Men Watches, New Re­leases from Basel­world 2018

New re­leases from Basel­world 2018

Upscale Living Magazine - - Contents - | By Smitha Sadanan­dan

Ode To Kandin­sky

The pro­foundly Rus­sian watch brand, Alexan­der Shorokhoff’s new time­piece is an ode to ac­claimed artist Vass­ily Kandin­sky. In­spired by the work of the avant-garde Rus­sian artist, the brand has chris­tened its new piece in his homage. Cel­e­brat­ing Ger­man watch­mak­ing, the Kandy Avant­garde is a suc­ces­sor to ‘Miss Avant­garde,’ an ear­lier best seller. The myr­iad col­ors on the watch ace do not cre­ate chaos, as all el­e­ments like the dial, hands, case or strap have been com­bined with each other. The case is an­gu­lar, whereas the dial and case back are round. The straps come in sev­eral col­ors, while the deep red and black col­ors of the dial are com­bined with pas­tel light blue or or­ange. The Kandy Avant­garde, fea­tur­ing a cal­i­bre 2892 ETA move­ment, is lim­ited to 100 pieces.


Horo­log­i­cal Mi­crome­chan­ics

Max­imus fly­ing tour­bil­lon, in a lim­ited edi­tion of 99 pieces, pre­miered at Basel­world. Kerbe­danz’s Max­imus has the largest tour­bil­lon in a wrist­watch. The move­ment is made of 415 com­po­nents with the tour­bil­lon cage, in ti­ta­nium, hav­ing 73 com­po­nents (weigh­ing 1.35 grams). Cal­iber KRB-08 – with gi­ant cen­tral fly­ing tour­bil­lon, in-line pal­lets, in a 27mm cage – makes one ro­ta­tion ev­ery six min­utes and not in sixty sec­onds, which is usu­ally the case. The Max­imus fea­tures rose gold and plat­inum ac­cents. The de­sign of the move­ment was done in-house by Kerbe­danz and has two pend­ing patents. A bold horo­log­i­cal feat, the Max­imus sure grabs eye­balls.


Starry Sky

De Bethune dis­plays its tech­ni­cal and aes­thetic mas­tery with DB25 Starry Var­ius, a po­etic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the tra­di­tional DB25. The brand im­parts a fresh, cre­ative mo­men­tum with a per­son­al­ized con­stel­la­tion, re­vis­ited lugs and an orig­i­nal 42mm case. Star-stud­ded di­als have be­come an in­te­gral part of the his­tory of De Bethune, but what makes this highly per­son­al­ized is the spe­cific ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion and a given date: the gold pins are fit­ted on the star-stud­ded sky, mak­ing each model unique. The Milky Way pat­tern is then gilded us­ing the tra­di­tional gold leaf tech­nique and en­hanced by laser beam mi­cro-milling. De Bethune’s new take on the sky fea­tures a slen­der case in pol­ished grade 5 ti­ta­nium case mea­sur­ing 8.8mm thick, fea­tur­ing per­fectly in­te­grated and open­worked lugs. The dis­play fea­tures dis­creetly hand-pol­ished rose gold hands sweep­ing over ex­actly match­ing hour­mark­ers set on a sil­ver-toned ring. Pow­ered by the in-house me­chan­i­cal man­ual wind­ing DB2105 cal­i­bre, the DB25 Starry Var­ius is equipped with the lat­est ti­ta­nium bal­ance wheel as well as the triple pare-chute shock-ab­sorb­ing sys­tem. Ready to fol­low the stars in De Bethune’s gal­axy?


Check Your Cal­en­dar

The Longines Master Col­lec­tion with a new an­nual cal­en­dar is a con­tem­po­rary illustration of the brand’s ex­per­tise as well as the suc­cess of this range since its launch in 2005. The Longines Master Col­lec­tion is the first range from Longines to house this fea­ture. The an­nual cal­en­dar au­to­mat­i­cally man­ages the vary­ing lengths of the months, al­low­ing the time­pieces to dis­tin­guish be­tween a month with 30 days and a month with 31 days, with­out man­ual in­ter­ven­tion. The mod­els from the col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing an an­nual cal­en­dar con­tain the new au­to­matic L897 cal­iber in a stain­less-steel case. With 64 hours of power re­serve and the an­nual cal­en­dar dis­played at 3 o’clock, the move­ment can be viewed through the trans­par­ent case back. The rhodium plated or blued steel hands jump off the black or sil­ver bar­l­ey­corn or sun­ray blue dial. These watches are com­pli­mented by a steel bracelet or black, brown or blue al­li­ga­tor watch strap.

Back With A Bang

Hublot was back with a bang at Basel­world 2018, un­veil­ing a show­stop­per. The Big Bang Unico Red Magic, which took its R&D team four years to ideate and de­velop, is ‘the first vi­brantly coloured ce­ramic.’ The vivid red sym­bol­ises power, pas­sion and glory and is achieved through a ma­jor in­no­va­tion whereby a fu­sion of pres­sure and heat sin­ters the ce­ramic with­out burn­ing the pig­ments. Also, the new ma­te­rial is harder than con­ven­tional ce­ram­ics. The Big Bang Unico Red Magic’s 45 mm case and bezel are made from Hublot’s patented red ce­ramic sport­ing a pol­ished finish. The flange, in­dexes, minute and sec­onds coun­ters, Ara­bic nu­mer­als and hands are in the same red hue, con­trast­ing with the mech­a­nism of the Unico HUB1242 man­u­fac­ture move­ment and its col­umn wheel, vis­i­ble on the dial side through the sap­phire crys­tal. This theme en­com­passes the en­tire watch, matched with a lined struc­tured red rub­ber strap. With just 500 pieces re­leased, you might want to get your hands on a Red Magic soon.

On­board the Weather Sta­tion

MB&F is very much in its cre­ative el­e­ment. Well, its Fifth

El­e­ment landed at Basel­world watch fair with an alien pi­lot! An in­ter­ga­lac­tic horo­log­i­cal weather sta­tion en­abling ac­cu­rate weather fore­cast­ing even when the power goes down has four el­e­ments: clock, barom­e­ter, hy­grom­e­ter, and ther­mome­ter com­bine in a mother­ship (with Ross, the alien pi­lot) to cre­ate the Fifth El­e­ment. Crazy as it may sound, more than 500 in­di­vid­ual com­po­nents con­sti­tute the mother ship and its in­ter­change­able el­e­ments of the unique de­sign, co-cre­ated with L’Epée 1839, Switzer­land’s

premier clock maker. MB&F beckons you to hitch a ride with Ross. Don’t judge Ross by his looks; he is adept at his job. Thanks to man­u­ally-wound and air-reg­u­lated move­ment, pi­lot Ross ro­tates around the UFO’s cock­pit check­ing that the skies are clear of both clouds and hos­tile in­vaders be­fore he takes off. If you are won­der­ing how this unique cre­ation came about, here’s the back­story: MB&F founder Max­i­m­il­ian Büsser long ad­mired desk­top weather sta­tions of the last cen­tury, but frus­trated in not find­ing the right vin­tage model for him­self, de­cided to cre­ate his own. Time for ga­lac­tic ad­ven­tures, per­haps.

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