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Tag: Baselworld 2019

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 comes 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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