In 1845, Ferdinand Adolphe Lange founded the first watch manufacture in Glashütte, Germany, a place well known for its silver mining industry. At the time, the goal was to turn Glashütte into a German watchmaking central. In the early 1950s, GUB —VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe— was formed through the merger of multiple firms including UROFA, UFAG, VEB Lange –formerly A. Lange & Söhne—, VEB Präzision Glashütte, VEB Messtechnik —formerly R. Mühle & Sohn—, VEB Feintechnik, VEB Estler and the Makarenko trade school.
Baselworld 2018: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One. The First Skeletonized Watch for the Brand. Live Pictures & Pricing.
To celebrate the 280th anniversary of Jaquet Droz, the brand decided to present a new skeletonized watch in a new architectural interpretation of its icon, the Grande Seconde Skelet-One letting light into the heart of its mechanics. The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One incarnates the essence of the Jaquet Droz watchmaking art. While the brand has oft varied its design, for the first time it proposes a sapphire dial integrated within a skeleton composition. The Grande Seconde Skelet-One marks a true stylistic turning point in the brand’s history, as part of its prestigious 280th anniversary celebrations.
As soon as we heard about the new Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon being released at Baselworld 2018, we were more than eager to see it in the metal. The brand’s first diver’s watch is simply one of the coolest diving watches out there and one that is unlike any other. But what makes the Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon more special is the level of skeletonization of its movement allowing for maximum transparency and an incredible view of all the components in the movement including the mainspring barrel.
A perfect addition to the Patek Philippe Aquanaut line is the new Aquanaut Chronograph ref. 5968A-001 just released at Baselworld 2018. Endowed with the calibre CH 28-520 C an automatic movement with flyback chronograph, Patek gives the Aquanaut an edgier look and feel. The already sporty model just became bolder and sportier with a stainless steel case measuring 42.2 mm in diameter and a thickness of 11.9 mm and equipped with a black rubber strap or a bright orange rubber strap —sold separately.
First introduced in 18k white gold during Baselworld 2015 and creating as many waves as ever intended amongst the press, watch collectors and the industry, the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref. 5524G-001 was a very controversial watch as many ignored that the watch was based on old Patek DNA from scientific instruments released by the brand in the 1930s and exhibited at the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva that we featured here. Today, at Baselworld 2018, things got much better with a new iteration of this watch in 18K rose gold with a gorgeous brown dial. The new Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref. 5524R is also available for ladies in a matching piece at a smaller size.
Baselworld 2018: Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar ref. 5740/1G-001. Live Pictures & Pricing.
Already another incredible year for Patek Philippe at Baselworld. This time the brand presents less novelties than the previous year but all charged with a punch. To start with our reporting straight from Baselworld 2018, let's focus on one of our favorite pieces so far. Patek presents the first grand complication in the Nautilus line, showcasing an analog perpetual calendar in a unique combination of casual sportiness and technical finesse, robustness and high-end watchmaking artistry, endowed with the discreet elegance of a 40 mm 18K white gold case and the utility of a calendar that automatically recognizes the number of days in each month, including the periodically recurring 29th of February.
Baselworld 2018: Rolex GMT Master II Stainless Steel Pepsi ref. 126710BLRO. Everyone's Dream but on a Jubilee Bracelet.
Just released at Baselworld 2018, finally the stainless steel GMT Master II Pepsi that everyone would've wanted to see in 2014. With the same case size proportions of all other GMTs at 40 mm in diameter, the new Rolex GMT Master II ref. 126710 BLRO in stainless steel is equipped with a jubilee bracelet instead of an Oyster one. For those that took the plunge between 2014 and now and purchased the 18K white gold GMT Master Pepsi...
Baselworld 2018: Rolex GMT Master II White Gold Pepsi ref. 116719BLRO. Now with a Blue Dial, It Replaces the Previous Reference
Just released at Baselworld 2018 and with the same case size proportions at 40 mm in diameter, the new Rolex GMT Master II ref. 116719 BLRO in 18K white gold replaces the previous reference with the same number and letters and is now fitted with a dark blue dial. Additionally, Rolex has just released a new GMT Master II Pepsi in stainless steel with jubilee bracelet, crushing the heart of all owners of the same watch in 18K white gold released in 2014.
Baselworld 2018: Rolex GMT Master II Everose Rolesor ref. 126711CHNR. The New Two-Tone GMT as Close as Possible to the Old Root Beer.
With the same case size proportions at 40 mm in diameter, a new two-tone iteration of this watch makes its appearance. Now in Everose Rolesor, the new Rolex GMT Master II ref. 126711CHNR just made its debut at Baselworld 2018. The watch is really nice in person but the bezel is black and brown instead of gold and brown as the previous iterations of the GMT Master Root Beer. Still a gorgeous new GMT for those that love vintage inspired modern watches.
Same case size proportions and now in Everose 18K gold, the new Rolex GMT Master II ref. 126715CHNR just made its debut at Baselworld 2018. The watch is really nice in person but the bezel is black and brown instead of gold and brown as the previous iterations of the GMT Master. More images to come up including wristshots.
In 2009, Patek Philippe introduced a chronograph intended exclusively for feminine wrists. It was the exclusive debut of a classic manufacture-made chronograph movement (column wheel, horizontal clutch, manual winding) that had been developed entirely in-house. That was also expressed by the name of the watch: Ladies First Chronograph Ref. 7071, built until 2016. Now, the Genevan manufacture is enriching its collection of complicated wristwatches for ladies and endowing this chronograph —highly coveted by discerning women— with a totally new face.
Originally released for the very first time on the occasion of the Patek Philippe “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017” with two 5-piece limited edition watches for the U.S., the Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater ref. 5531 made its very first appearance. Now, at Baselworld 2018, the micro-mechanical masterpiece has been added to the manufacture’s regular collection. It is a new grand complication with features in a domain that Patek Philippe has dominated for decades: a minute repeater, a World Time mechanism, an enamel arts dial, and a rose-gold case crafted in-house.
Pre-Baselworld 2018: MB&F L'Epée 1839 The Fifth Element. A Limited Edition of 18 Pieces Each in 3 Different Colors.
First they started with wristwatches: Horological and Legacy Machines. Then they found Reuge and created a series of mechanical music boxes —dubbed MusicMachines— and more recently a musical automaton. With Caran d’Ache, they created a rocket pen and then teamed up with L’Epée 1839 to create an entire range of mechanical clocks. Today, pre-Baselworld 2018, MB&F is presented a new range of machines: a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer —all mechanical of course. And since this is once again a co-creation with L’Epée 1839, there is also a mechanical clock part of this new creation.
Pre-Baselworld 2018: Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon. The World's First Openworked Diver's Watch with Tourbillon.
Pre-Baselworld 2018, Angelus reaches new depths far below sea level with its first diver’s watch, the U50 Diver Tourbillon. Since its earliest days, Angelus has been an integrated manufacture producing exceptional timepieces. Now, Angelus culminates its expertise in producing high-performance haute horlogerie movements into the brand’s first diver’s watch, the U50 Diver Tourbillon. A first for Angelus and also the watch industry, the U50 Diver Tourbillon marks the first time a diver’s watch has ever been made by the brand and a diving watch equipped with a tourbillon.
Insider: A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase with Black Dial. One of the Best Looking Langes for those in Love with Black Dials.
First released in 2016 and endowed with a 40 mm case in either white gold or pink gold, the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase now adopts a new look with a black dial available for both models as of the SIHH 2018. A highly precise moonphase display and the characteristic Lange outsize date accentuate the puristic design of this technically and aesthetically compelling automatic watch. Functional, easy to use, and clearly organized, the Saxonia Moon Phase fulfills all of the criteria of a wristwatch that its owners will always enjoy wearing.
Pre-Baselworld 2018: Arnold & Son Globetrotter. The First Worldtimer for this Brand with a Three-Dimensional Display at the Center of the Dial.
Pre-Baselworld 2018, Arnold & Son reimagines the worldtime complication in a magnificent, sculptural fashion with the new Globetrotter. Between the 18th and 19th century, Arnold & Son made a name for itself by creating some of the most precise marine chronometers of the epoch, which were used not just to tell the time, but as navigational instruments to determine longitude and sail safely from one location to another. Arnold & Son chronometers have taken part in extraordinary voyages, including James Cook voyages to the Pacific Ocean, as well as Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated third and final expedition to the icy waters north of Canada in 1845.
Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Black Ceramic ref. 26343CE. Hands-on with the 25-Piece Limited Edition in Four Different Colors.
Released at the SIHH 2018, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Black Ceramic ref. 26343CE continues to capitalize on the expertise mastered by Audemars Piguet when it comes to the use of black ceramic for its watch cases. Available in four different variations with color accents on the minute track, 30-minute chronograph register and the chronograph seconds hand —light grey, blue, green and gold accents— this incredible 44 mm watch features a tourbillon and a 30-minute chronograph. The watch is available in a limited edition of 25 pieces for each color combination and exclusively sold at the Audemars Piguet Boutiques.
News: Roger Dubuis Presents the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero at the Lamborghini Winter Accademia. A Limited Edition of 8 Pieces.
The bite of icy air, the crunch of tires on hard packed snow and the thrill of truly money can’t buy experiences was the exhilarating setting for the adrenaline-packed launch of the new Roger Dubuis titanium-studded Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero at the Lamborghini Winter Accademia in Livigno, Italy. Taking exciting high octane exploits to unprecedented new levels and inspired by the avant-garde designs and technical mastery of both its partners —tire maker Pirelli on one hand and Lamborghini Squadra Corse on the other— Roger Dubuis races off the grid in 2018 by offering red-hot performance in super-cold conditions.
Experience: Diptyque 'Tempo' Eau de Parfum. A Nod to 'The Sixties', Just like the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 116500.
The 1960s, was a one of the greatest decades of the modern era for many reasons. During 'The Sixties' not only man conquered space by landing and walking on the surface of the moon, but also one of the most iconic and legendary watches of all time was born. The Rolex Cosmograph was born in 1963 when a new exotic scent was changing the world. Born only two years after the release in 1961 of Dyptique's first fragrance 'L'Eau', the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is today, as perfect as it was more than 50 years ago.
News: Richard Mille Unveils RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph with McLaren Automotive at the 88th Geneva Motor Show. A 500-Piece Limited Edition.
Richard Mille and McLaren Automotive have just revealed their first jointly-commissioned timepiece, the new Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show during a reception hosted by McLaren Automotive CEO, Mr. Mike Flewitt and Richard Mille himself. The new RM 11-03 McLaren, created in close collaboration between McLaren Design Director Rob Melville and Richard Mille Engineer Fabrice Namura, has been in development since McLaren Automotive and Richard Mille partnered last year uniting a mutual interest in unique design, the use of new materials and modern craftsmanship.