wish list - Understated time
Written by Oryx
The latest elegant timepieces launched at Baselworld 2014, The World Watch and Jewellery Show, Geneva.
Rolex GMT Master II 116719 BLRO
A revival of Rolex’s 1955 GMT-Master, the outer blue-and-red rim – which has earned it the fond nickname of the ‘Pepsi’ – has been created in cerachrom. This is a world first, as the material is notoriously difficult to produce in light colours. Rolex has patented the process, whereby the cerachrom starts off entirely red and then, through a chemical process, half the bezel is turned into the deep blue. Calibre 3186. 40mm 18k white-gold case.
Armin Strom Gravity Date Collection
Available in one of four finishes that represent the four elements – Earth, Water, Air, and Fire – each Gravity Date is equipped with the new ADD14-calibre mechanism. Each is finished with a strap that matches the case finish, such as the titanium Gravity Air’s white alligator horn-back leather strap and titanium buckle. 43.4mm case. 5-day power reserve. Water-resistance: 50m.
Limited to 100 editions per element.
TAG Heuer Carrera CH 80
The Carrera CH 80 is one of the first watches to contain TAG Heuer’s new in-house-made and designed CH 80 automatic stopwatch movements. Loyal to the design created in 1963 by Jack Heuer, the displays are arranged in a classic layout, with the chronograph minutes counter at 3 o’clock, the chronograph hours counter at 9 o’clock, and small seconds at 6 o’clock – with either a black or a white dial with contrasting chronograph subdials. 41mm case. 80-hour power reserve.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph
The Bathyscaphe was the first diver’s watch in 1955, and this 2014 re-iteration is the first to feature a chronograph with a flyback complication. The watch comes in steel and ceramic with Liquidmetal hour markers, and the chronograph pushers that still work when 300m under water. With the needs of divers in mind, Blancpain has also treated several elements on the dial with Super-LumiNova. The dial has a sunburst finish, while the subdials (chrono counters and small seconds) have snailed finishes. 43mm brushed black ceramic case. NATO fabric strap.
Oris 110 Years Limited Edition
The first in-house Oris movement for over three decades, the Oris Calibre 110 celebrates the watchmaker’s 110th anniversary. The hand-wound calibre has a ten-day power reserve and a patented non-linear power reserve indicator, which rotates 220˚, accelerating as the single-barrel main spring depletes. 43mm stainless steel case. 10-day power reserve. Alligator leather strap. Limited to 110 pieces.
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco
Historique Chrono. Chopard has created the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono in titanium and steel, inspired by the classic single-seaters from the 1970s. The snailed grey dial and the yellow racing ring evoke speed, while the stainless steel bezel and case back, stamped with the logo of the Monaco Automobile Club, add a touch of contrast to the titanium case. 44.5mm case. 46-hour power reserve.
Masterpiece Gravity. The new Masterpiece Gravity is the first watch equipped with elements – balance roller, lever, and escapement wheel – entirely made of silicon. Three times lighter than steel, silicon is also more accurate, less energy-hungry, and requires no lubricant. The dial is designed to show off its in-house-made mechanism in style. Calibre ML230. 50-hour power reserve. Crocodile skin strap.