Jacob & Co. is pleased to announce a long-term partnership with Bugatti, the world’s most celebrated high performance sports car manufacturer, to collaborate on a series of exclusive co-branded products. This partnership brings together two companies that share a passion for cutting-edge design, pushing the limits of what seems mechanically possible. Stephan Winkelmann and Jacob Arabo, the Presidents of Bugatti and Jacob & Co., had just made this partnership official at Baselworld 2019.
Baselworld 2019: Breitling Navitimer ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition. A First for the Brand and a Tribute to a Legend.
For Baselworld 2019, Breitling has just announced the re-edition of the legendary Breitling Navitimer ref. 806 from 1959. In 1952, Breitling developed the Navitimer, a revolutionary wristwatch chronograph that instantly became a mainstay of every cockpit. It was worn by pilots for some of aviation’s most impressive developments, thanks to an innovative slide rule that enabled them to make all critical flight calculations. The new Navitimer ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition, celebrates one of the most iconic early designs of the Navitimer, released exactly 60 years ago. A first for the brand, the re-edition of the ref. 806 marks the subsequent launches also planned for the future.
Breaking News: SIHH and Baselworld to Coordinate Their Dates for 2020. Good or Bad? We'll Wait and See.
As of 2020, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève —SIHH— and Baselworld, the two major events in the watch industry, will synchronise their calendars to take place back to back. Starting 2020, the SIHH will be held from April 26th thru the 29th in Geneva, followed immediately by Baselworld from April 30th to May 5th in Basel. Until 2019, the SIHH will continue to take place in mid-January while Baselworld will take place at the end of March. Due to this, professionals, press, and clients shared by large watchmaking brands would have to travel to Switzerland twice in the space of just a couple of months. With the new calendar synchronized until 2024, one trip will now be required.
Earlier this year on my 'Letter from the Editor' published in the third issue of Watch Collecting Lifestyle print magazine, I talked about Baselworld 2018 and its future. Back on March 22, 2018, Swatch Group was already sending alarming signals about pulling out of Baselworld and so did Breitling. Right after Baselworld 2018 was over, Georges Kern CEO of Breitling sent out a statement confirming their participation in Baselworld's 2019 edition; however, Swatch Group didn't confirm participating or not, until this weekend Nick Hayek CEO of the Swatch Group announced on a statement via the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung that his group of watch and jewelry companies would no longer be at Baselworld from 2019 onwards.
In what we can only describe as the pinnacle of independent watchmaking, Greubel Forsey once again takes the center stage at Baselworld 2018. Highlighting their expertise in 'black polishing', the brand released four new watches that capitalize on the art of 'black polishing'. One of these four watches is the new Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Blue available in platinum or 5N red gold. In an analogy with the sunset's 'green flash', the extremely rare optical phenomenon that occurs on the horizon of an ocean or a lake at sunset and where just for an instant, one last flash of green light appears on the horizon..
Baselworld 2018: H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Center Seconds Cosmic Green. Hands-on, Live Pictures & Pricing.
he H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer collection was launched in 2015 and since then it has been the bold, modern interpretation of the classy spirit of this manufacture. With a strong design which makes reference to the industrial world, models in this collection are both elegant and sporty, tailored for daily wear. The new H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Center Seconds Cosmic Green is equipped with a steel case and is the first watch in this collection to feature a cosmic green dial, reminiscent of the jewel tones of the Northern Lights, producing a look that is both elegant and resolutely contemporary.
Baselworld 2018: Montres L&JR Chronograph S1503. A Watch that Screams Independent 'Haute Horlogerie' with a Surprising Price Tag.
When we first heard about the project that Philippe Cros, Jorg Hysek Jr. and Lionel Ladoire were working on, we knew something really special would be coming out of it. One of our favorite watches from Baselworld 2018 and a watch that knocked our socks off is the new L&JR Chronograph S1503 from the just launched Montres L&JR brand. This new Swiss watch brand brings a whole new approach to the watch industry gleamed from the expertise of its three founders.
Baselworld 2018: Blancpain Flying Tourbillon Jumping Hours Retrograde Minutes. Hands-on, Live Pictures & Pricing.
Available in platinum or 18K red gold comes this new feat of horology from Blancpain to enrich its Villeret collection. The new Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde —Flying Tourbillon Jumping Hours Retrograde Minutes— ref. 66260-3633-55B is fitted with a generous 42 mm case and with an array of several horological complications that make it a very elegant and special timepiece. Featuring a flying tourbillon at 12 o'clock and retrograde minutes with jumping hours at 6 o'clock, the icing on the cake is its 'grand feu' enamel dial.
Baselworld 2018: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph CK2998 'Pulsations' Limited Edition. Hands-on, Live Pictures & Pricing.
After the successful release in 2016 of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph CK2998 Limited Edition with blue dial, this year comes a new iteration of the reissue of the legendary and most sought-after Omega ref. 2998. Originally released in 1959, the CK2998 is one of the most iconic Speedmasters in the world. This second iteration of the modern Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch CK2998 retains its classic Alpha hands, symmetrical stainless steel case measuring 39.7 mm in diameter and this time fitted with a 'panda' black and white dial configuration.
Baselworld 2018: De Bethune DB27 Titan Hawk V2. Hands-on with the New Entry Level Watch from this Independent.
After a couple of years without releasing any novelties, De Bethune made a come back last January 2018 with the release of the DB28 Steel Wheels. A week ago at Baselworld 2018, De Bethune added two new pieces to their lineup and one of them is the new DB27 Titan Hawk V2 we have here and its sibling with silvered white dial. While the new De Bethune DB27 Titan Hawk V2 is the new 'entry level' watch for this manufacture, the design and finishes clearly embrace the principles and values of the manufacture without cutting any corners.
Baselworld 2018: Hublot Big Bang MP-11 3D Carbon & Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Sapphire. Hands-on with the 200-Piece Limited Edition 16-Day Power Reserve Timepiece.
Continuing with our coverage of all the novelties from Baselworld 2018, we now bring you two incredible watches from Hublot, the alchemist of high tech materials. The new Hublot Big Bang MP-11 in 3D carbon ref. 911.QD.0123.RX and Big Bang MP-11 Sapphire ref. 911.JX.0102.RW are available in a limited edition of 200 pieces each and are equipped with 7 series-coupled barrels providing 2 weeks of power reserve.
Baselworld 2018: Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti Scritto Ocean Blue and Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti Scritto Bordeaux. Live Pictures & Pricing.
Another big release from Hublot at Baselworld 2018 and the result of a collaboration we absolutely loved since its introduction in 2016 —you can read about them here. This year, the Hublot Classic Fusion Berluti lineup just got even better with two new chronographs that clearly enrich this collaboration between the Parisian shoemaker and the watchmaker from Nyon. The first watch sports a titanium case and a gorgeous ocean blue dial, while the second one comes in 18K king gold with a burgundy red dial the evokes the color of wine.
Following its launch in 1956 —three years after the launch of the Fifty Fathoms—, the style of Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe evolved with the times. The 70s saw bold dial markings with Arabic numerals and windows for the day of the week and date at 3 o’clock. The new Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s, which will be limited to 500 pieces, captures the allure of that model from the seventies and while incorporating Blancpain's current technical advances comes out as the perfect modern watch with a strong vintage aura.
Baselworld 2018: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Collection. Live Pictures & Pricing of the New Updated Watches.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Omega Seamaster 300M launched in 1993, this year at Baselworld 2018, Omega decided to present 14 new models that have been released as part of a complete makeover to the watch that includes a larger case size measuring now 42 mm in diameter, a new movement —calibre 8800—, polished ceramic dials, reshaped hands, ceramic bezels and even new materials that go beyond what we are used to see from Omega, amongst other updates.
To celebrate 30 years of Mille Miglia Chopard watches, Chopard has released the new Mille Miglia Racing Colors limited edition. Cased in a generous 42 mm stainless steel vintage inspired case and available in five different dial colors, the new Mille Miglia Racing Colors limited edition takes its inspiration from competing cars in the Mille Miglia race between 1927 and 1940. Below we have all watches that have been released by Chopard in partnership with Mille Miglia since 1988.
A watch that we couldn't wait to see in the metal at Baselworld 2018 was the new Arnold & Son Globetrotter. The first worldtimer for Arnold & Son and one of our favorite watches this year. The new Arnold & Son Globetrotter features a 45 mm case in stainless steel case and a three-dimensional world time display that takes the center stage. This 3D world time display is held by a large central arched bridge spanning the entire diameter of the dial.
Last week we brought you the news on the new Patek Philippe Ladies' Chronograph ref. 7150/250R. Today, we bring you our live pictures of this incredible watch that could play as a unisex timepiece thanks to its generous 38 mm case proportions. Fitted with a round 18K rose gold case with a diameter of 38 mm and featuring a bezel set with 72 diamonds, this is a chronograph we can totally see being worn by a guy that likes diamonds on his watches.
Baselworld 2018: Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition. Live Pictures & Pricing.
The latest addition to the Glashütte Original Senator Excellence family is a new Perpetual Calendar in a limited edition with partially skeletonized dial revealing the movement within with its calendar discs and jewels. Taking a more prominent stage are the barleycorn guilloché motif on the galvanic module cover as well as the redesigned moonphase indicator and the leap year indication at 12 o'clock. Limited to 100 pieces, the new Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar is a very good looking watch and definitely much better than its predecessor.
Baselworld 2018: Urwerk AMC Atomic Master Clock. Hands-on with the Watch that Pushes All Boundaries of Horology.
In a groundbreaking move from independent watchmaker Urwerk comes the new Urwerk AMC —Atomic Master Clock. This combination between an incredible Urwerk mechanical timepiece and an Atomic Master Clock 'Monolith' console, is like something coming out of a science fiction movie or an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Taking its inspiration by the concept behind the Breguet Pendule Sympathique Clocks, the new Urwerk AMC timepiece is as innovative as it gets and living proof that when it comes to 'haute horlogerie', there are no boundaries.
Baselworld 2018: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic. Live Pictures & Pricing of the World's Thinnest Self-Winding Watch.
With a mere total thickness of 3.95 mm, the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic just released at Baselworld is the world's thinnest self-winding watch. Setting the fourth world record under the Octo Finissimo line, the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic is simply incredible. The automatic movement equipped with a tourbillon follows the Octo Tourbillon Finissimo in 2014, the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in 2016 and last year’s Octo Finissimo Automatic.