Carl F. Bucherer presented the CFB A1000 caliber at Baselworld 2008. This year will see the brand equip its first watch model with this extraordinary automatic caliber: the Patravi EvoTec DayDate. A specially developed functional module has been added to this outstanding watch from Carl F. Bucherer, whose innovative characteristics extend beyond its exclusive interior to adorn the exterior beautifully.
Notes and sounds appeal to us, whatever the era or culture, they awaken memories and make our heart and spirit vibrate. From ancient times, man has sought to announce the hour with a sound signal. Certain clocks or pendulums were equipped with chimes, gongs or balls that would strike a note.
This season, TAG Heuer reaffirms its unchallengeable claim as the N° 1 watch brand in motor sports with an extraordinary new lineup of premium Grand CARRERA automatic chronographs and watches revved to a peak level of luxury performance. More than daring trendsetters, more than the luxurious embodiments of TAG Heuer’s peerless timekeeping heritage and unequaled legitimacy in the glamorous world of motor racing, these are status symbols that defy the status quo.
BASELNEWS DOUBLE TOURBILLON DE BREGUET
Breguet’s most recent entries uphold its oldest and noblest traditions, discreetly displaying the signature features that set a Breguet off from all other watches made. Dials made of manually engine-turned gold, open-tipped blued steel hands, fluted caseband, unique production number – the Breguet personality comes to the fore at first glance. Every new horological and jewellery design by Breguet expresses the philosophy laid down a full decade ago by Nicolas G. Hayek: enhanced by advanced technologies and inspired by the world of culture – beauty first, beauty foremost.
BASELNEWS The Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph
On the strength of its long experience in timing, Longines has designed a timepiece that pays tribute to the various timing mechanisms developed during the company’s history. Named the Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph, this model houses a brand new calibre whose exclusive development by ETA was mandated and financed by Longines and other brands within the Swatch Group.
In 1970 OMEGA launched a watch which had been created to withstand the crushing pressures endured by divers working deep below the ocean’s surface. It was the Seamaster 600, the so-called “Ploprof” (the first letters of plongeurs professionnels – the French words meaning “professional divers”) and it was one of the most rugged, robust and seaworthy divers’ wristwatches ever manufactured.
Continuing his aim to bring together sport, state of the art engineering, architecture and modern art, Franc Vila has created a deep and vibrant contemporary blue version of his impressive skeleton tourbillon movement FV Nº 6, aesthetically inspired by contemporary art. FVa Nº 6 Tourbillon Planétaire Skeleton SuperLigero Concept was first introduced in Baselworl 2008. Its movement has been built for the first time ever in a Lithium-based alloy christened ”lightnium”.
New World Record for diving watches CX SWISS MILITARY WATCH™ 20’000 FEET
After winning the world record for water resistance in automatic diving watches in 2005 with their 12'000 FEET by CX Swiss Military Watch™ model Frank M. Bürgin and his team of watchmakers and engineers were contemplating their next move. Only one goal seemed acceptable – not only to beat their own record but also the new world record Rolex had set in 2008 with 3’900 meters of water resistance.
The latest creation of the Hamilton Lab, the ODC X-02 Quartz, takes watch design to totally new frontiers. In a futuristic shaped case, appropriately modelled on the cross-section of an aircraft’s wing, this timepiece allows the wearer to be in three places at once. This is possible thanks to three separate, oblong dials, each revealing the time in a different location.
Porsche Design stands for timelessness, functionality and purism. These qualities come to the fore in the Three-Hands and Chronograph models of the Flat Six line being premiered by Porsche Design licensee Eterna at the Baselworld World Watch and Jewellery Show, to be held from March 26th to April 2nd 2009. The proven aesthetics of the Flat Six collection are enhanced by new colour com-binations and PVD-coated cases.
In 1959, Mido first designed what was destined to become one of the most appreciated of all classical watches, the Commander. In 2009, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the collection, this creation is still sought after as a safe value of Swiss luxury watchmaking. In tribute to this model, which remains true to its elegant and original allure, Mido presents a gold edition in a limited series of 50 pieces.
The term “chronometer” denotes an especially accurate watch, such as those that were necessary in the past for determining the time needed for sea and air navigation. Today, just as in the past, official independent institutes test the exacting level of rate precision of these timepieces utilizing standardized measuring procedures. Only with certification from an authorized institute is a timepiece allowed to be called a chronometer.
BASELNEWS 2009 From Regulator to Singulator
Historically, regulators are extremely high-precision pendulum clocks for scientific applications. Since hours are a unit of minor importance in these applications, they are represented on a subsidiary dial so as to avoid reading errors. This highly balanced dial design was adopted for a number of clocks, such as marine chronometers with power reserve indicator or for chronographs.
BASELNEWS RSW joins the close circle of divers.
RSW new Diving Tool model enters the small circles of exclusive diving watches. The diver's watch remains in its robustness and reliability the sports watch “par excellence”. Diving Tool with its strong and very masculine contemporary case fully marries this saying. The unidirectional rotating bezel is with graduated scale measuring the duration of immersion.
FRANC VILA unveiled in Baselworld 2009 a new tourbillon watch in which nanotechnology, state of the art engineering and inspiration from nature come together: FVa Nº Cuatro Tourbillon Chronograph SuperLigero Concept. The brand goes a step further with the evolution of their successful FVa Nº Cuatro chronograph tourbillon bringing it into the SuperLigero concept which debuted in 2008 with the introduction of the FVa Nº 6 SuperLigero Concept.