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Tag: Baselworld 2019

Nobody’s a stranger to the high-quality skills and standards of the Swiss manufacturer. As they continuously wow the crowd with every well-made timepiece and superb collection they release, Chopard definitely took it to the next level at Baselworld 2019. While we’ve got a soft spot for their L.U.C collection, there was a certain watch that captured our hearts. Let’s get right on to it, shall we?

Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin Ref. 161978-5001

Gracing us with its presence is Chopard’s first flying tourbillon, the L.U.C Flying T Twin. The 50-piece limited edition timepiece displays great technical and aesthetic refinement from its exceptionally slim rose gold case and hand-guillochéd dial all the way to its caliber movement.

As a testament of their commitment to ethical and responsible mining, Chopard made use of certified “Fairmined” rose gold material for its case, accompanied by a plant-dyed matte black alligator leather strap. The ruthenium grey dial draws your attention to the honeycomb motif at the center, much reminiscent of a beehive, which was the first logo used by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Complementing the dial are rose gold hands and hour markers, producing a color contrast that exudes an undeniably chic and elegant aura. Adding to its style, an unimpeded view of the tourbillon carriage is highlighted through a small aperture at 6 o’clock. In case you were wondering, the “ Twin” in its name alludes to the twin barrel system used, which allows the watch a hefty 65-hour power reserve.

The Poincon de Geneve certification bestowed to the timepiece is a testament to its high hand-finish quality. A beautiful addition to Haute Horlogerie, the Flying T Twin is truly an exceptional creation from the L.U.C collection.

 

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Ref. 161945-1001

The XPS Twist QF provides unconventional excellence to the L.U.C line, bringing a smile to one’s face with its unorthodox details and design. Just like the Flying T Twin, the XPS Twist QF was similarly assembled in a “Fairmined” white gold case with a matte blue-grey plant-dyed alligator leather strap.

Time and time again, Chopard has never failed to stun the world with their controlled eccentricity and elegant asymmetry, and this time is no different. On its blue-grey dial is a circular satin-brushed motif that radiates out from a subdial located at an offset location. With the crown placed at 4 o’clock, these two asymmetric positions manage to equalize each other and create a sense of balance. Interestingly, this is the only L.U.C model without Arabic numerals at noon, replaced instead by a double-faceted hour marker.

Perhaps the most impressive mark found on the timepiece is the “Qualite Fleurier” appearing under the L.U.C name. Needless to say, the Fleurier Quality Foundation has one of the most rigorous and meticulous certifications in the watchmaking industry—and only a few pass the mark.

 

Chopard L.U.C XP Ref. 168592-3002

With just the bare necessities and purity of design, the L.U.C XP is elementary without being basic, a rare watch without it having to be a limited edition. Its slender case houses an intense blue dial which is enhanced by the surface’s texture. Adding a nice contrast to the dial’s deep, satin-brushed and modern matt finish are the applied rose gold hour markers and hands that shine so warmly. The simplicity and clean lines presented by the striking blue dial and rose gold colored indicators make the watch hard to beat by other complex timepieces. Asserting its casual elegance is its comfy blue merino wool strap, transforming the L.U.C XP into an ideal match for every man’s wardrobe.

 

Chopard Happy Sport Oval Ref. 278602-6004

It’s a happy day as Chopard pays tribute to their original 1993 Happy Sport, incorporating its feminine, galet bracelet into the newest Happy Sport Oval model. A slender elegance echoing a gentle and easy-going charm, the revival watch is available in an 18-carat rose gold, stainless steel, or two-tone bracelet with a polished or diamond-studded bezel of your picking. While we’re absolutely mesmerized by all three variants, the two-tone bracelet with a diamond-studded rose gold bezel sparked the most joy in us.

Jolly is this timepiece with its seven dancing diamonds, moving freely on its silver-toned dial, surrounded by a distinctively curved bezel. It’s astonishing how the bracelet is made out of metal but is flexible as knitted mesh. Its finely interwoven pebbled links give the watch elegance and charm as it follows the curves or your wrist, accentuating slenderness and comfortability. A timeless and playful design that expresses such light-heartedness while maintaining technical sophistication, the Happy Sport Oval has it all.

At this year’s Baselworld, Tudor decided to build on its Black Bay family with quite interesting pieces. As they look back on their heritage for inspiration, and fuse it with the Black Bay aesthetics, Tudor has succeeded in creating polished and reliable watches that keep in line with its historical connection to divers’ watches.

 

Tudor Black Bay Bronze Ref. 79250BA-0002

In 2016, the Black Bay Bronze was the winner of the “Petite Aiguille” prize at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve. At Baselworld 2019, Tudor’s naval heritage timepiece returns—this time in a slate-grey dial, and a rare bronze case with a special patina. The 42mm case was made with a kind of brass used in old ships and diving equipment from naval history.  This living metal produces a subtle, unique patina on the watch case depending on the wearer’s habits. The patina develops into a warm brown and golden color over time, giving it a worn look that adds to its vintage vibe. Since dark colors tend to produce a slimming effect, its slate-grey dial slims down its hefty case. Another benefit of its grey dial is its high legibility which is the same as that of a black dial, only with a lot more charm. While we’re fans of an aged black leather strap, this slate-grey woven strap with a gold accent beautifully matches the watch’s color scheme. Overall, it’s striking watch with rich visual effects and an immense commanding presence on your wrist.

 

Tudor Black Bay 41/36/32 S&G Ref. M79503-0001

A new addition to the family is the slightly smaller and simple but well-designed Black Bay 41/36/32. This time, Tudor is giving you the privilege to refine the watch’s aesthetic—from choosing a 32, 36, 0r 41mm case, all the way down to selecting a lacquered black or champagne colored dial. While there are many combinations to choose from, we think the lacquered black dial in a 32mm case seems like a perfect blend. The polished timepiece comes in a new five-link yellow gold and steel bracelet that adds a subtle contrast and warmth, as well as a supple and comfortable look on one’s wrist. With just the right amount of gold, the watch is dressy without being formal, making it an excellent choice to wear on any occasion.

 

Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G Ref. 79363N-0001

Two-tone fans, where are you? Tudor knows you’re out there. The watch house combined aquatic heritage and motorsport heritage in its Black Bay Chrono, now in S&G. While the core Black Bay characteristics remain present, such as the 41mm case and gold pushers, the timepiece comes in a polished, satin-finished steel and yellow gold bracelet. In fact, the entire piece is dripping in gold; from its crown, bracelet, pushers, all the way down to its bezel. With champagne-colored counters to create a warm and golden look, it also creates an ideal contrast against its domed matte black dial. The watch is finished with Tudor’s signature snowflake hands and red accents to incorporate a more sporty chronograph look. While you have an option of a brown aged bund leather strap and a black jacquard fabric strap to embrace the spirit of 70s racing, we’re a sucker for the S&G bracelet with that case. A standout from the pack, the chronograph is powered by a self-winding manufacture calibre, column wheel and vertical clutch—a first for Tudor.

 

Tudor Black Bay P01 Ref. M70150-0001

We’re down to the most talked about watch at Baselworld 2019: the Tudor Black Bay P01. The timepiece was based on a proposed prototype developed specifically for the US Navy in the 1960s. The PO1, standing for Prototype 1, was originally designed with a utilitarian aesthetic in mind, which explains the unorthodox winding crown at 4 o’clock and the unique end-link bezel lock system, all within a 42mm case entirely satin-brushed for a matte finish. Adding to its aesthetic is its domed matte black dial with painted luminescent hour markers and of course, Tudor’s signature snowflake hands. Accompanying the case is a rubber base strap bearing a snowflake motif on the back, finished with brown leather trim. Powering the watch is the manufacture caliber MT5612, making things perfectly engineered and sharp. All in all, we can definitely say it’s a well built Tudor watch with a great story and historical context behind it.

 

Get a look at the other watches that have caught our attention from this year’s Baselworld.

luxury watch breitling baselworld 2019
 

Breitling wowed Baselworld attendees and fans all over the world with the grand volume of their releases at this year’s watch fair, featuring timepieces that could go with anyone, whether they like flying planes, driving motorbikes, or diving in the ocean. This made it extremely difficult for us to choose which of their new timepieces to feature in this article, but it had to be done. So without further ado, here are the models from Breitling that completely blew us all away.

 

Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Airline Edition Pan Am Edition Ref. AB01212B1C1A1 luxury watch breitling baselworld 2019

Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Airline Edition Pan Am Edition Ref. AB01212B1C1A1

Regarded as one of the great behemoths of the commercial aviation industry back in the 20th century, Pan Am (Pan American World Airways) is a big part of history. This timepiece’s colorway was inspired by that very airline, with its eye-catching shade of blue matching their iconic logo. You can easily see the logo for yourself and compare the colors when you flip the watch over. Its design, with its wide rectangular hands and prominent hour markers, is made to emanate that 70s feel, which is when Pan Am was at its height of success. And while we think this model looks best with a stainless steel mesh bracelet, it can also go with an eccentric Air Racer bracelet or a more casual brown, leather strap.

This model is joined by the other similar watches—also inspired by the other aviation giants back then, namely, Trans World Airlines and Swissair—in the Airline capsule collection. All these models, tied to rich aviation history, will only be produced in a limited amount of time.

 

Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 Blacksteel Ref. M17368D71C1S1 luxury watch

Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 Blacksteel Ref. M17368D71C1S1

If you’re a big fan of Breitling’s dive watch collections, especially the Superocean collection, then this year is your year. The brand came out with a wide array of Superocean models in different colors and sizes. Ranging from 36mm to 48mm, Breitling’s direction towards having a watch for everybody is loud and clear (especially with the time-only Navitimer models at 42mm). This year’s update to the Superocean design gave us a way cleaner dial, perfect for divers who need readability and clarity in the depths of the ocean.

This model in particular uses a durable, 46mm black steel (diamond-like carbon coated stainless steel) case, allowing for a water resistance of up to an impressive 2000 meters. Honestly this is way higher—or lower, in this case—than what the human body can resist, but who’s counting?

Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition Ref. AB0910371B1X1 luxury watch breitling baselworld 2019

Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition Ref. AB0910371B1X1

Vintage Breitling fans, rejoice! Amidst all their updated models is the re-edition of their iconic Navitimer from 60 years ago, painstakingly replicating every single detail, from the logo to the number of the beads on the bezel. Save for the increased water resistance (30 meters) and the Super-LumiNova coating (which was still carefully manufactured to match the patina-like hue of the older model), everything else is exactly the same. There’s also the COSC-certified, manually-wound, in-house Caliber B09, fashioned after the Caliber 01. But this one is especially made for remakes such as this, which we most definitely welcome. And before we forget to mention: its stocks are unsurprisingly limited to 1,959 units.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Ref. AB0118A21B1X1

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Ref. AB0118A21B1X1

Think the luxury watch industry has focused too much on racing car collaborations, leaving motorcycle enthusiasts out to dry? Well, has Breitling got news for you. From the watch house’s partnership with the British motorcycle producer Norton, this COSC-certified chronograph was born. The motorcycle company’s logo is engraved nicely on the left side of the case, and is also inscribed on the transparent caseback. This watch is also available with a stainless steel bracelet, but we quite like how the subtle gold coloring of the arabic numerals match up with the brown leather.

We can easily imagine driving down the highway on one of Norton’s distinctive motorbikes, with this watch on our wrist and the wind in our hair. And yes, we’re wearing a black leather jacket in this daydream.

Hublot showed up at this year’s Baselworld all revved up and ready to go, celebrating the 90th anniversary of their long-time partner, Scuderia Ferrari with six new Ferrari-themed watches. We’d be here all day if we talked about all of them plus Hublot’s other releases, so we had to limit ourselves with selecting our top picks.

Strap in and read on; we promise the non-Ferrari watches are just as cool.

hublot classic fusion ferrari gt carbon hublot baselworld 2019

Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT

Hublot’s partnership with Ferrari has always been something watch enthusiasts all around the world keep an eye on, since they always come up with novelties that are out of Hublot’s usual territory. The Ferrari GT is not one to disappoint. “GT” stands for “Gran Turismo,” so it’s no surprise that the watch incorporates racing car elements. For example, this particular model uses 3D Carbon–a material popular in the racing world, but very new to the watchmaking industry–that makes for a light but durable case. This houses Hublot’s very own UNICO movement that you can see through both the dial and the caseback.

 

hublot big bang unico sang bleu ii hublot baselworld 2019

Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II

It’s no secret: Hublot’s collaboration with design studio and brand consultancy Sang Bleu, headed by Maxime Plescia-Büchi, has turned out to be a very fruitful one. The original Sang Bleu watch has had many different takes on it since its introduction back in 2016, signifying its popularity. That’s why this second edition comes as no surprise, though pleasant nonetheless. And–dare we say it–this edition comes off as bolder and all the more daring. It’s not only the added chronograph, or the more dimensional case, but also the new design for the hands, which arguably makes it easier to read the time. This model, which is in Hublot’s very own 18K King Gold, is also available in Titanium.

 

hublot classic fusion orlinski titanium alternate pave baselworld 2019

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski Titanium Alternate Pave

Another one of Hublot’s successful collaborations is with French artist Richard Orlinski, known for his sculptures that look very much like this watch’s dial. Their last collaboration, the Classic Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski, only applied this unique pattern to the case. This time, it’s also in the dial. However, reverse mirroring what they did with Sang Bleu, this one doesn’t have a chronograph. Which is just as well–for how else would we be able to admire that gorgeous, multi-faceted dial? This particular model, with the alternate pave on the case, caught our eye right away. Of course, there’s also a model without diamonds, and one with all the diamonds. But the way the precious stone glitters and glints along with the dial as you move it around, quite frankly, captured our hearts.

 

hublot spirit of big bang tourbillon carbon blue baselworld 2019

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon Carbon Blue

Easily distinguishable with its tonneau case, Hublot brings new additions to their Spirit of Big Bang collection, and this time, they’ve got a tourbillon. Encased in carbon-fibre with blue composites, the off-center dial is at 3 o’clock, the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, and the power reserve indicator at 8 o’clock. And for the first time ever in this collection, the convenient “One-Click” fastening system is finally implemented. Now you can easily change the strap for the black one that came with the other model if you feel like going incognito.

There are plenty of reasons to admire Patek Philippe: their understated elegance, their timeless designs, their renowned history… the list goes on and on. As they perfectly balance design, craftsmanship, and heritage, Patek continues its noble pursuit of refining the functionality and dependability of their precious timepieces—all while bestowing classic beauty. This pursuit remains evident in their collection for Baselworld 2019.

While the collection was already released on their site prior to the event, we can’t help but be in awe and admiration, as if we were seeing them for the first time. Here are some of our favorites.

 

 

Patek Philippe Calatrava Weekly Calendar Ref. 5212A-001

Part of Patek’s expanding collection of useful complications is the Calatrava Weekly Calendar. As its gorgeous silvery opaline dial displays day of the week, date, and week number functions,  the timepiece has an unusual layout of five hands from the center, along with two hammer-shaped hands. A distinct feature is the typography on its face, as it was based on the handwriting of one of the watch designers. The new timepiece takes inspiration from the aesthetic design and the same numbers of the Calatrava Weekly Calendar 2512, simply arranged in a different order. As it comes with a new self-winding base caliber, the owner of the watch can correct any of the indications at any time of the day without risking damage to the watch and its movement, making it perfect for the modern businessman.

 

Patek Philippe Alarm Travel Time Ref. 5520P-001

Another addition to the Grand Complications family is the Alarm Travel Time. Dubbed as the quintessential globetrotter’s watch, it fuses two time zone mechanisms: displaying the home time on a skeletonized hour hand, and the local time at the owner’s current location on the other lume-filled hour hand. The complications don’t end there: it comes with an analog date, two day/night indicators, and a 24-hour alarm that strikes a classic gong. Confused yet? Fret not; each complication makes use of simple and safe operability, thanks to the new caliber that was created just for this timepiece, further highlighting its user-friendliness. The first chiming piece housed in a water resistance case is perfect for traveling in countries with a tropical climate.

 

Patek Philippe Jumbo Aquanaut Ref. 5168G-010

The modern sporty-chic Jumbo Aquanaut underscores its young and dynamic style with a khaki green design and white gold casing. Noticeably larger than the 40mm Aquanauts, the 42.2 mm diameter commands more wrist presence and almost gives off a military vibe with its mini wrist grenade face in khaki green. The model comes in a simpler look and construction while taking cues from its Nautilus ancestors as it adopted the iconic porthole shape. However, all specifications, materials, and embossed pattern on the dial are identical to its predecessor, having the hallmark Aquanaut traits.

 

Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 5172G-001

The venerable chronograph, giving a subtle vintage allure, is definitely a watch to impress tool watch enthusiasts. Slightly larger in diameter compared to its predecessor, the 5170G chronograph, the new model still makes use of the same movement. Lest we forget to mention that it is housed in a beautiful new white gold case with round guillochéd pushers and three-tier lugs. We’re not ones to say no to a blue, varnished dial such as this one, contrasted against a luminescent, white gold applied hands and Arabic numerals, allowing for excellent legibility even in the darkest of nights.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona luxury watch

After last year’s Baselworld, Rolex has big shoes to fill. Their GMT-Master II “Pepsi” had accumulated waiting lists that can rival the Great Wall of China, so all eyes were on them this year. But there was no need to worry; Rolex provided. All their releases this year come equipped with the “Oyster Perpetual” prefix. This means that they utilized their durable and corrosion-resistant Oystersteel material, as well as powered the watches with their energy-efficient, shock-resistant, self-winding Perpetual calibres.

We think they’ve come up with spectacular timepieces this year, but of course, some stand out more from the rest.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 Cosmograph Daytona luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

The racecars will have to compete for the crowd’s attention when Rolex’s most recent Cosmograph Daytona is on the tracks. Equipped with the Oysterflex bracelet, which has the robustness of a steel bracelet but the flexibility of an elastomer strap, the cushions underneath make sure you can comfortably wear the watch on hot racetracks. The part-Oystersteel, part-yellow gold case’s hue matches wonderfully with the champagne sub-dials. Coiled around the chronograph counters is the eye-catching pattern made of 243 diamonds against black lacquer. Because of this, it might be hard to notice the diamond indices and the gold arabic numerals. The dazzling bezel, set with 36 trapeze-cut diamonds, doesn’t help with their visibility either. But who’s complaining? Not us, that’s for sure.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 Yacht-Master 42 Ref. 226659 luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 Ref. 226659

Although having a Rolex on your wrist will always be a strong statement, this Yachtmaster offers a subtle, monochrome look for when you’re out and about on the high seas. Its matte black bezel allows its polished details to be easily read, making for effortless, on-the-fly calculations. Fitted with the same Oysterflex strap as the Daytona and water-resistant for up to 100 meters, this watch will withstand the salty and turbulent waves. This newest addition to Rolex’s Yacht-Master line will be perfect for those with bigger wrists, as it is the first 42mm model among 36s and 40s.

Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II “Batman”

Echoing what they did for the “Pepsi” last year, Rolex came out with an update for the “Batman.” For those who thought the red and blue Cerachrom bezel stood out too much, here’s your chance for a subdued watch that will go nicely with a suit. The brand new “Batman” is fitted with the Jubilee bracelet and the Perpetual calibre 3285 that utilizes the Chronergy escapement, helping the watch run an impressive +2/-2 seconds per day. This same escapement can also be found in the Yachtmaster 42 above and the new Day-Date 36 models. You can expect the “Batman” to have waiting lists just as long as its predecessor, full of travellers who like to roam the world in style.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 Day-Date 36 Ref. 128238 luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 Ref. 128238

Just when we thought the Day-Date could never be more opulent as it already is, Rolex proves us wrong. The watch house released a lot of different models this year for the Day-Date 36—from turquoise dials to diamonds and rainbows all in one—but we think this one takes the cake. With its forest green ombré dial and diamond-set-in-gold indices matched with yellow gold, the Day-Date has never exuded tasteful luxury as much as with this model.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 Datejust 31 Ref. 287278 luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 Ref. 287278

With all these 36mm and above diameters, those with smaller wrists are bound to feel left behind. But there’s also something in store for them; Rolex introduced new, elegant variants of the Datejust 31 just for you. We love this olive green dial together with the yellow gold roman numerals (the diamond-studded VI is gorgeous) and the two-tone Jubilee bracelet, but there’s a version with the light hue of rosé that looks just as lovely.

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