15 New Pre-Baselworld 2018 Watches
In this age of digital information, watch companies try to get ahead of the competition by releasing news on new timepieces ahead of the big watch fairs.
This year is no different, and in honor of the upcoming 101st edition of Baselworld, which opens its doors to the public on March 22, 2018, we present you with an overview of 15 new models to be seen on show.
Anton, baptized for the ruler of Saxony of the same name who died in 1836, is the second rectangular watch to come from Lange & Heyne’s Dresden workshop after 2017’s surprising and beautiful Georg.
For more information please visit www.lang-und-heyne.de/en/models/anton.
Quick Facts Lang & Heyne Anton
Case: 40 x 32 x 9.4 mm, platinum, pink gold
Movement: manual winding Caliber IX with flying one-minute tourbillon, 2.5 Hz/18,000 vph frequency, 55-hour power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Price: €86,100 (pink gold), €98,700 (platinum), excluding tax
Seeming simplicity in all its glory: that’s what the new Breguet Reference 5367 brings to the table here with its high-fire enamel dial and the absence of any functionality there save the hours, minutes, and the tourbillon seen through the window at 5 o’clock.
The most beautiful element of this watch for me though is its exquisite movement with peripheral rotor, high-energy spring barrel for 80 hours of power reserve, and delicious finish.
For more information, please visit www.breguet.com/en/house-breguet/news/new-breguet-tourbillon-ahead-baselworld-2018.
Quick Facts Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique
Case: 42 x 7.45 mm, pink gold or platinum
Movement: automatic ultra-thin Caliber 581, 3 mm high, one-minute tourbillon, silicon pallet fork; 80-hour power reserve thanks to high-energy spring barrel on roller bearings; 4 Hz / 28,000 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
This brand is known for the unique configuration of its small subdial for hours and minutes and the larger – grande, you could say – subdial for seconds. And it is this second subdial that acts as the perfect setting for an added moon phase, unsurprisingly executed in the brand’s timelessly elegant manner with a delicately engraved gold moon.
See more about another execution of this model in Give Me Five! 5 Off-Centered Classics With Asymmetrical Awesomeness!
For more information please visit www.jaquet-droz.com/en/watches/grande-seconde/grande-seconde-moon-black-enamel.
Quick Facts Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel
Case: 43 x 13.23 mm, red gold
Movement: automatic manufacture Caliber 2660QL3, 4 Hz/28,000 vph frequency, power reserve of 68 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds; date, moon phase
MB&F launched its stellar Legacy Machine Perpetual in 2015, and now it comes in a titanium case with an eye-catching iridescent blue-green dial color that has become a signature element of previous Legacy Machines in titanium.
That watch took the prize for Best Calendar Watch at the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (see What We Liked And What We Didn’t At The 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève).
For more information, please visit www.mbandf.com/en/machines/legacy-machines/lmperpetual.
Quick Facts MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual titanium
Case: 44 x 17.5 mm, titanium
Movement: manually wound, integrated perpetual calendar with complication on top of base plate
Functions: hours, minutes; perpetual calendar with day, date, month, retrograde leap year, power reserve indicator
Limitation: 50 pieces
Price: $148,000 excluding tax
Featuring another of Jaquet Droz’s incredible rare stones, this Petite Heure Minute edition is topped off by a fiery Sonora Sunrise cuprite from Mexico. It is perfectly accompanied by a red gold case set with diamonds and a red strap.
For more information, please visit www.jaquet-droz.com/en/watches/petite-heure-minute/petite-heure-minute-cuprite.
Quick Facts Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Cuprite
Case: 35 x 10.8 mm, red gold set with 232 diamonds (1.23 ct)
Dial: Sonora Sunrise cuprite
Movement: automatic Caliber 2653.P with silicon balance spring and pallet fork, twin spring barrels, 68-hour power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes
Limitation: 28 pieces
In 2016, Arnold & Son brought out the Nebula, an instant fan favorite not only for its humane price of $14,500 in stainless steel, but most definitely because of its cool mechanics and look.
Now the boutique brand has feminized this popular watch with a new color scheme, diamonds, and an addition to the name “Nebula” (Latin for “cloud”), which was selected because its bridges distinctively radiate from the perimeter of the dial toward the center, which makes the visible, sculptural movement look like an inverted, exploded star.
For more information, please visit www.arnoldandson.com/home/royal-collection/nebula-lady/nebula-lady.
Quick Facts Arnold & Son Nebula Lady
Case: 41.5 x 9.73 mm, 5N red gold with 90 brilliant-cut white diamonds (0.52 ct)
Movement: manually wound Caliber A&S5101, skeletonized, 90 hours of power reserve provided by twin spring barrels; 3 Hz/21,600 vph
Functions: hours, minutes, (off-center) small seconds
Limitation: 50 pieces
Requiring four years of intense research and development, the Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon’s caliber was designed as a skeleton from the ground up – though its lighter weight in no way sacrifices rigidity from its beamlike bridges and two plates.
Ultra thin at just 4.3 mm in height and contemporary in style with its black ADLC coating, this is a real diver’s watch water resistant to 300 meters.
For more information, please visit www.angelus-watches.com/en-us/urban-collection/u50-diver-tourbillon.
Quick Facts Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon
Case: 45 x 12.47 mm, titanium with helium escape valve and two screw-down crowns
Movement: manually wound Caliber A-300 with one-minute flying tourbillon, skeletonized, approx. 55 hours of power reserve provided by twin spring barrels; 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds
Limitation: 5 pieces
Swedish masters of Damascus steel dials Gustafsson and Sjögren return with a first bronze watch inspired by Vikings – all of whose bronze parts (case, hands, index ring, and crown) have been made in the duo’s Linköping workshop.
The unusual name Väring honors a Viking leader born in Linköping.
For more information, please visit www.goswatches.com.
Quick Facts GoS Väring
Case: 43 x 10.5 mm, bronze and stainless Damascus steel
Dial: 192-layered steel monochrome Damascus, optional tempered coloring; each dial unique
Movement: automatic Caliber GoS02 (base Technotime TT718), 120 hours of power reserve provided by twin spring barrels; 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Price: $16,500 plus applicable tax
Remark: five-year guarantee
The object of Czapek & Cie’s new guilloche-dial models is to showcase colors that are not usually combined with a handcrafted guilloche dial. These include the Black Prince model with Super-LumiNova-filled hands, Red Rhubarb, Rainforest Green, Havana Brown, and Slate Grey.
A cool element to this is that the boutique brand has chosen to keep these new watches with engine-turned dials at the same price as those with the grand feu enamel dials even though the former cost more to manufacture.
For more information, please visit www.czapek.com/collections.
Quick Facts Czapek & Cie Quai des Bergues Guilloché
Case: 42.5 or 38.5 mm, pink gold, white gold, titanium, or “xo” steel
Movement: manual winding Czapek Caliber SXH1 by Chronode with twin spring barrels for 7 days’ worth of power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; power reserve indication and weekday
Limitation: between 10 and 25 pieces per color
Price: ranging from 14,800 to 25,900 Swiss francs
Originally making its debut in 2015 as the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon, the new Senator Cosmopolite is available in stainless steel and with a more reduced design and functionality as of Baselworld 2018.
The purist integrity of this timepiece very uniquely allows the display of all 37 time zones that the globe is currently divided into in the windows (rather than just the comfortable and easily calculated 24 full-hour time zones that most worldtimers show). This includes the half- and quarter-hour time zones (such as India and Venezuela) as well as the differences that Daylight Savings Time versus Standard Time make. The 24 full-hour time zones are shown using black IATA codes; the nine with half-hour offsets are shown in blue IATA codes; and the three remaining are in red IATA codes.
For more information, please visit www.glashuette-original.com/collection/senator/senator-cosmopolite.
Quick Facts Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite
Case: 44 x 14 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber 89-02, 72-hour power reserve, swan-neck spring fine adjustment, Glashütte three-quarter plate
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; panorama date, second time zone (using IATA codes in windows), day/night indication, power reserve indication
Price: €20,700 (buckle), €21,000 (folding clasp)
Independent Israeli designer Itay Noy presents his Full Month Hebrew series featuring two ways of visualizing the dates of the Jewish calendar. In one, the days of the lunar month are represented by Hebrew numerals.
In the other, they are represented by the changing phases of the moon – from the invisible new moon, slowly waxing to the complete circle of the full moon, only to wane back to nothing and repeat the cycle again with every new month.
The Jewish calendar calculates a full day from sunset to sunset, which means that the highlighted date changes every evening.
For more information, please visit www.itay-noy.com/collections/full-month-hebrew.
Quick Facts Itay Noy Full Month Hebrew
Case: 40 x 6.24 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Vaucher Caliber IN.VMF5400, 48 hours of power reserve; 3 Hz / 21,600 vph, micro rotor
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds; date in Jewish calendar
Limitation: 18 pieces
Chronoswiss celebrates 35 years of existence and 30 since it introduced its now-iconic regulator model with a special limited edition of its Flying Regulator Open Gear with a hand-guilloche dial.
For more information, please visit www.chronoswiss.com/en/flying-regulator-manufacture.
Quick Facts Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Anniversary Edition
Case: 41 x 13.85 mm, stainless steel or red gold
Movement: automatic Chronoswiss Caliber C.299
Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds
Limitation: 35 pieces in each case metal
Price: 7,880 Swiss francs (steel), 16,400 Swiss francs (red gold)
Artya never ceases to amaze in its pure creativity, and among the multitude of new models the husband-and-wife duo Yvan and Dominique Cirpka-Arpa introduce at Baselworld 2018 is this unique-piece tourbillon adorned with mother-of-pearl marquetry on the dial and engraving by Bram Ramon on the pink gold bezel and crown guard inlay.
For more information, please visit www.artya.com/artya-complication.
Quick Facts Artya Mother of Pearl Tourbillon
Case: 44 mm, pink gold
Dial: mother-of-pearl marquetry
Movement: manually wound unspecified flying tourbillon caliber with 100-hour power reserve; 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds (on tourbillon cage)
Limitation: one unique piece
Price: 190,000 Swiss francs
Porsche Design’s 1919 line gets a new flyback chronograph, making it the first unlimited timepiece to be outfitted with the Porsche offshoot’s own Caliber Werk 01.200, which we introduced in Porsche Design Introduces First In-House Chronograph Movement, But This Timepiece Is Exclusively Available For Owners Of Porsche’s New 911 Turbo S Sports Car.
One of the lovely things about this unlimited timepiece is its beautiful brown color, which still retains the low-key purist values of this brand inspired by the aesthetics of the Porsche 911. For more please see Working That Credo: Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Brown & Leather.
For more information, please visit www.porsche-design.com.
Quick Facts Porsche Design 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Brown & Leather
Case: 42 x 14.9 mm, titanium
Movement: automatic Porsche Design Caliber Werk 01.200 with official C.O.S.C. chronometer certification, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; date, flyback chronograph
Price: €5,950 / $7,450
Even though Corum’s recent partnership marketing has centered around various iterations of the Bubble, now we see a first example for the haute horlogerie Golden Bridge – and is it ever classy!
Joachim Horsley is a composer that you have certainly heard without ever knowing it as he has composed for studios like Dreamworks and arranged for the likes of John Legend and Michael Bublé. His latest project is the reinterpretation of classic works in Cuban rumba style, and I can attest to the amazing results of this endeavor having heard it first-hand at a concert at Paris’s historic Folies Bergère in February 2018.
This limited edition Golden Bridge Rectangle features a cool metallic decoration on its case back representing an excerpt of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. For more please see What The Corum Golden Bridge Joachim Horsley Has To Do With Cuban Rumba.
For more information, please visit www.corum-watches.com/en/news-events/golden-bridge-rectangle-joachim-horsley.
Quick Facts Corum Golden Bridge Joachim Horsley
Case: 29.5 x 42.2 x 9.3 mm, white gold
Movement: manually wound Caliber CO113, baguette-shaped, 40-hour power reserve, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes
Price: 49,700 Swiss francs