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Point of view // Va' pensiero // Thursday, 26 March 2015

In honour of merit

A few days after Jacques Duchêne passed away, I searched various print and online newspapers for articles on this truly exceptional personality in Swiss watchmaking. And was surprised by how little I found. As though a career spanning several decades could be written in the sand when he left us pages that are carved in the stone of an era. And so I would like to briefly remember him here. I may...

Franco Cologni

 
Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Class(ic) acts

While complications are a rite of passage in any watchmaker's quest for horological kudoz, the minimalist approach that strips the dial bare of all but hours, minutes and possibly seconds is an unforgiving art. Certain exhibitors at Baselworld have elevated the time-only watch to the ultimate exercise in style. When Boucheron unveiled the Épure watch two years ago, it was in dire need of a...

Christophe Roulet

 
Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524

With its new Ref. 5524 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, Patek Philippe pays tribute to the courageous pioneers of aeronautics, recalls milestones in aviation, and touches upon the fact that the eminent family-owned Genevan manufacture also contributed to the conquest of the skies. Only 24 years elapsed between the Wright brothers' first powered flight on December 17, 1903, and Charles Lindbergh's...

Press release

 
Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Omega Globemaster

On Wednesday 18 March, Omega hosted a highly attended event at Basel's von Bartha art gallery where the brand unveiled the highlight of its new collection and the certification that makes it such a revolutionary timepiece. The Globemaster, with its iconic pie-pan dial and fluted bezel, is the world's first Master Chronometer - it is the first mechanical timepiece to not only exceed the standards...

Press release

 
Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40

Rolex is introducing the new generation of its most prestigious model, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date, featuring a modernized design with a 40 mm case as well as a new mechanical movement, calibre 3255, which sets a new standard for chronometric performance. The new Day-Date redefines the status of superlative chronometer, established by Rolex in the late 1950s, with criteria for accuracy on the...

Press release

 
Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Corum Bubble

In the year 2000 Corum introduced the Bubble, an oversized watch with an even larger crystal. It was so radical it became the must-have timepiece of the new millennium. Now, exactly 15 years later, the Bubble makes a triumphal return, sealing its place as a pillar of Corum's watchmaking heritage. At the turn of the century watchmaking was a universe away from what it is today. Big watches were...

Press release

 
Trade fairs // Baselworld 2015 // Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Tudor hits the mark

Tudor came to Baselworld with its first two watches to be powered by an in-house, COSC-certified calibre. The product of a perfectly mastered industrial project, as one would expect of Rolex's sister brand, these timepieces are hitting the market at extremely competitive prices. At the end of the day, Swatch Group won on all counts, including ideological, and can phase out supplies of movements...

Christophe Roulet