Following their unique heritage, Breguet launches the Marine Running Equation ref. 5887 in platinum and also in rose gold. This Grande Complication marks the start of a new era for the contemporary Marine collection and incorporates a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar and an equation of time in one timepiece. The equation of time is one of the rarest and most fascinating horological complications and it serves to display the difference between mean solar time, corresponding to civil or standard hours and minutes, and true solar time, meaning the actual solar hours and minutes.
The new Patek Philippe's ref. 5320G is a new perpetual calendar that has been inspired by many predecessor models that attracted global attention in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1925, Patek Philippe launched model 97'975, the world's first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar. It was followed by further unique pieces. Eventually, the manufacture integrated this type of watch in its regular collection with the ref. 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph released in 1941. A year later, Patek Philippe introduced the ref. 1526 Perpetual Calendar without a chronograph.
Baselworld 2017: Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition. Live Pictures & Pricing.
The Mille Miglia race turns 90 in 2017! In its role as historical partner of “la corsa più bella del mondo”, Chopard is celebrating the event by issuing a 90-piece Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition. Attired in a rose gold case, this sporty and elegant collector’s model pays tribute to the spirit of this vintage race that has endured for 90 years. Its unmistakable presence on the wrist, its L.U.C chronograph movement and its wealth of details make it the most prestigious Mille Miglia watch ever introduced by Chopard.
Presented at Baselworld 2017, Tudor's famous Heritage Black Bay divers watch is now available in a new all-steel version with a brushed steel bezel insert. Fitted with the manufacture calibre MT5612, the new Heritage Black Bay Steel ref. 79730 also introduces a date function to the Black Bay family. The case size remains the same at 41 mm and the bracelet continues to be of the riveted type.
The history of the Fifty Fathoms brings together two lineages. First is that of Jean-Jacques Fiechter a passionate diver who was Blancpain’s CEO for three decades, 1950-1980. The second is that of Captain Robert “Bob” Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud, founders of the French Navy’s combat swimmers corps and who were searching for a reliable watch for their underwater missions. With continuous improvements in mind, Jean-Jacques Fiechter incorporated a circular water-tightness indicator to the Fifty Fathoms, where if any liquid were to leak into the watch case, a disk at 6 o’clock would signal the problem by changing its color from white to red.
Up until now only available in 18K rose gold, the legendary Patek Philippe World Time ref. 5131 is now also available in platinum. This new platinum iteration reference 5131/1P-001 is a quite heavy timepiece with a total weight of 241.8 grams —as a reference a full gold on bracelet Audemars Piguet ref. 15202OR has a total weight of 215 grams— with a 39.5 mm case and a stunning dial with 'Cloisonné' enamel center with a view of the earth as seen from the North Pole.
Baselworld 2017: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Two-Tone S&G Steel and Gold ref. 79733N. Live Pics & Pricing.
A true stunner that was missing in the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is the new just released at Baselworld 2017 Heritage Black Bay S&G —Steel and Gold. This new Black Bay sporting a 41 mm case in stainless steel is fitted with an 18K yellow gold solid gold bezel and end link and with shell —hollow link— center link on its bracelet and with shell winding crown.
Continuing with their space and sci-fi creations, MB&F is presenting the new clock in partnership with legendary clock maker L'Epée. The new MB&F Destination Moon with the architecture of L’Epée’s eight-day movement follows the basic engineering of a real spaceship. Power in a rocket comes from its base and the power for Destination Moon comes from the oversized winding crown in its base.
Baselworld 2017: Patek Philippe Aquanaut Blue Dial ref. 5168G 20th Anniversary. Live Pictures & Pricing.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut —full history of this model here—, Patek just released a very special new Aquanaut in 18K white gold with blue dial and blue rubber strap. This new reference 5168G fitted with a 42.2 mm case —2.2 mm bigger than reference 5167 and still powered by the same automatic calibre 324 S C powering the Aquanaut ref. 5167 we reviewed here.
What everyone was waiting for, a single red Sea-Dweller makes its appearance at Baselworld 2017. The Sea-Dweller ref. 126600 is revisited for its 50th anniversary in a bolder 43 mm case. Rolex is introducing the latest generation of its Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller, a legend among professional divers’ watches created 50 years ago in 1967. The new Sea-Dweller features a larger, 43 mm case and the new calibre 3235, at the forefront of watchmaking technology and employed for the first time in a Rolex Professional category watch.
Baselworld 2017: Armin Strom Presents the Watch Configurator. An Amazing Concept Where One Can Make Its own Unique Piece.
Armin Strom’s Innovative Watch Configurator: The Ultimate Way to Create Something No One Else Owns. Luxury is not just about price anymore; luxury is about exclusivity – the exclusivity that comes with owning something rare and special that no one else has. And luxury is as personal as each individual collector. With that in mind, Armin Strom now provides the opportunity for clients to create their own exclusive, luxurious wristwatches: the new Watch Configurator is an inspirational, effortless, time-saving system that is simple to use even as it opens new perspectives in personalization.
This evening at a casual dinner with our friends from Tudor, the first of their novelties was presented. The new Tudor Black Bay Chronograph is the newest addition to the Heritage Black Bay collection. With a stainless steel case measuring 41 mm in diameter and a matte black dial, the new Tudor Black Bay Chronograph is an automatic 45-minute chronograph.
H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch Minute Retrograde. Hands-on with a Moser Watch that Looks More Like a Hautlence.
Pairing the rectangular case of its Swiss Alp Watch with the highly technical movement from its sister brand Hautlence, H. Moser & Cie. has created a delightful surprise which combines tradition with modernity. This unique approach faithfully employs classic 'Haute Horlogerie' techniques whilst incorporating the ultimate in technological movements. A striking contrast in a mesmerizingly beautiful watch that is compelling from every angle. The Swiss Alp Watch stands against the tide of smart watches, as a symbol of traditional Swiss watchmaking.
Pre-Baselworld 2017 Presenting the New Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition.
At the occasion of the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show and Pre-Baselworld 2017, Zenith and Land Rover are celebrating their creative relationship by presenting the new Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition. The timepiece features a new elegant brushed grey dial with copper-toned details, and a new black rubber strap coated with black-toned perforated calfskin, inspired by ideas from both brands’ product design and engineering departments. A watch to embrace the heritage and strong credentials of two legends.
Experience: Havana Club Gran Reserva Añejo 15 Años. As Unique and Smooth as our Armin Strom Gravity Date WCL Unique Piece.
Sitting a notch above the Havana Club 'Selección de Maestros' is the Havana Club Gran Reserva Añejo 15 Años from Cuba. Produced by repeatedly blending and aging selected rums and 'aguardientes' in old oak casks that add that delicate touch of tannin, this unique ageing process liberates the aromas and flavor and gives that extra smoothness that is the top mark of top quality rum. Aged for no less than 15 years and with a limited production of only 58 barrels per year, the Havana Club Gran Reserva is one of the best rums we've ever had with a unique aroma, intense flavor and unparalleled smoothness.
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose Rolesor Two-Tone ref. 116621 Chocolate Dial. Hands-on with a Delicious Piece of Rolex Goodness.
As we approach Baselworld 2017 happening in less than a week, we bring you our hands-on review of one of the Rolex watches that didn't get much attention after its release at Baselworld 2016. The Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose Rolesor ref. 116621 with chocolate dial is the first watch in the Yacht-Master family to ever feature Everose Rolesor —Rolex's two-tone combination of 904L steel and 18K Everose gold. This new model maintains all design elements of the Yacht-Master with large hour markers and broad hands with a stunning combination of gold coveted for its luster and nobility and stainless steel to reinforces strength and reliability.
Rare Bird: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rodeo Drive Limited Edition ref. 26060ST. Harder to Find than Finding a Needle in a Haystack.
More challenging to find than finding a needle in a haystack, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rodeo Drive Limited Edition ref. 26060ST.OO.D017CR.01 was released on May 16, 2005 as a tribute to the opening of Westime's —AP authorized dealer in Los Angeles— second location on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. This watch, also marks the second limited edition ever created in honor of an AP authorized dealer. After the successful release in 2004 of ref. 26034TS to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sincer Watch in Singapore, the Rodeo Drive was released in a 50-piece limited edition that quickly sold out.
Unboxing Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Oro Rosso PAM 717 Istanbul Boutique. When Number 1 out of 50 Lands in Dallas.
If you read elsewhere that all 50 pieces of the highly coveted Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Oro Rosso PAM 717 for the Istanbul Boutique were sold out during the Panerai launch event at Les Ottoman's in Turkey at the end of 2016, please don't believe a dime of what that website said. We still can't believe that they were selected by Panerai as the only media partner to cover that event. Well, let's get back on the topic. Yesterday, we had the honor of documenting the unboxing of number 1 out of 50 of a PAM 717 purchased by a friend and Panerai collector in Dallas, Texas.
Right on time for Baselworld 2017 and to mark its tenth anniversary, MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps presents the new Dōdekal One D110, the first mechanical watch featuring an innovative digital hours display in the center of the dial. With its name taken from the Greek 'Dodeka' meaning twelve, the new MCT Dodekal One D110 takes its inspiration from the digital electronic watches from the seventies. Driven by a new in-house manufacture movement, calibre D1, the new Dōdekal One features one of the most unique and intriguing digital time displays for a mechanical watch.
Arnold & Son unveils a new rendition of its unique DBG dual-time —GMT— timepiece, the DBG Skeleton. An acronym for “double balance” and “GMT”, the DBG Skeleton references the precise chronometers built by John Arnold and his son. With a new skeletonized execution, the DBG Skeleton showcases Arnold & Son’s watchmaking prowess as well as attention to aesthetic details with the newly developed manufacture A&S1309 calibre, which has been conceived, designed and manufactured entirely in-house.