From WatchTime Magazine: 7 “Buzz” Watches From Baselworld 2013


Tudor Heritage Chrono BlueEvery Baselworld has its “buzz” watches, new models that set fairgoers’ tongues wagging, whether they’re technologically advanced, unexpected from the brand that produced them, or a new twist on an old standby, In the current issue of Watchtime, on sale now, we spotlight seven of them in detail. Here is a glimpse of the timepieces that were the talk of the watch cognoscenti.

Five years ago, Girard-Perregaux unveiled a new invention: a constant-force escapement incorporating a thin blade that flexes back and forth. This year, the brand unveiled a watch containing the device, called the Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement. The watch has a white-gold case, 48 mm in diameter, and a design in which the balance wheel and escapement occupy most of the lower half of the dial, underneath three small bridges with the brand’s distinctive arrow-shaped ends. (The G-P Constant Escapement also found a spot on our Watch Insider’s list of 17 Top Ultra-Technical Watches.)

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement

One of the most talked-about brands at Baselworld this year was Arnold & Son, which introduced several innovative watches. (It was the brand’s first Baselworld since being acquired by Japan’s Citizen Group last year.) Among the new models was the UTTE watch (Ultra-Thin Tourbillon Escapement). The first tourbillon in Arnold & Son’s Instrument collection, the UTTE is also a record-breaker: just 8.34 mm thick, it is, the brand says, the thinnest hand-wound tourbillon watch in the world.

Arnold & Son UTTE

Hublot’s recent license deal with Ferrari has spawned an attention-getting new watch, the record-breaking MP-05 LaFerrari. Inspired by the 950-hp Ferrari supercar of the same name, Hublot’s headliner for 2013 boasts a power reserve of 50 days, which it achieves by the use of 11 barrels, lined up vertically at the center of the watch and visible through the front of the case. This watch also made Watch-Insider’s Top 17.

Hublot La Ferrari

We’ll begin with this: 242. That’s the number of functional rubies in the movement of Harry Winston’s Opus XIII. It’s a world record. At first glance, one might reasonably ask “How do you read the time on this watch?” For a video presentation that might help provide the answer, click here.

Harry Winston Opus XIII
2 Responses to “From WatchTime Magazine: 7 “Buzz” Watches From Baselworld 2013”

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  1. P.J.Kirkhorn

    The Tudor Pelagos is my favorite and I’m wearing one, on a recent trip to Portugal I bought one, just couldn’t wait until Sept.

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  2. robert wuilliam mite toledo

    me impresiona tanta presicion con la que trabajan las manos de los operarios que fabrican los relojes y cada vez van imnovando nuevas tecnicas y diseños extraordinarios que la fuerza de los dios los acompañe toda la vida ustedes son extraordinarios

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