Baselworld 2015 preview…
With 2015 — and the two big annual watch shows — right around the corner, many brands have already taken to pre-releasing a model or two in their 2015 lineup to whet the appetite of watch enthusiasts. While most sneak peaks have been from Richemont brands attending the January SIHH show, I now have an first look at a spectacular new piece from Breguet which will be officially unveiled at Baselworld 2015 next March.
In the tradition of the collection, the new Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 puts on full dial-side display the bridges, wheels, escapement, barrel and other components of the caliber. This particular mode also has a retrograde seconds hand — a perfect complication to be showcased in the Tradition collection. The retrograde seconds arc intersects the offset hours and minutes display at 12 o’clock, its blue hand also nicely complementing the blued steel Breguet-style hour and minute hands. It has a 40mm white gold case (rose gold also to be offered) with fluted caseband typical of the Breguet style.
Vacheron Constantin debuted these not too long ago at Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong. New references in the Patrimony collection. A pair of 40mm beauties! Simply gorgeous.
The HMS Ten celebrates the 10th anniversary of independent watchmaker Romain Gautier. Similar to, though more classical looking than the HMS collection, the HMS Ten and features off-center hours and minutes, small seconds, partially open dial, and a hand-finished, in-house movement visible through display back. The watch also keeps with Gauthier’s trademark ergonomic flat caseback crown. The last watch I shared from independent watchmaker Romain Gauthier was the very impressive ‘Logical One’ back in 2013. The HMS Ten is obviously not as complicated as the Logical One, but with its graceful arcs and circles defining the dial, it is worthy of a closer look.
HMS Ten is being made available in three limited editions of just 10 pieces each, each in a 41mm x 12.1mm case: platinum case/blue dial, white gold case/champagne dial and red gold case/anthracite dial.
The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Carbon Moon becomes the eighth reference in the active Oktopus Moon series. It is distinguished by its layered carbon case, a first for the Oktopus series, and of course the superbly executed moonphase complication. Though the enterprising and creative brand has ventured into the carbon arena before with its release of a hybrid forged carbon case in 2013 (you can see our hands-on report on the very cool Spidolite II Tech green & red here), this is a distinct carbon technology which delivers a much different effect, while retaining full Linde Werdelin DNA. Let’s dig in with a closer look.