Patek Philippe chose to unviel its much anticipated Chronograph Ref. 5170J at Baselworld 2010. The new classic men’s chronograph watch was developed and crafted entirely by Patek Philippe in the manufacture’s workshops. Aiming to create one of the most beautiful chronograph calibers ever made, Patek Philippe's Ref. 5170J had to outperform its predecessor, the CH 27-70 PS. The new 29-535 PS caliber movement was first introduced last November with the launch of the Patek Philippe Ladies First Chronograph after over five years of development. The movement is just 5.25 mm, making it the world record holder for the thinnest split-seconds chronograph movement with column-wheel control.

The Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 5170 has an 18K yellow gold case that measures 39 mm in diameter and 10.90 mm thick. The silvery opaline dial and case-back are protected by a sapphire-crystal glass. The dial has white off-center subsidiary dials with circular guilloché patterns that display seconds between 8 and 9 o'clock, and a 30-minute counter between 3 and 4 o'clock. Each sub-dial has either a baton-style hand in 18K yellow gold black or a nickel-plated baton style hand in 18K yellow gold. The case is water-resistant up to 30 meters. The watch is completed by a matt brown hand-stitched alligator skin strap with rectangular scales and an 18K yellow gold fold-over clasp.

The Caliber CH 29-535 PS is a manually wound mechanical movement, column-wheel chronograph. Featuring a chronograph hand and an instantaneously jumping 30-minute counter. The movement measures 29.60 mm in diameter by 5.35 mm high. The movement is made up of 269 individual parts and 33 jewels. The movement allows for up to a 65 hours power reserve. It beats a frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations/hour. The crown has two-positions, when pushed in it will wind the watch - and when pulled out it will set the time and stop seconds. The movement has the Patek Philippe Seal.

Omega is presenting the newest addition to its Aqua Terra collection at Baselworld this year in the form of an Annual Calendar watch. The new addition uses the same Omega movement that was introduced two years ago in the DeVille Hour Vision watch. The Co-Axial calibre 8611 movement automatically adjusts itself through the year to show the correct date, with the only exception being at the transition between February and March. The Aqua Terra Annual Calendar is unique in that while its a complication watch, it retains the look of a sports watch. The variance from the norm is something that could make or break the Aqua Terra Annual Calendar Watch, but I for one believe that it will be a great success.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra Annual Calendar timepiece will be available in a two-tone model with stainless steel and 18 carat red gold as well as in stainless steel. The dial is decorated with a teak pattern, vertical lines similar to that of hardwood decks of boats. The dial features faceted gold hands and triangular hour markers with a brushed finish and polished bevels. Each marker is treated with highly luminescent Superluminova material for great readability in even dark surroundings. The bracelets has both brushed and polished finishing and feature a premium quality link removal system with screws.

This watch displays both day and month, as well as hours, minutes and central seconds. The Omega 8601/8611 self-winding movement is Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC) certified and can be viewed through the sapphire crystal exhibition window in the screw-down caseback. Unlike the long-serving Swiss lever escapement, the Omega Co-Axial Escapement ensures long term precision through superior mastery over the effects of friction.

IWC Portuguese Grande Complication Watch

in Basel 2010 | Saturday, February 20. 2010

IWC has a huge year planned for 2010 with nine official introductions, the most impressive of these being the IWC Portuguese Grande Complication timepiece. This new Grande Complication features a 45 x 16.5 millimeter 18-carat red gold case that is water resistant to 30 meters. The silvered dial is protected by a shaped sapphire crystal with a cambered edge. The dial is adorned with applied red gold Arabic markers and an engraved center section created to represent and lines of latitude and longitude on a globe. In addition to time display the dial has four sub dials at the 3-6-9-12 o'clock positions that display a Perpetual Calendar, Minute repeater, Moonphase and Chronograph. The watch is fitted with a hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap and an 8-carat red gold folding clasp that is engraved with "Probus Scafusia" , the motto of the IWC Schaffhausen manufacture that means good, solid craftsmanship as well as 'the honest one'.

IWC Portuguese Grande Complication Watch is powered by a self-winding 79091 caliber that is made up of 657 individual parts and oscillates at a rapid 28,800 vibrations. This magnificent movement offers a chronograph, a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, and moon phase. The perpetual calendar will not require any manual correction until the year 2100, assuming it were to run continuously. The minute repeater chimes on the hours with single bass notes, on the quarter hours with a bass-treble combination, and on minutes with a single treble note. The 79091 movement has a power reserve of up to 44 hours. IWC will produce just 50 pieces of the Portuguese Grande Complication watch each year.

The Millenary Quincy Jones Watch

in Basel 2010 | Saturday, February 20. 2010

Audemars Piguet has created a brand new watch to add its Millenary collection, this one created as a tribute to Quincy Jones. Audemars Piquet has explained that their decision to use Jones as the inspiration for the watch was aimed at raising awareness among politicians as well as people in general regarding young people’s need for self-expression and the means to help them fulfill their potential. Beginning his career as a trumpet player, Jones was quick to expand his resume by also becoming an arranger, musical director and producer. He has worked with some of our most beloved artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Tony Bennett. His now 5 decade career has had numerous unbelievable high-lights from his movie soundtracks, to his work producing for Michael Jackson, and his work with The Quincy Jones Foundation, an organization committed to helping children.

The Quincy Jones Millenary watch has the distinctive oval case of the collection and measures 45 by 40 mm. This model has been crafted in blackened steel using both matt and highly polished textures with a combination of vertical and horizontal satin-brushed finishes the brand has created a truly stunning case. The case-back is polished and features Quincy Jones’ signature with the inscription “Millenary Quincy Jones – Limited Edition”. The shiny black dial has the trademark off-centered hour zone surrounded on by a fillet motif with white gold Roman numerals. Powered by the in-house mechanical self-winding movement Calibre 3120. The movement has several wonderful features, such as its instant-jump, fast-adjusting date display, and 60-hour power reserve. The watch is completed by a black leather strap with an AP folding clasp in blackened steel. The Millenary Quincy Jones watch is reference 15161SN.OO.D002CR.01 and will be produced to only 500 pieces.

On January 18, 2010 at SIHH in Geneva, Audemar Piguet's introduced their new Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix collection. There are three new versions in the collection, with the common theme being the incorporation of forged carbon in each design. A material deliberately chosen for its ultra-light weight and resistance, a material exclusively developed by Audemars Piguet. Each model its own eye-catching masterpiece with its own color scheme, including an 18 carat rose gold case with forged carbon bezel, a platinum case with forged carbon bezel and an all forged carbon model. Each case is 44x 15.65 mm and features the inscription "Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix -Limited Edition" engraved on the solid case-back.

Each of the three variations are powered by the in-house caliber 3126/3840 self-winding movement that measures 29.94 mm (131/4 lignes) The movement includes 59 jewels and a total of 365 parts and boats a power reserve of up to 60-hours. The cadence of the balance beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and it has a variable-inertia balance with eight inertia-blocks and flat balance-spring. All parts meticulously decorated and the movement has been adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif. The watches are adjusted with a three-position winding crown.

The Forged carbon model is a limited edition of 1750. It is produced in forged carbon with a black ceramic bezel, blackened titanium crown and black ceramic and titanium push-pieces. The exhibition case-back has been fitted with a sapphire crystal. The dial is black with central red negative-printed exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif in eloxed aluminum. It has anthracite small seconds counter, silvered and yellow 30-minute counter, silvered and black 12-hour counter and a yellow eloxed aluminum flange.

The 18-carat pink gold version is a limited edition of 650. It features an 18-carat pink gold case with a forged carbon and black ceramic bezel, pink gold crown and black ceramic and pink gold push-pieces. It has a pink gold exhibition case-back that has been fitted with a sapphire crystal. The dial for this model is anthracite with central black negative-printed exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif in eloxed aluminum. It has anthracite small seconds counter, silvered and yellow 30-minute counter, silvered and black 12-hour counter and a black eloxed aluminum flange.

The 950 platinum version is a limited edition of just 75 pieces. It has a platinum case with a forged carbon and black ceramic bezel, a white gold crown and black ceramic and white gold push-pieces. This model gas a platinum exhibition case-back fitted with a sapphire crystal. The dial on this model is black with central blue negative-printed exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” motif in eloxed aluminum. It has an anthracite small seconds counter, black and red 30-minute counter, a silvered and black 12-hour counter and a silvered aluminum flange.

The Reference numbers for the models are 26290IO.OO.A001VE.01, 26290RO.OO.A001VE.01, and 26290PO.OO.A001VE.01 for the carbon, pink gold, and platinum versions respectively. Each watch comes with a black calfskin and alcantara strap that has been hand-sewn with alcantara inserts and edges. The pin buckles are beadblasted titanium, 18-carat pink gold or 950 platinum. Each watch has a water resistance of up to 100 meters.

With the introducton of the Lo Scienziato Radiomir Tourbillon GMT, Panerai has yet another grand complication under its belt, and this time its a skeleton watch. Having just introduced the brands first tourbillon movements only two years ago, the release of this watch is no small feat for the luxury watch brand. Who in comparison to many of its competitors is still a relatively young company. The Lo Scienziato Radiomir Tourbillon GMT is not just a technically impressive watch, from a design standpoint I believe Panerai has crossed yet another bridge in the furthering of the brand by creating quite an elegant piece.

Perhaps they will succeed in gaining a few new followers who might not have considering purchasing a Panerai before. Powered by the hand-wound mechanical movement Panerai P.2005/S calibre, a movement produced entirely by Panerai. The movement is just 10.05 milimeters thick and contains 31 jewels, 277 components in all. The movement allows for a power reserve of up to 6 days. While many skeleton watches display just hours and minute, the Lo Scienziato also displays small seconds, a second time zone, 24th indicator, power reserve indicator and tourbillon. All without seeming to clutter the design of the watch.

The case of the watch is 48 milimeters in diameter and produced in black ceramic with removable wire loop strap attachments in steel. The screw-down winding crown is made from ceramic personalized OP. Each side of the watch is protected by see-through scratch resistant sapphire crystal treated with a double anti-reflective coating. The watch is completed by a PANERAI personalized leather strap with an adjustable steel buckle that has been treated with a special hard black coating. The Panerai Lo Scienziato Radiomir Tourbillon GMT is water resistant up to 100 meters.

Panerai starts the new year off with a bang with the unveiling of a very vintage looking addition to their collection, the Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni. Created as a tribute to the brand's early days as a provider of timepieces to the italian navy, the Composite Marina Militare has a great look with its composite aluminum and ceramic case, its vintage looking dial, and my favorite - a weathered looking brown strap. Who says brand new needs to look brand new? Some of Panerai's most valeued and collectible watches are from their early days and I believe this watch will certainly grow to match the popularity of its predecessors.

The new Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni has a large 47 mm diameter case produced from a composite aluminum and ceramic creating a durable and beautiful shell to house the P2002/7 8-day calibre movement. This lightweight composite was born due to an electrochemical process of ceramization of the aluminum creating a case that is harder than one produced from ceramics, steel or titanium. The case and the crown of the watch are a matt brown which does an excellent job of complimenting the brown of the dial. And of course my favorite part, the vintage leather brown strap completes the look.

The sandwich-constructed dial is completed with ecru colored indexes and numerals with the small-seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, the words Marina Militare at 12 o'clock and Panerai and the inscription 8 giorni brevettato (inspired by the historic Panerai models) just to the right of 3 o'clock. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal, formed of corundum, which is 1.9 mm thick treated with anti-reflective coating. The Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni will be limited production of just 1000 pieces.

The Cartier ID-One Concept Watch

in Basel 2010 | Sunday, January 24. 2010

A concept watch in the true definition of the word. Unlike many other of well known luxury brands concept watches that are released to the public, the Cartier ID One Concept Watch is not meant for production but is simply helping Cartier explore "the solutions of tomorrows high watchmaking." The watch is unique in that it has a 16 1/2 home made mechanical movement which requires no adjustment whatsoever. The watch features a Ballon Bleu shaped case that is 46 milimeters wide, which is constructed out of a sturdy material called Niobium Titanium - a special titanium alloy that is even harder and more durable than titanium.

The Cartier ID-One Concept Watch was created to house an in-house made automatic tourbillon movement that requires no regulation and adjustment during the whole life of the watch. Currently every mechanical watch has several points that need to be adjusted during the assembly process,such as the hairspring, the balance, and the pallet fork. Their new Zerodur (a compound of ceramic and glass) hairspring can retain its original status in a wide range of temperatures and is not affected by magnetic fields at all. Carbor Crystal has been applied to the balance wheel, escape wheel and lever increasing their hardness and making itpossible for the escapement to be completely free from oil. The movement also as an exclusive escapement cage that is effectively shock resistant.

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