Saturday, 28 March 2015

Hands-On With The Seiko 62GS Spring Drive And Hi-Beat Limited Editions (With Original Photos & Price)

Seiko took inspiration from the 62GS of 1967 for a quartet of Grand Seiko watches, styled as "modern re-interpretations" of a classic. Made in a limited edition, the watches are equipped with Hi-Beat automatic and Spring Drive movements. 

For several years now Seiko has looked to a vintage Grand Seiko watch as the basis for a new line-up, most notably with the 44GS in 2013 and the 57GS "Self-Dater" last year. At Baselworld 2015 Seiko unveiled the 62GS reissue, a spot-on replica of the first automatic Grand Seiko from 1967. Alongside the Grand Seiko Historical Collection remake, Seiko also introduced four 62GS "modern re-interpretation" watches, featuring cases that are modelled on the original 62GS, but with contemporary dial styles and bracelets.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés - Inspired By Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts (With Official Pricing)

Reproducing motifs from an illuminated manuscript in enamel, the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés combines artisanal decoration and a wandering hours time display, in the cushion-shaped Harmony case introduced at SIHH 2015.

Vacheron Constantin looked to the pages of the Aberdeen Bestiary for the motifs that decorate the Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés. Each of the three watches in the Savoirs Enluminés series is features a dial that is enamelled and engraved by hand, with a wandering hours time display.

IWC Introduces The Ingenieur AMG GT In Ultra-Hard Boron Carbide (With Specs & Price)

To mark the decade of its partnership with Mercedes AMG, IWC has created the Ingenieur Automatic Edition“AMG GT”, a 25-piece limited edition with a boron carbide case.

Just slightly below diamond on the Mohs hardness scale, boron carbide is a ceramic that is one of the hardest materials known. The ceramic is used for armoured vehicles and neutron shielding in nuclear plants, and also the case of the new Ingenieur Automatic Edition AMG GT from IWC.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Up Close With The Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision - Simple And Elaborate (With Original Photos & Price)

Greubel Forsey's simplest wristwatch to date, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision nonetheless retains the brand's signature elaborate finishing that becomes all the more apparent with the simplicity of the watch.

Introduced at SIHH 2015, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision is not instantly recognisable as a Greubel Forsey wristwatch, lacking many of the obvious features traditionally associated with the brand. Up close, however, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision is easily discernible as a Greubel Forsey, with all the subtle and overt - and extremely expensive - finishes that the brand is fond of employing.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Introducing The Sinn EZM 3F, The No-Nonsense Pilot's Watch (With Price)

Conceived as an extremely functional pilot's watch, the EZM 3F was just introduced at Baselworld 2015, becoming the latest addition to the series of no-nonsense watches originally developed for elite police units.

An variation of the EZM 3 diver's watch, the EZM 3F (the suffix stands for flieger) offers a cleaner dial and more discrete date window, while preserving the trademark military look of the EZM watches. Naturally it is also endowed with the Sinn's inventions conceived for tool watches, like an integrated dehumidifier.

Seiko Introduces The Prospex Marinemaster 1000m Cermet "Tuna" Limited Editions (With Price)

Seiko has announced a pair of limited edition Prospex Marinemaster 1000 m "tuna" dive watches with shrouds made of cermet, a ceramic-metal composite used for the first time on a Seiko dive watch.

Alongside the Marinemaster Hi-Beat and "Emperor Tuna" in rose gold recently unveiled at Baselworld 2015, Seiko also revealed a pair of limited edition cermet "tuna" dive watches to mark the 50th anniversary of the Seiko diver's watch. The first is the quartz SBBN029 with a silver cermet shroud, and the second is the automatic SBDX016 with a copper-coloured cermet shroud.

Introducing The Sinn U212 S E - The 47 mm, 1000 m Diver In Submarine Steel (With Specs And Pricing)

Limited to 300 pieces, the U212 S E is an extra-large dive watch with all of Sinn's tool watch technology, including a built-in dehumidifier, scratch resistant Tegiment case made of submarine steel. 

Sinn's trademark line of dive watches all have cases made of a corrosion resistant steel alloy used for German navy submarines. Just introduced at Baselworld 2015, the latest model in this line-up is the U212 S E, featuring the largest case Sinn makes for its dive watches at 47 mm in diameter. Surface hardened with Sinn's proprietary Tegiment process, the submarine steel case is also PVD coated with a black ceramic layer for exceptional scratch resistance.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Introducing The Nomos Metro 38 Datum, Now In A Larger Size, And Also In Black (With Pricing)

Now available in a larger, 38 mm case, with the alternative of a black dial, the Nomos Metro Date is equipped with the DUW 4101, a proprietary movement with an in-house escapement.   

Last year Nomos unveiled the Metro, its first wristwatch equipped with the Nomos Swing System, the escapement Nomos developed and makes on its own. Fresh from Baselworld 2015, the new Metro 38 Datum (German for "date") has a nearly identical design, save for a larger case and lack of power reserve indicator.

Hands-On With The Grand Seiko Historical Collection 62GS Reissue (With Original Photos And Price)

Seiko has remade the 62GS as part of its Grand Seiko Historical Collection, faithfully recreating the look and feel of the first ever automatic Grand Seiko first introduced in 1967.

At Baselworld 2015Seiko marks the 55th anniversary of Grand Seiko with the 62GS Historical Collection, modelled on the original of 1967. Distinguished by the crown crown at four o'clock (put there because it was automatic) and bezel-free case, the 62GS reissue is the fourth to join Seiko's successful line of historical remakes, after the 57GS Self-Dater and 44GS.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Introducing The Nomos Tangente Automatik - Quintessentially Nomos With A New Automatic Calibre (With Pricing)

Nomos has fitted the Tangente with the new DUW 3001 extra-thin automatic movement, added a dash of colour, while keeping the original size and proportions of its classic wristwatch.

Nomos' very first wristwatch was the Tangente, designed in the clean style of the Deutscher Werkbund movement (not exactly Bauhaus as often assumed), which set the tone for the rest of its watches. Now for the first time the Tangente is available with an automatic movement, the new DUW 3001 that's also found in new Minimatik, also newly unveiled at Baselworld 2015.

Omega Introduces The White Side Of The Moon, The White Ceramic Speedmaster (With Specs And Price)

Omega has inverted the colour of the first ceramic Speedmaster to create the White Side Of The Moon, entirely in white zirconium, right down to the dial and buckle.

Having been a commercial success, the Dark Side Of The Moon collection has grown significantly at Baselworld 2015, and now includes four more variations of the original, as well as the new White Side Of The Moon. Omega essentially changed of the chemical formula for the zirconium, making the entire watch white.

Introducing The Nomos Minimatik Extra-Thin Automatic With The New DUW 3001 Movement (With Pricing)

To go with its newly developed DUW 3001 extra-thin automatic movement Nomos has designed a new wristwatch, the Minimatik. It's a departure from the typical Nomos look, but still pleasingly minimalist.

Newly unveiled at Baselworld 2015, the Nomos Minimatik is different from the typical Nomos designed in the Deutscher Werkbund style, but still sparsely designed as is the brand's habit. It is fitted with a new movement, the DUW 3001 automatic that measures just 3.2 mm high.

Introducing The Longines Pulsometer Chronograph, A Twenties Style, Single-Button, Doctor's Watch (With Pricing)

Based on doctor's watches from the twenties, the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph is a mono pusher with a red pulsations scale and a lacquered enamel dial.

At Baselworld 2015 Longines has once again introduced a vintage-style chronograph powered by an upgraded Valjoux movement at an affordable price. The Pulsometer Chronograph is styled like those twenties chronographs intended for doctors, with a scale for measuring heartbeats on the dial.

Introducing The Omega Dark Side Of The Moon, Now In Four Degrees Of Darkness (With Specs And Pricing)

Omega has added a quartet of new models to the Dark Side Of The Moon line-up, capitalising on the bestselling black ceramic Speedmaster.

Launched two years ago the Dark Side Of The Moon has been a hit, combining the classic look of the Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch with glossy black ceramic. Now in a manner typical of a Swiss watchmaker with a hit on its hands, Omega has introduced four more variations to the line-up at Baselworld 2015, ranging from all all black to a black ceramic and red gold combination.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Longines Unveils The Heritage Diver 1967 - A Remake Of The Sixties "Skin-Diver" Chronograph (With Official Pricing)

Just introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Heritage Diver 1967 is another well executed vintage inspired sports watch from Longines, this time modelled on the sixties "skin-diver" chronograph equipped with the 30CH and a distinctive red bezel.

Longines is steadily going through every decade of its archives for inspiration (last year saw the introduction of a seventies diver remake). Modelled on the sixties "skin-diver" ref. 7981 chronograph, the Heritage Diver 1967 is a good remake of the original, right down to the retro-style bracelet that could pass for something from Gay Frères - with the addition of some modern conveniences like automatic winding and a date.

Introducing The Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite, A Travel Watch With 37 Time Zones (With Specs And Price)

Glashütte Original introduces an all encompassing travel watch with the Senator Cosmopolite, covering 37 time zones and accounting for daylight saving time, packaged in a 44 mm gold case with a classically styled dial.

Three years ago Glashütte Original introduced the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon, a €325,000 travel watch with a tourbillon, perpetual calendar and dual time zone. Now the first two complications have been removed to create the Senator Cosmopolite, a dual time zone watch that covers all of the world's 37 time zones and even accounts for summer time, and is also much more affordable.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Introducing The Timeburner From Miki Eleta, With A Piston Minutes Display (With Specs & Revised Pricing)

Clockmaker Miki Eleta has teamed up with Marc Jenni to produce the Timeburner, a watch inspired by the internal combustion engine that features a piston minutes display.

A self-taught clockmaker who specialises in complex, sculptural skeleton clocks, Miki Eleta hails from Bosnia but has lived in Switzerland since 1973. Now based in Zurich, Eleta teamed up with independent watchmaker Marc Jenni to realise the Timeburner a hand-wound wristwatch with piston minutes display.

[Addendum: Miki Eleta just announced a price reduction for the Timeburner - because it has sold well. Details at end of the story.]

Glashütte Original Unveils The New Senator Observer, A Deck Watch For The Wrist (With Specs And Price)

Inspired by the precision pocket watches used for maritime navigation in the early twentieth century, the Glashütte Original Senator Observer is equipped with an easy to read dial that's legible day and night, and of course an in-house movement.

Deck watches were precision pocket watches with concise, functional dials used on deck (marine chronometers were too bulky and fragile to be moved) for astronomical observation and navigation, hence the name. The Glashütte Original Senator Observer is modelled on such deck watches, with a dial layout just like a deck watch, with an oversized date display that's a concession to modernity and convenience.

Introducing The Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT "Landmaster" (With Specs And Price)

At Baselworld 2015, Seiko unveils the Prospex Kinetic GMT as part of its "Land" series of explorer's watches, equipping it with a hybrid electro-mechanical movement and second time zone function.

Last year Seiko introduced the Prospex Kinetic GMT "Tuna" Diver, an affordable dual time zone diver's watch. The same movement is used in the newly unveiled Prospex Kinetic GMT intended for mountaineers and explorers, modelled on the top of the line Prospex Landmaster watches Seiko sells only in Japan.

Introducing The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 - A Revamped Case & Movement For Under 5000 Francs (With Specs And Price)

TAG Heuer launches the Carrera Calibre Heuer 01, a reinterpretation of its classic rally chronograph that takes a leaf from the Hublot playbook, executed with a modular and highly customisable construction.

TAG Heuer has oscillated between classic, vintage-style and modern, edgy designs over the last decade, especially with the multiple iterations of the Carrera. Now with LVMH watch chief Jean-Claude Biver in charge, the pendulum has now swung far in the direction of edgy with the Carrera Calibre Heuer 01. It's the first of a new line of Carrera watches all based on the same modular case that can be customised by playing around with the constituent parts.

Introducing The New Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5905P (With Prices)

Patek Philippe unveils the new Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5905P in platinum, featuring a four year calendar and 60-minute chronograph in a 42 mm platinum case, larger than the model it replaces.

Last year Patek Philippe discontinued its Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960 in all precious metals, replacing them with an atypical steel version, the Ref. 5960/1A. The replacement for the precious metal versions has just been introduce at Baselworld, in the form of the Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5905P.

Introducing The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award (With Specs And Price)

Omega once again commemorates the Silver Snoopy award given by NASA for the Speedmaster Moon Watch that helped the Apollo 13 mission return to Earth safely after an explosion in space.

Omega played a vital role in the successful re-entry of the Apollo 13 spacecraft after its oxygen tank blew up on the way to the Moon, limiting the spacecraft's electrical system. The hand-wound Speedmaster Moon Watch helped save the day by timing certain re-entry procedures. Omega commemorates the Apollo 13 mission and its award with the Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award.

Friday, 20 March 2015

H. Moser & Cie. Introduces The Venturer Small Seconds With Roman Numerals (With Pricing)

H. Moser departs from its characteristic aesthetic with the new Venturer Small Seconds, its first watch with a white lacquered, Roman numeral dial.

From its beginnings H. Moser & Cie. established a clear visual identity for itself with unadorned dials with baton indices and its logo in flowery script. The new Venturer Small Seconds with a Roman numeral dial departs from this aesthetic in a minor way that results in a drastic change in appearance.

Introducing The Breguet Tradition Répétition Minutes Tourbillon 7087 - A Significant Evolution Of The Minute Repeater (With Pricing)

Breguet has remade the minute repeater complication, endowing the Tradition Répétition Minutes Tourbillon 7087 with ingenious features ranging from a unusually shaped gongs to a vibrating bezel and crystal, making this one of the most signficant minute repeater wristwatches.

Breguet is on a roll with its new Tradition timepieces unveiled at Baselworld to mark the 10th anniversary of its most distinctive modern wristwatch. The Tradition Chronographe Indépendant, for example, is an innovative new chronograph construction. The one that really takes the cake, however, is the Tradition Répétition Minutes Tourbillon 7087, a striking wristwatch with several novel and innovative features.

TAG Heuer Announces The Monaco V4 Phantom, With A Carbon Composite Case And Movement (With Specs And Price)

TAG Heuer's most distinctive haute horlogerie watch has undergone a makeover: the Monaco V4 Phantom is equipped with a carbon composite case and movement, as well as a more affordable price tag.

A watch that took several years to come to market due to the challenges in making a belt transmission reliable, the Monaco V4 is TAG Heuer's signature high-end complication. Just introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Monaco V4 Phantom is the latest iteration of the ingenious belt-driven movement this time with both the case and movement bridges made of carbon composite, carbon fibre strands in a hard polymer. 

Introducing The Omega Globemaster, A Modern Chronometer With A Retro Pie Pan Dial (With Specs And Price)

Omega has revived the Globemaster name for the new Constellation Master Chronometer tested to METAS standards, combining a state of the art movement with styling that combines elements from classic Constellation watches.

Late last year Omega announced a new chronometer testing standard developed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) that goes far beyond the traditional COSC requirements. A revival of an long forgotten name applied to early Constellation watches from the fifties, the new Constellation Globemaster is the first watch tested to METAS standards, making it Omega's flagship chronometer wristwatch.

Hands-On With The New Seiko Marinemaster 1000 m "Emperor Tuna" Rose Gold SBDX014 (With Specs And Price)

Seiko introduces a new version of its signature "tuna" dive watch, the Marinemaster Professional 1000 m Diver’s (SBDX014) in titanium, ceramic and rose gold accents.

The latest Prospex "tuna" dive watch from Seiko is the Marinemaster Professional 1000 m Diver’s SBDX014. It's essentially a redesigned Marinemaster 1000 m SBDX011 (nicknamed the "Emperor Tuna"), intended for the international market, as the SBDX011 sold only in Japan.

Rolex Introduces The Oyster Perpetual 39 - The Larger, Facelifted Entry Level Rolex Oyster (With Specs And Price)

For the first time the entry level Rolex Oyster Perpetual is available in a 39 mm case, keeping the traditional Rolex Oyster aesthetic while adding a dose of colour with new dial finishes.

Rolex has grown its base Oyster Perpetual line further with the addition of the Oyster Perpetual 39, the largest and latest addition to the range. Last year the no frills collection was revamped with new sizes and colours, injecting a bit of freshness into what was an old fashioned watch, but the largest model was just 36 mm. Just unveiled at Baselworld, the new flagship Oyster Perpetual is 39 mm, giving it a more masculine and modern form.

Introducing The Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto - Pop Art In Champlevé Enamel

Designed by pop artist Romero Britto and executed in champlevé enamel, the Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto puts the Brazilian artist's recognisable motifs on the wrist.

With his brightly coloured and easily digestible works, Romero Britto's work has proliferated across countries and products, ranging from sculpture and painting to hardshell luggage. And now it has inevitably made it to Baselworld, with the Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto. The dial is designed by Britto, in his typical mix pop art and Cubism, and then created using in fired enamel.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

H. Moser Reveals The SFr1 Million Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Skeleton

Priced at one million Swiss francs, the H. Moser & Cie. Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Skeleton is a publicity strategy shaped like a skeleton tourbillon inside a sapphire crystal case.

With the Venturer Tourbillon as a base, H. Moser & Cie. has created its most expensive watch ever. Once a modest manufacture of discreet and concise watches, H. Moser's latest creation is a skeleton tourbillon inside a clear sapphire crystal case, fitted to a rubber strap that has been 3D printed.

Introducing The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 (With Specs And Price)

Patek Philippe had a big surprise in store for Baselworld, unveiling the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524, a dual time watch styled like an aviator's timepiece of sorts that has taken the watch world by storm.

Because the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 looks so drastically different from every other Patek Philippe, it has not gone down well in most quarters. Reactions mostly range from surprised to appalled. Intentionally or not, the controversial aesthetic has made it one of the most talked about watches at Baselworld 2015 (at the same fair Patek Philippe also reminds us it can design great, inoffensive classics). If there is no such thing as bad publicity, this is one of Patek Philippe's success stories for the year.

Hands-On With The Seiko Marinemaster 1000 m Hi-Beat 36,000 Limited Edition (With Live Photos And Price)

Seiko marks the 50th anniversary of its first dive watch with the Marinemaster Professional 1000 m Hi-Beat 36000 Limited Edition, in hard-coated titanium with high frequency movement - making it the brand's first hi-beat dive watch in nearly 50 years.

Taking some of its cues from Seiko's first high frequency dive watch of 1968, the Marinemaster 1000 m Hi-Beat Limited Edition (SBEX001) is a blend of vintage and modern design elements. Just introduced at Baselworld 2015, this is the flagship commemorative watch for the 50th anniversary of the Seiko diver's watch and is the highest spec Prospex dive watch, with features and pricing comparable to the Grand Seiko diver.

Introducing The Patek Philippe Ref. 5370 Split Seconds Chronograph With Black Enamel Dial (With Official Pricing)

Patek Philippe has returned to its roots with the traditionally styled Ref. 5370, a split seconds chronograph in platinum with a black enamel dial and the CH 29 movement inside.

Patek Philippe has taken flak from traditionalists of late for designs that can be described as nouveau. With the Ref. 5370P split seconds chronograph that just made its debut at Baselworld, Patek Philippe is aiming for those with a fondness for classical aesthetics.

Introducing The Breguet Tradition Chronographe Indépendant 7077 - An Ingenious Chronograph With Constant Force, Powered By A Blade Spring (With Specs & Price)

Breguet has notched up one of the most novel chronograph movements on the market with the Tradition Chronographe Indépendant 7077, featuring twin gear trains and an unusual, blade spring that powers the high frequency chronograph.

The La Tradition marks its tenth anniversary this year with a trio of additions to the line, including the Tradition Retrograde Seconds presented before Baselworld. Breguet's signature modern timepiece deserves something more notable, and the Tradition Chronographe Indépendant 7077 certainly fits the bill. 

Essentially made up of two movements, one for the time and another for the chronograph, the basics of the Tradition Chronographe are not new. The details of the chronograph mechanism, however, are unique, making it one of the most interesting chronograph movements in recent memory.

Introducing The Rolex Day-Date 40, The 40 mm President With A Brand New Movement (With Details And Price)

The new Rolex Day-Date 40 features a 40 mm case - a first for the President - with the sophisticated new calibre 3255 inside that boasts significant innovations including a new escapement and a three day power reserve.

Known as the President because it was worn by several American presidents, the Rolex Day-Date is the brand's flagship watch available only in precious metals. The Rolex President is now slight smaller but much better. 

Just introduced at Baselworld 2015, the new Day-Date 40 has a 40 mm Oyster case that contains the calibre 3255, a state of the art movement equipped with the new Chronergy escapement, an extended 70 hour power reserve and most intriguingly, new lubricants that Rolex produces in-house. 

Rolex Introduces The Yacht-Master Everose With Oysterflex Integrated Rubber Strap (With Specs And Price)

The brand new Yacht-Master combines Everose gold with a black ceramic bezel insert, red lettering on the dial, and the first ever rubber strap from Rolex, the Oysterflex.

Long the most luxe of Rolex's marine sports watches, the quintessential Yacht-Master is in solid gold. Likely the first of a refreshed Yacht-Master line-up, the new Yacht-Master Everose unveiled at Baselworld 2015 is notable for its aesthetics and integrated rubber strap dubbed the Oysterflex.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Pre-Basel 2015: Introducing The De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl (With Specs And Price)

Fitted with a highly decorated solid gold dial that has become a signature of sorts for De Bethune, the DB25 Quetzalcoatl is inspired by the Aztec serpent god.

Soon to be unveiled at Baselworld 2015, the De Bethune DB25 Quetzalcoatl continues De Bethune's series of timepieces with gold dials hand-engraved by Michèle Rothen, a Swiss engraver in Le Locle. This is inspired by Aztec culture, with the time indication in the form of Mesoamerican snake god Quetzalcoatl and stepped pyramid hour markers.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Coffret Observatoire Set Of Five Traditional Chronometer Tourbillon Pocket Watches (With Price)

A special order for a lucky clients, the Vacheron Constantin Coffret Observatoire is a set of five pocket watches in the style of the best classical observatory watches, each equipped with a tourbillon as well as a special escapement.

The Coffret Observatoire ("observatory case") is Vacheron Constantin's most significant recent Atelier Cabinotiers project. Dedicated to making custom and bespoke watches, the Atelier Cabinotiers was tasked by a lucky collector to create a set of watches modelled on the finest observatory chronometer timepieces (a tradition that ended in the late sixties). 

The result is a set of five pocket watches, all equipped with tourbillon ebauches (movement blanks) from the thirties. Each of the movements have been completed, decorated and fitted with a different precision escapements, ranging from a spring detent to a remontoir d’egalité constant force mechanism. Fans of hardcore traditional watchmaking will quickly recognise the movements as real chronometers from a long gone era of watchmaking.

Pre-Basel 2015: Breitling Unveils The Pilot's Smart Watch, The B55 Connected

Breitling will soon introduce the B55 Connected, a multifunction pilot's chronograph that offers smart phone connectivity to control the watch and transfer data to the phone.

Based on the Breitling B50 multifunction digital pilot's watch, the B55 Connected is the latest in a long line of digital pilot's watches that started 30 years ago. Less a smart watch than a multifunction wristwatch with a wireless connectivity app (with a logo on the dial to remind you)  the B55 can link to a smart phone. Various functions on the watch like setting the time or alarm can be controlled from the phone, while data recorded on the watch, flight times for instance, can be uploaded onto the smart phone.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Pre-Basel 2015: Introducing The Sarpaneva Korona Northern Lights (With Specs And Prices)

Sarpaneva endows the Korona Northern Lights with a sandwich dial and a powerful coat of Super-Luminova, giving it the green, blue or violet colours of the Aurora Borealis in the dark.

A variant of Stepan Sarpaneva's signature moon phase wristwatch, the Korona K01 Northern Lights combines the Finnish watchmaker's strikingly expressive moon face with a radiant Super-Luminova dial. A sandwich construction gives the dial two layers, an open-worked dial on the top and a Super-Luminova coated disc below, giving it a blue, green or violet glow in the dark.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Hands-On With The Seiko Credor Eichi II - The Best Movement Finishing You Can Buy For $50,000

A stupendously finished yet simple timepiece, the Seiko Credor Eichi II is the second generation of a wristwatch that equals the work of Dufour and Voutilainen.

In 2008 Seiko unveiled the first Eichi, a time-only wristwatch with an exceptionally fine movement finished modelled on the work of Philippe Dufour. That was discontinued in 2011, and succeeded by the Eichi II, introduced just last year. Similar in style and execution to the first generation, the Eichi II is primarily distinguished by its larger case and cleaner dial. The movement, however, remains as exquisite as before.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Introducing The AHCI 30th Anniversary Pen, With Proceeds To Safeguard Independent Watchmaking History

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the AHCI, the Swiss-based association of the world's best independent watchmakers. To commemorate that milestone and raise funds to preserve its archives, the AHCI is offering a limited edition of pens hand-made from exotic woods.

In 1985 Vincent Calabrese and Svend Andersen founded the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI), or the "Academy of Independent Watchmakers". To mark its 30th anniversary the AHCI has commissioned Valerii Danevych to create a writing instrument made of exotic wood. Only 30 will be made and proceeds from their sale will go to funding the preservation of the AHCI archives, a treasure trove of documents about independent watchmaking from the eighties till today. And once they are digitised, the archives will then be made available online at no cost.

Explaining The First Ever Automatic Tourbillon Wristwatch, Invented By Audemars Piguet

Long a master of complicated timepieces, Audemars Piguet played a significant role in the development of the wristwatch tourbillon, having created the first ever self-winding tourbillon wristwatch, that eventually evolved into the distinctive Renaud & Papi tourbillon.

In the decade starting in the early 2000s the tourbillon wristwatch was wildly popular and spiralling whirlwind (pun intended) of profit for watchmakers. Offering a tourbillon became a benchmark for any brand wanting to be a haute horlogerie marque. But well before that Audemars Piguet was already a preeminent watchmaker, with its accomplishments including the invention of the first automatic tourbillon wristwatch.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Pre-Basel 2015: Introducing The Ressence New Type 3, Upgraded With Display Fluid Thermometer (With Details & Price)

Belgian watchmaker Ressence specialises in an ingenious crown-less, oil-filled wristwatch with a mechanical movement, that has now been upgrade to include a thermometer for the display.

Two years ago Ressence premiered the Type 3, a pebble-shaped wristwatch without a crown that is instead set and wound via the case back. And the time display capsule is filled with oil, resulting in an optical effect that leaves the dial seemingly flat against the crystal. Basel world 2015 sees the introduction of the upgraded version, the New Type 3 (the brand's creativity clearly lies in watchmaking instead of words).

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Explaining The Apple Watch, Features, Materials, Availability And Price

Apple has finally announced the details about its smart watch, including specs, availability and pricing, revealing a smart watch packed with features that is offered in a variety of finishes across a vast price range, from US$349 all the way to US$17,000 for the top of the line, 18k gold composite model.

Just a week before Baselworld 2015 Apple announced the specifics of the Apple Watch, definitely stealing some of the thunder from the Swiss watchmakers geared up to present smart watches - or not - at the Basel fair. Though key figures in the Swiss watch industry have proclaimed the Apple Watch is not competition, it is what everyone is talking about. Here are the key details about the Apple Watch:

Pre-Basel 2015: Introducing The Louis Vuitton Tambour éVolution In Black (With Specs And Prices)

Louis Vuitton continues to grow the Tambour éVolution line of sports watches with a trio of new models in black DLC and metal composite: the GMT, Chronograph GMT and Spin Time GMT.

Shaped like a drum (tambour is French for "drum") with prominent sloped sides and narrow lugs, the Tambour is Louis Vuitton's signature watch case. Last year the Tambour éVolution was introduced, intended as a sporty twist on the Tambour, finished with a matte, brushing and a black metal matrix composite (MMC) bezel.

The Tambour éVolution In Black adds a black diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated steel case to the mix, along with red accents on the dial and hands, while the bezel remains MMC, a hard mix of metal and ceramic particles. Three models are offered in the éVolution Black guise, including the novel Spin Time developed by La Fabrique du Temps that indicates the time on rotating cubes.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Introducing The Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière Dead Seconds Tourbillon, Mechanical Revenge On The Seventies' Quartz Watch

An old name recently resurrected by La Joux-Perret, Angelus presents the U10 Tourbillon Lumière, a tourbillon with dead-beat seconds. It's a well conceived medley of seventies industrial design - and also a subtle and witty inside joke about the triumph of mechanical watchmaking.

To understand why the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière is one of the drolly entertaining statements of Baselworld 2015, you have to understand where it comes from.

Angelus was a brand that died in the seventies, along with most of the Swiss watch industry when the cheap quartz watch came along. Now the label has been revived by La Joux-Perret, the ingenious movement specialist that's the sister company of Arnold & Son (both are owned by Citizen of Japan).

Appropriately enough, its first timepiece takes over where the original Angelus ended - in the seventies. The U10 Tourbillon Lumière is equipped with a large, oblong case inspired by the watches and industrial design of that period - echoes of the early Beta 21 quartz watches are obvious. And to top it all off, the U10 Tourbillon Lumière has a dead seconds that ticks in one second steps, just like the quartz watches that decimated Angelus forty years ago.

Introducing The H. Moser & Cie. "Smart Watch", The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue (With Specs And Price)

After an intriguing teaser promising its first smart watch, H. Moser & Cie. unveils the Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue with a bright blue fumé dial, its idea of a mechanical smart watch.

A few weeks ago H. Moser & Cie. released a teaser for its upcoming smartwatch; I was sceptical of the teaser, which is why it wasn't published here. And as it turns out the watch in question is not the sort of smart watch the whole world is talking aboutInstead the "smart watch" is the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar in a new, "funky blue" guise.

Pre-Basel 2015: Chopard Introduces The L.U.C Regulator, Featuring A Revamped Case And Dial

Chopard gives its L.U.C Regulator a new look with a redesigned dial and case, while retaining the beautifully finished, eight day power reserve plus second time zone movement.

Modelled on regulator dial clocks, the Chopard L.U.C. Regulator has its minutes on the central axis, while the hours and seconds are on sub-dials. And it has the addition of a second time zone display at nine o'clock, along with the power reserve at noon. While the L.U.C. Regulator has been in Chopard's line-up for nearly a decade, this is a facelifted version for Baselworld 2015, with a new dial and larger case.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Pre-Basel 2015: Moser Goes Minimalist With The Endeavour Concept Watch Fumé (With Pricing)

Minimalism has long been a hallmark of H. Moser & Cie. timepieces, and the new Endeavour Concept Watch Fumé takes that idea to the absolute extreme, with a dial absent of any markings.

H. Moser & Cie. has always prized simplicity, evident from the beginning with the concise construction of its Perpetual Calendar. Drastic simplicity is what the Concept Watch Fumé is all about. Essentially a Endeavour Centre Seconds (formerly known as the Monard) with a dial stripped of all indices and text, the concept watch is left with only the graduated tones of the fumé, making them even more striking than usual.