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.
At Baselworld, alongside a beautiful vintage 1960s Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Prototipo, Eberhard & Co launched a new chronograph inspired by a watch from the same era.
The Eberhard & Co. Tribute to Contograf 1960s was inspired by a type of chronograph common in the 1960s called a “Contograf” that helps count 3-minute increments. Phones from that period charged in increments of 3-minutes, hence the 3-minute markings on the 30-minute chronograph counter (at 3 o’clock).
Armin Strom, a brand whose founder is best known for his expertise in skeletonizing and engraving of timepieces, introduced their first totally in-house manufactured skeleton timepiece at Baselworld last month. The Armin Strom One Week Skeleton is powered by manually wound caliber ARM09-S runs at a rate of 2Hz and has a 7-day power reserve. This is not your typical skeletonized movement, as each piece requires 4 days of hand engraving and another 3 days of hand finishing. The main plate is fully skeletonized, as are gear-train bridges and barrel-bridges. Moreover, the components are all decorated with classical hand engravings.
This year at Baselworld TAG Heuer launched the Monaco V4 Tourbillon, the first ever belt-driven tourbillon. Like the original Monaco V4, which was first unveiled in 2004, the Monaco V4 Tourbillon utilizes a linear mass that moves the belts which in turn powers the four barrels.