Five novelties from Basel
Hale in the Swiss city were full of master crafts and creations. Among the hundreds of novelties we chose some of the most important ones that will mark the 2019 Spring/Summer
Rolex is extending its Yacht-Master range with a new 42 mm model, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 fitted with a Cerachrom insert in matt black ceramic that perfectly complements its black lacquer dial. Created from 18 ct white gold, this new watch heralds the arrival of this precious metal on a Yacht-Master model. Like all Rolex Professional watches, the Yacht-Master 42 offers exceptional legibility in all circumstances, and especially in the dark, thanks to its Chromalight display. The broad hands and hour markers are filled with a luminescent material emitting a long-lasting glow. This new model is equipped with calibre 3235 – at the forefront of watchmaking technology – a first for the Yacht-Master range. The Yacht-Master 42’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres, is a paragon of robustness and reliability.
The Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition is a direct link to one of the most impressive legacies in all of watchmaking. In celebration of the year this specific design was produced, it has been created in an edition limited to 1959 pieces, all individually numbered and engraved on the caseback. Even the stainless-steel case, measuring precisely 40.9 millimeters, has been developed specifically for the Navitimer, with the same lugs profile and finish as the original Ref. 806. The watch is presented on a black vintage-inspired leather strap. The famous circular slide rule, positioned beneath a piece of high-domed acrylic glass fashioned in exactly the same shape as the original, will be familiar to every passionate Navitimer fan.
Tudor Black Bay P01 is a watch based on a legendary prototype developed in the late 1960s and proposed to the US Navy, and in so doing lifts the veil on a little-known aspect of its history. Black Bay P01 is waterproof to 200 metres and features hours, minutes, seconds and date functions. It is fitted with a domed matt-black dial with painted luminescent hour markers. Respecting the utilitarian aesthetic of the prototype that inspired it, the case is entirely satin-brushed for a matt finish. Its openwork rotor is satin-brushed with sand-blasted details, and its bridges and plate have alternating polished sand-blasted surfaces and laser decorations. Finally, with a 70-hour power reserve, a wearer can take off the watch on Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without having to re-set and wind it.
Using history to forge a new path, the latest TAG Heuer collection takes inspiration from the original Autavia models and makes use of the most innovative watchmaking technology to appeal to a new generation of adventurers. The stainless-steel Autavia 42 mm three-hand models feature the rounded first-generation Autavia case and bevelled lugs from the 1960s. A bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale in black ceramic, blue ceramic or stainless steel enhances the sporty look of the watch. The XL crown takes inspiration from pilot’s watches and timers that used oversized crowns to make them easier to use while wearing gloves. The hour markers and hour, minute and seconds hands are coated in SuperLuminova®, making it possible to read the time even when adventure leads you into the dark. The smoked dial is available in black, grey or blue, and has a date window at 6 o’clock.
In honour of the El Primero high-frequency chronograph’s 50th anniversary, Zenith is releasing an anniversary set of three models: a reissue of the first El Primero from 1969, a Chronomaster El Primero, and a Defy El Primero 21. The 1969 El Primero chronograph has the 38-mm steel case, curved glass with magnifying effect, tricolour counters, tachymeter scale, font, the shapes of the hands and hour-markers, as well as the leather strap: all the original codes are resolutely present. The second watch in the case is a Chronomaster, equipped with a new-generation El Primero engine and a new black ceramic bezel. Renamed El Primero 3600, its movement is presented in an optimised version, an update conducted in accordance with the architecture and proven performance of the legendary El Primero. The Defy El Primero is the ultra-modern embodiment of the legendary El Primero. Beating inside its imposing 44-mm titanium case is a revolutionary mechanical movement.
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