The world of aviation, with its technical fascination and wealth of adventurous heroes, has always been a source of passion prompting the dreams of mankind. A host of indus¬trial sectors find their roots and their direction for develop¬ment in this field, thanks especially to the constant progress made in aeronautics. Collaboration with watchmaking companies in the area of instruments for measuring was quite vital in the old days.
The design of the Glashütte Original Senator Sixties collection clearly reflects the joie de vivre of the 1960s. Above all, the aesthetic attitudes of this era found their expression in geometric forms, which were used as stylistic elements in the fields of art, fashion, and design. The squared cushion shape was a popular design form in the 1960s, inspiring the creative heads at Glashütte Original to design the recent Senator Sixties Square Chronograph.
Marine Diver collection Ulysee Nardin conquers the Oceans
The Maxi Marine Diver Titanium is the newest addition to our Maxi Marine Diver collection. Available in a sporty 45 mm high grade polished titanium case perfectly skin friendly, with a unidirectional rotating bezel in either 18 ct rose gold or stainless steel.
2009 sees RAYMOND WEIL's fully mechanical don giovanni così grande collection back with a bang! The new "jumping hour" model has a modern, refined design fully in keeping with the Brand's avant-garde spirit – subtly blending technical know-how, precision, aesthetics and originality to produce a particularly attractive timepiece.
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.