BASELWORLD 2014 : the countdown has begun II

BLANCPAIN | Collection Villeret, 8 jours
The Villeret collection, named after the Manufacture’s birthplace, gives form to Blancpain’s deep-seated principle to always put authenticity first and to respect tradition. It is now joined by a remarkably sober watch whose grand feu enamel dial displays the essence of time. To produce its inalterable radiance, the enamel is baked, layer after layer, at temperatures exceeding 1,000°C. Between firings, the dial is meticulously retouched by hand, then finished using a highly specific savoir-faire which reaffirms Blancpain’s attachment to perpetuating watchmaking’s time-honoured skills.

ARNOLD & SON | Time Pyramid
Seemingly suspended between two sapphire crystals, the A&S1615 calibre at the heart of this fascinating watch borrows its pyramid structure from the historic regulator clocks made by John and Roger Arnold. Like the watch’s indications, the different components of this vertical, linear movement are set out on three levels, producing an astonishing three-dimensional effect in a skeletonised composition that is inspired by nineteenth-century English table clocks. A true feat of mechanics, devised and built by Arnold & Son, this movement has a separate power-reserve indicator for each of the two barrels.

CORUM | Admiral’s Cup AC-One 45 Double Tourbillon
Inside the iconic twelve-sided case of the Admiral’s Cup watch beats a gem of precision timekeeping: the CO 1008 calibre with two parallel-mounted tourbillons. A horological tour de force, this exclusive mechanism also makes room for a retrograde date and a particularly innovative time-adjustment system. By pressing the crown pusher, the wearer can instantly bring the minute hand to the 12th hour-marker to set the exact time, and this up to five minutes before and after a full hour.

The Royal Retro movement is the essence of Pierre DeRoche. Five years after its creation, the brand returns to its roots. The same complications, the same personality, and the same nerves of steel in a more discreet size for slimmer wrists. The new TNT Royal Retro has shaved a little over 4 millimetres from its waistline, but is still geared for action. Seconds again put on a mesmerising show as one hand passes on to the next. “43” could well become the new number for the TNT Royal Retro collection.

TISSOT | Tissot T-Race Touch Aluminium
An authentic coach spurring on its wearer to accomplish new feats, the Tissot T-Race Touch is a perfect combination of the Tissot T-Race and the Tissot Racing-Touch, both inspired by the world of motorsports. Its sporting style is enhanced by its aluminium case enabling the integration of blue, green, orange or black colours. The incomparably light new Tissot T-Race Touch Aluminium is the perfect companion in facing all manner of challenges, with no less than 11 functions available at the touch of a finger.

ALPINA | Startimer Pilot Automatic Sunstar
Alpina’s long tradition of pilot watches inspires the clean design of the new Startimer Pilot Automatic Sunstar. Large, luminescent numerals, a characteristic feature of flight instruments, stand out on a dial that incorporates numerous elegant touches. A refined sunray finish against sophisticated anthracite grey, an applied minute circle and, of course, Alpina’s signature red triangle on the central seconds hand make this watch the ideal partner in all circumstances.

CERTINA | DS-2 Chronograph
Few quartz chronographs can boast the absolute precision of a chronometer (+/- 10 sec. a year). The DS-2 Chronograph belongs to this elite circle, thanks to its ETA PRECIDRIVE movement which displays time with a precision of 1/100th of a second. A watch cut out for this level of performance demands a design to match, and the DS-2 Chronograph clearly belongs to a world of sporting exploits, and motor sports in particular.

COINWATCH | Mark Collection C140 & C141
The delightfully romantic latest creations from Coinwatch come in pairs featuring soft, gentle lines. For Her, the hours tick by on a mother-of-pearl background adorned with diamond hour-markers and two large Roman numerals, while His model is mechanical, powered by an automatic movement also driving a date display. Precious moments are made to be lived with a significant other in order to become truly unique.

COVER | Co175 Palatino XL
A modern, sports style materialised in a perfectly proportioned case. Graphic lines, a tachymeter to measure speed, the instant legibility of white numerals against all-over black, with accents in red or orange aluminium for a splash of colour. Masculine through and through, this new chronograph is made to measure for life in the fast lane.

DWISS | Emme Silver Black
The first model from the up-and-coming Dwiss brand focuses on a steel case in 9 parts, including a black PVD-treated bezel. This ingenious and patented construction is secured by 23 screws, some visible and some concealed. Inside this contemporary design beats an automatic mechanical calibre. Proposed as 4 different versions.