STYLE AND PANACHE
Chopard has been associated with one of the world’s top car races for 30 years now. To celebrate this lasting partnership, the brand has released a new limited edition.
Year after year, the Mille Miglia, the famous car race between Brescia and Rome, has kept alive all the specific elements that make up its charm. Meanwhile, its watchmaking partner has achieved the feat of commemorating each year’s event with a new, highly distinctive limited edition watch for the pleasure of collectors. You can have fun comparing the 2017 watch with the new Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition by playing a game of spot the differences. The first difference is the width of the case, which has shed 2mm and now displays an ideal 42mm to house the chronograph functions. The dial still has all its sparkle, but the colour now comes in a darker hue. Similarly, the layout of the sub-dials has also changed. Chopard has opted for a classic tricompax style. The hour markers now come with Arabic numerals. Most of them overlap the round totalisers and are only partially visible. The date counter has been moved from 3 o’clock to 4.30. The monopushers used for split-time measurements have been slightly redesigned. The screwed caseback has been replaced by a sapphire glass, providing a chance to admirer the workings of the calibre. As for the strap, this year it combines leather with red piping and rubber lining.
Like all the watches manufactured by Chopard, this limited edition, with 1,000 pieces made of steel and 100 made of pink gold, has been certified by the COSC.
Price: 5,170 EUR chopard.com
By Dan Diaconu
TO THE NEAREST SECOND
So similar but so different… The limited editions celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Seamaster collection offer two ways of displaying the seconds. Which one will you prefer?
Are you more “central seconds hand” or “sub-seconds at 6 o’clock”? For the 70th anniversary of what was Omega’s first collection, the brand has released two Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition models, each with its own distinctive personality and display. Although they have the same 38mm-wide steel case (watertight down to 60m), the layout on the curved silver-opaline dial and their calibres are different. On the first, the slender, curved, leaf-shaped hands made of white gold, together with the sub-seconds, are powered by the calibre 8804, providing this elegant timepiece with a power reserve of 60 hours. On the second, the dauphine-style hands coated with white Super-LumiNova® turn with the help of the calibre 8806 and guarantee 55 hours of autonomy.
The Seamaster 1948 with the sub-seconds comes with a brown leather strap, while the central seconds hand version strap is made of grey-blue leather. Each version comes in a limited edition of 1948 pieces and is displayed in a collector’s case. The hardest thing will be to choose…
Price: 5,200 EUR (sub-seconds) – 5,700 EUR (central seconds hand) omegawatches.com
By Dan Diaconu
The brand has released a fashionable version of its Carrera model that will attract both sports-oriented city-dwellers and globetrotters with its second time zone.
For 55 years, Carrera has been measuring split-time measurements using a high accuracy mechanism. This year, at the official presentation of the new Heuer 2 calibre at Baselworld, TAG Heuer unveiled a new version of its legendary watch to attract a generation that jumps on a plane just as easily as their elders got on a train. Its strong point? A combination of practical daily complications. So alongside the chronograph function of the original model, the Carrera Chronograph GMT also displays a second time zone. This is the first model since 1963 to have this feature, with a 24-hour GMT scale located on a bi-coloured black and blue ceramic bezel. A lacquered red hand with a triangular tip coated with white Super-LumiNova® points towards the figures around the disc. For greater ease of use, the hand can be adjusted using the crown.
To reinforce the sports look of this timepiece, the 45mm-wide steel case is rounded off by a choice of straps made of steel or rubber.
Price: 5,400 CHF (rubber) – 5,950 CHF (steel) tagheuer.com
By Dan Diaconu
THE LIFE AQUATIC
The Seastar 1000 has all the advantages of a diving watch: it’s robust, water-tight, easy to read and what’s more, comes at an affordable price. Ready for the dive?
Some watches are like an invitation to travel. Others prompt you to pull on your diving suit and set off to explore the sea depths. The Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatique is one of them! With its 43mm steel case cut out for adventure, you’ll want it on your wrist whether you are immersed in the ocean or making your way against the urban tide. In any situation, it will give you the right time with ultra-readable elements displayed on the dial. The dial itself comes in deep black, electric blue, metallic grey or a blue-black tone somewhat reminiscent of the ocean, while large hands and hour markers with a luminous coating have the advantage of standing out perfectly in the dark.
The timepiece is driven by an automatic movement. The calibre Powermatic 80, which can now be found on many of the watches made by Tissot, guarantees a generous power reserve of over three days.
Price: 710 EUR www.tissotwatches.com
By Dan Diaconu
GREAT FIRST LADY
Patek Philippe adorns the wrists of elegant and demanding travellers with a sublime model equipped with a second time zone and self-winding movement.
In 2015, Patek Philippe unveiled a Calatrava Pilot Travel Time with a style taking inspiration from pilot’s watches with large, easy-to-read figures on the dial. The brand even equipped it with a second time zone so that travellers could easily check their local and home time. This year, during Baselworld, we were introduced to a feminine version with the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time reference 7234R-001 built around a 37.5mm-wide case. Driven by the same automatic movement, the calibre 324 S C FUS, it features the same time display on the dial. Two large hands coated with luminous material show the time where you are now. A third, skeleton hand, indicates the time where you come from. A smaller hand points out the date in a counter at 6 o’clock. To round off the information, two symmetric indicators show whether it is day or night in the two time zones with a white or midnight blue colour.
This first traveller’s watch in Patek Philippe’s women’s collection stands out through its warm colours. The brown black tones on the dial combine beautifully with a vintage calf’s leather strap and with the dazzling and fine elegance of the pink gold case.
Price: 39,090 EUR patek.com
By Dan Diaconu
ELEGANCE IN MOVEMENT
Like in classical ballet, traditional watchmaking develops through set figures that can only be brought to life by perfectly choreographed staging.
A simple style and minimalist design are not the preserve of modern or futuristic watches. You only need to look at the design of the Villeret Grande Date Jour Retrograde introduced by Blancpain at Baselworld to agree. The 40mm-wide red-gold case features an opaline dial with an hour rim consisting of Roman numerals. Fine and elegant hands revolve around a decor that has been reduced to the essential elements. The manufacture has nonetheless included two extra time indications to complete a model that has clear links to traditional watchmaking values.
So, between 7 and 9 o’clock, an indicator in the arc of a circle displays the days of the week using a retrograde mechanism. A small blued steel hand moves forward every 24 hours then makes a backwards leap at the end of the week to begin its journey again on Mondays. Between 5 and 6 o’clock, two counters display a large date. These features are driven by an automatic movement. The 6950GJ is based on an ultra-flat 1150 calibre and stands out in terms of performance thanks to its two barrels. These two reservoirs of energy provide a generous power reserve of 70 hours. It is worth noting that the day can be set very simply with a press on a corrector housed beneath one of the timepiece’s horns. The date is adjusted using the crown.
The Villeret Grande Date Jour Retrograde is also available in a combination of a white dial and steel case. All the models are worn with a choice of leather or metal straps.
Price: 12,880 EUR (steel) – 22,850 EUR (red gold) blancpain.com
By Dan Diaconu
Hublot is innovating once again with a new, bright-coloured, intense ceramic for the case of a flyback chronograph. Red is the colour!
Over the years, the fusion of materials at Hublot has become much more than a simple marketing concept. With the launch of the Magic Gold in 2011, the brand showed its determination to explore the possibilities offered by combining materials to provide real aesthetic alternatives. This year, during Baselworld 2018, ceramics took pride of place with the Big Bang Unico Red Magic model. To produce the deep red colour of the 45mm-wide case, Hublot completely redesigned the manufacturing methods for the material, using high temperatures to bring out brighter colours. And the cherry on the cake is that the final result is even more intense than regular ceramics and completely non-porous. From an aesthetic point of view, the contrast with the skeletoned dial is striking. The chronograph totaliser, the running seconds, the hour markers and large hands are the same colour as the case, and coated with black luminous material for extra relief.
The Big Bang Unico Red Magic is worn with a rubber strap with a folding clasp made of black titanium PVD. With this sports-style model, red means go!
Price: 25,900 EUR www.hublot.com
By Dan Diaconu
The RM 67-02 is ever lighter and more powerful, and is now joined by three new models dedicated to some outstanding athletes. We take a closer look!
What do the tennis player Alexander Zverev, the skier Alexis Pinturault and the Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso have in common? Apart from the fact that they are all famous sportsmen, they now have a Richard Mille watch associated with their name. To understand why, we need to take a flash-back to 2015, when the brand unveiled an elegant-looking model, the RM 67-01. The timepiece made no claims to rival the stars of the extra-flat, but its light and robust case made of Quartz TPT® and just 7.8mm thick was the forerunner of a more radical development. Two years later, a sports version was launched, the RM 67-02. The strong point of these watches: a new self-winding calibre with finely tuned skeletonised design, the CRMA7, combined with a high-tech case made of Carbone TPT® and Quartz TPT®. Last but not least, by keeping to the essential with only the hours and minutes on display, the model weighs just 32 grams, including the strap!
The brand also made a brand-new strap, specially developed to provide an ultra-comfortable user experience. It is made in a single piece, and stands out through added suppleness, meaning it can be perfectly adjusted to its owner’s morphology, like a second skin.
Price: 120,000 EUR richardmille.com
By Dan Diaconu
ROCKSTAR OF THE YEAR
During Baselworld 2018, Hublot showcased an incredibly dazzling and mesmerizing watch totally covered with baguette-cut diamonds. A pure work of art crowned by cutting-edge engineering which we can’t take our eyes off!
Is it a watch, a piece of jewellery or… both? A breathtaking swirl of diamonds, this Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph High Jewellery fascinates with its 308 baguette-cut stones, which poetically recreate the movement of translucent, sparkling water. Revealed back in March at Baselworld, this new Hublot piece has mesmerized more than one. Amazingly exquisite on the outside, yet just as much so on the inside: because although its engineering is ever-so subtle and gives centrestage to the diamonds, it is still prodigiously perfect!
And, talking about the technical side, this Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph High Jewellery model is driven by the HUB1155 calibre, an automatic skeletonized movement featuring a chronograph function which has already proven its worth in particular in the Classic Fusion Aerofusion collection. Openworked like metal lace and topped with a darkish, almost elusive hue, it beats at a standard frequency of 4 Hz and offers a 42-hour power reserve.
As for the dial, everything has been crafted discreetly and transparently to let the jewellery artwork express itself. In the centre, two large silvered baton-shaped hands display the hours and minutes. The running seconds are offset in a counter encircled by a diamond ribbon at 3 o’clock whilst the date sits bashfully at 6 o’clock. The central direct drive, whose counterpoise proudly features the H of Hublot, indicates the chronograph seconde whilst the minutes are counted in a diamond-set totalizer at 9 o’clock.
The stone-setting of the 45 mm-diameter white gold case was entrusted to Salanitro S.A, a highly-acknowledged, specialized firm established in the Geneva Canton. A total of 16.20 carats of diamonds adorn the caseband, the bezel and the lugs as well as the counter contours, the flange and hour indexes on the dial.
The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph High Jewellery comes with a black alligator (topside) and rubber (on the lining and sides) strap with a white gold folding clasp set with 40 baguette-cut diamonds.
Price: CHF450,000 www.hublot.com
By Sharmila Bertin
EVEROSE’S WARM CARESS
Two new versions made of Everose gold have joined the legendary GMT-Master II collection, with two time zones, a new movement made by Rolex and an original two-colour ceramic bezel.
After a first look at the new Rolex watches, some visitors with lively and gourmet imaginations affectionately dubbed them “ristretto and cappuccino”, since the two Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Everose watches, with their two-colour Cerachrom ceramic bezel, recall the colour of coffee.
The 40mm-wide Oyster cases are watertight down to 100m and dressed in Everose, a pink gold made by Rolex with lasting radiance. One of the models comes in Oystersteel, a 904L steel, and features a few touches of Everose gold on the bezel, dial, crown and on the central links of the strap. The other is entirely forged in the warm precious metal.
With a total of ten patent applications, the automatic calibre 3285, officially certified as a Superlative Chronometer – a guarantee of quality introduced by Rolex – drives the displays on these two Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Everose watches and provides a power reserve of 70 hours.
Price: 13,400 CHF (Oystersteel and Everose) – 35,000 CHF (Everose)
By Sharmila Bertin