starting with the choice of platinum for the case and bezel. While admittedly very prestigious, this material is rarely used in this type of watch, since its density is considered not ideal for propagating sound. Small matter. His background in chemistry together with knowledge acquired over the past years enabled Franc Vila to solve the problem by combining alloys of varying density, both in making the case and the parts relating to the sound diffusion. Another original innovation is to have the minute repeater wound not by the traditional slidepiece, but instead by rotating the bezel. Each timepiece is unique.
- Pierre Deroche TNT Royal Retro GMT ½ Hour
Pierre DeRoche enriches its TNT Royal Retro with a GMT display adjustable to the nearest half hour not via a corrector, but instead using the crown. An extremely rare solution. To avoid any loss of precision during adjustments, the GMT hours and minutes hands advance in 30-minute increments to guarantee exact half hours, without the movement stopping.
- Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec watch
The Patravi ScubaTec is at home underwater where it makes the perfect diving buddy for deep-sea exploration, thanks to its 500-metres water resistance. 2015 Patravi ScubaTec features a new execution that matches the functional design of a dive watch with the glimmer of pink gold for the case.
- Aartya Son of Sound Guitar Race Watch – rock-star speed machine
Known for watches bearing no resemblance to others on the watchmaking scene, designer Yvan Arpa wanted to express a “Café Racers” world symbolising an era that saw the birth of rock’n’roll. These collector’s watches sport classic racing track colours in shades of red, white and black conveying a hint of 1950s tarmac. Aartya Son of Sound Guitar Race is issued in a 50-piece limited edition.
- Voutilainen GMR watch – a virtuoso of complicated timepieces
Fashioned from maillechort, this top-flight mechanical movement comprises no fewer than 250 parts and 28 jewels. An ingenious mechanism allows the second time zone to be adjusted by the crown, jumping one hour at each push, rather than turning freely, thus maintaining absolute precision with local time. The movement’s traditional finishes of Côtes de Genève and hand-chamfering can be admired through the sapphire crystal back.
- TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Chronograph watch
Carrera Calibre 18 Chronograph revisited the design of the first chronograph specially designed for racing drivers made by Jack Heuer in the 1960s. The 2015 tribute timepieces features the original Panda effect with two anthracite counters standing out against a silver-toned dial, trusted functionality, and the historical Heuer logo.
- ARNOLD & SON Instrument Collection DSTB watch
Arnold & Son celebrates its 250 years with Instrument Collection DSTB watch.In tribute to its founding father John Arnold, who together with his son produced the first marine chronometers to be offered in substantial quantities and at reasonable prices, the Instrument Collection DSTB beats to the tune of deadbeat seconds complication. In keeping with the original spirit of innovation, the calibre enables this fascinating mechanism to be admired on the dial side through a construction that is unique in the world. Not only does the deadbeat seconds hand perform one-second jumps for all to see, but the three gilt bridges, wheels and yoke are also clearly visible. In a nod to marine chronographers, the latter is shaped like an anchor.
- Champs Elysees Estelle watch – beautifully gem-set timepieces
With its pavé dial, diamond-set bezel and yet more diamonds set on its case, Estelle comes draped in a total of 2.9 carats, composed exclusively of stones graded D and E for colour (with a very small proportion of F).
- Okletey Merry Go Round watch
Merry Go Round timepieces is the debut watch of Okletey, a new name in fine watchmaking. The rectangular steel case with black PVD treatment encloses a silver dial, composed of a central circle with an original guilloché motif, itself surrounded by a skeletonised “spider’s web” structure. The tourbillon, which takes pride of place at 6 o’clock, completes the tableau. Sharing the dial is a power-reserve indicator at 9 o’clock and, at 11 o’clock, an opening that reveals the differential.