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Top 6 Watches We Love At Baselworld 2019

  1. Patek Philippe Ref. 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar

Patek Philippe carries the day for us as a renowned watch brand at the forefront of innovation. Its new complication in an automatic movement, calibre 26-330 S C J SE makes its new watch Calatrava Weekly Calendar unique in watch engineering. Little wonder why any Patek Philippe piece is a collectors’ item and sought after at auctions.

Calatravais a weekly calendar with a semi-integrated mechanism displaying the current week number, in addition to the day and the date. The silver opaline dial and black markings are contrasted by red-tipped hammer-style hands that indicate the day and week number with corresponding month. 

The dial font used for day, date, month and week number is meant to reproduce the look of authentic handwriting, endowing the watch with a vintage look. Easy-to-set correctors for days and week numbers are placed at 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock on the 40 mm polished stainless-steel case, which has two-tier lugs. The 5212-A is the only steel Calatrava in Patek Philippe’s current collection.

It has hours, minutes, sweep seconds, day, date, week number functions with a power reserve of 35-45 hours. In a stainless-steel case that is 40 mm x 10.79 mm thick, it has a sapphire crystal front and back with a water resistant to 30 meters.

The dial is silvery opaline, blackened gold applied hour markers, blackened white gold two-face Dauphine hands, vintage handwriting-style font while the bracelet is hand-stitched light brown calfskin with topstitching, prong buckle.

  • Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT

Hublot presents an remarkable watch as a nod to the world of GT racing, with its new warhorse, the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, that was imagined and designed in partnership with Flavio Manzoni, Head of Design at Ferrari. 

For the first time, Hublot and Ferrari decided to combine their passion for aesthetic creativity and mechanical innovation to create a Classic Fusion timepiece, which features a watchmaking chassis that is both classic and contemporary, and perfectly in keeping with the stylistic codes of ‘Gran Turismo’ racing. 

This noble, high-tech watch is dressed in Carbon 3D fibre, a three-dimensional woven composite with polymer matrix that is new to the world of fine watchmaking. The highly resistant Carbon 3D fibre provides unyielding protection for the Manufacture UNICO HUB 1280 movement with column-wheel flyback chronograph. The Classic Fusion Ferrari GT is available with a choice of three cases: Carbon 3D fibre, King Gold, in a limited edition of 500 pieces, or titanium, limited edition of 1,000 pieces.

It has a mechanical automatic the specially designed Manufacture UNICO HUB 1280 calibre, chronograph flyback movement with column wheel, 28,800 vph, 72-hour power reserve.

It has hours, minutes, seconds, date and flyback chronograph functions.

In a carbon 3D fibre, titanium or 18K King Gold, 45 mm thick case, it has water-resistant level of 100 m. the bracelet comes in black Schedoni leather sewn over black rubber with a Ferrari-designed, black ceramic and black-plated titanium deployant buckle clasp.

  • TAG Heuer Autavia
TAG Heuer Autavia

Inspired by the original Autavia wristwatches and dashboard timers of the 1960s, that was used in racing cars and aircraft, the new Autavia collection bring together functional, versatile style and cutting-edge technology. Each Autavia watch is equipped with TAG Heuer’s proprietary carbon-composite hairspring, “Isograph”. The name Autavia comes from the combination of automobile and aviation. 

Every new TAG Heuer Autavia has a propeller and tire etched into the caseback in commemoration of this. The bevelled lugs and the name echo those of the original, but the watch contains a state-of-the-art movement, with an isograph carbon-composite hairspring, and a tough, scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. The brown leather strap is interchangeable, with a stainless-steel bracelet option available.

It comes with mechanical automatic TAG Heuer calibre 5 chronometer certified with Isograph carbon-composite hairspring, 28,800 vph, movement with 38-hour power reserve.

It functions in hours, minutes, seconds, and date.

The case is in stainless steel, 42 mm. Blue ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel. Sapphire glass-box crystal and sapphire crystal back with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Water resistant to 100 metres (10 bar/330ft).

It comes with a blue smoked dial, rhodium-plated indexes and hands filled with SuperLuminova with Brown calfskin leather strap with pin buckle.

  • Frederique Constant Slimline Manufacture Power Reserve
Frederique Constant Slimline Manufacture Power Reserve

This new complication represents Frederique Constant’s 28th in-house caliber. The Manufacture Slimline 50-Hours Power Reserve contains the new in-house automatic calibre FC-723, with a 50-hour power reserve. 

The power reserve indicator is displayed prominently at the 10 o’clock position on the dial, including a highlighted red sector that indicates when it is time to either wind or wear the watch. The watch is being launched in four references, with 40 mm cases made of either stainless steel with a choice of silver, dark grey or navy blue dials, as well as rose gold plated steel with a silver dial. The dial is classic and minimalist in design, with elegant Roman numerals on the centre dial and Arabic numerals on the subdials, all without hash marks. The hand-polished leaf-shaped hands are either white or black.

It has an automatic manufacture calibre FC-723 movement, adjustable date by crown, power reserve indicator, perlage and circular Côtes de Genève decoration, 28,800 vph, with 50-hour power reserve.

It comes with hours, minutes, date, power reserve indicator functions.

The case is in polished stainless steel or rose gold plated stainless steel, that is 40 mm thick. It comes with convex sapphire crystal, see-through caseback with water resistant level up to 30 meters.

It has silver, dark grey or navy blue dials with sunray decoration and printed Roman numerals, hand polished hands, date at 6 o’clock and power reserve indicator at 10 o’clock.

The strap comes in brown, navy blue, dark grey or black alligator strap with a deployant clasp.

  • Chopard Happy Sport Oval
Chopard Happy Sport Oval

We love the new Happy Sport Oval by Chopard which sees a great improvement over the previous edition. The newest interpretation of the iconic Happy Sport has curvy oval proportions and a supple, updated version of the original galet (pebble) bracelet that adorned the first watch in the collection back in 1993. 

The bracelet is masterfully constructed using polished rounded pebble-like links, and while made of steel, it is as flexible as knitted mesh. It thus follows the curves of the wrist. This combination of fine construction, along with the use of both steel and diamonds, makes the watch accessible and wearable in the spirit of the easy-going charm at the heart of Happy Sport. 

In addition to the seven bezel-set diamonds dancing between sapphire crystals over the dial, there are diamonds set into the curved bezel of the stainless steel version.

In Chopard automatic calibre 09.10-C, 25,200 vph movement with a 42-hour power reserve, it has hours, minutes, and seconds functions.

It comes in 18k rose gold with polished bezel or stainless steel with a diamond bezel, faceted crown in 18k rose gold or stainless steel set with a blue sapphire, glare-proof sapphire crystal front and back. There is a Happy Sport logo on the caseback. It has a water resistant level of 30 metres.

The dial is silver-toned with navy blue transfers, seven dancing diamonds, gilded or rhodium-plated hands and Roman numerals or hour-markers. It comes in Galet (pebble) bracelet in 18k rose gold or stainless steel, folding clasp in 18k rose gold or stainless steel.

  • Alpina AlpinerX
Alpina AlpinerX

When ALPINA launched the AlpinerX smartwatch on Kickstarter last year, it got so many great reviews. This year at the Baselworld, it is following up with four models that constitute the most popular designs chosen by Kickstarter community members. These battery-powered outdoor smartwatches that are packed with a plethora of functions, including environmental sensors for UV, temperature, altitude, pressure and compass. 

It uses a dedicated AlpinerX companion application, available for iPhone or Android that tracks your heart rate while exercising, records and analyzes your sleep patterns and notifies you of missed calls and messages. It is also very wearable with a lightweight fibreglass case and a steel case back. Alpina introduced the first connected Swiss made horological smartwatch in 2015.

It comes with MMT-283-1 movement as an horological smartwatch, all connected functions operated by the crown. It has two years plus battery life.

It has hours, minutes, seconds, and date functions.

Some of its Smartwatch functions include: activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, dynamic coach, world timer, smart alarms, call and message notifications, UV indicator, altitude, compass, temperature, stopwatch, and barometer.

It comes in a Navy blue fibreglass and stainless steel, case that is 45 mm thick with 360° bi-directional turning compass bezel, and convex scratch resistant sapphire crystal, engraved case back. It has water resistant level of o 100 metres.

It comes with a navy blue dial with matte finishing and applied white luminous silver indexes, digital screen, orange-coloured matte hands with white luminous treatment.

It has navy blue leather strap with orange stitching and lining.

Other models come with black case, black dial and white indexes, with black or brown leather strap or black rubber strap.

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