Breguet’s Tradition Dame new sibling, Hublot’s GMT with two time zones, Favre Leuba’s Raider Harpoon which rethinks elapsed time and Tissot Ballade in four sizes to be launched at Baselworld 2017. By Hiren Kumar Bose
Breguet Tradition Dame 7038
The Tradition collection first introduced in 2005 welcomes a rose gold 37mm Tradition Dame. With this self-winding timepiece, Breguet has succeeded in feminising a model whose aesthetic essence lies in mechanical horology, a field that many tend to reserve for men. Clearly visible front and centre of the watch, the barrel is decorated with a rosette motif and overlapped at 12 o’clock, by a mother-of-pearl dial adorned with hand-crafted engine-turned “Clou de Paris” hobnailing. Although in full view, the movement bridges and gear trains remain sufficiently discreet to ensure smooth and instead of the hours and minutes. The sandblasted mainplate and bridges are rhodium-plated to create a pleasing contrast with the rose gold case set with 68 diamonds. At the heart of this Tradition Dame beats Calibre 505SR, equipped with a lever escapement with silicon pallets and a Breguet balance-spring also made of silicon.
Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT
Hublot delivers a simple solution to a complex problem– moving constantly back and forth between time zones–thanks to a patented, proprietary GMT module. Its ingenuity resides in its remarkable simplicity of use. All it takes is the push of a button – at 2 o’clock to move forward by one-hour increments or at 4 o’clock to move back – and the second time zone is updated. Local time is set independently of the other hands, hence there is no need to synchronise all the hands at every change in time zone. Hublot has not only made GMT in this 45 watch easy to use, it has optimised legibility too. Local time is shown by the main hand while home time is indicated by a second, arrow-shaped hand that is correlated to a day/night disc. Now travellers know the time in their two zones at a glance.
Favre Leuba Raider Harpoon
True to a pioneering mindset that goes back to its origins 279 years ago, Favre-Leuba has completely rethought how to display elapsed time when diving. The 46mm Raider Harpoon watch makes this vital information clearer and easier to read than ever. Minutes are shown by an extremely visible hand that points to large, luminescent markers on the dial. A unidirectional bezel indicates remaining dive time. Hours are displayed on a rotating disc with Roman numerals that is driven by an ingenious patented mechanism. The speed at which this luminescent indicator rotates is calculated so that it returns to its starting point after exactly 12 hours. The diver simply focuses on the hand, which also points to the hour thanks to the rotating disc that moves with it.
The new Tissot Ballade is the irrefutable proof with its silicon balance-spring. As a non-magnetic material, silicon provides greater stability and resistance, which translates into improved precision and longevity. Until now, silicon balance-springs were only found in the upper price segments: by introducing silicon to its Powermatic 80 movement with its impressive 80-hour power reserve, Tissot sets a new milestone in affordable mechanical watchmaking. As well as being technically advanced, the Tissot Ballade has lasting design appeal with details such as polished finishes and an elegant Clous de Paris motif on its bezel. Available in 41 and 39 mm for gents and 32 mm and 30.6 mm for ladies.