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HH Journal’s pick of Baselworld 2017
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HH Journal’s pick of Baselworld 2017

Friday, 05 May 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
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We fell for their design, their movement, their evocative history or originality. Discover the watches from this year’s Baselworld that captured the heart of HH Journal’s editorial team.

MB&F – Destination Moon

Imagined by MB&F and built by l’Epée 1839, Destination Moon offers an escape from the humdrum everyday here on Earth. An out-of-this-world clock driven by an eight-day movement, it takes us back to when we were kids and our days were filled with Tintin’s adventures and sci-fi fantasies. If Neil the astronaut is looking for a landing spot, there’s one all ready for him on my desk! (Gregory Gardinetti)

MB&F - Destination Moon
MB&F Destination Moon
Zenith - Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

100-metre water-resistance for harpoon fishing, a bronze case for nostalgia, a 45-mm diameter for “real men”, maximum readability for night missions, a dangerproof oily nubuck strap, and the legend that is the El Primero movement. Make no mistake, the Pilot Extra Special Chrono is built for adventure. The kind that sets your heart pumping, such as the bike ride to work that turns into a mad charge on a galloping iron steed. (Christophe Roulet)

Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph
Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph
Romain Gauthier – Insight Micro Rotor

By passing up on a fusee-chain transmission (Romain Gauthier’s unofficial signature), the Insight Micro-Rotor slims its case to 39.5 mm, a size that will please both ladies and gents. The hours and minutes main dial and small seconds subdial have also been shrunk to leave maximum space for the movement, visible from front and back, which proudly exhibits its superlative finishing, perfectly executed by the master watchmaker’s hand. With this watch, Romain Gauthier proves that haute horlogerie is not synonymous with grand complications. (Alex Ballmer)

Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor
Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor
Nomos – Club Campus

While I may be out of the age bracket Nomos is targeting with its Club Campus, you’re never too “old” to appreciate a good-looking design. Nomos has added some clever detailing to the fresh, clean dial, such as the red outline on the numerals: a mashup of Roman and Arabic that keeps it interesting. The steel case looks great against the grey strap and the 36mm size won’t dwarf my wrist. Hours-minutes-seconds are all I need, with a more than decent 43-hour power reserve. Graduates with honours in my book! (Sandra Petch)

Nomos Club Campus
Nomos Club Campus
Omega – 60th Anniversary Trilogy

Omega had to have “something” up its sleeve for the Speedmaster’s 60th anniversary, particularly now that the #speedytuesday, which sold out online in two hours, had whet our appetite. Even so, nothing had prepared me for the “Trilogy” – reissues of the three iconic Speedmaster, Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. Even at a Baselworld awash with vintage, Omega succeeded in rising above the crowd. Not a single detail has been overlooked. Omega even used digital scanning technology to faithfully replicate the dimensions of the 1957 originals. The overall result is nothing short of stunning. The brand has succeeded in capturing the essence of its three star watches while injecting just the right amount of modern technology. Well done Omega for the Baselworld 2017… dare I say it, vintage. (Pascal Ravessoud)

Omega 60th Anniversary Trilogy
Andreas Strehler – Sauterelle à heure mondiale

Good news: Andreas Strehler has come back down to Earth with his Sauterelle à Heure Mondiale, a revisit of the dual time zone. Leaving aside the familiar tropes of the Sauterelle collection, which include the remontoir d’égalité at 10 o’clock, let’s dwell instead on this complication. Andreas has imagined an entirely visual representation of the second time zone via a depiction of the Northern Hemisphere. Precision is also de rigueur: setting is by a disc showing the 24 time zones with their reference cities, identified by a colour code for those that observe winter/summer time. And just to keep our eyes on the stars, the “lune exacte” is visible on the back of the movement. Who knows how far we might travel in two million years… (Emmanuel Schneider)

Andreas Strehler Sauterelle à heure mondiale
Andreas Strehler Sauterelle à heure mondiale
Chanel – Boy.Friend Tweed (black)

I fell in love with this watch months ago. With the modern yet classic contours of its octagonal steel case, its black dial punctuated by a small seconds display, and its blackened steel bracelet with tweed effect, the Boy.Friend ticks every box. Or almost… This absolute antithesis of the “girly” watch, whose large version is perfectly proportioned at 28.60 x 37mm, leaves me with just one regret as to Chanel’s decision to equip it with a quartz movement. When can we hope to see this elegant Boy.Friend with a mechanical heart? (Marie de Pimodan-Bugnon)

Chanel Boy.Friend Tweed Grand Modèle
Chanel Boy.Friend Tweed
Bulgari – Serpenti Tubogas

There is nothing I wouldn’t do for the love of my life, including brave the venomous charm of this cuff watch. Winding its five steel coils around the forearm, the Serpenti Tubogas has never been more of a temptation. Hats off to Bulgari for this timepiece that is both a beauty to behold and comfortable to wear, and which carries the standard for Italian design. (Fabio Teta)

Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas
Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas
Rolex - Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41

After Jacques Chirac, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Hillary Clinton and numerous other personalities, Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 gets my vote with this version in steel and gold with white gold fluted bezel and blue dial. When in 1945 it launched the Datejust – the first automatic waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date – Rolex was a long way from imagining it would be worn by some of the most influential people in the world. Who knows, perhaps France’s new president will be next? (Isabelle Zakher)

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