BASELWORLD 2014 : the countdown has begun VII

i_3037_1SPEAKE-MARIN | Spirit Seafire
Having made minute repeaters, perpetual calendars, tourbillons and other horological sleights of hand, the most British of Swiss watchmakers presents his first chronograph, Spirit Seafire, a name inspired by another first: the Supermarine Seafire which was the British Royal Navy’s first carrier-based airplane. Remarkably distinctive, this masterful composition is set in a new Piccadilly case in titanium. Superbly staged against a mat black dial, the three-dimensional indications feature white Super-LumiNova applications which glow green in the dark for excellent legibility. Roman numerals on the hour counter at 6 o’clock are a rarely-seen detail. Small seconds at 9 o’clock take the form of Speake-Marin’s signature “topping tool” logo.
i_3036_1CHOPARD | Happy Sport Medium Automatic
A chic and whimsical icon with its diamonds moving freely around the dial, the Happy Sport line created by Caroline Scheufele celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. To mark this event, Chopard unveiled the new Happy Sport Medium Automatic. The mesmerising charm of the famous moving diamonds, one of the most fascinating jewellery innovations in recent decades, is thus further enhanced by an unprecedented mechanical dimension. On the dial side, an elegant guilloché motif provides an ideal playground for the playful diamonds, while the sapphire caseback affords a chance to admire the finely decorated automatic movement graced with straight Côtes de Genève.
i_3035_1ORIS | Oris Artix Pointer Moon
Driven by a powerful spirit of innovation, Oris adds a new model to its Artix collection: the Artix Pointer Moon. At its heart beats the 761 calibre developed in-house on a Sellita base movement. Its secret lies in the fact that it drives, in addition to the date, a moon-phase display indicated not on a classic counter but instead by a hand pointing to the various cycles on the inner bezel ring. The hand moves forward every 12 hours, thus keeping remarkably accurate track of the positions of the earth’s satellite, unlike more traditional “romantic” moon-phase displays. The Artix Pointer Moon distils an aura of refined elegance underscored by a specially redesigned dial featuring subtle plays on the structure of its two discs. To ensure perfect readability by moonlight, the hands and hour-markers are naturally luminescent.
i_3034_1ETERNA | 1948
In 1948, Eterna unveiled a groundbreaking invention in the technology of automatic movements, with a ball-bearing mounted rotor. By facilitating the rotation of the oscillating weight or rotor around its axis, this revolutionary innovation reduced wear on crucial parts, and in doing so increased the lifespan of the movement. The year 1948 will remain forever engraved in the history of the mechanical watch; Eterna even adopted these five ball bearings as its logo. The company now returns to this iconic timepiece in the new 1948 watch, which is of course equipped with the same ball-bearing system as the original, and reprises the famous curved lugs.
i_3033_1BALL WATCH | Fireman Storm Chaser Pro
A professional tool watch tailored to satisfy the demands of storm chasers, the most eminent specialist being Ball Watch’s ambassador, Dr Joshua Wurman, the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro combines the high-performance services of a chronograph and a telemeter. To determine the distance between an observer and the point of lightning impact, the user starts the chrono as soon as lightning is seen and stops it when thunder is heard. The seconds hand then shows the distance, in kilometres, on the telemetric scale. Like all Ball watches, luminosity and legibility are central to the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro, whose hour-markers and hands are fitted with luminescent micro-tubes containing H3 gas. This technology has no need for an external source of light or energy, and is up to 100 times more effective than conventional luminescent coatings.
i_3032_1ANDERSEN GENEVE | Grande Jour & Nuit Edition 2014
Andersen Genève returns to an exceptional watch, imagined in 2000, in response to demand from collectors and admirers of rare mechanisms that bring to life equally rare displays. For this new Grande Jour & Nuit, indications have been transferred, highly legibly, on the dial with daytime hours (6am to 6pm) and night-time hours (6pm to 6am), in addition to a small minutes dial. The long tip of the central hand points to daytime hours while the shorter end indicates night-time hours. It jumps when the small minute hand has made one complete revolution of the dial. Production of the Frédéric Piguet movement having ceased, Andersen Genève proposes a limited series of 50 watches – 30 in red gold and 20 in white gold – each equipped with this now rare mechanism.
i_3031_1MILUS | Zetios Chronograph
Elegance and performance. Sophistication and robustness. Poetry and precision. Opposites attract and combine in style to produce the Zetios Chronograph, the ultimate sport-chic watch. Milus delivers its rendition of a classic chrono in the form of a truly unique design. Straight lugs offer an elegant contrast to the rounded case, while the carbon dial welcomes a generous large date above the counters. The delicately fluted crown ensures remarkable ease of use, as well as being secured against knocks by the subtly cambered lateral protections.
i_3030_1ALTANUS GENEVE | Sculpture
Geneva brand Altanus celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and commemorates this unique occasion with a limited-edition collection of one hundred pieces, which it has named Sculpture. Its heart beats to a delicately skeletonised hand-winding movement, with contemporary accents introduced into this mechanical lace. Lifted by the transparency played out both on the dial side and by the sapphire back, this architectural composition invites us to contemplate its intricate mechanism, the legacy of one hundred years of watchmaking tradition, by Altanus. Stylish with captivating clean lines, the Sculpture watch comes in three versions: steel, steel with pink gold PVD treatment, or steel with anthracite PVD treatment.
i_3029_1N.O.A | Skandar
Buoyed up by vigorous lines and an energetic style, the new Skandar collection captures the essence of modern-day heroes to distil a unique vision of time. Its powerful colour plays accentuate the iconic three-dimensional N.O.A design, while the powerful architecture of the case suggests the undeniable force exuded by these models.
i_3028_1ANONIMO | Militare Dual Time
Designed for inveterate travellers, the Miltare Dual Time simultaneously displays local and home times, as well as the corresponding date. To keep track of these different times, it is equipped with two separate mechanical automatic movements setting the pace for a uniquely sophisticated, masculine and stylish watch.