Baselworld 2019 preview
WATCHOOGLE team in collaboration with Baselworld and its Swiss Exhibitors are pleased to share with you an overview of the timepieces that the Swiss watch brands have patiently imagined behind the scenes in order to finally unveil them at Baselworld 2019.
PATEK PHILIPPE – Ref. 5172G Chronograph
PATEK PHILIPPE’s manual-wound CH 29-535 PS chronograph calibre, originally introduced in a ladies’ watch in 2009, has been used in the men’s 5170 series since 2010, and the new 5172G-001 is the fifth iteration. The movement has six patented innovations that optimize the chronograph function, including refined tooth profiles, blocking lever and hammers, and an optimized split seconds wheel. The result is ultimate precision, improved amplitude and a greater element of self-adjustment. The white gold case of the 5172-001 has vintage-style three-tier lugs and a sapphire box glass crystal, as well as guilloched chronograph pushers. The sporty blue dial with large baton-style luminescent hands has a matching navy calfskin strap with top-stitching.
ZENITH – Defy Inventor
ZENITH has been showcasing its Defy collection as a platform for the brand’s renewed emphasis on advanced technology and materials, including its single-piece oscillator that beats at an extremely high frequency of 18Hz or 129,600 vph, compared to the usual 4 Hz or 28,800 vph. This year, the watch with the super-oscillator is no longer a limited edition concept and will be produced in a run of several hundred pieces. The revolutionary single-piece oscillator replaces the traditional 30-piece standard regulating organ, and is made of silicon. The case is made of lightweight titanium and the textured bezel is made of Aeronith, an aluminium-polymer composite that is three-times lighter than titanium. The dial is openworked to resemble a stylised propeller, with blades evoking the ZENITH star.
BVLGARI – Serpenti Seduttori
BVLGARI’s signature motif is the serpent, and its driving force is a fearless sense of design. These two elements combine in the Serpenti Seduttori (“seduction”) is a bold new interpretation of the design. It interprets the iconic drop-shaped watch case, but it is thinner than previous models, and it is set provocatively with diamonds on the side bezels. It has a sinewy new bracelet that is flexible, inspired by the original Serpenti watch, with links that mimic the shape of the case, and a serpent’s head. The crown is topped by a pink rubellite cabochon, a nod to Bulgari’s roots as a jeweller. There are several options, including rose, yellow, white gold and two diamond pavé options.
BREITLING – Premier B01 Chronograph Norton Edition
The Breitling Premier Norton Edition is a potent representation of a partnership between two iconic brands that share intriguingly similar timelines and powerful legacies. The watch expresses the style and performance expected from a maker of refined Swiss watches and a motorcycle brand renowned for its exclusive British engineering. The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition is part of Breitling’s Premier collection, a family of elegant watches defined by their fashionable flair. The new Norton Edition is a distinctive interpretation of the Premier that makes a bold urban chic style statement. Its 42-millimeter stainless-steel case, water-resistant to 10 bar (100 meters) is distinctive: a “Norton” logo is engraved on a plate on the left side of the case, and the transparent caseback features a printed Norton motorcycle and logo. The elegant black dial with golden numerals and hour and minute hands offers an intriguing contrast to the brown vintage raw-leather strap.
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