by Kyle Stults on March 10, 2014
HYT the “hydro-mechanical timekeeper” are revealing several new variations of their H1 and H2 models at Baselworld 2014. With two core designs settled upon, HYT is broadening the H1 and H2 collections with a variety of new fluid colors (red, blue) and case metals (titanium/Ti, aluminum alloy, Ti-bronze, DLC-ti, etc.) – there are some really cool new combinations coming!!! Above is a photo of the H1 that I took at Baselworld 2013. You can see all the 2014 combos in the video below, and as pics of several of them as well. Check ‘em out below
Baselworld 2014 preview…
I’ve long been a fan of small, independent watchmaker Franc Vila and it was a great pleasure to meet with him at Baselworld last year. I’d guess the number of watches he makes in a single year numbers in the hundreds, so he is not widely known, but man does he make some great watches. For this latest version which is of the typical Franc Vila aesthetic, the watch caliber is cased-up in total suspension, stabilized by a clever system of springs (see closeup pic below). This somewhat gives the impression that the caliber is levitating in the dial-free structure. Nice. This “suspension” concept reminds me of something similarly employed by Richard Mille in the RM027 Rafael Nadal.
by Kyle Stults on March 03, 2014
As I stated two years ago: for any watch enthusiast and iPad owner, Breguet’s Quai de l’Horloge app is a must have. Now moreso than ever for those of you who can’t get enough of Breguet! In the latest (annual) issue of Le Quai de l’Horloge, watch enthusiasts are treated to a sneak peak at the Hommage Nicolas G. Hayek Grande Complication. This tantalizing reveal is nonchalantly included as part of the “Atelier des Grandes Complications” article — one of several enchanting articles, photos and videos about Breguet in this the 3rd annual edition of its iPad app. If this alone does not compel you to download the app, I don’t know what will
Breguet Hommage Nicolas G. Hayek Grande Complication
currently under development
As I said in my initial review in 2012, the Breguet iPad app is intuitive and easy to use — crisp navigation, rich and detailed high-res photos and insightful story lines. And with the Breguet Hommage Nicolas G. Hayek Grande Complication getting attention in this issue No. 3, it is truly a must-have publication for the Breguet aficionado or collector. Knowing that the manufacture’s Grand Complication is currently under development, the question now remains…when will it be officially unveiled? Baselworld 2014? Stay tuned…
If this is the first you are hearing of Breguet’s Le Quai de l’Horloge iPad app, worry not — you can download it today and still access all 3 issues — at no cost — from within the app. Download (for free) Breguet’s Le Quai de l’Horloge iPad here>>>
if you haven’t downloaded Breguet’s iOS app, you are missing out!
2014 brings another intriguing addition to Maurice Lacroix’s “Masterpiece” collection, the Masterpiece Gravity. This watch is notable for its use of silicon components as part of the caliber ML230 (Maurice Lacroix’s 13th manufacture movement, by the way). ML’s Masterpiece collection is the brand’s top range where it showcases its most exclusive — and often unusual — complications. Recent Maurice Lacroix “Masterpiece” head-turners include the mystery seconds (2013) and the very intriguing “square wheel”, though there are also more typical designs and complications such as skeleton models, worldtimers, retrograde indicators, and so on. But the Masterpiece Gravity is, as I say, notable for its use of silicon. Let’s take a closer look.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde is immediately identifiable by its two off-centered dials which form a figure eight; in 2008, Jaquet Droz launched the Grande Seconde SW, a sportier version of the Grande Seconde. This new model being introduced in 2014 is distinguished by an anthracite grey, Côtes de Genève decorated dial. This is not the first time we have seen a dial with Geneva striping from Jaquet Droz (e), but it is less complicated than this Jaquet Droz tourbillon with striped dial, and an all-around good looking watch.
TAG Heuer insider Calibre 11 brings us a first look at the new Carrera Twin-Time. The watch is distinguished by its second time-zone function, marked by the red-arrow hand and 24 hour scale on the outer flange of the dial. This is not a new watch, but rather an upgrade of a long-standing model in the TAG Heuer stable. Check out all the details on the new Twin-Time over at Calibre 11>>>
First Look…Baselworld 2014…
Maurice Lacroix gives its Pontos S chronograph some aggressive styling attributes and a size upgrade, and calls it “Supercharged”. I like it. These two new models in the Pontos range step up 5mm from the Pontos S and the Pontos S Extreme‘s 43mm case. The red detailing with steel case is a familiar aesthetic, but the yellow, paired with a black PVD case, is a new color-set for the Pontos S line. Most striking, though, is the knurled chrono pushers and the bezel edge — a great looking detail element that really defines this watch in my book. Price is TBD.
The PanoMaticInverse, which celebrates its debut at Baselworld 2014, takes Glashütte Original’s PanoInverse XL (introduced in 2008 with manual wind Cal. 66) forward by introducing an automatic movement, the new GO Calibre 91-02. The beauty of this watch is derived from its technical aesthetic and the inverse positioning of the components that are normally found on the back of the watch. The centerpiece is a gorgeous duplex swan-neck fine adjustment sitting above hand-engraved balance cocks, capped off with blued screws and rubies on the rhodium plated three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing — all dial-side. And, in place of the PanoInverse’s power reserve gauge, is the elegant Panorama Date.
by Kyle Stults on February 13, 2014
Last year the family-owned Carl F. Bucherer brand introduced its first tourbillon, a very nice watch in a limited edition of 188 pieces. For 2014, the brand is introducing what looks to be a refresh of its Manero ChronoPerpetual, a perpetual calendar with flyback chronograph function. This watch will be issued as a limited edition of 100 pieces. It features a perpetual calendar date display at 12 o’clock, day of the week at 6 o’clock, month and leap year at 9 o’clock, and moon phase at 3 o’clock The caliber is made by Vaucher manufacture, which does work for a number of higher end brands.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual
limited edition 100
42.5mm rose gold case (14.3mm thick), sapphire case back, automatic mechanical caliber CFB 1904 (Vaucher)
by Kyle Stults on February 13, 2014
In 2014 the Girard-Perregaux’s Vintage 1945 collection will be extended with this beautiful blue-dialed model. The Vintage 1945 collection is inspired by the retro forms of one of its Art Deco style watches from 1945, and is one of four collections the brand currently offers — Hawk, 1966, and Traveller being the other three. It is not uncommon to see line extensions such as this, adding either a new color dial or new case metal to a particular collection — but this certainly is a nice addition to the line!
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