BASELWORLD 2014 : the countdown has begun III

i_3027_1BREITLING | Chronomat 44 GMT “Patrouille Suisse 50th Anniversary”
1964 saw the birth of the Patrouille Suisse, an aerobatics team composed of professional air force pilots, which established itself from 1995 onwards as one of the rare supersonic jet teams, flying on six F-5E Tiger II hunter planes. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this exceptional squadron, Breitling is dedicating an exclusive version of its famous Chronomet in a dual-time versions. Issued in a 1,000-piece limited numbered series, this authentic wrist instrument for pilots features a caseback engraved with the Patrouille Suisse official 50th anniversary logo, a dial personalised with the squadron logo at 9 o’clock, while the additional hours hand is tipped with the outline of a red F-5E Tiger II.
After 21 Blackjack and Baccara, Christophe Claret plays a new card in a strong hand of interactive fine timepieces with the Poker watch. The master watchmaker has once again called aficionados’ bluff and put a full pack of 52 cards inside the 45 mm case, so that three players can immerse themselves in real-life games of Texas Hold’em, the most popular variant of poker. As well as the bank, Poker packs in 32,768 combinations: that’s 98,304 combinations for three players. A patented cathedral gong sounds each time the pushers for flop and turn/river are actuated. The casino atmosphere continues on the flipside, with a 3D roulette wheel on the oscillating weight. Each version is proposed as a 20-piece limited series.
i_2995_1DE BETHUNE | DB28 Digitale
For De Bethune, late eighteenth-century fine watchmaking is an inspiration from which the future can be drawn. The Manufacture delivers its highly contemporary vision of this period’s aesthetic in the new DB28 Digitale, whose hand-guilloché dial is the backdrop for three types of display: spherical for moon phases, digital for jumping hours, and analogue for minutes on a rotating disc. Visual balance is achieved by the patented spherical moon in the centre of the dial. Its two polished hemispheres, one in palladium, the other in flame-blued steel, show the moon’s phases with a precision of one lunar day every 1,112 years. The case, which is crafted from mirror-polished titanium, benefits from a patented system of spring-mounted floating lugs for millimetric adjustment to the wrist and its movements.
i_3012_1LOUIS ERARD | Excellence Regulator Power Reserve
Louis Erard presents the masterful Regulator Power Reserve, truly an “Icon of Excellence” that once again demonstrates the watchmaker’s vitality, creativity and expertise. The Regulator Power Reserve is a tribute to the early instruments of precision timekeeping, as well as a contemporary expression of the brand’s virtuoso skill as it draws on a complication that is exclusive to the Le Noirmont watchmaker. A sober white dial showing hours by Roman numerals on an offset subdial at 12 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock, and power reserve at 9 o’clock accentuate the classic sophistication of a richly nuanced collection. This Power Reserve model is proof that Louis Erard takes the most consensual displays to a new level of perfection. Forty millimetres that inspire multiple variations and continue to embody an uncompromising philosophy of fine timepieces at affordable prices.
i_3021_1VAN DER BAUWEDE | Twilight Collection
Established in 1890, Van Der Bauwede Genève has forged a reputation as a reference in jewellery and diamonds. The company also excels in watchmaking, where it delights in turning conventions upside-down with dazzling, trailblazing creations. The superbly glamorous and avant-garde Twilight collection is no exception to the rule. The white gold ring boasts a stunning and bold design, captured by a tanzanite weighing 12.95 carats and 198 white diamonds for 2.4 carats. The watch brings to life its own “Twilight” scene in an explosion of black, purple, blue and pink sapphires.
i_2984_1AEROWATCH | Renaissance Fir Tree
Architectural and resolutely modern, the Renaissance Fir Tree goes against the grain of the classic skeleton watch. A contemporary interpretation of Art Nouveau, its mechanism has been sculpted in the style sapin or “fir tree” style that is particular to Switzerland, with roots in the regional and traditional values of the watchmaker’s art. This graceful composition boasts superlative finishing, with hand-chamfering. A vivacious yellow leather strap completes the look to perfection.
i_3020_1TF EST 1968 | T-Mechanic Rollerball
Made to match the new T-Mechanic Open Side cufflinks, this Rollerball and its vertically-mounted watch mechanism transforms writing into a sight to behold. The art of movement with a sense of fun – two characteristics of the global Swiss brand TF Est. 1968 – take the form of a writing instrument, manufactured with the irreproachable quality of Swiss craftsmanship: reliable, solidly built, and comfortable to hold. Freddy Tschumi, founder of the brand, never tires of scratching the itch of horology and calligraphy fans. The T-Mechanic Rollerball brings more accessible luxury from the Geneva-based firm, brimming with subtle details: a clip system, sporting TF initials and made from 58 parts, attaches unobtrusively to a jacket lapel or shirt pocket; a Schmidt mechanism commands the rollerball pen tip or pencil lead (and takes all types of refill); and a hermetically sealed, highly shock-resistant sapphire crystal encloses the watch mechanism. Served in a TF Est. 1968 box, in three versions: palladium, yellow gold-plated, or pink gold-plated.
i_3024_1ZEITWINKEL | 273°
Zeitwinkel expresses its nature through the 273° model and notably through its aesthetic choices, thanks to a clever play on contrasts between rounded and linear shapes, polished surfaces and textured zones that make this timepiece so distinctive. It also reveals its character through its approach to customer relations, since the youthful Saint-Imier-based brand is earning a constantly enhanced reputation for its mechanical ingenuity and its independence, while continuing to focus on direct contacts. The patented large date display at 11 o’clock, the power-reserve indication and the exclusive in-house ZW0103 calibre eloquently express the brand’s expertise. An investment timepiece!
i_2992_1COINWATCH | Zodiac Collection – Year of Horse Watch C153SSV
Coinwatch offers a 99-piece limited edition to celebrate the year of the horse, a symbol of hard work, ardour and independence in Chinese astrology. The dial and caseback of the watch are made from specially redesigned Australian 50-cent coins evoking the brand origins. This rare, precious and extremely refined creation heralds a year born under the sign of success.
i_2987_1CHARRIOL | Colvmbvs™ Grande Date GMT
Charriol sets sail for new horizons with this latest timepiece inspired by Christopher Columbus: the Colvmbvs™ Grande Date GMT. Its generous case, for the first time in steel with a pink gold PVD treatment, makes no secret of its ties with the wide-open seas. The triangles around the caseband allude to the markings on a compass rose, the crown takes the shape of a rigging shackle, and the transparent back is engraved with the intrepid explorer’s profile. Elegant contrasts are assured by the anthracite of the dial which frames a large date and a second time zone.
i_3015_1RODANIA | Nolan Retrograde
The classic and timeless new Nolan Retrograde embodies the elegantly conveyed expertise characteristic of Rodania models since 1930. On this model radiating an immediately recognisable style featuring lines imbued with a blend of artistic sensibility and delightful sophistication, the multi-layered dial display a large date at 6 o’clock, along with retrograde days at 12 o’clock. Its aura of chic refinement will appeal to aesthetes looking to take their time in appreciating the finer things in life.