The standout timepieces from an exclusive showcase of the finest in watch-making at the Baselworld 2017
BREITLING SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE II
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.
CHANEL MADEMOISELLE PRIVE AUBAZINE DECOR
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.
BREGUET MARINE EQUATION MARCHANTE 5887
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.
CHOPARD L.U.C LUNAR ONE
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 X-TREM-1
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.
CORUM GOLDEN BRIDGE RECTANGLE
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.
HUBLOT BIG BANG UNICO SAPPHIRE
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.