The sales numbers might be down for most Swiss markets; this doesn’t go for sure for their spirit! At Baselworld, the world’s largest watch fair, any concerns about the market seem to melt away like snow in the sun, as they only seemed to have fueled an influx of creativity and innovation, both mechanical as well as regarding design. Let’s take a look at some remarkable new watches!
Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph
Ferrari is celebrating its 70th anniversary and of course its timekeeping partner Hublot could not let this go by unnoticed. Designed in collaboration with the iconic brand, it has a high dose of Ferrari DNA. The watch case serves as the chassis of the watch’s movement, caliber HUB6311, which it fitted with a tourbillon and a chronograph. Available in King Gold, titanium and PEEK Carbon, the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is limited to 70 pieces in each material.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
Have a need for speed? Zenith just launched a new version of the El Primero, which is taking the chronograph to the next level with. Capable of measuring up to 1/100th of a second, it puts the mechanical chronograph in a totally new perspective. A central chronograph hand races around the entire dial in a second, a mesmerizing view. But that is not all the innovation that this Chronometer certified movement houses. The watch also introduces a new type of balance spring that is created in-house. Crafted from carbon nanotubes, it is entirely insensitive to changes in temperature, as well as magnetic fields.
Dior Grand Soir Botanic Collection
Dior surprised with a collection of piece unique watches that have turned the dials into small gardens. No need to water them, as they are crafted from a combination of enamel, precious metal and gemstones. A single dial requires the expertise of five different artisans to accomplish. The result is breathtaking, especially since Dior choice to highlight the watch with a snow-setting of colorless brilliant-cut diamonds, giving new meaning to the word breathtaking!