Hiren Kumar Bose on the final part of the series on the watches to be launched at the latest edition of BaselWorld
LONGINES Conquest V.H.P
How about an accuracy rating of +/- 5 seconds per year? Longines does it with its advanced V.H.P. – “Very High Precision” – quartz technology to the next level this year with the addition of a chronograph version, being launched in 42mm and 44mm case size. The watch achieves the accuracy partly because of its resistance to magnetic fields. A GPD (Gear Position Detection) system resets the watch’s hands after any impact or magnetic exposure. The movement was developed by ETA exclusively for Longines. The high precision watch is made of stainless steel with or without black PVD, with a choice of blue, carbon fibre, silvered or black dials.
BREITLING Navitimer 8 B01
A new pilot’s watch collection, the 8 in its name is a nod to the Huit Aviation Department, which was set up in 1938 to produce cockpit instruments as well as classic pilot’s watches for civilian and military use. At the time, Willy Breitling chose the name “Huit,” the French word for “eight,” as a reference to the eight-day power reserve offered by its storied cockpit instruments. Presented in stainless steel as well as in 18-ct red gold, each with the exclusive Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01 watch offers functions like Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Chronograph Seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour Chronograph counters and Date.
CHOPARD Happy Sport
Being the 25th anniversary of the iconic Happy Sport, the watch with freely moving diamonds between two sapphire crystals over the dial the brand celebrates the milestone fitting it with an in-house automatic movement, with functions that include hours, minutes and a graceful sweep seconds hand. The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal on the caseback, a rare visual treat on a ladies’ watch. The dial is made of rare textured mother-of-pearl that has naturally occurring wave-like motifs. There are four case (30 mm wide and 10.95 mm thick) options, including stainless steel, 18-ct gold or a combination of the two metals, with or without diamonds. The mother-of-pearl dials can be white or in a soft pastel shade of either pink or blue. Five bezel-set diamonds move freely between sapphire crystals over the dial.
TISSOT T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition
Expressing the strength and power of the world of Grand Prix motorcycle racing, this 43 mm and 48mm watch’s case is inspired by the frame of a racing motorbike, is made of black and rose gold PVD, and has a protective fibreglass ring. The dial is inspired by the dashboard, surrounded by a tyre tread motif, and the pushers repeat the start/go wording on the control panels of racing bikes. The bezel resembles a brake disc, and the small holes in the rubber bracelet mimic the material of racers’ suits. The black case with red details on the dial reflects the logo colours of MotoGP, and the official logo is silk-printed on the glass caseback. This is a numbered limited edition of 8,888 pieces, each of which comes in a presentation box shaped like a motorbike helmet.
ARTYA Son of Gears Star
There are five versions of the watch, depending on colour, case options and even a diamond-set option, in limited editions or unique pieces. The openworked movement on this 44mm watch is designed to represent the 10 rays of the star, with the colour matching the lateral inserts of the case and the stitching on the leather strap. A wide choice of colour options is available, but the brand intends to limit production to 99 pieces in each colour. This is the second in a series using the same movement, a modified Unitas calibre. The first was Shams, which means “sun” in Arabic, launched in 2015. The new one is based on a star motif, keeping with the heavenly bodies theme.