Watch Affair @ Basel

Watch Affair @ Basel

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The biggest and the largest watch fair opens in Basel in March. Hiren Kumar Bose unveils five timepieces which will make their debut during the six-day long event

TAG Heuer CARRERA HEUER 02

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The legendary Heuer Carrera with the new Heuer 02 Calibre manufacture movement, a 43 mm modular case, a tachymeter bezel, a skeleton dial with 3-6-9 counters, this flagship model is powered by a state-of-the-art engine.  The watch is available in 13 contemporary variants in steel, carbon, ceramic or gold with a metal, rubber, leather or ceramic bracelet, plus a 45 mm version with GMT function.  The new generation of TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02 automatic chronographs is rendered distinctive by their modular case and bezel with tachymeter scale. The millennial TAG Heuer Carrera has a new motor: the Heuer 02 calibre. Thus equipped, it reprises the original 3-6-9 counter layout from 1963. The features include chronograph minutes and hours at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, permanent small second at 6 o’clock and date window at 4.30. Punctuated with luminescent baton hands and indexes, the skeleton dial is integrated into a 43 mm diameter modular case and is water-resistant to 100m. The collection offers a  total of 13 new versions.

RADO True Thinline

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Known for its avant-garde approach to design and materials, the Swiss watchmaker has added a glamorous garden-inspired piece to its super slim True Thinline collection with intricate and organic detailing. The tone-on-tone dial is crafted from green mother-of-pearl with a delicate leaf structure printed onto its underside. Gold-coloured indexes are metallised on the sapphire crystal, appearing to float effortlessly above the dial. Fully constructed from glossy green ceramic, this floral-themed wristwatch dazzles without being flashy, conveying a mood of down-to-earth luxury. In addition to its minimalist shape and 5 mm profile, this green head turner offers all the same beauty and performance as Rado’s other high-tech ceramic wristwatches.

FREDERIQUE CONSTANT Classic Worldtimer

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The 42mm worldtimer tracks time throughout twenty-four cities worldwide. A fine world map is etched on the dial and the twenty-four cities placed on its outer rim just as previous editions. The date by hand is located at 6 o’clock and perfectly fits within the dial. The FC-718 calibre movement is an extraordinary piece of machinery not only because it is in-house designed, developed and produced but also because its Worldtimer functions, as well as the date, are all adjustable via the crown itself, with no additional push-buttons—an accomplishment of the Manufacture. To easily set the functions you must choose between three settings; the first lets you wind the watch by turning the crown upwards; the second allows the user to set the date and city by turning the crown upwards and downwards, respectively; and the third position allows the user to set the time by turning the crown downwards. This timepiece displays two separate discs, one featuring a 24h day-night indicator and a second one with the twenty-four cities. As a Manufacture movement, the FC-718 calibre is decorated with Perlages and Côtes de Genève, and holds a 42-hour power reserve.

BLANCPAIN Villeret Quantième Complet GMT

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Sixteen years since its debut the Manufacture reinterprets this practical complication bringing it back enhanced with Blancpain’s patented under-lug correctors. Blancpain’s design that displays the day of the week and month in windows and the date with a supplemental blued serpentine shaped hand reading upon scale positioned around the chapter ring and placement of a moon phase window at six o’clock has firmly established itself as a classic arrangement. Adding the GMT function elevates the timepiece to a high complication. Here the calendar indications are linked to the local time display shown on the principal hands. Home time is shown with a red-tipped hand. The introduction of this combination of complications in the Villeret Collection brings with it innovations that were developed after the original version of the Quantième Complet GMT was launched. The in-house movement now features a silicium balance spring with its superior antimagnetic and timing precision properties. A setting of all the calendar and moon phase indications with a fingertip, instead of the standard tool, is made possible with the exclusive under-lug correctors. An added benefit, the hidden correctors enable completely smooth case flanks unmarred by corrector dimples, commonly found in the watch world. Rapid adjustment of local time in one-hour increments is accomplished via the crown. There are two versions of the new launch, one in red gold with an opaline dial and applied red gold Roman indexes; and in stainless steel with a white dial and white gold applied Roman indexes. Both are fitted into 40 mm diameter cases with the traditional Villeret double stepped bezel.

MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual
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After red gold, platinum editions and white gold editions, the LM Perpetual is now also available in a titanium case, limited to 50 pieces. The 44 mm x 17.5 mm cased watch features a fully integrated 581-component calibre − no module, no base movement − with a revolutionary new system for calculating the number of days in each month. And it holistically reinterprets the aesthetics of the perpetual calendar by placing the full complication on dial-free display underneath a spectacular suspended balance. The fully integrated, purpose-built movement of the model is trouble-free use: no more skipping dates or jamming gears, and the adjuster pushers automatically deactivate when the calendar changes. LM Perpetual uses a “mechanical processor” instead of the conventional space-consuming grand levier (big lever) system architecture. The mechanical processor utilises a default 28-day month and adds extra days as required. This means that each month always has the exact number of days required; there is no fast-forwarding or skipping redundant days. And while the leap year can only be set on traditional perpetual calendars by scrolling through up to 47 months, LM Perpetual has a dedicated quickset pusher to adjust the year.

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