With the economy back in business and exports on the rise again, brands are newly inclined to show off their capacity for innovation and imagination. Here are some of the watches from the stream of recent releases.
Xi Jinping’s call for “common prosperity” sent shudders through the stock market. This new policy, which portends a drop in purchasing power for the wealthiest Chinese, pushed down luxury share prices, which includes watch brands. What implications does this have?
Blancpain's famed dive watch is given an annual calendar in its Bathyscaphe version. Its perfect legibility, robust movement and unidirectional rotating bezel confirm this is a watch cut out for the deep.
The Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic claims a fourth record for Bulgari as the thinnest automatic watch on the market – just 3.95mm high and with a tourbillon.
Patek Philippe revives its Ladies First Chronograph, withdrawn in 2016, with this new Reference 7150. The manual-wind chronograph movement is housed inside a 38mm pink gold case, set with diamonds.
Established in Lucerne, Carl F. Bucherer has unveiled a world-first of a peripheral automatic winding mechanism with a suspended tourbillon featuring a stop-seconds function. The in-house CFB T3000 movement is COSC chronometer-certified.
After the Defy El Primero 21, a 1/100 th -second chronograph, and the Defy Lab with its groundbreaking, ultra-precise oscillator, Zenith has announced a complete Defy collection that will cover varying degrees of complication. The entry-level model, the Defy Classic, was unveiled at Baselworld.
Master of the Art of Fusion, Hublot presents the Big Bang MP-11 in 3D carbon - an ultra-light polymer matrix composite reinforced by a three-dimensional carbon fibre woven resin. Clearly visible inside the case are the seven series-coupled barrels that deliver 14 days of autonomy.