The news broke the previous summer – Nick Hayek reported that from 2019 onwards, Swatch Group and its brands would at this point don’t be present at Baselworld . As a result, the extravagance force to be reckoned with chose to arrange its own item presentation “Time To Move” for its most lavish brands: Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte Original, Harry Winston, Jaquet Droz and Omega. First for retailers in Zurich in March, and afterward for the press in every one of the brand’s Manufactures (with the exception of Glashütte Original). Held mid-May, the disclosing of these curiosities came later than expected and we were extremely inquisitive to perceive what astounds the Swatch Group top of the line brands had in store for us. Here are our number one watches from “Time To Move” – which we have restricted to only one watch for every brand.
Note: this choice depends on an agreement among the MONOCHROME group. It reflects our preferences of the watches divulged during “Time To Move”. On the off chance that there are other watches you’d love to specify, don’t hesitate to share these in the comment area toward the finish of this article.
Blancpain Air Command Chronograph
We were expecting new Villeret models and expecting another vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms. We got this and, specifically, the cool Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Re-edition . What came as an astonishment, in any case, was the Air Command Chronograph . A re-edition of a rare Blancpain Pilot Chronograph from the last part of the 1950s, the Air Command marks all the cases. Presented in steel, this attractive restricted edition remains devoted to the first with a couple of concessions to advancement. At 42.5mm in distance across, it comes with a ultra-vintage bi-compax dial outlined by a tachymeter scale. Inside is the type F388B, a high-frequency flyback chronograph outfitted with a vertical grasp, a section wheel, silicon parts for the regulator and a propeller-formed rotor.
Quick facts: 42.5mm steel case – water-resistant to 30m – programmed type F388B, section wheel flyback chronograph – calfskin lash with pin clasp – CHF 18,500 – restricted edition of 500 watches – For more data, visit w
Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395
One of the things that consistently stuns us when visiting the Breguet Manufacture is the way enormous the completing and design (specifically the anglage, etching and guillochage workshops) divisions are. The new Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395 is an exercise in the craft of artfulness and development adornment. Still 41mm in distance across and simply 7.7mm thick, this new form of the brand’s programmed super slim tourbillon comes in either pink gold or platinum. Its openworked development and fringe rotor offer an unrestricted perspective on its inward workings and brilliantly completed components. Genuinely impressive handwork.
Quick facts: 41mm x 7.70mm pink gold or platinum case – water-resistant to 30m – programmed type 581SQ with hours, minutes and little seconds on the tourbillon – crocodile leather tie with collapsing clasp – CHF 220,000 in pink gold – For more data, visit www.breguet.com
Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Tourbillon
Naturally, the enormous astonishment at Glashütte Original is the brand’s return to plunge watches, with the SeaQ collection. Anyway for us, their most striking watch is the Senator Chronometer Tourbillon . The Senator Chronometer was already a top choice among the MONOCHROME group, it presently reaches new statures with this tourbillon rendition. Inspired by the raison d’être of a Tourbillon – rate precision – its development joins a stop-seconds, a zero-reset and brief detent to ensure hyper-precise time setting! The refined architecture of the dial and development is comprised of different levels, uncovered areas and sumptuous completions. Excellent and in fact impressive.
Quick facts: 42mm platinum case – water-resistant to 50m – manual-winding type 58-05 with hours, minutes and little seconds on the tourbillon – crocodile leather lash with collapsing clasp – EUR 150,000 – restricted to 25 pieces – For more data, visit www.glashuette-original.com
Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 10
Harry Winston presented a rich assortment with various women’s watches exhibiting impressive gems work or métiers d’art. Focusing on men’s watches, the most striking creation is the last section of a long arrangement – the Histoire de Tourbillon 10 . Created with Complitime, this monster of a watch is regulated by no less than four 36-second tourbillon regulators, with three differentials averaging their rates. The result isn’t maybe the most discreet watch of the year (clearly), in any case, regarding pure watchmaking aptitude, this is one genuinely impressive watch.
Quick facts: 53.3mm x 39.1mm pink gold, white gold or platinum case – water-resistant to 30m – manual-winding type HW4702 with hours, minutes and force reserve sign, four 36-second tourbillons – crocodile leather lash with pin clasp – from CHF 700,000 – For more data, visit www.harrywinston.com
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph
The Jaquet Droz 2019 curiosities are steady and coherent zeroing in on the brand’s fields of ability and particular style – métiers d’arts, stone dials, automata (with the great and graceful Magic Lotus of this current year) and new forms of its signature Grande Seconde. The new monopusher chronograph form of its leader Grande Seconde assortment is, as per our article group, this year’s feature. Joining a chronograph without adjusting its plan, this modern and rich watch comes in a 43mm case. The gold adaptation with finish dial offers an exemplary execution while the steel models come with a turn, its winding crown is situated at 4 o’clock.
Quick facts: 43mm pink gold or steel case – water-resistant to 30m – self-winding type 26M5R monopusher segment wheel chronograph – gator leather lash with collapsing clasp – from CHF 20,000 in steel – For more data, visit www.jaquet-droz.com
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph
Omega accompanied a variety of new watches this year. Obviously, there are the Speedy restricted editions that praise the 50th commemoration of the Moon arrival, new Seamasters (specifically the white artistic dial Seamaster 300m ) or the rich and downplayed Omega De Ville Trésor 40mm in steel . Nonetheless, the watch that will be remembered for this present year is the Chronograph adaptation of the Seamaster Diver 300M , a watch that got a facelift a year ago on its 3-hand model. It is currently an ideal opportunity for the chrono to get the new plan and materials, however it additionally comes now with an impressive in-house Master Chronometer development, the type 9900 with segment wheel/vertical grasp architecture. Most amazing aspect all, the value remains very well disposed thinking about what you receive in return, beginning at CHF 6,600 in steel. Bi-shading and strong gold models are additionally available.
Quick facts: 44mm steel or steel-and-gold case – water-resistant to 300m – self-winding type 9900 with hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph – elastic lash with pin clasp or steel wristband with collapsing catch – CHF 6,600 in steel – For more data, visit www.omegawatches.com