Monday, February 1, 2010

BaselWorld 2010 Preview

As the world renowned BaselWorld fair rapidly approaches the flurry of previews bouncing around the watch blogs are popping up every day. So what makes us so different? Not a darn thing, below is a quick and small preview of just a few pieces that will be seeing the light of day and greeting watch fans in Basel this year. You may have seen some, or all, of these on other blogs and watch industry info sites but in case you haven't...Enjoy! [Individual text on watches supplied by each respective brand]


Harry Winston Project Z6

Featuring a zalium case – a material used exclusively in watchmaking by Harry Winston – Project Z6 announces the arrival of a new complication in the collection: a 24-hour alarm on a hand-wound movement specially developed for this timepiece and exclusive to Harry Winston. Adjusted by the crown, the striking-mechanism for the alarm is activated by a trigger at 4 o’clock. The hammer, which is fixed to the case, can be admired through an opening on the dial, while the solid rectangular gong produces optimal resonance. Thanks to its two barrels – one for the movement, the other for the striking-mechanism – Project Z6 has a 72-hour power reserve. And matching the complexity of the 18-level movement, the off-centre dial reveals two overlapping disks that display the time and the alarm’s striking-mechanism. This series is limited to 300 pieces. More detail about this beauty can be found on the Perpetuelle blog; HERE.


Maurice Lacroix Ponton Chronographe Rectangulaire Full Black

Masculine, monochrome, high-tech. The very athletic case of the Pontos Chronographe Rectangulaire Full Black incorporates an innovative ceramic coating that increases its robustness and puts it unquestionably into the exclusive circle of technological instruments. Black from top to toe, the only concession made by this full black chronograph is the white Superluminova dots on the tone-on-tone architecture of its layers.


Longines Lindbergh's Atlantic Voyage Watch

In 1933, the pilot Charles Lindbergh flew 47,000 km around the north Atlantic in the company of his wife to explore possible future air routes. The equipment he needed on this long expedition included a specially-designed Longines wristwatch chronograph, an exceptional timepiece that the winged hourglass brand has replicated in tribute to this historic voyage.


Movado Master

With a design firmly rooted in the industrial and architectural expression of the Bauhaus movement, the new Movado Masterä collection presents a new direction for the Museum’s iconic dial. Asymmetrical with a matte black or white dot-textured motif, it explores a new facet of “the circle within a circle”, giving it a different dimension and structure. With its convex centre, the symbolic dot at twelve takes on the appearance of a pushpiece. The men’s version of the Master, which houses an automatic movement with the emblematic “M” rotor, features luminescent hourmarkers; the ladies’ version, on the other hand, offers a variety of jewellery settings and houses a quartz movement.


Seculus Masterline

An expression of beauty and technology, this resolutely sporty chronograph is equipped with a highly sophisticated Ronda movement. Additional functions housed in its generous 46-mm case include the day, date and month as well as a tachometer. The finely-worked dial with its three silvered counters comes in black, white, blue or brown. The red chronograph seconds hand adds a dynamic touch, while the central date, revealed in a very original way on the dial rim, gives the dial a harmonious dimension.


Breguet Tradition 7047 Fusee Tourbillon in Platinum

Today, the new Breguet silicon balance spring is featured in the Breguet Tradition 7047 model with tourbillon and fusee-and-chain transmission. Inspired by the design of the first tourbillon-equipped pocket watches devised by Breguet himself, a platinum version is now available fitted with a movement fashioned in ananthracite-toned metal alloy. Its surface finish was obtained by a new and improved electrode position process using an alloy of precious metals of the platinum group with a hue darker than ruthenium’s.


Glashutte Original Panomaticlunar XL

The PanoMaticLunar XL presents the classic lines and look of the PanoMatic XL models in an understated, eloquent form. Set within the galvanized matte gray dial are the characteristic off-center hour/minute and subsidiary seconds dials, finely milled and galvanized in the same dark gray hue. The elegant moon phase display presents a shining silver moon and stars against a fine-grained silver sky.


Urwerk UR-203

Read more about Urwerk's latest creation HERE over at the Perpetuelle watch blog in an article recently written yours truly.


More updates and previews to come as we move closer to BaselWorld. Thanks for reading!

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