New Watch Models 2018 from Baselworld
Chrono XL NBA Team Collection
This bold collection is dedicated to the six teams of the NBA, with a design that reflect the style and robustness of the athletes in this famous league. The slick black PVD coated case and black dial provide a backdrop for the colourful animated logos of each of the NBA teams, with team colours reflected in the chronograph seconds hands, indexes and the stitching and perforations in the strap. The sporty aesthetic carries over to the functions, which include chronograph seconds with hour and minute totalisers, a small-seconds subsidiary dial and a date window at 4 o’clock on the dial. The NBA logo is engraved on the back of the large, 45 mm case. No sports fan will be able to resist this stylish homage to their favourite team. Sporty gets smart!
The Globetrotter reimagines the world-time complication as a modern-day navigational instrument. Just as Arnold & Son’s marine chronometers accompanied early explorers on their journeys – including James Cook to the Pacific Ocean and Sir John Franklin to the icy waters of Northern Canada – the Globetrotter world timer is designed for today’s globetrotting adventurers. Part of the Arnold & Son Instrument collection, the central focus of the watch is a large arched bridge that spans and supports a three-dimensional domed dial. This world time dome depicts the Earth’s continents and oceans from the North Pole and is
made of brass, textured by chemical etching with a mask, followed by polishing and lacquering. The globe rotates, along with a transparent 24-hour ring that lines up with the red hour hand to indicate the second time zone.
HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition
In a seamless union of ancient and modern materials, the Rado HyperChrome Chronograph Automatic is now available in a beautifully contrasting bronze and high-tech ceramic construction. Limited to 999 pieces, this exclusive timepiece joins two materials that are perfectly suited for use in watchmaking: Bronze, which marks the passage of time by developing a rich patina, and high-tech ceramic, which boasts lightness and superior scratch resistance. The sporty-chic HyperChrome
Chronograph is Rado’s signature all day, every occasion timepiece for gents. In this new model, the 45 mm automatic chronograph retains its scratch-resistant high-tech ceramic case – here in matt black – but swaps out the ceramic bracelet for
a supple brown vintage look leather strap. Adding to this harmonious contrast are side inserts and chronograph pushers crafted in bronze – humanity’s oldest alloy. Rose gold coloured hands and indexes echo the subtle metallic sheen of the bronze, while a
bezel engraved with a tachometric scale provides additional functionality.
World Time Minute Repeater ref. 5531R
In July 2017, on the occasion of its fourth Grand Exhibition, Patek Philippe launched the world premiere of the 5531R World Time Minute Repeater, a limited series of 10 watches. Today, this model forms an integral part of the brand’s collection. It
combines two grandes complications dear to Patek Philippe: the minute repeater and world time. As a result, this new timepiece boasts a world time minute repeater that always chimes the local time wherever you are, unlike other watches of this type, which chime the time in your home country.
Equipped with the new R 27 HU caliber, entirely manufactured in-house, the wearer of this masterpiece can set the hour strike to the nearest second, using the 24-hour display of the world time mechanism. Beyond the sheer watchmaking achievement, the process itself has been patented.
And for the first time on a Patek Philippe minute repeater, the gongs are affixed to the case middle, not to the movement plate, resulting in incomparable acoustic quality.
Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted
The Octo Finissimo, with the world’s thinnest automatic movement, is now available in a subtle, sandblasted finish over steel that enhances the modern elegance of its design. The sandblasting technique tone-down the gleam of the metal with a
matt-style approach, giving the rhodium-plated steel version an elegant, silky shimmer. The finish is also applied to the bracelet links, which are as supple as leather, and taper in size from the 40 mm case to the clasp. The Octo Finissimo Automatic, already a cult favorite, is driven by the world’s thinnest automatic movement, the Bulgari BVL Calibre 138
Building on its expertise in the world of sports, Longines is expanding its HydroConquest collection this year, offering reimagined variations. Combining technical excellence and traditional elegance, these watches feature a bezel enhanced with a coloured ceramic insert adding a touch of brilliance and modern styling. This ceramic insert also adds pizzazz to the watch, since it is matched to the dial and strap – either black, grey or blue – reinforcing the vibrant colour. For contrast and readability, the hands and indexes are coated with Super-LumiNova, and the numerals on the bezel are white. This is a true diver’s watch, with 300-metre water resistance, a unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-down crown and case back, crown protector and a double security folding clasp with integrated diving extender. There are two versions, including a 41 mm
chronograph model and a 41 mm or 43 mm three-hand with calendar. Each version contains an automatic mechanical movement.
A champion among sports watches, the Active watch is ready for any challenge. Reach for an Active watch and you’re choosing a lifestyle in which the stakes are high, and there are no half-measures. The robust, 316L case is water resistant to 100 metres,
which makes it ideal for water sports. It is also built for speed, with chronograph and tachymeter functions, as well as a date window and a small seconds subsidiary dial. An impression of relentless dynamism is reinforced by the contrasting, brightly
coloured features. The strongly accentuated indexes and hands are coated with superluminescent inlay, and red chronograph seconds hand adds legibility.
The textured rubber strap is a perfect match for the deep blue colour of the dial. All Bergstern timepieces are Swiss made, and come with a three-year warranty.
The Defy Classic combines an openworked dial with a sporty, brushed titanium case and an Elite movement. The Defy collection is the embodiment of Zenith’s horological complexity, including the iconic high-frequency Defy El Primero 21 and the Defy Lab, the world’s most accurate mechanical watch thanks to its monocrystalline silicon oscillator. The Defy Classic is a three-hands plus date watch with an openworked version of the automatic Elite 670 base calibre, with its silicon pallet lever and escape wheel.
The dial is bordered by a blue minute ring and large applied hour markers coated with Super-LumiNova. The cut-out date disc adds to the high-tech aesthetic exuded by the blackened openworked movement.
Strap options include titanium bracelet, black rubber with blue alligator leather coating or black rubber.