You can get a pretty good sense of the overarching themes of Baselworld by listening to the chatter in the halls, press centre and even the sausage cart outside. And, along with smaller crowd sizes and uncertain futures, one of the main conversational themes was the size of brand collections. In press conferences, words like ‘focused’ and ‘consolidated’ abounded. In short, brands weren’t releasing many watches. One exception was Seiko. The Japanese powerhouse has so many lines (though to be fair these are becoming increasingly codified and coherent) and plenty to choose from, so much so that I had a real struggle winnowing it down to just six watches — even given the fact that I excluded the fancy Prospex LX watches. There were some diver reissues with some Hollywood provenance, a beautiful new artisanal take on the Presage, as well as a great green Cocktail Time (Midori maybe?), and a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Astron. Seiko SNJ025P Seiko SLA033J Seiko SRPD21K Seiko SRPD37J Seiko SPB093 Seiko SSH021J
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Bvlgari Watches never ceases to impress… Whether they create ultra-thin, record-breaking watches or ultra-feminine watches inspired by the Italian culture, the brand has managed in the past few years to have one of the most solid collections of the entire industry. Baselworld 2019 was again the occasion for the brand to expose superb novelties, as […]
An Aquis for those afflicted by a wanderlust.
Zenith kicked off 2019 in a superb manner celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic chronograph movement, the El Primero. For once, the celebration was more about the importance of the movement than the watches. The El Primero (as indicated by its name) was the first automatic chronograph to be unveiled, back in 1969. For […]
A Hublot with soft, flowing lines. Now there’s a phrase I never thought I’d write. The Ferrari–Hublot collaboration has produced a stream of watches since 2011, each time with a different look and feel: from Big Bang variations to the outstanding MP-05 LaFerrari and, two years ago, the Techframe. But where the Techframe is all straight lines and strong angles, this new Classic Fusion piece is smooth and curvy – Gran Turismo with beautiful coach-building, rather than high-octane motorsport. In designing this watch, Ferrari’s Centro Stile has taken the automotive metaphor further, suspending the round case within the bezel. The resulting void between the two circles adds both visual and physical lightness, as well as creating extra surfaces where the light can play. Four exposed ‘H’ screws (rather than Hublot’s usual six) attach the case to the bezel and on the 3 o’clock side, a wave-shaped flange curves over the crown and pushers. It looks airy and elegant – very different from the chunky angularity we expect in Hublot cases. Although the overall diameter is 45mm, it feels smaller – and therefore really comfortable on the wrist – yet still oozes strength and presence. In both the King Gold and…
Game recognize game.
After the inaugural tourbillon model (deployed in various editions here, here or here) and the recent addition of a complex regulator version, Ferdinand Berthoud continues with the evolution of its superb Chronomètre watch. Still powered by an in-house, hand-decorated tourbillon movement, still featuring the desirable and rare fusée-and-chain constant force device, the brand adds a moon display […]
An important anniversary is marked with a totally new kind of elegant but hard-wearing sports watch.
Last year, at Baselworld 2018, Carl F. Bucherer introduced a new, slightly modified version of its Manero Flyback. By changing the dial and the strap, the brand brought another (thick) layer of coolness to this chronograph, with retro-inspired, rally-oriented details. This year, using the same ingredients as a base, Carl F. Bucherer offers a warm, […]