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.
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.
The highly regarded among true connoisseurs German watchmaker from an ancient town of Glashütte has just announced that the gorgeous A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone (Ref. 116.039) world timer, the dress watch that was first unveiled in its new, more discreet version at the beginning of the year, has finally become available to the few wealthy customers that can easily part with some €39,600 (around $50,000 USD) in order to get this beautiful timekeeper. Looking more subdued thanks to the unassuming white gold alloy that its mildly oversized case is fashioned from, the new timekeeper might become a perfect accessory for the sort of people who like a well-built watch on their wrist, but don’t want to attract unnecessary attention.
Breguet’s egg-shaped Reine de Naples collection has been here for precisely a decade. Still, one of the oldest Swiss watchmaking houses doesn’t plan to retire the model range any time soon. On the contrary, since the watches enjoy their fair share of success among women all over the civilized world, they keep introducing more and more interesting pieces to the pool. The new Breguet Reine de Naples Charleston Automatic (Ref. 8928BB/51/J60 DD0D), for example, while coming in an easily recognizable body, differs from the rest of the pack with its absolutely outrageous Charleston-type bracelet that can be had either in understated white or in more traditional yellow gold (ref. 8928BA/51/J60 DD0D.)
The Swiss watchmaker Blancpain has recently revealed a model that combines an in-house automatic movement and classic shape of the body with decisively high-tech bezel and case-back crafted from ultra-lightweight carbon fiber material. Most often used in aerospace industry, as well as in the world of motor sports and other fields where power to weight ratio is of extreme importance, it has recently attracted attention of major brands specialized in manufacturing of luxury timepieces. Finally, Blancpain joins the revolution. Meet the new Blancpain L-Evolution Chronographe Flyback a Rattrapante Grande Date chronograph wrist watch!
Presented both in understated white gold (refs. 49525D53A1B1-BK6A & 49525D53A1B1-53A) and flashy rose gold (refs. 49525D52A1B1-BK6A & 49525D52A1B1-52A) versions, the 2012 Girard-Perregaux 1966 Jewellery collection brings you a nice mix of an ultra-slim body, an in-house self-winding movement, as well as almost eight hundred diamonds adorning its dial and the bezel.
The young Swiss watchmaking brand Blacksand Geneve has been around for only two years, but it has already managed not only to create an easily recognizable identity for its timepieces but also to build its own production facility that allows it to churn out Manufacture-grade in-house movements. Among the first models that will receive the new CAL 2002 hand-wound caliber is the new Blacksand Stratographe chronograph. Featuring a so-called “monopusher” design, the wristwatch uses just a single push-piece in its crown to operate all chronograph functions from “start” to “stop” to the inevitable “reset.”
Unveiled during the Baselworld 2012 trade show, the hand-wound Cartier Tank Folle (ref. WJ306017) is a reincarnation of the (almost) legendary Cartier Crash from the late 1960s. Clearly influenced by Salvador Dali’s “liquid” clocks, the original watch was a morbid homage to one of Cartier of London senior managers who died (actually, was incinerated alive) in a car crash. His wristwatch was deformed by fire to a degree of melting and some other member of staff happened to be crazy enough to take the destroyed timekeeper as a source of inspiration. Now, eat your heart out, Stephen King.
In a couple of months, the legendary Swiss watchmaking house Blancpain will update its collection of vintage-styled dress timekeepers with a beautiful Blancpain Collection Villeret Retrograde (Ref. 6653Q-1529-55B). The model’s selling point is the finely crafted dial, which is executed using a rare “flinque” technique. The watch will be officially presented during the upcoming Baselworld 2012 trade show.