Besides the stately Arnold & Son HMS1 Royal Blue that some of us will see in flesh during the Baselworld 2013 show, the Swiss-based brand of British origin is going to present this week yet another gorgeous model. Called Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon (1GLAS.B01A.C122S, pictured), the watch features an in-house hand-wound movement with one of the most handsome moonphase displays that I have seen in my life.
Based in Switzerland, the former British brand Arnold & Son builds on the legacy of its founding father John Arnold who used to make watches for King George III (1738-1820) and his court. This particular Arnold & Son HMS1 Royal Blue (Ref. 1LCAP.U02A.C110A) model is claimed to be inspired by a half-quarter repeater that was made almost 240 years ago.
Although powered by a modified version of an unassuming ETA blank movement, this new Montblanc Star Quantieme Complet (Ref. 108737) is delivered in a refined, slim rose gold body and looks like a perfect choice for a person looking for an, um, expensive “entry-level” luxury watch.
Presented at the Baselworld 2013 trade show together with the refreshed Longines Conquest Classic three-hander, the new Conquest Classic Chronograph sports the same styling, but somehow manages to look even more elegant than its dressy sibling.
The 2013 Longines Conquest Classic was officially revealed at the Baselworld 2013 exhibition. Soon to arrive at a watch shop near you, the new watch will be available in a choice of three versions including a two-tone with gold-steel bracelet variety (ref. L2.7126.96.36.199) that is reviewed here. I must admit that the new member of the Conquest family looks a lot more elegant than its previous incarnations.
At the Baselworld 2013 trade show, the Swiss watchmaker has re-introduced its Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon Gold Bridge (refs. 99535-52-131-BKBA & 99535-53-131-BK6A) collection. Not only dressy but also extremely classy with their understated exterior and carefully decorated dials, the watches have always been “signature” models for the brand. Judging by the 2013 collection’s specs, this one is more of a mild face-lift, rather than a full-fledged next-generation with a new movement and all.
I am not sure whether gender equality advocates will love this model. Compared to the original MY 2010 Transocean Chronograph 01 Limited Edition model that was designed for men, this new Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38 Ladies is not only smaller (which is, probably, acceptable for most people), but is also equipped with a less exclusive movement, which is not made in-house, but is based on the ETA 2892-A2 blank caliber, albeit adjusted to meet strict COSC standards. And it has one sub-dial less, too!
This year, the French jeweler will once again resurrect its gorgeous Cartier Crash line with a twist in the most literal meaning of the expression. First introduced half a century ago as a kind of homage to one of their London branch top managers who died in a car crash, this limited edition looks like it was half-melted and deformed in the fire.
Revealed during the SIHH 2013 show, the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Perpetual Calendar Chronographs (refs. W1556226 & W1556225) share their underpinnings with the gorgeous Calibre de Cartier Chronograph model that was revealed around a month before, but has the base 1904-CH MC caliber upgraded with a perpetual calendar module.
Compared to many timepieces offered today, this Blancpain Quantieme Retrograde (ref. 3653-2954-58b) ladies watch not only sports a brilliantly executed marquetry mother-of-pearl dial but also comes equipped with a gorgeous retrograde calendar complication that shares the dial real estate with a traditional moon-phase display.