The stand­out time­pieces from an exclusive show­case of the finest in watch-mak­ing at the Basel­world 2017



A de­sign meant for the modern day ex­plorer, Breitling re­designed its Superocean Heritage line re­sult­ing in rein­vig­o­rat­ing the iconic Superocean pro­fes­sional div­ing watch from 1957 that spawned sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of qual­ity pieces boast­ing in­com­pa­ra­ble aquatic per­for­mance. The Superocean Heritage II is in­ter­preted in two watch sizes (42 and 46 mm) and as a 46mm chrono­graph (the Chrono­graphe

46), avail­able in black, blue and bronze colours. Tech­ni­cally adept for use on land in air and of course at sea, the Superocean Heritage Chrono­graphe 46 houses a self-wind­ing chrono­graph move­ment cer­ti­fied by the COSC (Swiss Of­fi­cial Chronome­ter Test­ing In­sti­tute). The Man­u­fac­ture Caliber B20 in the 42 and 46 models is also COSC-cer­ti­fied – a high pre­ci­sion, re­li­ably ro­bust self-wind­ing move­ment with an ad­di­tional 70-hour power re­serve. Lu­mi­nes­cent mark­ers en­sure op­ti­mal leg­i­bil­ity, with tri­an­gu­lar hands for the hours, lozenge-like minute hands and slightly cone-shaped hour mark­ers, all re­in­forc­ing ties with the 1957 model.


The Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Aubazine is a time­piece that pays homage to the trac­ery of the stained glass win­dows of the Aubazine abbey where Gabrielle Chanel spent a part of her child­hood. With the classic aes­thetic of black and white com­ple­ment­ing the in­tri­cate pat­tern and elab­o­rate gem-set­ting, the watch is a tes­ta­ment to the brand’s ex­cel­lence in ex­cep­tional jew­ellery craft. The metic­u­lously se­lected di­a­monds vary be­tween bril­liant-cut and baguette-cut, and were each specif­i­cally re-cut to fit the de­sign con­cept. With a re­fined geo­met­ric mo­tif, the di­a­monds are fur­ther high­lighted by a white gold trim and em­bel­lished with black ruthe­nium adding to the black and white con­trast ap­peal.


The House of Breguet segued into the Basel­world ex­hibit with a new exclusive model named the Marine Equa­tion Marchante 5887, fea­tur­ing the “Grande Com­pli­ca­tion” that is set to an­chor a new era of the con­tem­po­rary Marine col­lec­tion. That’s not all, the new time­piece also fea­tures new aes­thetic sig­na­ture codes and has a chic and dy­namic ap­pear­ance, com­ing in a 43.9mm-di­am­e­ter case in rose gold or plat­inum. The rose gold ver­sion frames a sil­ver dial and an­thracite move­ment, and the plat­inum in­ter­pre­ta­tion has a blue dial and a rhodium-plated move­ment, both com­bin­ing el­e­gance and leg­i­bil­ity with the in­no­va­tion of the ‘Grande Com­pli­ca­tion’. The Breguet facetted hands come in 18k gold with lu­mi­nes­cent ma­te­rial, and a run­ning so­lar hand with a facetted golden sun. The front dial fea­tures two types of en­gine turn­ing, in­clud­ing a “wave” pat­tern spe­cific to this cre­ation. The bridges are vis­i­ble through the sap­phire case­back and have been del­i­cately chased to de­pict in nu­anced de­tail the Royal Louis, a first rank ves­sel in the French Royal Navy. The in­scrip­tion “Marine Royale” is engraved on the tour­bil­lon bar, an ex­e­cu­tion that nat­u­rally draws the gaze.


The L.U.C Lu­nar One is a flag­ship model of the Chopard L.U.C col­lec­tion and is now avail­able in a new lim­ited edi­tion. Their vi­sion of ex­treme horo­log­i­cal com­plex­ity is treated to a rare, pre­cious and of course ele­gant in­ter­pre­ta­tion bear­ing the Hall­mark of Geneva. Ever since its first ap­pear­ance in 2005, the Chopard L.U.C Lu­nar One has be­come a classic model in the Chopard haute Hor­logerie col­lec­tion. A per­pet­ual cal­en­dar watch with a large date and moon-phase dis­play show­cases the full range of watch­mak­ing skills cul­ti­vated at Chopard and en­com­pass the very heart of the L.U.C aes­thetic. It’s mul­ti­ple in­di­ca­tions, its elab­o­rate fin­ish­ing, and in­ge­nious play on colours, as well as the added qual­ity of hav­ing per­fectly leg­i­ble minia­ture watch mak­ing. The lim­ited edi­tion col­lec­tion fea­tures a 100-piece lim­ited se­ries with a case en­tirely made of 950 plat­inum. A 43 mm-di­am­e­ter case is adorned with ver­ti­cal satin-brushed sides, and the de­sign en­ables an in­ter­est­ing play on vis­ual depth and in­ter­est. Large Ro­man nu­mer­als dis­tinctly mir­ror-pol­ished, as well as a blue surface sym­bol­iz­ing a deep blue sky stud­ded with ‘stars’ and a de­pic­tion of the moon, the de­sign also has just the right touch of poetry.


Christophe Claret’s X-Trem-1 con­tin­ues on the brand’s legacy of avante garde cre­ations, with the dis­play of hours and min­utes driven by a mag­netic fields based sys­tem. In­deed, the watch has ac­tu­ally been suc­cess­ful in in­tro­duc­ing a mag­netic field – a fre­quently feared arch­en­emy of me­chan­i­cal horol­ogy – and in­cor­po­rat­ing it in the very heart of the watch. This bold con­cept is ex­e­cuted with a sys­tem where two hol­low small steel spheres are con­trolled by the mag­netic fields of two minia­ture mag­nets moved by ca­bles. Th­ese spe­cial ca­bles are in­cred­i­bly flex­i­ble and made from hun­dreds of Dyneema nanofibers. The spheres have no me­chan­i­cal connection with the move­ment, and to the mag­i­cal qual­ity of this in­cred­i­ble piece of horo­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion, in keep­ing with the brand’s res­o­lute ded­i­ca­tion to tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion.


De­signed by Dino Modolo, the Corum Golden Bridge Rec­tan­gle is an­other ex­am­ple of the con­tin­u­ous in­ge­nu­ity of Swiss horo­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion. Corum’s CEO David Traxler de­scribes the Golden Bridge as “the cap­stone of Corum’s col­lec­tions”. The aes­thet­ics fol­low the de­sign codes of Art Deco, and the bril­liant move­ment leads the eye along the path of Caliber CO113’s en­ergy trans­fer from spring bar­rel at 6 o’clock to the es­cape­ment at 12 o’clock. It’s elab­o­rate gold mi­cro struc­tures are sus­pended be­tween panes of sap­phire crys­tal, while ad­her­ing to the rect­an­gu­lar shape of the case. The com­pletely vis­i­ble cal­i­bre is sur­rounded by 18-karat gold struc­tures rep­re­sent­ing six Ro­man nu­mer­als, each of th­ese el­e­ments adding to the de­sign rem­i­nis­cent of the ar­chi­tec­ture of a bridge. This ver­sion is also un­like its 1980 ver­sion in that it is fully wa­ter-re­sis­tant to 30 me­ters/3 at­mos­pheres.


Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the likes of strong women who have made their mark in di­verse fields and cul­tures, The Ger­man watch­maker un­veils four new exquisitely cu­rated Glashütte Orig­i­nals this sea­son. The blend of shim­mer and class, to­gether with the time­lessly ele­gant dial vari­ants de­fine the Pavonina with a stark sense of con­fi­dence and pu­rity. Strik­ing and so­phis­ti­cated, Ro­man nu­mer­als make their de­but on the iri­des­cent mother-of­pearl di­als, por­tray­ing a fem­i­nine touch to the each piece, rather than the usu­ally sober and se­ries char­ac­ter th­ese num­bers of­ten bring to the ta­ble. Bracelets that com­ple­ment the faces are avail­able in taupe or rose-coloured Louisiana al­li­ga­tor leather or calf­skin in shim­mer­ing golden beige to Louisiana al­li­ga­tor leather in lu­mi­nous red, an­thracite, turquoise, pink, orange or dark blue. The move­ment fea­tures three-way pro­tec­tion from mag­netic fields, which shields it se­curely against the in­flu­ence of modern elec­tronic de­vices. Trib­ute is also paid to in­ner beauty: the move­ment base plate fea­tures the char­ac­ter­is­tic Glashütte stripes fin­ish and is dec­o­rated with a engraved golden logo on a sil­ver ground.


Some be­lieve that the earth was formed by the Big Bang. For Hublot, the Big Bang Unico Sap­phire made its mark as the first time the colour sap­phire was used in watch­mak­ing in 2016. Fol­low­ing this monumental revo­lu­tion, the Swiss com­pany has pushed lim­its yet again to suc­cess­fully de­velop new shades of the sap­phire case, through heat­ing of met­als and ox­ides to­gether. The pol­ished and smoked trans­par­ent com­pos­ite resin skele­ton di­als prove to be equally pre­cise be­neath its crisp fin­ish, with a HUB1242, UNICO man­u­fac­ture self­wind­ing chrono­graph fly­back move­ment. 250 ele­gant pieces ex­ist in both blue and red sap­phire.


Fu­tur­is­tic, min­i­mal­is­tic and geo­met­ric — what makes th­ese new ad­di­tions to the Ceramica col­lec­tion tick. Team­ing up with the em­i­nent in­dus­trial de­signer Kon­stantin Gr­cic, the jux­ta­po­si­tion of strong lines and gen­tly curved sil­hou­et­ted models usher in the first time au­to­matic move­ments are used in the Ceramica fam­ily. While be­ing a mat­ri­mony of light­ness and stur­di­ness, aes­thetic prop­er­ties are not com­pro­mised. The new earthy sand­blasted matt and gloss pol­ished fin­ish come in a fresh shade of con­tem­po­rary grey that he be­lieves is both beau­ti­ful and ex­pres­sive of the brand’s ded­i­ca­tion and drive. The ce­ramic monobloc cased watches are wa­ter-re­sis­tant to 5 bar (50m), and are pow­ered by an au­to­matic 7 ¾ ETA 2671 sys­tem.

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