close search

March 2016

Jason Pitsch

Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160

Jason Pitsch

Grand Complication pocket watch No. 1160 is a modern replica of the famous, so-called Marie-Antoinette pocket watch No. 160, commissioned by Nicolas G. Hayek – the late co-founder of the Swatch Group – in 2005. The masterpiece took 4 years to create, based only on pictures and descriptions of the original No. 160 pocket watch which at the time was lost, and eventually recovered in 2007. In 2008, two years before Hayek’s passing, it was completed and has naturally become a permanent part of Breguet’s museum collection ever since. Pocket watch No. 160/1160 is still amongst the most complicated in the world, which is incredible considering the time period in which it was designed and produced (ordered in 1783 and completed in 1827). Marie-Antoinette pocket watch, No. 1160, like the original No. 160, is a perpétuelle, or self-winding timepiece, which

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Baselworld 2016: Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 5230

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, Patek Philippe debuted a new World Time watch (Ref. 5230), available in white or rose gold, replacing all previous models. The new timepiece has a number of subtle changes, including a new time zone dial, a slightly redesigned case, and new hands. Dubai now supplants Riyadh and Brisbane replaces Noumea. Another change involves Moscow, which switched from UTC+4 to UTC+3. In addition, Patek Philippe has updated the case with winglet-style lugs and the narrower polished bezel. A new pierced gold hour hand replaces the former ring-shaped hand and shows the contours of the “Southern Cross” constellation. And the minute hand is now lozenge-shaped. Notably, the dial features a new dark grey hand-guilloched center, featuring a basket weave pattern. Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 5230 is powered by automatic caliber 240 HU, which features an off-center 22K

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Porsche Design debuts '1919 Collection' at Baselworld

Jason Pitsch

After many years of having watches produced by Eterna under a licensing agreement, in 2014, the Porsche Design Group founded Porsche Design Timepieces AG, in Solothurn, Switzerland. By the end of 2014, the newly formed Porsche Design timepieces, made in close cooperation with their Design Studio in Zell am See, Austria – had brought the first timepiece created under the new management to market. Fast forward to Baselworld 2016, and for the first time, Porsche Design Timepieces exhibited at their own booth (after many years exhibiting alongside Eterna). And with good reason, as the result of the new initiative is starting to show in the form of a new line of watches called the 1919 Collection, which debuted at Baselworld. Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer Eternity The new collection consists of 9 references in total, including (4) 1919 Chronometers, (4) 1919

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Introducing the Armin Strom Edge Double Barrel

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, Armin Strom debuted an all-new timepiece, called the Edge Double Barrel, which preserves the brand’s signature off-center dial configuration and gains a new movement and case. The Edge Double Barrel caliber ARM16 is built in-house, like all of the movements coming from Armin Strom. Most notably, the grey ruthenium treated main plate and bridges have an unconventional “cross-grinding” finish, completed with hand bevelled edges, all visible on both the dial and caseback sides of the watch. Hours and minute are displayed by large polished steel hands, which have a generous amount of luminous treatment. These are the same hands used across the entire breadth of the Armin Strom collection. What is new, is the large Arabic numerals printed in silver on the black azurage inner chapter ring for each hour, except 9 o’clock. White minute graduations

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Credor FUGAKU Tourbillon Limited Edition

Jason Pitsch

The Credor FUGAKU Tourbillon Limited Edition, announced at Baselworld 2016, represents the combined work of four of Seiko’s most experienced craftsmen. Moreover, the new movement, caliber 6830, is the first tourbillon ever produced by Seiko. The caliber is just 3.98 mm thick, and is made and assembled by master watchmaker Satoshi Hiraga. Engraving is done by Kiyoshi Terui. The overall design, including the integration of the tourbillon, metal engraving, and lacquer work, is done Nobuhiro Kosugi. Urushi expert Isshu Tamura produces the lacquer finish. Together, these experts have created a three-dimensional tourbillon with engraving and lacquer work inspired by the art of the Edo period in Japan (1603-1868). The watch is presented in a 43.1 mm x 8.8 mm platinum case, that also utilizes yellow and white gold along with 48 blue sapphires (for a total of 3.22 carats, including

Read More »

Highlights from Baselworld on Instagram

These are just a few of the new watch highlights from Baselworld, as seen on our official Instagram. Stay tuned for more continuous coverage, including original images and commentary from Baselworld 2016. The @tagheuer Connected Watch, now available with a metal bracelet #smartwatch #baelworld2016 A photo posted by @professionalwatches on Mar 22, 2016 at 2:27pm PDT The new Seamaster Planet Ocean Master Chronometer with ceramic bezel and dial @omega #Baselworld A photo posted by @professionalwatches on Mar 17, 2016 at 12:31pm PDT The new ceramic bezel Rolex Daytona, which replaces the older steel bezel models @rolex #Baselworld A photo posted by @professionalwatches on Mar 24, 2016 at 2:22pm PDT Seiko just released two special edition PADI diver's watches, read more at the link in our bio👆 A photo posted by @professionalwatches on Mar 24, 2016 at 12:34pm PDT Check out

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Seiko Prospex PADI Special Edition Divers

Jason Pitsch

Seiko has a rich history making dive watches dating back to 1965. They made the world’s first titanium diver’s watch in 1975, the first diver’s watch with a ceramic outer case in 1986, and the first Nitrox Dive Computer watch in 2000. Needless to say, Seiko is one of the most respected manufacturers of professional dive watches. And so it should come as no surprise that, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the world’s most trusted scuba diving training organization, which has issued 24 million certifications – has decided to partner with Seiko to support the global movement of scuba divers coming to protect the world’s oceans, called “Project AWARE.” To celebrate and promote this partnership, two Prospex PADI Special Editions will be released Fall 2016. The Kinetic GMT Diver is powered by hybrid Kinetic caliber 5M85 movement, with a

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Baselworld 2016: Nomos Glashutte Tetra Neomatik

Jason Pitsch

The Tetra Neomatik is the new men’s automatic version of the NOMOS Glashutte square timepiece. Previously only available in 27.5 mm and 29.5 mm square cases, the Tetra now comes in a 33 mm steel case. And, it is now equipped with the DUW 3001 in-house caliber with automatic winding. At only 3.2 mm in height, the movement is ultra-thin, and accordingly, so is the case, at 7.2 mm. Technically, manufacture caliber DUW 3001 has decentralized seconds, stop-seconds mechanism, Glashütte three-quarter plate, NOMOS balance bridge, 27 jewels, bidirectional winding rotor, Incabloc shock protection, DUW regulatory system, adjusted in six positions, tempered blue screws, rhodium-plated movement surfaces with Glashütte ribbing and NOMOS perlage. The Tetra Neomatik comes with either a galvanized, white silver-plated dial, with cyan-blue print, and hands oxidized black, seconds hand red lacquered (Ref. 421). The second version has

Read More »

Scenes from Baselworld 2016

Baselworld 2016 comes to an end tomorrow after 8 days exhibitions. Well over 100,000 visitors filled the watch and jewelry halls this year – coming to see the what is new from the world’s leading watchmakers. The vibe has been very positive throughout the show, even though predictions have suggested a slow down. This is an industry that has been through many ups and downs, and regardless, the show must always go on. Please enjoy our photographs of scenes from around Baselworld. And follow us right HERE as well as on Instagram in the coming days as we begin to publish our full annual reporting of what we saw on the ground in Basel.

Read More »

Jason Pitsch

Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

We previewed the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition bronze dive watch back in January. Today, we have hands-on images of the actual watch, taken at the Baselworld 2016 watch show where it officially debuted last week. Quite frankly, the professional brand supplied product images don’t do it justice, as it looks much better once you see it is the flesh, and on your wrist. Moreover, at 42 mm, it does not appear much bigger than the wildly popular 40 mm Sixty Five diver, that is part the same collection of dive watches. As we mentioned in the original post, Oris produced this limited edition timepiece to pay homage to the well-known Navy diver, Carl Brashear, who was the first amputee diver in the Navy in 1968, and the first African-American Master Diver in 1970. The Carl Brashear Limited Edition comes

Read More »