Baselworld has just ended and in this round-up we begin by taking a look at Ariel and James’ pick of the top 10 watches that they saw at Basel. Next, we attempt to answer the frequently asked question of which watch should you buy. Finally, we take a look at some boutique watch brands worth considering, Richard Mille’s crazy clock and learn more about the iconic Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona.
1. Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2014
Baselworld 2014 has just ended and there are a lot of new watches to digest. After all, Baselworld is the biggest watch and jewelry show of the calendar year and there were literally thousands of new watches on show. How do you make sense of it all? Fortunately we are here to help, because here are the top 10 watches that our Editor-in-Chief Ariel and Contributing Editor James Stacey saw at this year’s Baselworld.
2. TAG Heuer Carrera CH 80 Watch For 2014 Hands-On
TAG Heuer has had a long association with chronographs and one of their major releases for 2014 is the new Carrera CH 80 watch, which shares design cues from the original Carrera chronograph from the Sixties. Admittedly, the name is not the most sexy sounding, but it is so-called because it houses TAG Heuer’s new in-house made calibre CH 80. Check out this sporty new chronograph here.
3. Rolex Cellini Time: Return Of The Crown’s Dress Watch
One of the biggest surprises from Rolex at Baselworld 2014 was its three all new Cellini watches. Of the three, the Cellini Time and Dual Time are the ones I like the best. The former is a simple three-handed dress watch, while the latter has an extra dual-time complication at 6 o’clock with a day/night indicator. Both watches, I think, are very neatly and well executed and for once, these Cellini watches are a viable alternative to Rolex’s more illustrious Oyster models.
Source: aBlogtoWatch (Cellini Time), aBlogtoWatch (Cellini Dual Time)
Back on stage, Blancpain iconic watches Replica says that they achieve this deep, rich blue of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph by incorporating the pigment along with a bonding agent during the manufacturing process, with the bond representative burning off in a lower heating before submitting the piece into the high-temperature (sintering) measure for hardening. I am not quite sure why this seemingly difficult technique succeeds where others had failed – and I guess truly understanding the chemistry could be a much longer discussion – but Blancpain states it’s the product of several years of trials. Anyhow, I believe them that getting it right, using a uniform color across all of the components was a struggle – differently, we would have seen it before.The all-blue ceramic case of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II is 43.60mm round by 15.25mm thick, and water-resistant to 300 meters. We can all agree that ceramic’s non-scratching and non-fading properties are both very favorable, but I, for one, am not totally convinced of its suitability as a case substance. Something such as the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II will probably endure for a very long time and keep looking good if you aren’t too hard on it – but I’ve observed a chipped ceramic watch case and bracelet, and it isn’t pretty, so do keep it safe from drops and bangs. Making a game watch in ceramic, to me personally, only highlights that it’s a luxury object made to be worn in daily circumstances, shown off among wealthy friends… and that a Seiko or a Casio is exactly what will likely accompany actual adventurers who intend on moving large rocks underwater.
4. How To Choose What Watch To Buy
One of the questions that we get asked a lot is, “What watch should I buy?” The answer, though admittedly unhelpful, is it really depends. For example, some people may buy a watch because of its design and others may buy one because they are a fan of the brand. If you are feeling lost, our Editor-in-Chief Ariel has just written a bumper guide to helping you choose your next watch. We hope it helps.
5. Blancpain dive watch history Replica Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On
Zenith’s El Primero watches are probably the first that comes to mind when you think about high-frequency chronographs. However, that is all about to change thanks to Blancpain’s new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Flyback Chronograph watch, which features an in-house made caliber F385 movement that beats at 5Hz and has a column wheel and vertical clutch. Here’s a closer look at what is one of the best sports chronograph to debut at Baselworld 2014.
6. Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Watch Hands-On
The new Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity watch is one of those peculiar watches that you either love or hate. Obviously, the case and overall style of the watch is very classic, but the dial is very modern in its execution and shows off the all-silicon assortment and in-house made hairspring of the brand’s new ML230 caliber. This is a classically-designed watch for people who love to look at the movement in action.
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