The Return of the Classics
Here`s a platter of timepieces that have been upgraded to keep up to the modern times.
This timepiece this year revives the design and the spirit of the original Frecce Tricolori chronograph. The Chronomat Airborne is distinguished by its satin-brushed rotating bezel equipped with four raised rider tabs. It has a steel case and the dial comes in black with silver-toned counters, and silver-toned with black counters. In keeping with its aeronautical vocation, the Chronomat Airborne is fitted with an ultra-sturdy strap in black military-type fabric, secured by a folding clasp.
The Octo Solotempo is now available in a slightly smaller case that measures 38 mm in diameter. A self-winding mechanical movement watch, it features instant date change over a short span of time, on the order of three minutes. This watch is available in four versions: steel or 18-carat pink gold on a leather strap, steel on steel and 18-carat pink gold bracelet, or steel with a solid steel bracelet.
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Featuring a woven filigree case, the Pathos Princess is wreathed in a lattice of 18-carat rose gold. The bi-coloured bracelet, comes with individual links made of polished rose gold elements and stainless steel and ornamentational dial. This watch is available in stainless steel, with the case, or the case and bracelet set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
LUC Power Control
This longtime classic now comes with a mechanical movement that beats at a frequency of 8 Hz, which is 57,600 vibrations per hour. With a 60-hour power reserve, the case of this watch has a high-grade black machined ceramic, which is in harmony with the sunburst satin-brushed black dial. This avant-garde model features monobloc matt black ceramic lugs and case-back. The strap is a highly durable fire-retardant technical fabric, with a titanium pin buckle.
Column-Wheel Single Push Piece
The Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph models take their inspiration from the first chronograph wristwatches developed by Longines in 1913. This year?s model houses the L788 calibre, a monopusher movement developed by ETA and, is equipped with a column-wheel measuring 13? lines. All the chronograph functions can be controlled by simply pressing the single push-piece. Two of the models have a well-rounded case, available in steel and in rose gold. The third model in steel is fitted with moving lugs. On all three versions, the movement?s blue column wheel can be admired through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. All the models are fitted with a brown alligator strap.
The dial of this mechanical timepiece is complete with central hour, minute and seconds hands, which are crafted from 18-carat gold and coated with Super-LumiNova. There is also a date window at the 3 o?clock position. The model featuring a blue mother-of-pearl dial is available with a diamond-paved bezel, a smooth stainless steel case and a
Ceramic touch technology made its world premiere at Rado in 2013 and makes a return this year. In this model, touch the ceramic case at 9 and 3 o?clock simultaneously and watch time fly as the Rado magic swaps the times on the dials. Presented in matt black with rose gold coloured details and polished black on a ceramic bracelet.
Carrera 5 Day-Date Automatic 41 mm
The very essence of the Carrera legend is expressed within its 41 mm diameter. The watch has rose gold-plated hands, polished and satin-brushed indexes. The date window with its polished sides provides a simultaneous day-date display, while the entirely polished case may be fitted with an ergonomic bracelet featuring H-shaped links or an alligator leather strap for a more traditional look.
T-Touch Lady Solar
With a cockpit of touch-activated functions and a cocktail of sophisticated styling elements, in this timepiece, the ample solar panel hide behind the dial, leaving space for an easily readable digital screen to display activated information. The watch comes in a steel case and boasts tactile sapphire crystal glass material. The dial and bracelet are white in colour.
This classic chronograph watch is limited to a production run of just 500 pieces. It has a 43 mm (1.7 in) case in Grade II Titanium that?s been sandblasted matte gray, the dial is in the same monochrome grey. The watch is powered by a mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding. As the name suggests, the Dive Master 500 is water resistant to up to 500 meters (1,650 ft), and features protected screw down crown and push buttons.
Compiled by team at Basel: Amy Fernandes, Anita Khatri, Ashok Khemlani, Kapil Tolani