The Le Locle firm has integrated a fusee-chain constant force mechanism into its El Primero 4805 SK tourbillon calibre, inside the three-dimensional architecture of the Defy with versions in carbon and platinum.
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As the most digital-oriented luxury market in the world, China is a whole other story for fine watch brands. Young consumers get most of their information from social platforms such as Weibo or WeChat, making it hard for brands to reach them directly. This has produced the so-called “fan economy”.
Even without sun, you can still be bronzed. Simply wear a watch in the latest must-have metal. Choosing a bronze watch is to choose the unpredictable (oxidation) over the conventional (gold), to prefer Danny Wilde over Brett Sinclair, and to rally behind climate activist Greta Thunberg and her message to Make Green Great Again.
Like anywhere else, China's watch enthusiasts have their favourites. Patek Philippe's Nautilus Ref. 5711, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202, and pretty much anything by Richard Mille or Rolex have proved hugely popular these past four to five years. In contrast, models that sell well in other countries don't always appeal.
If there could only be one, chances are this would be it. Among the smaller crop of complications at Baselworld, the tourbillon still reigns supreme. A delight to observe, technical, scientific even, this type of regulator continues to offer brands an excellent means to demonstrate their expertise.
Zenith has chosen its iconic Pilot line for its very first silver case, presented as a limited edition of 250 pieces.
There was a time when visitors came to Baselworld expecting to be dazzled. But those days are gone. Exhibitors at this year's fair presented collections that were solidly grounded but lacking star quality. It was left to the independents to keep the flame of creativity burning.
Watchmaking has many registers and so does the chronograph. Performance-focused or a lesson in elegance, innovative or traditional, a record-breaker or a design delight, chronographs were all over Baselworld 2019.