Wednesday, February 3, 2010

BaselWorld 2010 Preview Pt. II

Continuing The Escapement's series on the BaselWorld 2010 fair previews I wanted to bring to you 8 more pieces that will debut in Basel towards the end of March. As with the initial BaselWorld preview post the text on each watch is pulled from press material, and clicking on the brand name will bring you to the company's website.


DE GRISOGONO - Instrumento Grande Chrono

Five years after its widely-acclaimed launching, the Instrumento Grande has returned in a chronograph version. And what a chronograph! While the case has retained its original size and its emblematic opening on the side of the case at 9 o’clock to provide a novel view of the movement, the dial shows an exuberance of creativity. The retrograde date, in twin arcs, displays unbridled dynamism, sublimated by a skillful interplay of tinted and non-tinted glass to enable the date to be read at first glance. The chronograph counters offer a fascinating and cleverly orchestrated combination of shapes and sizes, from the square at 9 o’clock to the over sized circle at 6 to the more classic circle at 12.


DEWITT - Twenty-8-Eight Automatic

In a move towards greater classicism, DeWitt’s emblematic imperial columns, the brand’s veritable signature, have become more discreet in its new Twenty-8-Eight collection; the pink gold case is also finer than in the past. A truly harmonious creation that reveals a magnificent flambé zone and delicate radiating pattern under its velvety black dial. With DeWitt, tradition is never far away: the Twenty-8-Eight pays tribute to the 28 Floréal, the day on which the Senate of Republican France proclaimed Napoleon Bonaparte – Jérôme DeWitt’s illustrious ancestor – as “Emperor of the French people”. It can hardly be a coincidence that the Twenty-8-Eight was designed on … 28 August! Limited edition of 500.


EPOS - GMT Limited Edition

Embodying the art of Swiss watchmaking, the 3400 GMT Limited Edition features a world first: an inverse 24-hour indicator with a separate date window for the second time zone. Fitted with two independent movements for the simultaneous display of the two time zones and limited to 999 pieces, this exceptional timepiece has a transparent back through which the excellence of its mechanics can be admired. With an oval case, a black guilloché dial decorated with white mother-of-pearl, and finishing in the purest Swiss watchmaking tradition, each watch is a little masterpiece in its own right.


HERMES - Clipper 44 mm Mechanical Chronograph

This year, the legendary Clipper has adopted a 44mm case in titanium, undoubtedly an allusion to the world of sailing where this material is highly prized for its high performance and lightness. The reference to the famous three-master that has given its name to this collection is even more striking. Inside the case, an automatic chronograph movement, a marvel of reliability and precision, gives rhythm to time and, for an instant, suspends its flight. Offered in a variety of sizes, the range has not lost any of its original elegance. Nor any of its allure, which evokes the famous sailboat’s porthole.


HAMILTON - Pulsomatic

Forty years after revolutionising the world of watchmaking by inventing the first digital watch, Hamilton is opening the festivities of this anniversary with the launch of a new Hamilton Pulsomatic, equipped for the occasion with automatic technology. With its science-fiction design, a case inspired by space-age televisions, and a liquid crystal screen powered by an innovative automatic movement, the 82-hour power reserve H1970 movement, today’s Pulsomatic clearly stands on equal terms with its illustrious forerunner, considered to be the first computer ever worn on the wrist. Ed. Note: This is one that I find particularly cool!



In keeping with its rich watchmaking heritage, Ulysse Nardin has combined the Moonstruck case with the legendary perpetual calendar movement. A tradition for the brand, whose every development is a minor revolution! Noble and virile with its ceramic pushpieces and bezel, the El Toro boasts some remarkable features: an exclusive fast-action time-zone system, permanent indication of the original time, forward and backward adjustment of all the date indicators, and the synchronised adjustment of these elements using the hour hand. Limited to 500 pieces.


A.B.ART - Serie OA

Original and discreet,’s Serie OA will captivate both male and female lovers of simple, low-key designs. Indeed, what makes the brand’s models so different is the deliberate rejection of anything ostentatious and artificial. The common denominator of all the collections? A refined design, quality materials and meticulous finishing: tokens of good taste, with no false note.


- Sky Hero

Performance, design and elegance. This chronograph, the very latest from the Sky Hero collection, will satisfy all tastes as it comes with a silvered, black or brown dial and a truly elegant two-tone bracelet or super sporty black rubber strap.


Thanks for reading! More BaselWorld news to come.

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