The Best Five Watches From Baselworld 2014
May 8, 2014
The world's biggest watch fair is the first date in the diary every year for any timepiece aficionado.
Cemented in horology circles as an opportunity for watchmakers to unveil their latest homages to time, this year's tick-tock extravaganza was as eye-catching as ever.
We picked out our best five.
Tourbillon Gravity Fire, Armin Strom (above)
Case: 43.4mm case, 18K rose gold
Movement: Armin Strom Caliber ATM13 with 110 hour power reserve
Price: AED 540,000
Made entirely in-house the Tourbillon Gravity Fire is a limited to a mere 50 pieces, all in 18k rose gold cases. The trademark heavily skeletonised look shows off the hand-finished movement, Armin Strom Caliber ATM13, in which both the tourbillon and microrotor are visible on the dial side.
L.U.C. 1963, Chopard
Case: 44mm case, 18K rose gold
Movement: Chopard L.U.C. caliber 63.01-L
Price: AED 138,000
This year Chopard used the watch fair to introduce its new L.U.C 1963 wristwatch, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Chopard’s ownership by the Scheufele family.
Inspired by the golden age of chronometer pocketwatches – and named after the brand founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard – the new piece pays homage to the chronometers that the brand was producing back in 1963.
Qatar Tourbillon, Louis Moinet
Case: 47mm case, 18K white gold
Movement: Manually-wound with 21,600 VPH and 72-hour power reserve
Price: Approx. AED 1.4 million
Famed for its Extraordinary Pieces – Metheoris Collection of super high-end watches, the Qatar Tourbillon also includes unique pieces of meteorite.
This particular 12-piece limited edition watch features two fragments of the only meteorite ever discovered in Qatar, while the backdrop is made from one of the oldest known fossils on earth – a three-billion-year-old red stromatolite rock occupying the central portion of the dial.
Calibre CH 80 chronograph, Tag Heuer
Case: 41mm case, 18K white gold
Movement: calibre CH 80, with 80-hour power reserve
Inspired by the first generation of Carrera watches, the Carrera Calibre CH 80 Chronograph - which comes with an unprecedented 80-hour power reserve - reinterprets the collections aesthetic codes and given a modern, sporty twist. The red-lined strap in perforated calfskin is a stylish nod to the racing gloves worn by drivers in the 1960s.
Classique tourbillon extra-thin automatic, Breguet
Case: 42mm CASE, 18K white gold
Movement: tourbillon with 28,800VPH and 90-hour power reserve
As the king of the tourbillon, Breguet carries plenty of clout at Baselworld. The Classique is already a watch that needs little introduction but this new 2014 model raises the stakes a little higher, being not only one of the thinnest tourbillon watches in the world, but also being automatic.
Cased in platinum, the timepiece is distinguished by its off-centre tourbillon with a carriage and balance in titanium which oscillates at a high frequency of 28,800vph (4hz) – a rare find even in the exalted world of haute horlogerie.