Baselworld 2013, Day One: Blancpain, Hublot, Graham, Alpina


I got a glimpse of Hublot‘s headliner pieces on Baselworld press day, but yesterday was my first opportunity to see them up close and handle them. I was fortunate enough to be among the few to get a hold of the watch that is already a big conversation piece here at the fair, the 11-barrel La Ferrari (below), with a five-day power reserve. Away from the crowds of press day and with the watch out of its presentation case, I was able to glean a bit more about how to read it: the rotating, numbered columns on the right of the watch indicate the hours and minutes, while the ones on the right count down the days and minutes of the remaining power reserve. The barrels are stacked in the center. I also learned the watch comes with a special power-drill-like tool that is used to wind the watch via a crown at the top, which makes sense, since manually winding a timekeeper with a 50-day power reserve would be a daunting task. I also managed to snap a photo of the back of the La Ferrari, which is just as eye-catching as the front.

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Graham released a number of new models in its sporty Chronofighter and Silverstone collections, as well as a few significant pieces in its recently established Geo. Graham line of elegant, complicated watches. Notable here was the Silverstone Skeleton RS, the first skeletonized watch in the Silverstone collection (the watch and its movement are pictured below). There are three models, with red, green or blue highlights, each limited to 250 pieces.

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Onward to Baselworld Day Two. Keep checking WatchTime.com for my updates as well as reports from our sister blog, Alexander Linz’s Watch Insider, throughout the week of the show.

 

 

2 Responses to “Baselworld 2013, Day One: Blancpain, Hublot, Graham, Alpina”

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  1. Pat Rondilla

    Thank you for providing us updates and info for people like us who were not able to attend..

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  2. Debashish

    Thanks for providing us with a fine Report of the 1st Day of Baselworld 2013! Blancpain is one of favourite watches and its Tourbillon Carrousel looks fantastic! Trust Hublot to introduce something unique all the time. The pictures are also lovely!

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