Baselworld and Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) are two of the world’s leading annual watch shows. The biggest names in luxury jewelry convene in Switzerland each year to reveal their latest designs and advancement in watch technology. Here are a few of the top models from some of our favorite designers!
This redesign of Breitling’s highly successful Superocean Héritage line, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is dedicated to modern day explorers. In homage to their 1957 Superocean professional diving watch, Breitling has created the Superocean Héritage line which combines the unique character of the original 1957 piece with cutting-edge technology. The main development is a new steel bezel with an ultra-hard high-tech ceramic ring that is scratchproof as well as extremely shock-resistant. By eliminating the metal ring surrounding the minute circle, the bezel appears to form a seamless whole with the dial, which is in a matching color and adorned with the original Superocean logo. We love the unusual shape of the hands (triangular for the hours and diamond-like for the minutes), along with the slightly cone-shaped hour-markers, both of which reinforce ties with the 1957 model. The Superocean Héritage II is available in black, blue and bronze. In addition to leather, rubber or crocodile straps, all models can be fitted with a steel mesh bracelet to echo the original version.
Stepping away from Baselworld, we took a look at Cartier's big launch at SIHH. First created in the 80s and discontinued in the early 2000s, Cartier's iconic watch collection, Panthère de Cartier, is back and now more contemporary than ever. More like a beautiful piece of jewelry, this classic standout is a must have for any stylish woman. Powered by quartz movement, the Panthère features a square case with screwed-down bezel and linked brick-lay bracelet with a concealed folding clasp. The Panthère comes in two sizes, small (22 mm) and medium (27mm), and is available in a variety of metals and finishes including steel, yellow gold, pink gold, and white gold and diamonds. There is also a limited edition pink gold with black lacquered links inspired by the spotted panther motif, which was extensively explored by Cartier's legendary design director, Jeanne Toussaint.
With the Seamaster Plant Ocean “Big Blue,” Omega dove deep into the art of ceramic watchmaking and created this impressive combination GMT and divers’ watch from a single block of blue ceramic. The 45.5 mm watch features a blue ceramic dial with an orange GMT track. To add some sparkle, the hands and indexes are in 18K white gold with a white Super-LumiNova coating. Water resistant to 600 meters, the “Big Blue” also features a blue ceramic bezel with a Liquidmetal® numerals diving scale. A blend of orange rubber and ceramic covers the first 15 minutes. Even the back of the “Big Blue” is impressive. It shows Omega innovation at its best with a patented ceramic Naiad Lock that keeps the engraved wording pleasingly in position all in a wave-edged screw-in caseback. Finishing off the piece is a blue rubber strap with orange stitching and orange edges that has been designed to give the appearance of being fabric. The perfect watch to add to any diver or watch enthusiast’s collection. In stores October 2017.
A must have for any world traveler! The Sky-Dweller by Rolex features a dual-time zone display with the reference time indicated via a 24 hour format rotating disc on the dial, an innovative annual calendar named Saros that only requires one date adjustment a year, and a month display by means of 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial. The rotatable Ring Command bezel makes it easy to set all watch functions, and its Oyster case guarantees waterproof up to a depth of 100 meters (330 feet). Originally only available in gold, this classic watch is now available for the first time in a choice of yellow Rolesor or white Rolesor, a combination of 904L steel and 18 kt yellow or white gold. Rolesor, the marriage of one noble and precious metal to another known for its strength and reliability, has been a signature Rolex feature since 1933. The dials also now feature rectangular index hour markers and longer hands. A Chromalight display with long-lasting luminescence enhances legibility. If you’re looking to travel in style this year, this is the watch for you.
Introducing the newest member of the famous Heritage Black Bay family, the Black Bay Chrono. The Black Bay Chrono is its first chronograph powered by the Manufacture Calibre MT5813, which boasts a 70-hour power reserve as well as a silicon balance spring and certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. It also features a column wheel mechanism and vertical clutch. In keeping with the Black Bay aesthetic, the 41mm watch includes the famous snowflake hands, which has been a brand signature since 1969, set against a domed matt black dial for optimal readability. The Black Bay Chrono is available in a riveted bracelet inspired by TUDOR watches of the 50s and 60s or a rich, brown leather strap. Each watch also comes with a complimentary woven denim-style fabric strap, a signature of the Heritage line. The navy blue strap is woven on 19th century Jacquard looms by a 150-year-old family firm from the region of St-Etienne.
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