I personally love this. For this one, Hermes dipped into their past – back in 1912, when Jacqueline Hermès, fourth generation of the family was a child, she received from her father, Emile, a pocket watch with a clever system that holds it in place on a leather strap. It was made especially for her because she could not wear a watch at that young age nor carry one. Cut to Baselworld 2013, the brand is issuing a tribute to it with a release of 24 pieces of the pocket watch complete with the leather holder.
All new for Baselworld 2013 from Hautlence – Destination is a self-winding watch that offers a more sub-dued version of the kind of watches the brand usually makes. The watch features a 12-hour dragging dual time-zone display, revealed by a 24-hour day/night indicator.
Burberry goes back to the drawing board with their new introduction and introduces a new classic slash modern hybrid called the Britain. The range features four special edition self winding automatic styles and also chronograph, three hand styles in quartz. Plus additional sizes aimed at ladies.
Buglari introduced it’s first grand complication watch for women during Baselworld 2013 – The Il Giardino Tropicale di Bulgari timepiece combines two of Bulgari’s mastered art forms: jewellery and miniature painting with a self-winding tourbillon movement that boasts a power reserve of 64 hours.
2322-3631-55B- Le Brassus, Tourbillon Carrousel, calendar, power reserve up to 168 hours. Self winding movement.
For Baselworld 2013, Blancpain launched another world first complication, a women mechanical chronograph and a diver’s his and her collection.
The most notable from the introductions is the complication, where Blancpain combined the tourbillon and the carrousel. These are two devices added to a mechanical movement to reduce the effects of gravity on it’s accuracy. For the first time, both of these time regulators are combined in a single watch by Blancpain, though it isn’t clear whether having two different regulators actually is an improvement or it’s meant to be another feather in Blancpain’s hat for have acheived another complication milestone.
3626-2954-58B – Women Chronograph, power reserve up to 40 hours. Self winding movement.
Bathyscaphe Duo – Since its creation in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms by Blancpain has been the archetypal
modern diver’s watch. 60 years on, two new models join a fabulous lineage that has
earned iconic status.
The Breguet Reine De Naples is a beautiful diamond studded ladies mechanical wristwatch that features two dials. The day and night are marked on the upper dial with the Breguet balance-wheel representing the sun, and the moon engraved on a titanium disc, rotating together in 24 hours. Hours and minutes are on the lower dial. It also has 143 diamonds and a power reserve of 57 hours.
For Baselworld, TAG Heuer has updated their motor inspired Carrera range with four new models. For those not in the know, Carrera remains the standard-bearer of TAG Heuer’s motorsports pedigree that began with the first car dashboard chronograph all the way back in 1911.
Hublot’s new addition to the world of exceptional watchmaking is the all new Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari. It’s a hand-wound tourbillon wristwatch with an eyecatching line of 11 barrels interconnected together that discharge and give the watch its 50 day reserve which I’m told is a world record in power reserve capacity.
If you caught the Ferrari in the name, it’s because its tied to that very car and the watch was developed alongside the Ferrari team, though I would suspect that their contribution was limited to the co-branding.
Finally, 637 components; The vertical face in front shows the seconds and the hour/minute are displayed to the right of the barrel. No word on price and limited to just 50 numbered pieces.
For those who aren’t familiar with Harry Winston, every year the brand launches a truly innovative mechanical monstrosity that would leave anyone drooling. This year marks their 12th release which has been created in collaboration with watchmaker Emmanuel Bouchet and it really lives up to the hype of the series – The money shot in the watch is when the hour and minute markers roll 180 degrees. It is hard to explain the visual effect so the best thing to do is watch the video presentation at the top. The price is approximately $260,000.
An amateur photograph of the watch uploaded by Worldtempus on twitter
The Spacemaster Z-33 is the latest addition to the Omega Speedmaster series. It’s meant to be a wristwatch designed specifically with modern pilots in mind and marks a break away from the traditional Omega case for pilot watches. Functionally, the watch allows professional pilots to log up to ten flights and visualize the logs with a date-hour indication. This, apart from the regular alarm, perpetual calendar, chronograph, countdown timer and a dual timezone display.