As defiantly eclectic as it is, the new Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Vuelo still makes quite a strong impression with its deliberately oversized stainless steel body and a dial that could make your eyes bleed if only it wasn't matched so convincingly well to the energetic shape of the case. Clearly not designed according to the book that most Swiss-based watchmakers seem to live by, this new wristwatch may be a timekeeper of choice for a person who looks for something entirely different.
Officially presented during Baselworld 2015 last March, the new Certina Chronographe DS-8 Phase de Lune is a perfect example of a dressy complication watch that somehow manages to combine into a single package an almost stunning exterior, a reliable quartz chronograph movement that, for all things practical blows out of the water almost all advanced electric mechanisms currently available on the market, while spicing all up with a very affordable price. What more do you expect? A free Porsche?
While, at a recommended street price of approximately $5300, I have an impression that a normal guitarist would rather to get him- or herself a vintage Gibson SG from 1960s in a mint condition, there is still a good chance that the whole bunch of 200 pieces of the new Raymond Weil Nabucco Gibson Limited Edition chronographs will be sold quite quickly: guitarists have moms, dads, and spouses and this sort of people love to spoil their loved ones with nice gadgets. And this is certainly a nice gadget indeed.
If the Swiss-based watchmaking brand really wants to get rid of its image of a 'poor man's Rolex', this new Tudor North Flag that seems to be designed as a new flagship model of the company seems to be a step in the right direction. At least, the combination of an in-house mechanism, a cleverly designed case, an elegantly simple dial, and the famous Tudor Rose right below the Arabic numeral "12" make a very strong impression. Whatever the next model be, the brand clearly doesn't plan to dwell on its past forever.
The new Slim d'Hermes targets those iconic Piaget ultra-thin wristwatches that the competing Swiss-based brand is so proud of. Of course, thinness is not the timekeeper's main selling point. The device also offers a very well-balanced, solid design that looks like a serious improvement on their previous attempts, as well as a new self-winding mechanism with micro-rotor design that could technically even be called 'in-house'.
The self-winding Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time (ref. 5524) was first unveiled during the Baselworld 2015 show. Combining in the same package a 'historic' dial layout of a 1930s pilot's watch with a meticulously sculpted white gold body and an in-house self-winding movement that makes one drown in his own saliva, this is one of the most notable timekeepers presented at the trade fair.
The new Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture Ladies (ref. FC-703VD3SD4) is one of the finest timekeepers introduced so far by the brand. It is also one of those (still few) models of the Swiss watchmaker that is powered not by a slightly redecorated version of a run-off-the-mill blank movement made either by ETA or Sellita, but by a new caliber that was developed and built by Frederique Constant on their own production facilities. That says something, right?
Known for its love for music (among others, their limited editions include homages to such legends as Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, and Dexter Gordon) the Swiss watchmaker has recently introduced its limited edition Oris Thelonious Monk (ref. 733 7712 4085). Although in certain respects this new model may look very unfamiliar to a person who usually associates the brand with their gorgeous chronographs and bulky divers, it is in fact deeply rooted into the manufacture's philosophy of industrial design. As the legendary sculptor of the past, they took a piece of metal and removed everything that didn't belong there leaving only the truly essential elements that make an ordinary watch a true masterpiece.
The new self-winding Perrelet First Class Double Rotor Skeleton 20th Anniversary pays tribute to the Dipteros 1777 model that the Swiss brand issued back in 1995. For Perrelet, the model was groundbreaking. It was the first among their watches ever to feature so-called "double rotor" design where a front oscillating weight is visible freely right on the timekeeper's face. Originally designed to advertise the fact that it was none other than Abraham-Louis Perrelet who first invented a self-winding timekeeper, the Dipteros 1777 became a grandfather of their current iconic Turbine family. The 20th Anniversary model was officially presented last week during Baselworld 2015 show.
At Baselworld 2015, Longines has expanded its line of vintage-styled timekeepers. Besides the gorgeous Tachymeter and Telemeter models that were first presented back in 2012, the Swiss-based brand will also soon start selling their new Longines Pulsometer Chronograph (ref. L2.801.4.23.2).