The world’s biggest carnival of luxury watches, BaselWorld, is just six days away. Hiren Kumar Bose previews offering from four leading brands to be showcased at the event
BREGUET Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367
In a “Grand Feu” enamel version this 42mm platinum and gold watch is a beautifully simple interpretation of the tourbillon, which reigns supreme on a minimalist dial. Pared-down to its bare essentials, the unmistakable sheen of grand feu enamel is adorned only by the essentials: the hour and minute hands, a tourbillon carriage with small seconds and Breguet numerals. Unlike its previous avatar introduced in 2013, there is no power reserve indicator on this new edition. The hand-bevelled tourbillon bar is dopped by a blue spinel, matching the blued steel Breguet hands. The in-house movement, Caliber 581, features a patented high-energy barrel to maximize energy retention.
JAQUET DROZ Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel
Enriched with the most poetic of complications, the moon phase, as a tribute to the role of astral phenomena in the origins of watchmaking this 43mm in an 18-ct red gold watch with its figure-8 dial configuration, is rendered here in black Grand Feu enamel. The lower subsidiary dial is dominated by a realistic moon, engraved out of 22-ct gold and mounted on a black onyx disk that rotates. It is an astronomical moonphase, which means it requires correction only once every 122 years and is driven by an in-house automatic calibre with a silicon balance spring. A red-tipped hand indicates the date on an 18-ct gold ring surrounding the moon phase, while another hand indicates seconds. The moon phase can be set using the corrector at 8 o’clock.
CORUM Golden Bridge Rectangle Joachim Horsley
This 29.50 mm x 42.20 mm rectangle watch in limited edition, launched in white gold and pink gold, will be the first Corum watch to feature a metallic decoration on its sapphire case back. It depicts an extract from the original score of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Corum has also teamed up with Reuge to mark this partnership and to give the “Golden Bridge Joachim Horsley” a unique presentation case. Specially designed for the artist, this music box will play three of the melodies personally arranged by Joachim Horsley. In addition to this co-creation, Corum will also now be giving its clients – music lovers or not – the chance to create their own Golden Bridge based on the same model.
TISSOT PR100 Lady Sport Chic
A daily wear 36mm watch it combines a streamlined, dressy aesthetic with sporty overtones and a matching robustness. Made of durable 316L stainless steel with a two-tone rose gold PVD and steel option its features include a sapphire crystal, 12 Top Wesselton diamonds on the dial and are water resistant to 10 bar. The movement is quartz, with an essential End-of-Life (EOL) feature that takes the surprise out of battery depletion, allowing the wearer to plan ahead. The dial is mother-of-pearl or sunray finished, with or without diamond indexes. The hands and indexes on sunray finish dials are treated with luminescent material. Its functions include hours, minutes, seconds and date window at 6 o’clock.