Baselworld Novelties 2018
Baselworld 2018 – In celebration of unique craftsmanship
Considered one of the most important annual events in the world of haute joaillerie and haute horlogerie, Baselworld is the feted venue for unique product launches and marvellous unveilings by the world’s top maisons. Looking back at a century of watchmaking and jewellery exhibitions, the annual fair continues to present the best in class. We are very proud to be able to give you a sneak preview of some of our partners latest timepieces, which the public would not be able to see until the very last day of the exhibition. We hope you’ll enjoy our selection!
A tribute to Patek Philippe’s traditional aviator’s watches.
Calatrava Pilot Travel Time with second time zone and local date. Reflecting Patek Philippe’s tradition in aviator’s watches, the dial is superbly legible. It features applied, sculpted rose-gold numerals with a white luminous coating as well as broad luminous baton-style hands. The orange “1” of the analog date on the subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock is decidedly prominent.
The self-winding caliber 324 S C FUS provides a very easily adjustable display of the second time zone. All it takes is the actuation of one of the two pushers in the left-hand case flank to move the luminous local-time hour hand clockwise (with the pusher at 8 o’clock) or counterclockwise (with the pusher at 10 o’clock) in one-hour increments without affecting the precise rate of the watch. The pierced hour hand keeps track of home time. The two time zones are complemented with day/night indicators in apertures at 9 and 3 o’clock. As long as the owner is not on the go, the two hour hands are superposed. The two time-zone pushers are equipped with a patented safety lock that prevents unintended adjustments of the local time setting.
Patek Philippe 5524R-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
A new version in rose gold with a brown dial. The Ref. 5524 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time with a second time zone and a local-time date was launched in 2015 with a white-gold case and a blue dial. Now, it comes in a new rose-gold version with a brown dial and a black gradation. It is a refined and bold debut for an inimitable timepiece that pays tribute to Patek Philippe’s traditional aviator’s watches.
Patek Philippe 7234R-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
The first self-winding Travel Time in a ladies’ wristwatch format. As a feminine interpretation of the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, which in 2015 was launched as a men’s wristwatch in a white-gold case with a blue dial, the Ref. 7234R-001 combines a rose-gold case with a brown dial and a subtle black gradation toward the periphery. With a second time zone and a local-time date, this watch is also the first self-winding Travel Time model in Patek Philippe’s collection for women.
Glashütte – a culture of excellence
With the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar, Glashütte Original gives one of the most challenging complications in the art of watchmaking a new face. The complex mechanism of the perpetual calendar ensures the precise display of the date, weekday and month, and even takes leap years into account. In addition, the characteristic Glashütte Original displays a panorama date and a finely worked moon phase.
The skeletonized dial and transparent case back reveal the inner beauty, the divided three-quarter plate, swan-neck fine adjustment, Glashütte Original stripe and sunburst finishes, galvanized surfaces, polished steel components and bevelled edges. The forward and backward letter G which is present on all mechanical Glashütte Original timepieces mirrors the values of tradition and modernity. Like every model in the Senator Excellence line, the Perpetual Calendar undergoes testing in the manufactory for 24 days under the most demanding conditions.
Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar
With the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar, Glashütte Original launches an eye-catching edition limited to 100 pieces. The white gold 42mm case presents the skeletonized dial with rhodium-plated appliqués and blue hands as well as the indication of week day, month, leap year date and moon phase. Driven by the calibre 36-02, visible through the transparent case back, the automatic timepiece offers a power reserve of 100 hours. A blue alligator leather strap adds the finishing touch.
Zenith goes for gold with Defy El Primero 21
With the Defy collection, Zenith firmly anchors traditional watchmaking in the 21st century. The new generation defines a very contemporary image while respecting the codes of the legendary El Primero chronograph. The new Defy El Primero 21 Rose Gold is fitted with the El Primero 9004 automatic chronograph movement which measures a 1/100th a second and presents an exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second. The world’s most accurate chronograph movement, featuring more than 293 components, is revealed through the transparent case back.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
With the Defy El Primero 21 Zenith presents a new 100th of a second chronograph. The rose gold 44 mm case of the automatic chronograph with 50+ hours power reserve presents an open work dial with two counters (30 minutes and 60 seconds) in different colours. The chronograph power reserve is presented at twelve o’clock. The hands and hour markers feature a coat of Super-LumiNova®. A black rubber strap with brown alligator inlay and a gold and titanium double folding clasp add the finishing touch.
Hublot taunts the impossible with vibrantly coloured ceramic
Four years of devoted research and development by the Hublot laboratories have brought a unique new material, the world’s first vibrantly coloured ceramic. In addition, Hublot has refined the procedures necessary to produce every component of the watch case from this special material. The new ceramic is incredibly dense and much harder, resulting in an extremely resilient material. The first vibrant colour release is a powerful, vibrant red in a limited edition of 500 pieces.
"There is a quote which perfectly illustrates our ongoing desire to push watchmaking, materials and fusion to the limit. A conviction that nothing is impossible. In the words of Charlie Chaplin: "Let us strive for the impossible. The great achievements throughout history have been the conquest of what seemed the impossible". Today, with the world's first vibrantly coloured ceramic, Hublot has once again demonstrated that the impossible really is possible!" Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic
Part of the Hublot Big Bang collection, the Unico Red Magic features a polished red ceramic case and bezel with the lower bezel created in a red composite resin. Six signature H-shaped screws surround the matt red skeleton dial. The HUB 1242 self-winding chronograph flyback movement with column wheel ensures a power reserve of 72 hours. A red lined rubber strap with a black titanium clasp adds the finishing touch.
Bridging the past and the future
With the introduction of the Navitimer 8 collection, Breitling presents a worthy heir to the rich aviation tradition. Eight, in French “huit” is a nod to the Huit Aviation Department. Set up in 1938, it produced cockpit instruments and classic pilot’s watches for civilian and military use. Willy Breitling, at the time, also associated the name with the eight-day power reserve offered by his famous cockpit instruments. The design of the chronometer definitely honours the tradition with the clean looks and modern interpretation creating a bridge from the past to the future.
Breitling Navitimer 8 Day & Date
Breitling’s Navitimer 8 Day & Date presents quintessence for the wrist. The stainless steel 41 mm case of the self-winding, COSC-certified chronometer presents a rotating bezel, a blue dial with luminescent indices and hands as well as an arched weekday display, the date aperture is located opposite. The calibre 45 is visible through the transparent case back, the timepiece offers a power reserve of 40 hours. A leather strap with a pin buckle adds the finishing touch.
CODE COCO, the latest timepiece by CHANEL, exudes signature style. More than a watch, a jewel, more than a jewel, a watch. The clasp, named Mademoiselle derives from the fêted 2.55 handbag and seals the watch with exclusive flourish. The clasp unveils, hides and holds time discreetly, as if time itself were a secret to be protected. The quilting has been emblematic for CHANEL since 1955 and criss-crosses suits in fashion shows, handbags, watches and jewellery. It adorns the supple bracelet, so light the tiniest movement is unhindered. Alluringly precious, a diamond subtly shines on the black dial. 2018 marks the launch of the CODE COCO in black ceramic, a material of predilection for CHANEL watchmaking.
Chanel CODE COCO H5148
CODE COCO celebrates a number of signature CHANEL details of the iconic CHANEL 2.55 bag, which Mademoiselle Chanel designed herself. The stainless steel case of the two-hand CHANEL quartz watch presents a black lacquered dial, which is partially covered by the twist clasp and adorned with a diamond. Set with 52 diamonds, the bezel underlines the glamorous allure. The supple steel and ceramic bracelet features a quilted effect, reminiscent of the stitched leather.
TAG Heuer enters the race with a brand-new engine
TAG Heuer commemorates 55 years of Carrera! With the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph TAG Heuer presents a stylish timepiece with vintage flair. The reference to motor sport could not be clearer, touches of red, the contrasts and the position of the three white counters are all a nod to a long-standing tradition in the world of racing. Clearly a heritage worth celebrating and upholding as several legendary drivers have chosen to wear a Heuer Carrera chronograph during their career.
TAG Heuer Calibre 16 Chronograph
In celebration of 55 years of unique timekeepers TAG Heuer presents the TAG Heuer Calibre 16 Chronograph. The stainless steel case presents the blue opaline dial with three white chronograph sub-dials. Polished indices are complemented by baton hands which feature a beige coating of Super-LumiNova®. The date apertures are located at three o’clock. The calibre 16 automatic offers a power reserve of 42 hours. A stainless steel link bracelet with folding clasp adds the finishing touch.
Oris commemorates outstanding achievement
With the Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition, Oris presents the second timepiece created in honour of one of the most inspirational figures of the 20th century. Defying racial tensions and disability, Carl Brashear became the first African American U.S. Navy Master Diver.
His mantra is embossed on the case back: “It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down”
Ulrich W. Herzog, Oris Chairman, said: “We are so proud to be working with the Carl Brashear Foundation once again. Mr Brashear was an inspirational human being who brought significant, meaningful change in his lifetime. At Oris, it’s our mission to bring #ChangeForTheBetter”.
Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition
The Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition celebrates outstanding achievements in the face of adversity. The bronze case with an uni-directional rotating bezel presents the curved, blue dial with rose gold and Super-LumiNova® indices, Carl Brashear’s mantra is embossed on the stainless steel case back. The chronograph is powered by the Oris calibre 771 movement, features a brown leather strap with bronze pin buckle and is presented in a luxurious wooden box with a commemorative coin.
Innovation @ Frédérique Constant
Designed in keeping with classical watchmaking principles and updated with 21st century techniques, Frédérique Constant launches the Hybrid Manufacture. The unique timepiece combines Swiss Made, fine mechanical watchmaking with the functionality of a smartwatch. The revolution lies in the combination of three unique technologies, hence the reference to 3.0. The Hybrid Manufacture unites an automatic manufacture movement developed inhouse with smartwatch functions and calibre analytics, which measures rate, amplitude and beat error by means of a proprietary algorithm.
The limited edition Hybrid Manufacture is delivered with an exclusive wooden winder box with a removable charger for the electronical smartwatch functionality as well as a winder rotating box that charges the mainspring of the mechanical calibre.
Frédérique Constant Hybrid Manufacture
Frédérique Constant presents the world’s first 3.0 watch with a manufacture calibre, smart watch functions as well calibre analytics. The polished stainless steel case presents the dark grey guilloché dial with silver indexes and hands, the date window at six and the connected counter at twelve o’clock. Thanks to the FC-750 manufacture calibre, the watch has a power reserve of 42 hours. A dark grey alligator strap with blue stitching adds the finishing touch to this edition of 888 pieces.