The new Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time (ref. 5524) automatic wrist watch was first unveiled around two weeks ago during 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) automatic wristwatch 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) automatic wristwatch. 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 Perrelet First Class Double Rotor Skeleton 20th Anniversary self-winding wrist watch pays tribute to the good old Dipteros 1777 model that the Swiss brand issued back in 1995. It was the first watch ever to feature so called "double rotor" design with a front oscillating weight visible freely on the timekeeper's face. In fact, it is the watch that is a grandfather of their current iconic Turbine family. It 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) automatic wristwatch.
Revealed at Baselworld 2015, the Alpina Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph (ref. AL-760SB5AQ6) is not just another handsome wristwatch from just another second-tier brand. Besides featuring a distinct and interesting exterior, it is also one of the few relatively affordable chronographs that is powered by an in-house caliber. Developed by the brand's parent company Frederique Constant, it sports an unusual design feature: instead of the tried and true cam-and-lever or a more precise column-wheel, its chronograph module has a star-shaped gear that makes it easier to produce on an industrial scale without sacrificing much in the precision department.
The new 2015 Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT 44 may be not as technically advanced as a GPS-capable Seiko Astron, yet it clearly has mojo similar to the Swiss brand's most iconic pilot's watches, only in a surprisingly more subtle, more refined way.
With its refreshed Breitling Colt 36 SuperQuartz model, the Swiss brand finally notices ladies targeted in Dove's famous Real Beauty campaign. Designed with slightly larger wrist in mind, the watch however will probably be a bit too large for a skinnier type of girls that French fashion houses seem to love so much. Well, let's celebrate some diversity here!