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.
”Because it is there!“ In the Twenties of the last century, this was the answer of the famous mountain climber George Mallory on the question, why he was trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest – the mountain of superlatives. Pretty much the same love of adventure affected our designers when planning the NIVREL Shark Sea (Ref. N 350.001). It is also a watch of superlatives.
Elegant masterpiece Master of its Class: Senator Meissen Tourbillon
A classically elegant masterpiece is the latest result of the long-time collaboration between the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory and the Glashütte Original watch manufactory. Two world-famous Saxon inventions unite in the Senator Meissen Tourbillon: Meissen porcelain and the flying tourbillon. The latter is an invention by Alfred Helwig from 1920, who served as an instructor at the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte.
The watch features a 45 mm polished titanium case, which is perfectly skin friendly, with a unidirectional rotating bezel in either 18 ct rose gold or stainless steel. The wave-patterned rubber strap has been especially created to complement the attractive dial, which is integrated on the rotary bezel.
Extremely complex The DE BETHUNE adjustment at the heart of the movement: DBW1
After fascinating devotees of watch making during the year 2008 by unveiling Dream Watch One, a unique piece in pursuit of perfect horological harmony. Now the DE BETHUNE is giving watch aficionados the opportunity to acquire this exceptional timepiece. It is a real technological achievement. The display is just as exciting on the dial as it is on the back of the watch.
Passion for chronographs 125th anniversary of Breitling: Navitimer 125e Anniversaire
In celebrating its 125th anniversary, Breitling is reaffirming its passion for chronographs more powerfully than ever, by reminding people of the key role the brand has played in developing this type of instruments. But the history of Breitling is also closely intertwined with that of aviation, thanks to the cockpit instruments and pilots’ chronographs that have made the company the "official supplier to world aviation".
After many experiments the first special wristwatch for divers was launched by Rolex in 1953: The Rolex Submariner. Aside from the Day-Date, the Submariner is surely one of the most famous models of the Rolex watches and the perfect first step into the world of Rolex. The simple yet classic design, the robust case, the clearness of the display, a very good and precise movement with low maintenance costs are the characteristics that make the Rolex Submariner a true classic.
Featuring the new face of the Grand Chronographe Régulateur The Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858
It was only in October 2008 that Montblanc presented the Grand Tourbillon Heures Mystérieuses to celebrate the 150-year history of Minerva. Now, ahead of next January's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 has been extended to include another new model. The Grand Chronographe Régulateur is further proof of the innovative impetus at the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie provided through cooperation with Montblanc, the aim of which was to generate one new movement every year.
This watch preserves time. The new Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Squelette from IWC Schaffhausen is a generously dimensioned, precision mechanical masterpiece, whose origins can be traced back to centuries past. The movement combines the pinnacle of watchmaking, the tourbillon, with the traditional craftsman’s arts of skeletonising, engine- turning and engraving. It is housed in a classic Portuguese case.
A classic design for precious hours Baume & Mercier Classima Executives Gold
In today’s hectic world, time is gold. Designed for businessmen and decision-makers, the Classima Executives by Baume & Mercier welcomes a collection in a metal as precious as the time it measures. Clothed in yellow or red gold, this new edition draws its harmony and elegance from the classic and timeless values of traditional watchmaking: a medium-sized (39mm) round case, a mechanical movement, Roman numerals and hour-markers, along with a black alligator leather strap.
Simply astounding! Maîtres du Temps: Chapter One
Imagine a few of the world’s greatest watchmakers, including Christophe Claret and Peter Speake-Marin, collaborating to develop just one timepiece. Imagine no longer. The first chapter of a brand new story called Maîtres du Temps is written. And the watch, appropriately named Chapter One, is simply astounding.
The Emperor`s watch Vulcain Cricket Aviator GMT The Dragon
In Chinese mythology, the five-clawed dragon is the prerogative of the Emperor and his family. The finely enamelled dial of this Vulcain Aviator GMT “The Dragon” depicts this powerful symbol embodying cosmic energy and movement. A fiery gaze, shimmering scales coating a long, supple body, a fierce mouth, a tapering crest: the dragon on the Vulcain Aviator GMT “The Dragon” undulates proudly over the dial of this exclusive limited-edition model. To honour the ancient culture of the “Middle Empire”, the brand from Le Locle calls upon the talent of the most skilled artisans.