Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition
Based on the CK2915, the original Omega Speedmaster “Broad Arrow” is still a much sought after timepiece in the vintage market. Back in 1957, it was the first chronograph wristwatch with a tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial - a feature designed for the benefit of racing car drivers.
On the new model, the font was redrawn to match the scale of the original '57 tachymeter. The attention to detail here is intense. Even the accent of the tachymèter is like in the original. While the Lemania-supplied Caliber 321 powered the original, this re-issue uses Omega’s Cal. 1861 movement. Read more about Omega’s Class of 1957 trilogy of watches here.
TAG Heuer Autavia
The neo-retro TAG Heuer Autavia is a result of an innovative online campaign – the Autavia Cup – that saw collectors and enthusiasts picking their favorite Autavia model from 16 vintage references. In time for its 55th anniversary, the new Autavia is designed to channel the spirit of the golden age of motor racing.
The vintage design chosen for this revival via the online Autavia Cup campaign is actually inspired by the Autavia "Rindt" from 1966, worn by F1 champion Jochen Rindt. More than 50,000 votes were registered over two rounds; resulting in four finalists and one overall winner: the Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3. Read more about the new Autavia here.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
Zenith reinforced its reputation as the king of high-frequency chronographs with the introduction of the Defy El Primero 21 at Baselworld 2017. The next generation Zenith movement, the new automatic caliber El Primero 9004, has two escapements: one for time, beating at 36,000 vph (5Hz), and one for the chronograph, beating at a frequency of 50 Hz, or 360,000 vph, allowing the watch to display hundredths of a second on the central dial.
The COSC-certified movement has a 50-hour power reserve for timekeeping function and a 50-minute power reserve for the chronograph. The 44-mm case is available in three options: titanium, priced at $9,600; titanium with an openworked dial for $10,600; and ceramized aluminum with an openworked dial for $11,600.
Frédérique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture
Frédérique Constant — after introducing its first perpetual calendar priced under $10,000 last year — unveiled an affordable high complication at Baselworld 2017 with the launch of the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture. The watch contains an all-new in-house movement, Caliber FC-760, whose flyback chronograph complication is inspired by models from the Thirties.
It has a modular construction and is comprised of 233 components, only 96 of which are dedicated to the flyback module. The lesser the components of a movement, the easier it is produce and maintain. More on the watch and price here.
The futuristic looking Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph was designed by Flavio Manzoni, the head of design at Ferrari but produced by Hublot. The development process of this Ferrari was akin to the creation of a super car at Maranello.
So the starting point for the designers was the “engine of the watch” around which they freely designed a “high performance chassis”. In plain speak, this is a case that has been heavily skeletonized to represent a car chassis. Read more here.
Tudor Black Bay Chronograph
Tudor expanded its flagship Black Bay range with a clutch of new references including a chronograph with an integrated chronograph movement for under $5,000. A very divisive release, this chronograph has had a really mixed response from the watch community, watch has the signature design elements that the Black Bay is famous for – the domed sapphire crystal, the snowflake hand, the big crown – but mixes these elements with classic chronograph styling. Read more about the watch here.
Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante
Breitling unveiled an in-house split-seconds chronograph movement in the Navitimer Rattrapante at Baselworld 2017. Fittingly, Breitling has chosen the Navitimer, its most emblematic model, to introduce the new Breitling Caliber B03. A split-seconds chronograph is a complicated movement to create, so Breitling deserves some credit for developing this entirely in-house.
Available in two references, in steel or gold with a case measuring 45mm and featuring an exclusive bronze-colored dial. The three white chrongraph sub-dials create a strong contrast with the bronze dial which features the Navitimer’s characteristically busy layout. The new movement features two new innovations that help make the split-seconds mechanism operate more efficiently. Read more about it here.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback
The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback with this elegant champagne-colored dial is one of the best looking chronographs we’ve seen this year. The 43-mm rose gold case, with its highly domed non-reflective sapphire crystal complements the champagne gold color dial with deeper gold hues for the minute track and recessed subdials at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock.
The watch runs the automatic Caliber CFB 1970 developed in partnership with movement specialists La Joux-Perret and is also available with in steel with a greyish green dial.
Hamilton Intra-Matic 68
Hamilton revived an iconic chronograph from its archives this year. The Intra-Matic 68 pays tribute to the classic chronographs that the brand produces during the Sixties and the Chronomatic which came a little later.
In 1968, Hamilton introduced the Chronograph B that would launch the famous "reverse panda" dial with its two white counters on a black dial. Hugely popular in the Sixties and Seventies, it is today quite a sought-after piece in the vintage market. The new Intra-Matic 68 automatic chronograph revives the original design as it reprises the black/white contrast dial. Read more here.
Patek Philippe 5170P
Patek Philippe introduced its classical, manual-wound two-register 5170 chronograph line in a platinum case and a deep blue sunburst dial this year at Baselworld. Already available in white gold with a white dial (5170G), a rose gold version with a black dial (5170R) was released last year. This year the chronograph line expands with a platinum case and a gorgeous blue dial.
The big change is the appearance of a tachymeter scale on the dial instead of the pulsometer scale seen on the previous editions. Also, the Breguet numerals seen on earlier editions is now gone, replaced by baguette diamond hour markers. The watch still has the same in-house CH 29-535 movement, but the subtle new changes has resulted in a sportier version of a classic chronograph line.
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