Singer Reimagined Track 1 Hong Kong Edition

Singer Reimagined’s Track 1 Hong Kong edition was undoubtedly the hottest chronograph released this year, at least the GPHG Jury thought so. It features a new aluminum ceramic case and is limited to just 50 pieces. For their third model, the brand worked with technical partner DelWest to create the aluminum-ceramic case.

The Track 1 Hong Kong Edition was a winner at GPHG this year

The 43 mm barrel-shaped case is created by a process called electro-plasma oxidation wherein the surface layer of a special, aerospace-grade aluminum alloy is transformed into ceramic. The result is a matte-black case combining exceptional scratch, wear and corrosion resistance with the lightness of its aluminum core. It is powered by the Agengraphe, created by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Agenhor. For pricing and details, read more about this watch here.

A. Lange & Söhne Triple Split

A. Lange & Söhne set SIHH watch salon alight again this year with the introduction of the Triple Split, the world’s first mechanical split-seconds chronograph that can perform multi-hour comparative time measurements. The watch — whose ability to measure both additive and comparative times up to an astounding 12 hours is achieved by additional rattrapante hands on both the minutes and hours-totalizing subdials — represents the next step up in stopwatch complexity from Lange’s Double Split model, introduced back in 2004.

The Triple Split was one of the highlights of SIHH 2018

That timepiece could make comparative measurements with an aggregate duration of 30 minutes — already an impressive technical feat, which this new watch multiplies by a factor of 24 with its precisely jumping rattrapante minutes counter and a continuous rattrapante hour counter. For pricing and more details, read our report here or watch our 1-Minute Review here.

Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition

Omega introduced a new Speedmaster limited edition based on a popular vintage Omega model at Baselworld this year. The new CK2998 Limited Edition is based on the original model from 1959 and employs the popular panda dial configuration with a pulsometer scale bezel.

This model was inspired by a 1959 Speedmaster

The original CK 2998 was released in 1959 and is a much sought-after piece in the vintage market today. It came fitted with the characteristic Alpha hands and a dark bezel (the original Speedmaster sported a steel bezel) fitted on a symmetrical case. This model’s stock rose in 1962 when US astronaut Walter Schirra wore his personal CK 2998 during a Sigma 7 mission of NASA’s Mercury program. Read more about this watch here.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph

The Aquanaut collection – the most affordable of Patek Philippe’s watches for men - welcomed its first chronograph at Baselworld this year. The Ref 5968A-001 in steel is an automatic flyback chronograph that retains the casual elegant tone of the Aquanaut line. This is clearly a watch aimed at a younger, more casual Patek customer.

This is the first chronograph in the Aquanaut line

The new chronograph uses a 42.2 mm stainless steel case that is 11.9 mm thin and has a mix of satin-finished and polished surfaces. The gently-rounded octagonal bezel is brushed and has chamfered edges. Thanks to its screw-down crown, the case is water resistant to 120 m and is fitted with an exhibition caseback that offers views of the self-winding CH 28-520C. Read more here.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph

The Le-Sentier brand brought in its 185th year at SIHH by introducing a new Polaris collection inspired by the memorable Memovox Polaris, a diving watch that it launched in 1968. The Jaeger-LeCoultre  Polaris Chronograph is the sportiest of the collection, as well as the only model offered in a precious metal case. Featuring a 42-mm-wide-case, with an inner rotating bezel, the dial has a racing-inspired tachymeter scale, and the chronograph pushers have been engineered to ensure an ideal grip.

The Polaris Chronograph is part of a wider collection

The classic bi-compax dial features a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The watch is powered by the manufacture Caliber 751 visible through a sapphire caseback and holds a 65-hour power reserve.  More about the Polaris collection here.

Habring² Doppel-Felix

The Petite Aiguille award at this year’s GPHG Awards was bagged by the Habring² Doppel-Felix, a cam-operated split-seconds chronograph from the Austrian watchmaker. Richard Habring famously built the split-seconds movement as a module on the ETA 7750 for IWC on the Doppelchronograph in 1983 before he launched his own brand in 2004.

Behold the Petite Aiguille winner at GPHG 2018

However, the rattrapante movement on the Doppel-Felix, is the A11R movement developed and produced in-house. The date is indicated by means of a hand (the fifth hand of the Doppel) pointing from the center outwards to clearly discernible, large date digits located on the on a raised date ring on the periphery of the dial. This combined the cool and timeless aesthetic of the Felix line makes this watch one of the 2018’s best.

Speake-Marin London Chronograph Valjoux 92

Speake-Marin combines modern and vintage elements in a standout (and very British) chronograph introduced at SIHH 2018: the London Chronograph Valjoux 92. The historical, manually winding movement has been sourced from the late ’50s/early ’60s, a time before the Quartz Crisis disrupted the Swiss watch industry.

The Speake-Marin London Chronograph Valjoux 92

Speake-Marin’s watchmakers discovered just a handful of examples of the Valjoux 92 caliber tucked away in a safe for the past six decades, and meticulously repaired 15 of them to make them fit for contemporary usage in the new watch’s 42-mm titanium case, distinctly modern with its hallmark Speake-Marin “Picadilly” design. The dial has a 45-minute chronograph subdial at 3 o’clock and a running seconds subdial at 9 o’clock; both appear to be “floating” over the central rotor element, shaped like a watchmaker’s topping tool, that rotates with the hours.