“Size may be the ul­ti­mate dif­fer­ence be­tween men’s and women’s time­keep­ing in­stru­ment, but the line gets blurred with the H0 from HYT”

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Nev­er­the­less, Breitling made a con­vinc­ing case with the Colt Skyracer—its most af­ford­able nov­elty this year. The watch is made of with Bre­it­light (the brand’s light yet durable pro­pri­etary poly­mer) and uses a Su­perQuartz move­ment for en­hanced pre­ci­sion and longevity. Longines, mean­while, un­veiled a less com­pli­cated quartz time­piece un­der the name Con­quest V.H.P. The sec­ond part of the name stands for “Very High Pre­ci­sion,” and con­tin­ues a suc­cess story from the 1980s of a quartz move­ment that ac­cu­rately notes the pass­ing of time bet­ter than a me­chan­i­cal chronome­ter. The price points of both mod­els cer­tainly ap­peals to new watch en­thu­si­asts look­ing to in­vest in af­ford­able but de­pend­able (and also ex­quis­ite) quartz watches.

And what about con­nected watches? In this cat­e­gory, things looked pretty steady: TAG Heuer, Breitling and Fred­erique Con­stant were still ex­pend­ing a lot of ef­fort into this cat­e­gory at Basel­world 2017 and for the re­main­der of the year. And there are new play­ers as well. The Mo­vado group, known for creat­ing watches for fash­ion brands such as La­coste and Tommy Hil­figer, also jumped on the band­wagon.

Mo­bile tech­nol­ogy, how­ever, also showed up in a less di­rect way. Bulgari em­ployed a spe­cial mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion, dubbed My Ser­penti, to al­low po­ten­tial buy­ers to quickly and eas­ily cus­tom­ize their or­der. Op­tions avail­able in­clude just about ev­ery­thing from strap ma­te­rial to the watch­case, dial color and di­a­monds. And then, it would take only two months for the prod­uct to be ready for de­liv­ery. If any­thing, this will most likely be how high-end watch com­merce will be run in the fu­ture. Only time will tell.

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