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.
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.
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.