By Mike Espindle
Carl F. Bucherer celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Along with innovations in its womens lines , a new in-house movement for its Manero watch and a stunning new tourbillon, this striking update to the chunky Patravi TravelTec 4x was a highlight of the show.
The 13th version of Harry Winston’s annual single-watchmaker Opus project, this time by F.P. Journe collaborator Ludovic Ballouard, presents something of an horological engine. A rotary movement sets off a series of “rocker pins” that offset 59 minute blades and 11 hour blades to tell the time, with a dramatic pin re-set at the 12th hour.
Make no mistake; this watch could save your life. Breitling reintroduces its Emergency watch this year, which first appeared in the 1990s. The wrist instrument now features dual-fequency locator beacons, one on 406 MHz for satellite communication and one on 121.5 MHz for local search and rescue. In times of trouble, dual antennae pop out from two side lugs. www.breitling.com
Brequet’s top-of-line ladies watch, the Reine de Naples, receives a wonderful 17mm porcelain day/night indicator disc amid its diamonds and engraved metalwork–143 diamonds have been set into the dial and bezel, while the crown is topped by a briolette diamond. www.breguet.com
Glasshutte Original’s sober Senator model receives a dazzling flying tourbillon to take it to then next level. Other highlights from the German manufacturer include expansions to its ladies line and tourbillon and moon phase complications for its Panomatic model. www.glasshuette-original.com
Blancpain celebrates the 60th anniversary of its iconic dive watch with this special Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe model, based on the original 1953 offering. The watch combines the latest industry developments and modern materials like ceramicized titanium with vintage-inspired design, down to a period multi-buckle strap. www.blancpain.com
The elegant line of fine timepieces from Jaquet Droz now welcomes this delicious chocolate rendition of its popular grand seconds timepiece. An incredible Bird’s Nest minute repeater with an intricate 3D animated sculpture based on a drawing by Mr. Jaquet-Droz also drew a lot of attention at the company’s booth. www.jaquet-droz.com