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What should you expect from Baselworld 2016?

What should you expect from Baselworld 2016?

Every year Baselworld reveals itself as one of the biggest professional watch fairs in the world. By celebrating Swiss watch making, Baselworld is a place for important business and also where all the watchmaking planet meet. Here our review about what should we expect from this year’s fair.

C.O.S.C. – The ultimate precision in watch-making

C.O.S.C. – The ultimate precision in watch-making

COSC is Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, which is the institute responsible for certifying the accuracy and precision of wristwatches in Switzerland. The COSC was founded by five watchmaking cantons of Switzerland: Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Solothurn and Vaud, together with the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FHS). It encompasses the laboratories/observatories that had been created independently of each other from the late 19th century. It is a non-profit organization and tends to certify Swiss-made movements. There are today 3 main laboratories in Switzerland: Biel, Le Locle and Saint-Imier. The first one is almost dedicated to Rolex watches based on the amount of annual certification requests. Despite the fact that not all Rolex movements are chronometers, every single movement get a COSC certification. Some brands also tend to certify all movements. Breitling declared that all movements are COSC certified and Omega also test ruffly…

Electronic watches, not that new

Electronic watches, not that new

Since the launch of the smartphone, we knew that one day we would end up with “smart-watches”. Not that we were all nostalgics of Michael Knight and his Knight industries 2000 wrist-watch but because it would be the natural evolution of things. Despite the fact that iWatches are a hot trend right now, their concept is not new. The Electronic watch, a concept older than 50 years Everybody is talking about the Apple iWatch (even if nobody knows exactly when this will be launched) and the Samsung Galaxy Gear (already launched). But did you know that the idea of a watch capable of doing certain electronic functionalities and powered with a battery is pretty much old? The pioneer was not a Japanese company. It was Hamilton that in 1957 launched the Hamilton Electric watch 500. The uniqueness of this wrist-watch was that a small electric battery replaced the mainspring. The…

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Version française ici Reinventing the time each year by offering a blend of traditional watchmaking, technical innovation and innovative design, this is the challenge that is launched with the Harry Winston Opus adventure. The new episode of this amazing and enigmatic “Haute Horlogerie” saga, called Opus XIII. It was highly anticipated, and once again, it defied the rules of conventional watchmaking, exceeding all expectations. It is almost impossible to understand the workings of this watch with simple images, which is why I strongly suggest you watch this video before reading further.  An original display 59 pivoting peripheral hands for minutes display Placed one after the other in a peripheral ring, minutes indicators align a circular path every minute past in a retrograde. Every 5 minutes appears a red hand improving readability. The 59 indicators retire in unison when the hour has passed through the action of an ingenious outer ring reset. 11 rotating…

Baselworld 2013 – Vicenterra GMT-3 Serie 2

Baselworld 2013 – Vicenterra GMT-3 Serie 2

Version française ici A little over a year after the launch of the GMT3, the young watchmaker from Jura, VicenTerra, is back with a new model. Vincent Plomb, the creator, is again noted by offering this time a more modern and dynamic variation of a beautiful spherical watchmaking Earth, based on the same architecture as the original subscription series. Legend: VICENTERRA GMT-3 Série 2 The main changes we noticed are: The dial, initially silver, is now obtained by lowering with laser the material and then covered with a matte black lacquer finish, and with a circular satin finish on the reliefs. Apart from the V to 5 hours, the other reliefs are performed without inserts. The shafts were blasted black PVD for the most beautiful effect. The hands as “dauphines shape” were designed and received a treatment of Super luminova C1 to improve readability in low light. The display disc Day-Night has…