Chopard first unveiled their 8Hz ultra-high beat wristwatch, powered by in-house L.U.C caliber 01.06-L — at Baselworld 2012. This year they revealed a new version with the same case dimensions, but in matte black ceramic instead of titanium, and powered by all an new movement (caliber 01.09-L), which is based on the original but with a new power reserve function added.
In 2013, Breguet introduced the 5377 Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin, the world’s thinnest tourbillon. It was initially only shown to the press in rose gold, even though at the time it was revealed that it would eventually be available in both rose gold and platinum. And so, while this is not a new release per se — this is the first time the platinum model has been exhibited.
Last year, Casio introduced G-Shocks equipped with v4.0 Bluetooth, the first to feature two-way communication. Using the buttons on the G-Shock, you could control the volume level on an iPhone 5, for example. Now, for 2014, the G’mix Rotary Switch (shown), controls your volume with the crown instead. Pretty cool.
Originally created in 1956 for engineers and technicians who are exposed to magnetic fields which disrupt the watch accuracy, the Milgauss was designed to resist magnetic interference up to 1,000 gauss, hence the name “mille” which is French for “thousand.”
The big Milgauss news for 2014 is the new Z blue dial — combined with the green sapphire crystal and orange lightning-bolt shaped seconds hand. The name “Z Blue” comes from the zirconium content in the alloy of the dial.