Baselworld 2016 – luxury watches highlights
Patek Philippe – World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930
The elements of the new mechanical CH 28-520 HU movement are the self-winding CH 28-520 PS chronograph calibre with column-wheel control and a vertical clutch as well as the proven World Time module based on a concept developed by Genevan watchmaker Louis Cottier in the 1930s which Patek Philippe further optimized with two important refinements patented in 1959 and 1999.
The chronograph movement and the World Time mechanism were enhanced with extensive modifications. To save millimetres, axes were shifted, bridges thinned and newly designed, and component clearances changed such that the calibre CH 28-520 HU can be properly be considered a new movement.
ULYSSE NARDIN Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar watch
The “Annual Calendar” is a standout feature of Ulysse Nardin luxury watches. Whereas traditional mechanismscomprise around 30 components, the Manufacture from Le Locle has succeeded in developing one containing only around a dozen. The time and calendar indications of this new Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar may
be adjusted either forwards or backwards without any risk of inadvertently damaging the in-house movement.
HUBLOT Big Bang Tutti Frutti Linen watch
To shape the case and dial of this Big Bang Tutti Frutti Linen, Hublot has developed a unique hand-crafted linen fibre weave, dyed and coated with a transparent composite material. Linen fibre offers an innovative alternative to carbon fibre with which it shares the property of excellent mechanical resistance, while being distinctly lighter.
Bulgari Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumière Skeleton
Not only is this Bulgari watch a mastery of Italian design, it is also an example of the finest Swiss watchmaking, being the first Serpenti watch ever fitted with a complication. The Bulgari Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumière Skeleton watch bridges the realms of haute joaillerie and haute horlogerie with a beautifully hand-finished skeletonised movement, exposed on both sides of the sapphire crystal case. The 41mm white gold case sees the iconic serpent image coiled around the watch dial and is detailed with stunning white diamonds. The visible tourbillon performs a rotation every 60 seconds, adding a beating heart to this fascinating, limited edition watch.
HERMES Slim d’Hermès Email Grand Feu watch
The well-established Hermès penchant for the graphic arts is illustrated through the typographic sophistication of the Arabic numerals. Designed by the artist Philippe Apeloig as geometrical shapes freed from any superfluous elements, these figures mark off time with refined elegance, admirably offset by the elegantly understated Grand Feu enamelled dial.
DIOR VIII Grand Bal Coquette
With a cotton-candy pink and cerulean blue palette, gave a clear nod to the colors on the catwalk as part of the Dior spring 2015 couture collection. The raspberry and forest green hues of the spring 2016 resort show were evident in several of the Dior VIII Montaigne styles. Even the Grand Soir KaleiDoirscope No. 5 — a dazzling one-of-a-kind watch forged from gold, garnets, sapphires and diamonds — was given a splash of contemporary flair with its washed denim strap.
CARL F. BUCHERER Pathos Swan jewellery watch
No fewer than 922 diamonds and sapphires in different shades for a total 12.5 carats adorn this extraordinary timepiece, crafted from pink or white gold. Regarded by many cultures as a symbol of purity and love, a swan encrusted with pink and blue stones appears to glide gracefully over the still waters of a white mother-of-pearl lake, in the centre of the dial.
BREITLING Avenger Hurricane watch
Featuring a 50 mm XXL diameter, a sturdy construction equipped with lateral reinforcements and an all-black technical look enhanced by yellow accents and aviation-inspired stencil-type numerals, it is designed to share every challenge. The Avenger Hurricane case is entirely made out of Breitlight. This high-techmaterial exclusive to Breitling boasts a number of functional qualities. It is anti-magnetic, stable inrespect to thermal variations and above all ultra-resistant to scratches, traction and corrosion.
GIRARD-PERREGAUX La Esmeralda Tourbillon
Distinguished by a Gold Medal at the Paris World Fair in 1889, the La Esmeralda pocket chronometer secureda place in watchmaking history for the refinement of its architecture, its precision, and for theincomparable quality of its finishing. The La Esmeralda Tourbillon transposes these qualities to the wrist, as a version of the Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges which has come to represent the extraordinaryexpertise cultivated by the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux.
CARL F. BUCHERER Manero Peripheral
With the automatic movement equipped with a peripheral oscillating weight, the watchmakers of the Lucerne-based company achieved a major breakthrough in the field of technical innovations. For the first time, Calibre A2000 is now associated with the Manero collection, synonymous with Grand Complications. An evolved version of this latest movement, the CFB A2050 calibre also features a small seconds display at 6 o’clock.
DE GRISOGONO New Retro Lady Taille Baguette watch
Elegance meets opulence in DE GRISOGONO’s New Retro Lady timepieces unveiled at Baselworld 2016. Inspired by Fifties fashions, the two versions of the New Retro Lady glow with an atypical retro-chic look. The widerectangular-shaped pink gold case is paved with two rows of baguette-cut gems and adorned with a crown cleverly placed at 12 o’clock.
LONGINES The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878
This replica of a model fitted with Longines’ first ever chronograph, produced in 1878, will delight modern-day dandies, collectors, and horse-racing enthusiasts with its classic exterior and mechanical heart. Opening the pink gold cover, which is engraved with a jockey and his mount, reveals in all its splendour the hand-wound movement complete with column-wheel chronograph mechanism. It is operated by a single pusher on the winding crown, allowing the large, central chronograph hand to sweep the elegant white lacquered dial.
ZENITH Elite 6150
To steadily mark off time, Zenith has equipped the ultra-thin case with the latest-generation Elite 6150 in-house calibre endowed with an over four-day power reserve: a modern version of the famous Elite that was named “Movement of the Year” in 1994.