BASELWORLD 2014 : the countdown has begun X

i_3070_1HERMES | Dressage L’heure masquée
Time affords a permanent opportunity to make the”great escape” and to seize only the moments that truly count. The hour hand remains hidden beneath the constantly moving minute hand, solely deigning to appear at a deliberate press on a crown-integrated pushbutton. This fleeting apparition captures exclusively the moment in hand and vanishes as soon as the pressure is released – as too does the second time zone window display. Issued in gold or steel limited series of 500 and 1,000 respectively, this playful stage-setting is orchestrated by the ingenious interaction of the rack, pinion and gear trains. The hour cam releases from its hiding place the hand that dutifully appears to perform its role of pointing to the correct hour on the dial. The second time zone indication is directly driven by the base movement and adjustable via the pushbutton opposite the crown. In this entirely Manufacture-made composition, self-winding calibre H1925 is equipped with an exclusive patented module enabling it to play this uniquely personal musical score.
He loves me, he loves me not… Every woman has one day plucked the petals from a daisy to know whether her one and only shares her feelings. Christophe Claret recreates this delightful distraction in a unique and patented complication that will steal women’s hearts: a world first! A push at 2 o’clock and the watch springs to life, as though abandoned to nature’s whims, by hiding one petal, sometimes two, impossible to say. The all-important verdict is then delivered, inscribed on a retrograde disc at 4 o’clock. Each time the pusher is depressed, a crystal-clear note rings out. A corrector at 4 o’clock has all the petals instantly reappear; at the same time, three dots show themselves in an aperture. Turning the watch over reveals another game: the colour of feelings. When the daisy spins to a halt, one of 8 different coloured gems appears opposite the heart to symbolise the sentiment with which it is associated.
i_3068_1PATEK PHILIPPE | Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Réf. 5990/1A-001
Patek Philippe presents its first timepiece to combine a dual time zone with a chronograph. These eminently useful functions are showcased together in the new Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph. Local time is set forwards or backwards in one-hour increments by means of two pushers. Their seamless integration into the side of the case at 9 o’clock conserves the iconic design of the Nautilus, launched in 1976 and inspired by the shape of a porthole. As for the chronograph pushers, they are positioned next to the crown. The dial is distinguished by a dual day/night indication, one for each time zone, a date hand at 12 o’clock, and a 60-minute totaliser at 6 o’clock, ensuring at-a-glance legibility. This original combination of six complications was made possible by the development of a new automatic movement which is visible through the sapphire crystal back.
i_3067_1EBERHARD & Co | Contograf
In 1960, Eberhard & Co. presented an automatic chronograph that would become an emblem of its era thanks to its innovative attributes combined with remarkable precision: the Contograf. Over the years, its twin counters, its broad instant-jump date window, as well as its water-resistant pushers have established the watch as an indispensable daily companion. Eberhard & Co. now celebrates this legendary chronograph through a new Contograf. While most of the original identity codes have been preserved, such as the minutes counter also measuring the phone clicks that used to occur every three minutes in the 1960s, vintage details rub shoulders with some interesting novelties. The Contograf 2014 is thus equipped with an elegant ceramic rotating bezel as well as the Chassis® metal bracelet completed with its patented Déclic folding clasp.
i_3066_1CARL F. BUCHERER | Patravi ScubaTec
Carl F. Bucherer introduces the Patravi ScubaTec, an impressive dive watch that puts all its assets to work above and below water. Inside beats the automatic CFB 1950.1 calibre whose precision and reliability have been certified by the COSC. To ensure dive times are accurately measured for complete security, the bezel will only rotate counter-clockwise, thereby ensuring the diver’s safety should the bezel be accidentally knocked. Hands and hour-markers are coated in Super-LumiNova which glows blue in the dark for underwater legibility. A helium valve releases pressure inside the case to protect against damage when resurfacing. Stylish and sporty, the Patravi ScubaTec is the ideal dive buddy.
i_3065_1BREITLING | Chronomat 44 Airborne
To celebrate the 30 years of light of its famous Chronomat, initially developed for the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian airforce aerobatics team, Breitling launches a special series reviving the design and the spirit of the original chronograph. This technical and sophisticated professional instrument features a rotating bezel equipped with four raised rider tabs serving to count off flight times, while facilitating rotation even with gloved hands. The back of the case is engraved with the inscription “Edition Spéciale 30e Anniversaire” as well as the silhouette of an Aermacchi, one of the ten planes flown by the Italian squadron. To orchestrate this new chapter in the history of pilot’s chronographs is Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, an automatic movement chronometer-certified by the COSC, is fitted aboard the Chronomat 44 Airborne
Epitomising the inimitable Aquanautic design, the Tonneau watch returns in a new and more stylish than ever variation. Its laser-sculpted dial features four luminescent Arabic numerals, while the day and date appearing through openings between 4 and 5 o’clock. The iconic propeller-shaped sweep-seconds hand serves as a reminder of the brand’s maritime origins. The powerful lines of the case are topped by a bezel that is interchangeable like the strap and gives the watch a variety of faces, while the sporty crown is protected by an ingenious patented safety clasp inspired by submarine hatches.
i_3063_1VOUTILAINEN | 28 Oukamon
The prestigious Unryuan studio in Japan produces exquisite works in lacquer, thus perpetuating an art that has travelled through the ages to inscribe itself in the present. The studio is fiercely determined to keep alive the soul, spirit and identity of Japanese culture as expressed in the Edo period. Now a perfect union is formed between this ancestral art of Japanese lacquer and Swiss fine watchmaking in a unique creation, the symbol of harmony between Oriental and Western traditions.
i_3062_1EMILE CHOURIET | Moonphase
Emile Chouriet extends an irresistible invitation to follow the moon in its fascinating trajectory. Against a deep blue sky encrusted with shimmering stars, the moon, decked out in mother-of-pearl, reveals its different phases as it rotates around the dial. The Geneva firm’s master-watchmakers worked in concert, combining their expertise to bring this exclusive complication to life. After patient research, both technical and aesthetic, this stunning composition could finally weave its magic.
i_3061_1GC WATCHES | Gc Rainbow Python
All the colours of the Brazilian rainforest come to life in this new Gc Rainbow Python. Fashion conscious women can dress their wrist in vibrant tropical shades with a sophisticated calfskin strap in a distinctive python pattern. For the dial, white mother-of-pearl lends a touch of iridescent softness while the rose gold PVD treatment of hour-markers and case brings a precious appearance to the whole.