Neither round nor square, the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse introduced a bold and sensationally slender watch with unmistakable style 50 years ago. And it just got even better with the anniversary edition featuring a surprising dial color.
About Sabine Zwettler
German by birth but a resident of the United States for the past ten years, Sabine is particularly fond of the art of independent watchmaking and the diversity of the manufacturers of her home country, Germany.
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Grand Seiko makes some of the finest movements in the world, so it seems only natural that the Japanese brand pull out all the stops for Baselworld 2018: limited editions with the latest technology that also conserve original aesthetics – a task that the Japanese watch giant fulfills with much aplomb.
I feel that the Chanel Boy.Friend perfectly embodies the spirit of the great Coco Chanel, who had a penchant for masculine fabrics and cut and believed “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance” and “fashion fades, only style remains.” The new Skeleton version powered by Chanel Caliber 3 is an exquisite version of this.
My favorite green Baselworld 2018 debutantes are the Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date. They feature intriguing and sublimely textured faces that are crafted in the company’s own dial manufacture in Pforzheim, Germany using original tools and methods.
Here are Sabine Zwettler’s favorite five “three hands plus date” from the fantastic watches on display at SIHH 2018. What they all have in common is their meticulous attention to detail, including numerals, hands, case sizes, and materials as well as color schemes and top-notch straps and bracelets, which result in the classiest of looks.
While we usually try to avoid complication in our daily lives, complications are the icing on the proverbial cake in the world of high-end timepieces. And one of the most exquisite complications is the retrograde date, in particular when it’s done by the perfectionist Kari Voutilainen.
One of the big surprises for me at the 2018 SIHH was Panerai’s new releases of some – I guess I would call them – small watches. I’m not talking about delicate models under 35 millimeters in diameter when I say small, but a respectable 38 millimeters for the smallest model. Yes, you read that correctly.
It sometimes escapes notice, but between A. Lange & Söhne’s Lange 1 and Tourbillon Pour le Mérite resides the Saxonia, whose name refers to the federal state in which Glashütte is located: Saxony. Here, Sabine Zwettler provides a rundown of the history of one of the German brand’s understated second-row stars.
In light of the extraordinary and rare astronomical treat of a super blue blood moon taking place on January 31, 2018, I decided to take a closer look at the new IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Edition 150 Years, which was introduced as part of the Jubilee Collection at the 2018 SIHH.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Kalparisma line, Parmigiani Fleurier launches two limited editions marrying sophisticated haute horlogerie with refined haute joaillerie, featuring a sprinkling of starry-eyed diamonds and the mysterious shine of aventurine dials.