Baselworld 2014: The Doors Open


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Baselworld 2014: The Doors Open

March 28, 2014 By Mike Disher
Wednesday March 26 was press day at Baselworld. Only exhibitors and journalists were allowed in. Thursday, the show opened to retailers and general public, and the crowd waiting to get in was large. Once inside, visitors were greeted by beautiful booths the size of small buildings. Here are some quick shots taken in the minutes after the show opened.

The gates open, and the crowd rushes in…

Upon entering, lovely ladies offer the Baselworld Daily News…

A few of the many top brand stands…



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Baselworld 2014: Rolex Daytona, Sky-Dweller, Milgauss and Oyster Perpetual Live Shots

April 2, 2014 By Mike Disher Leave a Comment

At Baselworld 2014, Rolex presented new versions of several timepieces, including the Daytona, Milgauss, Sky-Dweller and Oyster Perpetual. Check inside for live images of and prices for these new models.

The new jeweled version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona combines 950 platinum with the highest quality diamonds. The dial is paved with 437 stones, and the bezel is set with 36 baguettes. The chronograph counters are ice blue – a color Rolex reserves for its platinum models. This new model retails for $155,250.

Rolex presented a new version of the Oyster Perpetual Milgauss with an eye-catching electric blue dial. Known as Z blue, the dial works well with the orange “lightning bolt” seconds hand and dial accents, and the green-tinted sapphire crystal. The new Milgauss Z blue retails for $8,200.

For those seeking a new Rolex at a value price, the brand introduced a new Oyster Perpetual with a 36 mm case at $5,400. This new reference 116600 model is available with three new dial colors – the model in the image below has the Steel Sunray dial. The case and bracelet are 904L stainless steel, and the COSC-certified caliber 3130 movement uses the patented, anti-magnetic Parachrom balance spring with Breguet overcoil.

Earlier this week WatchTime’s Mark Bernardo posted a complete update on the new Sky-Dwellers. Mark included a wrist shot, and here is another live image of the full Everose gold model, which retails for $48,500.


Góp vui với anh Vũ. Seiko trong đợt triển lãm này giới thiệu dòng máy mới hoàn toàn 9S86 dùng cho Seiko GS


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Cám ơn em chia sẽ thông tin.
Em xem thêm về GS trong năm mới này:

Baselworld 2014: New Seiko Astron and Grand Seiko Models

March 29, 2014 By Jay Deshpande 2 Comments
At Seiko’s opening-day Baselworld press conference on Wednesday, the Japanese company introduced a new chronograph version of the popular Astron GPS and a new high-frequency Grand Seiko movement with a GMT function.

Each watch continues on the success of previous models: the 2012 Astron GPS Solar was a breakthrough for its GPS time-setting capacity, and the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 was the flagship model for Grand Seiko (Seiko’s high-end mechanical watch division) for the past several years. Here you’ll find images and information about the new Astron GPS Solar Chronograph and the Hi-beat 36,000 GMT Limited Edition.
The new Grand Seiko caliber, 9S86, is a “hi-beat” movement, meaning that it runs at 5 Hz, or 36,000 vibrations per hour. That breaks down to 10 beats per second. It was designed as a development off of Caliber 9S85, another hi-beat movement that Seiko first brought out in 2009. The 9S85 powers Grand Seiko’s most popular watch. The new caliber is highly similar to its forebear: it is an automatic movement with a 28.4-mm diameter. It has a power reserve of 55 hours and runs on 37 jewels. And it has highly accurate timing, staying within a variation of -3 to +5 seconds per day.
What makes the 9S86 stand apart, though, is its distinctive and brightly colored 24-hour GMT hand, indicating a second time zone. This feature establishes the 9S86 as the Grand Seiko model for international travelers.
At the Basel press conference, Seiko introduced the caliber by way of a new watch, the Hi-beat 36,000 GMT Limited Edition. The watch has a stainless-steel case designed after that of the 44GS, which Grand Seiko launched at Baselworld last year. It has a curved nonreflective sapphire crystal. Its dial is a deep green, chosen by Seiko to evoke the verdure of Northern Japan near the Grand Seiko watch workshop. This edition is limited to 600 pieces and costs 7,050 euros (approximately $9,700).
Beyond the limited edition, Grand Seiko also introduced two more 9S86 watches in steel cases: one with a white dial and blue GMT hand, and another with a black dial and red GMT hand. Each costs 6,700 euros, or roughly $9,200.

The new Hi-beat GMT has a dark green dial recalling the hills of Northern Japan.

The caseback features a titanium oscillating weight, specially oxidized for a golden color.

The new Grand Seiko with a black dial

The new Grand Seiko in white
Seiko also presented a new version of the popular Astron GPS Solar with a chronograph function. Caliber 8X82 has GPS-controlled time and time-zone adjustment functions, like its predecessor. The new chronograph feature can time intervals up to six hours in length, accurate to 1/5 second. It is also easier to use than the earlier 7X52 caliber. Secondary functions, such as manual time-zone selection, can be activated through a new electronic setting function in the crown. The GPS time-setting function still works by a one-touch system: holding down a button for 6 seconds activates it.
The new Astron has an updated appearance. The case is 30 percent smaller than the previous Astron, with a diameter of 44.6 mm and a thickness of 13.3 mm. Seiko used a smaller GPS antenna to make this decrease in size possible. Additionally, Seiko has improved the light penetration to the solar cell, so the Astron can have different dial designs. In addition to the black dial used in the prior version, the new Astron comes with a blue or white dial.
The Astron GPS watch has been an “outstanding success” in the year and half since it was launched, Seiko said. The Japanese brand said that sales of the watch doubled in 2013.
Seiko offers the new Astron in eight different versions. It comes in either a titanium and ceramic case and bracelet or a stainless steel and ceramic version, and has a variety of accent colors. Prices range from 1,800 euros to 2,400 euros ($2,470 to $3,300, approximately).
Seiko also released a Limited Edition Astron to introduce Caliber 8X82. It has white dial, a ceramic bezel, and a titanium case. It comes on a ceramic and titanium bracelet or on a black crocodile strap. Only 7,000 pieces will be produced, costing 3,300 euros (approximately $4,500). It will be available in September.

The new Astron has all the features of the prior version, but now has a chronograph and a smaller case.

The new solar chronograph with a light-penetrating blue dial

The new Astron in a limited edition version with a white dial and 45-mm-diameter case


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Baselworld 2014: New Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watches

March 31, 2014 By Mark Bernardo Leave a Comment
The iconic Breitling Chronomat pilots’ watch turns 30 this year. To mark the occasion, Breitling has released four new models of the Breitling Chronomat Airborne collection, in two case sizes, at Baselworld 2014.
The original Breitling Chronomat — conceived as an aviation chronograph watch for the Italian Frecce Tricolori aerobatics team — was designed with the needs of professional pilots in mind. The sturdiness of the case, the ergonomic shapes of the lugs, crown and chrono push-pieces, and the readability of the dial all contributed to making the Chronomat the flagship of Breitling’s collection. It was also the first of the Breitling watch families to contain the brand’s in-house Caliber in 2009.
For the model’s 30th anniversary, Breitling has launched a special series that recalls the look of the original Frecce Tricolori Chronomat. The Breitling Chronomat Airborne is available in two case sizes (41 mm and 44 mm in diameter) and two dial colors (Onyx black and Sierra silver).
The watches are distinguished by their satin-brushed rotating bezels, equipped with four raised rider tabs that make it easier to rotate even while wearing gloves and enable the wearer to count off flight times. Other new features include the rubber-inlay indices on the bezel and the cream-colored, luminous indices on the dial. The stainless steel case has a polished finish. The models with Onyx black dials have silver-toned subdial counters and the ones with silver dials have black subdial counters. The caseback is engraved with the inscription “Edition Spéciale 30e Anniversaire” (“Special 30th Anniversary Edition”) and the silhouette of an Aermacchi, one of the 10 planes flown by the Italian flight squadron.
The Breitling Chronomat Airborne is fitted with a sturdy, military-style fabric strap, secured by a folding clasp. It contains Breitling’s manufacture chronograph Caliber BR01, which boasts automatic winding and a COSC chronometer certification. The Airborne models will launch in the U.S. in June, Breitling says, and the prices will range from $8,030 to $9,060.



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Baselworld 2014: 3 New Rolex Sky-Dwellers (Updated with Live Image)

March 30, 2014 By Mark Bernardo 2 Comments
The WatchTime team finally visited Rolex today at Baselworld 2014, and among the new Rolex watches we saw were three new versions of the Rolex Sky-Dweller, the innovative annual calendar watch first introduced at Baselworld 2012.
The new references of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller include a model in 18k yellow gold with a brown alligator strap, another in 18k white gold with a black alligator leather strap, and another with a case made of Rolex’s proprietary Everose gold with a matching Everose gold bracelet.
The Sky-Dweller’s monobloc Oyster case is 42 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 100 meters; the gold blocks for each case are cast in Rolex’s own foundry. The fluted caseback is screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. The screw-down crown is fitted with Rolex’s patented Twinlock water-resistance system, and the clasp on the gold bracelet features Rolex’s patented Easylink extension system, through which the wearer can increase the bracelet’s length by almost 5 mm. (The new Sky-Dweller watches with leather straps both have Rolex Oysterclasps, in gold matching that of the respective cases.
The Rolex Sky-Dweller contains the automatic Caliber 9001, which includes a dual time zone display and a clever annual calendar mechanism developed by Rolex, which uses both the crown and a rotating “ring command bezel” to set the watch’s various functions (for details on how the Sky-Dweller’s mechanism works, click here). The movement is a COSC-certified chronometer and includes an oscillator equipped with Rolex’s patented blue Parachrom hairspring, which aids in protection against magnetic fields and temperature variations.
Prices for the new Rolex Sky-Dweller watches will be $38,150 for the yellow-gold model on a strap, $39,550 for the white gold watch on a strap, and $48,850 for the Everose gold version with bracelet.

Rolex Sky-Dweller in Everose Gold (Ref. 326935-72415)

Rolex Sky-Dweller in White Gold (Ref. 326139)

Rolex Sky-Dweller in Yellow Gold (Ref. 326138)
Here’s what the Everose gold Rolex Sky-Dweller looks like on the wrist, in a shot taken at Baselworld 2014…


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Baselworld 2014: Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary

March 30, 2014 By Mark Bernardo Leave a Comment
Among the new Omega watches at Baselworld 2014 — several of which we have covered previously on — was a limited-edition Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” that commemorates the historic moon landing of 1969.
Designed to evoke the colors of the moon and the materials of the Apollo 11 Lunar command module — from which astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the latter wearing an Omega Speedmaster, emerged to first set foot on the lunar surface — the Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition has a 42-mm case made of fully brushed grade 2 titanium and a black PVD dial with gold elements. The dial is produced using a special laser that removes the material around the text, the numerals on the three subdials (for 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters and small seconds) and hour markers to create a 3D effect.

Rose gold is used judiciously, for the hour indices and hands, while Omega’s proprietary Sedna gold serves as the material for the bezel, which encircles a matte-black ceramic ring with a tachymeter scale, a defining element of the Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch” models. The central chronograph hand is rose-gold-plated.
The hour, minute and chronograph seconds hands are also coated with Super-LumiNova, as are the hour indices and the two dots at 12 o’clock. The box-form sapphire crystal above the dial is scratch-resistant and treated on both sides with nonreflective coating. The gray titanium case, which is meant to resemble the metal of the lunar landing module, is water-resistant to 50 meters. The screw-in caseback of this limited edition is embossed with Omega’s seahorse emblem and has an outer circle engraved in black with “FLIGHT QUALIFIED BY NASA FOR ALL MANNED SPACE MISSIONS,” “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON,” and “APOLLO 11, 45TH ANNIVERSARY, LIMITED EDITION, 0000/1969.”

Like the other watches in the Omega Speedmaster Professional collection, this new anniversary Moonwatch is fitted with the manual-winding chronograph Caliber 1861.The watch is also distinguished by its NATO fabric strap, which has a new design and is made from high-quality material that Omega says adds more wearing comfort.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary watch is limited to 1,969 numbered pieces, a reference to the landmark year in which the first humans walked on the moon, and will be priced at $7,700. Each watch carries a two-year warranty and is delivered in a special presentation box with a certificate of authenticity.


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Baselworld 2014: New Watches From Patek Philippe (Updated with Live Photos)

March 26, 2014 By Mark Bernardo 1 Comment
It’s Press Day at Baselworld 2014, and Patek Philippe has unveiled two new chronograph watches in steel cases, the Annual Calendar Chronograph, and the Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph (prices are included).
Patek Philippe has released a new stainless steel model of its Annual Calendar Chronograph (Ref. 5960/1A-001), which was first introduced in 2006 in a platinum case, with subsequent editions’ cases in other precious metals.
Patek Philippe rarely makes watches in stainless steel, outside of its sportier Nautlius and Aquanaut collections, so the new Annual Calendar, which contains the automatic caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24, will strike many Patek aficionados as something of a surprise. The masculine dial conveys a sense of depth with its applied hour markers, applied blackened-gold frames for the calendar windows (day, date, and month), and blackened appliqués for the chronograph scale and 12-hour scale.
Black is also used for the faceted hour and minute hands (which are coated with Super-LumiNova), the 12-hour counter hand, and the power-reserve hand, and a bright signal red distinguishes the central chronograph seconds hand and the hand for the 60-minute counter. The model’s “monocounter” subdial has been reconfigured, with the 12-hour counter scale on the outside and the 0-to-30-minute and 30-to-60-minute scales in the middle and inside, respectively. Caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24, which is equipped with column wheel and disk clutch, also powers a day/night indicator at 6 o’clock. The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A has a stainless steel bracelet with droplet-shaped links and a stainless steel fold-over clasp. The price is $54,800.

Here is a shot of the Patek Philippe Ref. 5960/1A-001 taken at Baselworld 2014…

Another new Patek Philippe watch comes from the aforementioned Nautilus family of luxury sport watches. The Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph (Ref. 5990/1A-001) is a modern reissue of a cult classic Patek Philippe chronograph watch from 1976 that also, for the first time in Patek’s portfolio, combines a chrono with a dual-time-zone function.
To maintain the contours of the classical Nautilus case, the two correctors that adjust the time zone up and down in one-hour increments are seamlessly integrated into the case flank at 9 o’clock. Patek Philippe also shifted the two chrono pushers closer to the crown for greater ease of use. The black dial, with the brighter-to-darker gradation and horizontal embossed pattern, now features day/night indicators for both time zones, a date subdial at 12 o’clock, and a 60-minute subdial at 6 o’clock for ideal legibility. The all-new automatic movement that powers all these complications, Caliber CH 28-520 C FUS, is visible through the sapphire caseback. The Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1A has a stainless-steel bracelet with fold-over clasp. Patek says that the new model will replaces the Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1A, launched in 2006, in the collection. The watch will be priced at $57,300.

And here’s how the new Patek Philippe Ref. Ref. 5990/1A-001 looks on the wrist, in a photo snapped at Baselworld…

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