TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

With their strik­ing aes­thet­ics and in­trigu­ing back­grounds, these pieces would make bold ad­di­tions to many a col­lec­tion

Hong Kong Tatler - - Baselworld 2017 Review -

DARK HORSE TU­DOR

Tu­dor’s pop­u­lar Black Bay of­fers a chrono­graph for the very first time. The 41mm Her­itage Black Bay Chrono has a bold black dial with large lu­mi­nes­cent hands in Tu­dor’s “snowflake” style. It is a very sporty af­fair, with a tachymeter and a 45-minute counter, and is wa­ter-re­sis­tant to 200 me­tres, the no­ta­tion for which is a touch of red on the dial. The case is held by ei­ther a riv­eted steel bracelet or a leather strap, but Tu­dor adds an ex­tra strap in ca­sual denim in both cases. The chrono­graph move­ment was de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bre­itling.

SPLIT SE­COND

TAG HEUER Of­ten billed as Tag Heuer’s best-sell­ing model, the Car­rera Heuer-01 chrono­graph ap­pears in a new guise in 2017. Its case, bezel, lugs and case mid­dle are all en­tirely ce­ramic in dra­matic matte black with a mi­cro-blasted fin­ish. The re­sult is a very sleek look, as a plus, it’s hy­poal­ler­genic. Be­ing scratchre­sis­tant, the ce­ramic will re­tain its good looks. Steel is used for the func­tional parts and the case back, but the 45mm chrono­graph is light and guar­an­teed to 100 me­tres.

IN FLIGHT

ZENITH The pi­lot’s watch still fas­ci­nates and no brand does it bet­ter than Zenith. The new bronze Zenith Pi­lot Ex­tra Spe­cial Chrono­graph be­longs to the brand’s Her­itage Col­lec­tion, which salutes avi­a­tion pi­o­neers and their re­liance on Zenith. Louis Blériot wore a Zenith watch when he flew across the English Chan­nel in 1909, and this is cel­e­brated on the case back. The new watch is pow­ered by the fa­mous high-fre­quency El Primero move­ment.

DEEP BLUES OMEGA

Omega is justly fa­mous for its at­ten­tion to de­tail. Its Planet Ocean Big Blue, which has just been added to the Sea­mas­ter col­lec­tion, cov­ers all bases. The 45.5mm case is bright blue, touched with or­ange and made of light, scratch-re­sis­tant ce­ramic, while the bezel is Omega’s pro­pri­etary Liq­uid­metal, with the first 15 min­utes in­di­cated in or­ange rub­ber. The in­dices and hands are coated in Su­per­lu­mi­nova on the pol­ished blue dial, and the sap­phire crys­tals on the back and front have an anti-glare coat­ing. There is even an anti-bac­te­rial coat­ing on the in­side of the strap. The Big Blue is wa­ter­proof to 600 me­tres and has a 60-hour power re­serve.

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