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Inspiring Wrist Candy

Johnny Wang 2018-08-16 08:58

Baselworld is never an easy trip. Each sector includes a half-hour introduction, with rest stops limited to just 10-minutes. It’s quite common that you don’t even have time to eat a proper meal for the day. Nevertheless, for watch enthusiasts and experts, a display of the world’s nest and newest watches makes it worth the tiring trip. This year’s Baselworld is no exception. The following are some extra-special pieces we would like to share with you.


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Stylish Symmetry

Harry Winston introduces a new member of the “Z” family this year: the Z12 model. Known for technological features, the series poses a strong attitude and bold masculinity. But the most eye-catching part of this year’s design is its wonderfully architectural three-dimensional dial. Featuring a sapphire luminescent date disc, blue hour and minute circles and matching hour markers, the two hands move over a 140-degree eld. At the end of their rotation they jump back to the start 26 times a day, adding to the seductive complications that define this watch. Besides, with the elegant octagonal shape designed from emerald,the Travel Time from Harry Winston this year also demonstrated the aesthetics of symmetry in a traditional way.


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Unstoppable Movement

Speaking of the power reserve of wristwatches, the inconvenience of re-winding after days’ use makes some consider putting them aside. This challenge provided a chance for Hublot to show off their new tech-not to mention the marvellous hepta-barrel design. Their new system has a power reserve of over two weeks, equipped by an extraordinary vertical transmis- sion system. It operates at 4Hz, and is considered one of the most durable movements available, which also happens to look modern, as well as easy-to-read with the linear outlay of display.

The watchcase has two editions—black carbon bre and blue sapphire, the former of which is extremely light–weighing just 90 grams in total. Decorative helix patterns echo the mechanic design.


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Architectural Inspiration

Architectural elements are showcased with aplomb in Perregaux’s “Triple Bridge” and Corum’s masterpiece “Golden Bridge”, revealed at Baselworld this year. Inspired by the famous Golden Gate Bridge, which since 1937 has linked San Francisco and Sausalito and has a length of 2,727 metres, the sig- nature orange colour and structure of the bridge are condensed in a vivid portrayal onto the watchcase with the help of intricate micro-mechanisms. 

In fact, it’s not the rst time for Corum to present the Golden Bridge design. What makes this year’s design stand out is the round-shape watchcase instead of the typical square shape. And in terms of its functions, the new model embraces a remarkable upgrade, with 40 hours of power reserve at 28,800 vibrations an hour, and hour/minute display.


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Ideas Of Perspective

Jaquet-Droz is often associated with Grand Feu and art. However, this year they impressed the Baselworld crowds with their advancement in mechanical design. The model is named Grande Seconde Skelet—One, signaling the first time the Grande Seconde is being made as a skeletonised piece. 

The large seconds sapphire sub-dial perfectly complements the skeletonised movement. At 12 o’clock, the sapphire hour ring is set on a base of gold. It combines Roman and Arabic numerals for the gold versions, while the ceramic model features faceted indexes. The hours and minutes hands are leaf-shaped, and the thin large seconds hand is balanced with a round counterweight. All the details are dedicated to create a clearer vision of the internal structure.

The watch winds automatically, with the 18K white gold hour ring, a power reserve of 68 hours and a 41mm-diametre watchcase.


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