Hiren Kumar Bose on the BaselWorld launches which creates an undeniable symbiosis between fine watchmaking and automobile makers
ZENITH El Primero Range Rover Special Edition
The 42 mm timepiece features a new elegant brushed grey dial with copper-toned details, and a new black rubber strap coated with black-toned perforated calfskin, inspired by ideas from both brands’ product design and engineering departments. Featuring a ceramised aluminum case and beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour, the new Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition introduces an appealing brushed grey dial with copper-toned details. Whether on the wrist of an intrepid explorer or an elegant gentleman, it also exudes an inimitable chic aura, enhanced by a new black rubber strap coated with black-toned perforated calfskin. This leather is the same high-quality hide used on Range Rovers and is secured by a triple folding clasp in DLC-treated titanium. This Special Edition underlines the long-term partnership between both esteemed brands, and to celebrate two icons that both saw the light of day for the first time in 1969: the El Primero and the Range Rover.
CHOPARD Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph
With an emblematic rubber strap evoking 1960s Dunlop tire treads, this bold timepiece adapts flawlessly to a ladies wrist. As official timekeeper of the world’s most famous regularity race for classic cars, Chopard has created the Mille Miglia Chronograph self-winding watch in stainless steel. Inspired by the beauty of classic cars, its elegant curves with an open back case, silver dial inspired by vintage car bodies and chronometer-certified engine express a perfect pairing of automobile design and mechanical watchmaking.
TAG HEUER Formula 1 Chronograph Manchester United Special Edition
Its 1/10 second hand which completes one revolution of the counter every second, this chronograph unveils the first watches in the colours of the world’s most famous football club today. Made from steel covered in black PVD, this quartz chronograph inspired by football features a notched, black titanium carbide bezel with a tachymeter scale. The hour and minute hands and the baton indices are made from black gold with white Superluminova™ for optimal readability. The Arabic numeral 12, in red lacquer and located at 12 o’clock, contrasts with the opaline black dial, echoing the colours of Manchester United. In striking white, the TAG Heuer logo at 12 o’clock and Manchester United logo positioned on the counter at 6 o’clock stand out. The date, meanwhile, is positioned at 4 o’clock on a white disc. The screw-down case is engraved with the Manchester United logo. Finally, the bi-injection rubber strap also references the English club’s colours, black and red.
BREITLING FOR BENTLEY Supersports B55
This 500-piece limited series has a total sporty appearance, with a sturdy and light titanium case framing a carbon fibre dial. It is duly equipped it with an exclusive version of its connected B55 electronic calibre enriched with functions tailor-made for the automobile universe. Thanks to a new connective philosophy in which the smartphone is dedicated to serving the watch, owners enjoy the full benefit of the phone’s optimal user friendliness when performing certain adjustments. Conversely, they can upload the results of certain measurements from the chronograph to the smartphone as well as receiving notifications. The two ultra-legible LCD (liquid crystal display) screens are equipped with a backlighting system that can be activated by pressing the crown or tilting the wrist – a welcome asset in the heat of the action.
CARL F. BUCHERER ManeroFlyback
The 43 mm ManeroFlyback is embedded within the steering wheel of the Rinspeed’s concept car, Oasis. Behind the classically rounded casing of the watch is a sophisticated automatic stopwatch. By pressing the zero-button it is possible to measure several time frames- one after the other – with minimal time loss. In the background, the wearer can see the turning wheels of the stopwatch, which set the hands in motion again as soon as the zero-button is released, in contrast to conventional stopwatches, where the button needs to be pressed three times for a new start. The inside of the Oasis car provides the perfect backdrop for the ManeroFlyback watch. The champagne-coloured clock-face ideally complements the cognac-coloured leather watchband.
OMEGA Speedmaster racing Master Chronometer
Linked to Speedmaster’s motor racing heritage, it comes with a matt-black dial. Other notable features on the dial include the orange markings and bevelled 18-ct white gold arrowhead indexes that are filled with white Super-LumiNova. The distinctive minute-track style on this stainless steel watch first appeared on a 1968 Speedmaster model. The subdials have also been slightly expanded for improved readability and the 44.25 mm case is thinner than previous versions thanks to the work done on the sapphire crystal in particular. The polished ceramic bezel features a brushed Liquidmetal® tachymeter scale as well as distinctive orange wording that matches the colour of the varnished hands and tip of the second’s hand.