TOCK OF THE TOWN

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Reviews -

GLO­BE­TROT­TER

Patek Philippe’s head­liner at Basel­world was eas­ily the World Time Chrono­graph Ref 5930G. It is the first time the watch­maker has com­bined a world timer and chrono­graph in a sin­gle time­piece since 1940 (that watch, re­ferred to as No. 862 442, now re­sides in the Patek Philippe mu­seum). The 5930G fea­tures 24 time zones, a day/night in­di­ca­tor and a 30-minute chrono­graph counter.

MAK­ING HIS­TORY

Harry Win­ston is not quite done im­press­ing the high watch­mak­ing gods, as we see in the His­toire de Tour­bil­lon 7 watch. This tour de force fea­tures two bi-ax­ial tour­bil­lons and a power re­serve counter at 6 o’clock. The crown bears the Harry Win­ston logo—three arches rep­re­sent­ing the en­trance to the mai­son’s Fifth Av­enue head­quar­ters.

DAY­TONA DAZE

Rolex has fi­nally re­freshed the steel Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Cos­mo­graph Day­tona af­ter more than a decade. The big­gest change for the 2016 Cos­mo­graph Day­tona is its black Cer­achrom bezel. The size re­mains 40mm and the move­ment Cal­i­bre 4130.

WEAR­ING THIN

Bul­gari’s big an­nounce­ment turned out to be a very slim one: the Octo Finis­simo Minute Re­peater. With a move­ment a mere 3.12mm thick—and a scant 6.85mm cased up—this time­piece breaks the record for thinnest minute re­peater in the world set by Pi­aget in 2013.

With thou­sands of watches on show, Basel­world is an over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It takes a con­certed ef­fort to an­a­lyse and digest the many fas­ci­nat­ing pieces pre­sented, some of which are pro­filed in these pages. And there are al­ways a few that cre­ate ex­tra buzz. Here are four of them

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