Baselworld is just closing and after an intense week of meeting our friends and watchmaking partners, we can now present you our top 5 highlight of amazing timepieces you do not want to miss. This year again, Swiss watch making successfully surprised us with great creations. Some of them are at the state of the art in terms of technicality, and others are pure poetry. All of them reflects the air of times and the fact that Swiss ingenuity is stronger than never.
Girard Perregaux, Neo Tourbillon 3 bridges.
Girard Perregaux is definitely a Watch-maker in which everything is at the state of art. Year by year, they show proof of creativity, know-how and respect of the art of watch-making. With the 3 Bridges Neo Tourbillon, the luxury house honors the company heritage in a contemporary design. Inside the watch you will discover the new Girard Perregaux GP09400-0001 caliber with micro rotor. Running at 21’600 vph (3Hz), it has a fantastic 70 hours power reserve. The mainplate is in grey-anthracite ruthenium, of the chemical family as Palladium and platinum. We see frontal the famous Girard Perregaux 3 bridges, here made of Titanium with a PVD treatment and sandblasted.
For more information: http://www.girard-perregaux.com
Hermes, Dressage L’Heure Masquée
Hermes will always surprise us as they have the way of making us dream in ways that we would not expect. This year they revealed in Baselworld, an amazing timepiece called Hermes Dressage L’Heure Masquée (time veiled in french). You can discover our full watch review here. Inspired The principle is as simple as beautiful. The watch owner plays again with the perception of time and decides when he wishes to display it. The hours hand is hidden behind the minutes hand and circle the dial once every sixty minutes. To reveal time, the owner need to press the crown of the watch so the hours hand get to the accurate time position. When the user releases the crown, that hour hand disappears once again directly behind the minute hand.
Here is the brand website for more details: http://www.hermes.com
Romain Gauthier, Logical One Secret
It is not new the fact that Romain Gauthier excels in the art of watch-making. This year the genius watch-maker shows his brand in a different angle, the one of Art. With the launch of Logical One Secret, his most complicated watch, he just has been rewarded by the prize for the Best Men’s Complication Watch at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. We discover this extraordinary timepiece in which there is a dual celebration between the pocket watch and the wrist watch. The dial is covered with a cover filled with 181 diamonds done by Atelier Bunter in Geneva. As said previously: state of the art. A gentle squeeze on the pusher at 4 o’clock lifts the cover, revealing the complexity of the multi-patented constant force movement. Accuracy is obtained for this escapement with a fusee (cone in French) and chain regulation system.
For more details check the Brand official website: http://www.romaingauthier.com.
Very often, watch-making complications are a more “men’s world” as most of the time technicality prevails on poetry. Of course complications do not have gender but sometimes we might miss a little dream. And here, for the first time you will find a intelligent complication intended to the feminine wrists. Christophe Claret honors a beautiful world of nature and love imagination thanks to Margot. And amazing watch with a daisy flower in the center of the movement and dial. Based on the traditional petals counting “he loves me, he loves me not” you can literally take out the flower petals just by using the right pusher. A very ingenious process allows the magic to occurs.
For more details: http://www.christopheclaret.com
Hysek, Full Skeleton Furtif Tourbillon
Hysek knows how to do things. This Furtif 44mm Skeleton Tourbillon in Rose Gold and anthracite PVD is like an Opera at the glory of contemporary watch-making. The Skeleton exercice is probably the hardest one. The principle of the skeleton is that transparency is the order. So no way to hide. Every single piece, every watch component will contribute to the overall look and aesthetics. So each detail need to be treated as a main component. Hysek revealed a inner beauty at the heart of this magnificent flying tourbillon endowed with a titanium balance. The HW10 Calibre is manual-winding with a 70 hours power reserve. The frequency is 28’800 vph. Limited to 8 pieces. For more details, check the official website here: http://www.hysek.com.
Baselworld might be the biggest International watch-making business event but the dreams which become true at the fair go beyond any sales figures.
LA & Sebastien Eich
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