Pre Basel Watches
The Ballade’s exceptional styling combines with an exceptional movement to make it a world leader in its price segment. The Powermatic 80 has a silicon balance spring for greater precision. It is a COSC-rated chronometer, reflecting Tissot’s heritage as an innovator and its long record as a leader in the field of chronometry. There are both men’s and ladies’ versions of the Ballade, both with two-tone cases and bracelets, made of 316L stainless steel and either rose or yellow gold PVD bezel and bracelet links. The men’s cases are 41 mm, while the ladies’ are 32 mm. Both feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystals on the dial side, as well as the transparent case back through which to admire the extraordinary movement. Technology gets stylish!
U50 Diver Tourbillon
Angelus’s first diver’s watch makes a spectacular debut with a tourbillon escapement and skeletonized movement. The U50 Diver Tourbillon is also equipped with a helium escape valve, making it safe for saturation dives of up to 300 meters. The movement was designed from scratch to be skeletonized, with rigid, beam-style bridges and wheels and barrel firmly secured between two plates.
Navitimer 8 B01
Breitling, famous for its chronographs and its strong link to aviation, has just launched a new pilot’s watch collection: the Navitimer 8. The 8 in its name is a nod to the Huit Aviation Department, which was set up in 1938 to produce cockpit instruments as well as classic pilot’s watches for civilian and military use. At the time, Willy Breitling chose the name “Huit,”the French word for “eight,” as a reference to the eight-day power reserve offered by its storied cockpit instruments. As a highlight of our new watch line, the Navitimer 8 B01 is presented in stainless steel as well as in 18k red gold, each with the exclusive Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. With those two versions, the manufactory meets all the demands of discerning watch bearers.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic Happy Sport, the watch with freely moving diamonds between two sapphire crystals over the dial. To celebrate the milestone, CHOPARD has fitted the watch with an in-house automatic movement, with functions that include hours, minutes and a graceful sweep seconds hand. The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal on the case back, a rare visual treat on a ladies’ watch.
The dial is made of rare textured mother-of-pearl that has naturally occurring wave-like motifs. There are four case options, including stainless steel, 18k gold or a combination of the two metals, with or without diamonds. The mother-of-pearl dials can be white or in a soft pastel shade of either pink or blue.
Five bezel-set diamonds move freely between sapphire crystals over the dial.
As the world’s largest tourbillon, the Kerbedanz Maximus creates the buzz. The 49 mm watch, with its 27 mm tourbillon cage, is a marvel of precision and a tribute to the watchmaker’s art. When scaling the movement to its outsized proportion, the master watchmakers at Kerbedanz had to make their calculations from scratch to ensure that the movement’s reliability and stability were not only preserved but improved upon. In addition to the accuracy ensured by the tourbillon itself, an 18k gold flyweight was added to fine-tune the balance of the cage. The use of titanium keeps the tourbillon cage lightweight, ensuring that despite its size, it can rotate without losing precision. It also protects the escapement from magnetic fields. A fixed balance-spring stud prevents any changes in position due to shocks, further ensuring precision, and the balance wheel can be finely adjusted.
Longines takes its advanced V.H.P. – “Very High Precision” – quartz technology to the next level this year with the addition of a chronograph version.
When Longines developed the forerunner of this movement in 1984, the goal was ultimate precision. Today, Longines’ newly developed V.H.P. caliber achieves an accuracy rating of +/- 5 seconds per year, partly because of its resistance to magnetic
fields. A GPD (Gear Position Detection) system resets the watch’s hands after any impact or magnetic exposure. The movement was developed by ETA exclusively for Longines. The case, in either 42 mm or 44 mm diameter, is made of stainless steel
with or without black PVD, with a choice of blue, carbon fiber, silvered or black dials. The Conquest V.H.P. is water resistant to 50 meters, rounding out its sports watch credentials.
T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2018
The T-Race MotoGP is a bold, masculine watch that expresses the strength and power of the world of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. The case structure, inspired by the frame of a racing motorbike, is made of black and rose gold PVD, and has a protective fiberglass ring. The dial is inspired by the dashboard, surrounded by a tire tread motif, and the pushers repeat the start/go wording on the control panels of racing bikes. The bezel resembles a brake disc, and the small holes in the rubber bracelet mimic the material of racers’ suits. The black case with red details on the dial reflects the logo colors of MotoGP, and the official logo is silk-printed on the glass case back. This is a numbered limited edition of 8,888 pieces, each of which comes in a presentation box shaped like a motorbike helmet. It’s time for a powerful start!