Hiren Kumar Bose on the seven finest watches launched during the biggest watch event of the year
ORIS Aquis Date GMT
Equipped with a dual-time function, the 43.5mm steel-case watch is water-resistant to 300m. Its rotating bezel features a ceramic insert, which replaces the 60-minute scale with a 24-hour track. The automatic calibre Oris 798 (based on a Sellita SW330-1) displays the hours, minutes, seconds, the date and a second-time zone on 24 hours. It is available with a large choice of straps or with a steel bracelet, all fitted with an extension system for wearing over a wetsuit.
TUDOR BLACK BAY BRONZE GREY DIAL
Bronze-cased with a gradient grey dial, this new avatar of the iconic Black Bay is 43mm watch is water-resistant to 300m. Inside is Tudor’s manufacture movement MT5601 with a power reserve of 70 hours, an anti-magnetic silicon balance spring and official COSC chronometer certification. It comes with both an aged nubuck leather strap and a grey fabric strap.
GRAND SEIKO Spring Drive 20th anniversary
The four watches in the series feature two new manual-winding Spring Drive calibres both of which have the signature glide motion seconds hand, reflecting the natural and continuous flow of time. All offer one-second-a-day precision and a long power reserve. It comes with Caliber 9R02, a new movement that has two mainsprings set in parallel within a single barrel and uses the unique Torque Return System to deliver a power reserve of 84 hours. The cases are of Platinum 950 and are just 9.8mm in depth. The hour and minute hands and hour markers are made of 14-ct white gold to ensure that their brilliance endures for decades. The dial features the celebrated “Snowflake” pattern which is inspired by the beauty of the snow in the Shinshu region. The dial’s silver finish complements the delicate hand carving on the platinum case.
ROLEX Sea-Dweller Rolesor Ref. 126603
The undeniably cool looking 43mm steel and gold-cased watch features a helium relief valve, a Cerachrom bezel, the cyclops lens and is waterproof to an astounding depth of 1,220m. The automatic calibre 3235– with hours, minutes, seconds and date- powering the Sea-Dweller is a Rolex Superlative Chronometer with a +/-2 seconds precision per day.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Golf Watch
Using the GPS technology inside the Android-powered Black PVD coated titanium 45mm smartwatch, the Golf Edition links to a phone app that is preloaded with 39,000 courses around the world and provides accurate information about distance and hazards and offers 2-D mapping on the watch and 3-D renderings on the phone. It also keeps score for up to four players. The app is free to download with the TAG Heuer watch but can also be paired with an Apple Watch and iPhone.
HUBLOT Sang Bleu II
Like its 2016 predecessor, this 45 mm Sang Bleu watch was created in collaboration with famed tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Büchi. The precise geometric lines of the dial complement the hexagonal bezel (which is available in limited editions of titanium or 18-ct King gold). Inside, the timepiece features a self-winding chronograph movement, which only enhances the art of timekeeping.
PATEK PHILIPPE Ref. 5172G Chronograph
A white gold, manual-winding 41mm chronograph watch it features a larger case than its predecessor—the Ref.5170—and a magnificent bright blue dial with luminous Arabic numbers that gives it a sporty look. Its subtle vintage allure is underscored by a sapphire-crystal “box” glass.