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Baselworld 2013: Daily News Round-up

by Michael Weare
25 April, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Baselworld Watch Round Up

Baselworld

Throughout Baselworld we are going to spoil you with a daily round-up of some of the best watches on display along the glittering new corridors of the multi-million dollar revamped Baselworld Exhibition Centre. My colleague Jonathan is like a kid on the night before Christmas, desperate to get his hands on every single new watch as it is unveiled. So we are going to take it in turns to write a daily review of watches that we have seen and admired. Here is my selection for today.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos Extreme Chronograph

Maurice Lacroix Pontos Extreme

Maurice Lacroix have come to the new era Baselworld with all guns blazing. They have a truly impressive 2013 collection in several dial choices across the range. This is the new, and very sexy looking Pontos Extreme Chronograph. Unmistakeably masculine, yet Maurice Lacroix report that women want to wear it too. The watch was designed by Henrik Fisker, the iconic BMW and Aston Martin designer, it crystallises the power of authentic instruments, asserts its character and displays exceptional energy.

Ressence Type 3 Limited Edition watch

Ressence Type 3 Limited Edition watch

Just 50 pieces of this dark and mysterious watch have been made, so your chances of getting hold of one are slimmer than Rolex offering you a multi-million dollar brand Ambassadorship. Traditional hands are replaced by convex discs set in a convex dial, the orbiting indications appear to be displayed directly onto the sapphire, a clever optical illusion. And there is no crown, at least not in the traditional sense: the complete sapphire case back rotates with the movement using an ingenious gravitational gearing system that allows the indications to be adjusted separately, with the dials facing up you can change the time and date, whilst flipping the watch over allows you to wind it.

Bell & Ross BR1-02 Heading Indicator

Bell & Ross Heading Indicator

This is my personal favourite from an awesome new Aviation Collection Bell & Ross have assembled in time for Baselworld. The Bell & Ross boys got right inside the cockpit to extract equipment inspiration for these new watches, and one of the first things their eyes clapped on is the heading indicator in a jet aircraft. Its graphic appeal makes perfect sense for an aviation watch, and the only question is, why didn’t someone think of it before. The display has a black background to highlight the indications and help the pilots to get all the information they need at a glance. The image of an airplane and the indexes are written in yellow on the glass. The display has three independent discs, indicating the hours and the minutes, the seconds are shown in yellow on a disk placed right in the centre of the watch. East, west, south and north are presented on the disc placed outside of the hours, the north is indicated by a yellow triangular marker. The glass is anti-reflective in order to make the reading of the indications very easy.

Marvin Malton Round Power Reserve

Marvin Malton Round Power Reserve

OK, the Baselworld fanboys are not going to be camping out overnight around the Marvin stall a la new Apple i-pod, it’s just not that type of watch brand. Marvin is one of those quieter Swiss watch manufactures who don’t exactly hog the headlines, but they certainly do turn out some extremely punch-above-their-weight watches. This new model, priced at a reasonable $2,330, is presented in a round case in a very simple and beautiful way. The dial is in matt white, the hands and the Romans markers are in blue with the counter-reserve between 6 and 9 o’clock. This simple and elegant watch is powered by an ETA 2897 movement with power reserve of 42 hours.

Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk and Chrono Hawk

Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk and Chrono Hawk

Just unveiled yesterday, Girard Perregaux love to keep making new versions of these particular models, it’s as if as soon as they have finished one model someone comes up with a brand new idea for another whole new look. This time the new look is the currently fashionable mean and moody all black and dark shades. One is a chronograph, the other a diving watch. Their functionality serves as a reminder of the brand’s sports watch credentials, beginning in 1880, with the first mass-produced military wristwatches, followed in the 1940s with the first generation of Sea Hawk. The new arrivals’ contemporary design is matched by their performance. Their deep black ceramic cases are ready to stand up to the test of time. An exceptional high-tech material, unchanging, hypoallergenic and heat-reflecting, the ceramic used by Girard-Perregaux is characterised by the extremely fine zirconium oxide powder it contains. An infinitesimal dimension makes it possible to achieve a hardness of 1400 HV on the Vickers scale – as opposed to 180 HV for stainless steel, a very low porosity. Extremely scratch-resistant, this ceramic has a smooth velvety look.

Glasshutte Original PanoLunar Tourbillon

Glasshutte Original Pano Lunar Tourbillon

Another watch which is so hot off the press at Baselworld you could scald your fingers just reading about it. Debuting at Baselworld 2013, the PanoLunarTourbillon takes up a sophisticated new look with a honed down 40 mm case in red gold and a warm silver dial. The characteristic asymmetric design of the Pano timepieces finds the large hour/minute dial positioned to the left of centre, in alignment with the Flying Tourbillon set within it and centred at hour seven. The new model’s Panorama Date display to the lower right presents black numerals on an ivory coloured ground, perfectly matched with the warm silver dial. The moon phase display shows a golden moon and shimmering stars against a dark blue night sky.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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