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Tudor re-releases the Heritage Chrono Blue for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Original Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue from 1973

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New Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Basel 2013

40 years ago, Tudor released the Heritage Chrono Blue in 1973. This Basel 2013, Tudor brought this watch back into the collection  to relaunch the brand into the US with a bang.

The entire watch world is waiting for the arrival of Tudor into the US market.  What better way to do so than by paying homage to a true classic. Stylistically, when you look at this watch, it has the feel and look of a Paul Newman vintage Rolex Daytona from the sixties.

They definitely reproduced this watch as close to the original specs as possible, at the same time they added some nice touches to the crowns and pushers. Even though the dial is pretty much the same, it appears cleaner, boulder and less busy than the original. The date wheel is smaller and more subtle making the dial look less crowded.

The case is a good size at 42 mm and is made out of stainless steel. This watch is fitted on a stainless steel oyster looking bracelet which is timeless and also comes with an additional nylon strap and buckle for a more casual sporty feel.  The movement is an ETA 2892 with a module for the chronograph which is made specifically for Tudor.

I know Tudor is going after the three to five thousand dollar market and with watches like this they will be sure to own it.

Technical specs for the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue ref#70330B

The case, in stainless steel, measures 42mm. It has a sapphire crystal and it is water resistant to 150 meters. It features a bidirectional rotatable 12-hour graduated (48 positions) steel bezel for second time-zone display, blue disc.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Tudor caliber 2892 (base ETA) with chronograph module. It has a power reserve of 42 hours. 45-minute totalizer at 9 o’clock and small seconds hand at 3 o’clock with date at 6 o’clock.

Swatch develops the unique System 51 for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Since 1983, Swiss brand Swatch has prided itself on making a reliable inexpensive timepieces that are entirely made in Switzerland.

To carry on the tradition of the brands philosophy, this Basel 2013, Swatch released the System 51. The system 51 is a unique proprietary automatic movement of Swatch that’s entirely made by robots, 100% Swiss and is slated to sell for less than $150.

This is remarkable as Swiss movements are amongst the best and most reliable. The entire movement is made out of ARCAP (an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc, which is highly anti-magnetic).

This automatic movement is comprised of 51 parts held together with one screw. The watch has a 90 hour power reserve and has a unique escapement, no regulator needed, and the rate set with laser.

I am not entirely impressed with the particular style of it, but there is hope of versatility within the line I am sure as Swatch is one of the most innovative brands out there

The Omega “Moon Watch” takes a walk on the Dark Side of the moon for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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The Omega “Dark side of the Moon” watch

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The see through sapphire crystal case back and Omega Co-Axial 9300 movement

The Omega “Moon Watch” is in my top five favorite watches of all time. To be honest, if you told me I could have a stainless steel Rolex  Daytona or an Omega “Moon Watch” with the Lemania movement with open back, I would take the Omega Moon Watch in a heart beat.

The Omega “Moon Watch” tells an amazing story that will live on forever. This Basel 2013, Omega have taken their iconic Speedmaster further enhancing it by introducing  the “Dark Side Of The Moon” watch. What does this mean? Well. they have changed the aesthetic by going from stainless steel on a bracelet  to now making this watch available in black ceramic on a black utilitarian strap  The stainless steel version is a staple in their collection and will always be available, but this is a new novelty for Basel 2013.

Having the entire watch with the exception of the hour markers, hands and sub dials available in the new ceramic black finish makes the dial appear bolder, more legible, and gives it a much more masculine and rugged feel than the stainless steel version. As the watch is ceramic, it’s also much more durable and can resist the day to day hard knocks.

The hands and indices on the dial are polished white gold for the contrasting black dial, while the movement is the in house calibre 9300 reliable and well made co-axial escapement. The silicon balance spring is an added measure of stability to the movement, so much so that Omega offers a 4 year warranty on the movement when the industry standard is two years.

The new Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” watch is a sure fire winner and is already being well received from enthusiasts and watch collectors alike. This also gives Omega the opportunity to expand this collection into something far greater than it already is.

Technical Specs for the Omega “Dark Side Of  The Moon” Watch

The case, in black zirconium oxide ceramic, measures 44.25mm. It has a matt chromium nitride tachymeter scale as a bezel and an AR-coated sapphire crystal.

The hands and applied indeces are 18kt white gold. It is water resistant to 50 meters. The sapphire caseback features the inscription “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON”.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Omega in-house Co-Axial caliber 9300.

It is equipped with a Si14 silicon balance spring for added stability, allowing Omega to offer a 4 year warranty on the movement.

The strap is black Cordura fabric with black ceramic buckle

The Breguet Classique gets musical for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Breguet Classique 18k rose gold ref#7800BRAA9YV

Renowned  watch maker Breguet is arguably one of the top 5 watch brands available in the market today. I have always had respect and admiration for Breguet with their highly finished watch making and ingenuity executed through tradition and history. This year for Basel 2013, Breguet have decided to complete the trio of their alarm watch by making it available in 18 k rose gold. Before this Basel this watch was available exclusively in 18k white gold and 18k yellow gold.

This watch is like a music box on the wrist and boasts and impressive 48 mm case made out of solid 18 k rose gold. One may think the case may be too big for such a sophisticated and elegant technical timepiece such as this, but the size was made for practical reasons so that one could hear the alarm better so the alarm would resonate louder and clearer. I must say for such a complicated piece of technical genius, this watch is quite clean and very easy to read.

The dial of the this watch is made out of 18k white gold and rhodium plated with black roman numerals on the outer chapter ring, while the inner center dial rotates completely when the music is being played. The hands are the infamous Brequet patented pomme hands made out of polished blued steel for contrast. The extra steel blued hand is the alarm hand and distinguished from the other two hands with the musical clef symbol at the base. The lugs of this watch are welded on but completely seamless in its construction.

This watch has two crowns and two pushers. A crown located at the two o’clock position adjusts the time, while the crown at the 4 o’clock position winds the power reserve for the alarm, the indicator for the alarm is at the three o’clock position.  The pusher located at the eight o’clock position when pushed is to hear the alarm on demand which sounds for 20 seconds. The pusher at the 10 o’clock position when pushed is the on/off switch for the alarm which is indicated at the nine o’clock position. When the alarm is activated for real-time, it goes off for a full 60 seconds.

I had the opportunity to photograph, video and play with this watch in the white gold version and it’s absolutely incredible. The weight, the height, and the entire overall aesthetic of the watch scream everyday wearing because of the size while being incredibly luxurious and sophisticated with the incredible details of the case and dial. The best part is when the inner dial rotates once the alarm is activated, it will have your attention and keep you captivated because of the incredible pattern and synchronicity.

The only sad part is the watch has a solid engraved case back which you wouldn’t expect from such a highly complicated watch because you would definitely want to see the movement, but then again, I guess it would definitely affect the sound and pitch of the alarm. This watch comes packaged in a beautiful specialty resonance wood box for presentation as well as helps amplify the sound of the alarm.

This is definitely a real mans watch with a big price ticket.  Should you have close to $100,000 to play with and you want something completely beautiful, original, technical, complicated, easy to read that you can wear everyday, this new Breguet Classique alarm watch  in 18k pink gold is a must have.

Technical Specs for the Breguet Classique alarm in 18k rose gold ref#7800BRAA9YV

Case in 18-carat rose gold with the caseband engraved with a musical score. Full caseback. 48mm diameter.  Welded lugs with screw bars. Water resistant to 3 bar (30m).
Rotating dial, platinum plated and engine-turned. Individually numbered and signed BREGUET. Hours chapter with Roman numerals on the flange. Breguet open-tipped hands in polished steel. The centre of the dial rotates completely when the music is activated. On/off indicator for the sound in an aperture between 9 and 10 o’clock. Power-reserve indicator for the music in an aperture at 3 o’clock.
Self-winding movement. Numbered and signed BREGUET.  Cal. 901, 17 ¼ lignes, 59 jewels. Power reserve of 45 hours with sound on and 55 hours when set to silent. In-line Swiss lever escapement. Flat balance spring in silicon. 4Hz frequency. Adjusted in six positions.
Leather strap.

Case in 18-carat rose gold with the caseband engraved with a musical score. Full caseback. 48mm diameter.  Welded lugs with screw bars. Water resistant to 3 bar (30m).
Rotating dial, platinum plated and engine-turned. Individually numbered and signed BREGUET. Hours chapter with Roman numerals on the flange. Breguet open-tipped hands in polished steel. The centre of the dial rotates completely when the music is activated. On/off indicator for the sound in an aperture between 9 and 10 o’clock. Power-reserve indicator for the music in an aperture at 3 o’clock.
Self-winding movement. Numbered and signed BREGUET.  Cal. 901, 17 ¼ lignes, 59 jewels. Power reserve of 45 hours with sound on and 55 hours when set to silent. In-line Swiss lever escapement. Flat balance spring in silicon. 4Hz frequency. Adjusted in six positions.
Leather strap.

Will the new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II affect the sales of the white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II?

by amitdevhanda

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Rolex stainless steel Yacht-Master II

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Rolex 18k white gold Yacht-Master II

This year for Basel 2013, Rolex decided to complete their well received Yacht-Master II collection by making it available in stainless steel.

When the Yacht-Master II was released more than 5 years ago, this was only available in white gold and yellow gold. This was the first time that the patented Rolex Ring Command system was introduced where all the main functions of the watch are operated through the bezel.  Today, we have four variations of this watch available in 18 k white gold, 18 k yellow gold, stainless steel and 18k yellow gold and as of last week at Basel 2013, stainless steel.

Out of all the models up until now, the white gold model has been the one that collectors and enthusiasts have gravitated towards because of its neutrality and versatility and because it’s not as flashy as the 18k yellow gold model.  The problem with the white gold model is the weight of the watch being very heavy as is all 18k white gold as well as the price at almost $50,000. Now, I am not saying there is not a market for it amongst the wealthy and elite who have money to burn, but the new stainless steel model is definitely going to give this watch a serious run for its money.

I can only presume, that since the Rolex Steel and Gold model retails for $25,000, the new Stainless Steel version will retail for between $15,000-$20,000 which will be less than half the price of the white gold model. Besides the obvious difference in metals, both the stainless steel and white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II models are almost identical. The only distinguishing feature is that the new stainless steel version has a blue ceramic bezel and the 18 k white gold Yacht-Master II has an engraved brushed platinum bezel.

To be completely honest, from a practicality, legibility and durability standpoint, the new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II is much easier to read because of the contrasting blue ceramic bezel. Even though the Platinum ring command bezel on the white gold model is a very hard and superior material it can scratch. The watch functionality is exactly the same as well as the brushed and polished oyster bracelet.

For the same money as the white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II  model, you could absolutely own the new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II version and possibly two more additional Rolex Watches.

The new stainless steel Rolex Yacht-Master II is sure to be a winner because of it’s finishing, execution and price point which leads me to believe that it will definitely effect and cut in to the sales of the 18 k white gold Rolex Yacht-Master II.

Technical Specs for the Stainless Steel Rolex Yacht-Master II ref#116680

Model case
Oyster, 44 mm, steel
Movement
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, regatta chronograph
Dial
Matt white lacquer, blue lacquer small seconds counter
Bracelet
Oyster, three-piece solid links

Tudor release the FastRider Black Shield Chronograph for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Chronograph ref# 42000CR

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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Chronograph ref# 42000CN

There are very few watch brands I can say that really peak my interest. The new ones are either trying way too hard to copy the legends of time or they are so complicated that you need a PhD or some sort of NASA certification to actually set the time. 2013 is a landmark year for Rolex because of the 50th anniversary of the Daytona, it’s also a marks the year they are bringing back subsidiary brand Tudor to the US Market.

During the time frame of the Great Depression, 1946 to be exact, Hans Wilsdorf the Founder of Rolex introduced a subsidiary brand of Rolex known as Tudor. When most companies were lowering their prices and image, Hans Wilsdorf decided to introduce a new collection and brand that had reliability and quality like a Rolex but at a lower price point to make it more affordable. This Basel 2013, Tudor has introduced a new product line ready to launch in the US market this summer 2013.

I have always been a fan of Tudor watches , but now I am incredibly excited because up until now the market for well made watches between 3 thousand to 6 thousand dollars didn’t really exist. Rolex has very cleverly positioned Tudor to fill that price point and own that market share. This is right in line with the philosophy of founder Hans Wilsdorf,  making it more affordable and accessible without compromising quality, reliability and integrity.

So what makes Tudor different from Rolex besides price point? Well, Tudor doesn’t manufacture their movements like Rolex. They use work horse movements like ETA.  For the last 10 or more years, Tudor brand watches have been marketed and sold in most countries around the world including Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, South Africa, most countries in Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and countries South America, particularly Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela

I am excited to report that Tudor has introduced the FastRider Black Shield Chronograph for Basel 2013. This watch is basically a ceramic chronograph that has the visual aesthetic of the iconic Rolex Daytona. I love the fact they can take more risks with Tudor and experiment with design, composites, price points and complications . In a lot of ways, Tudor represents the side of Rolex that the public wants that Rolex actually has no problem executing and fulfilling. Rolex is a lot more traditional and historic while  Tudor is modern and accessible.

The Tudor FastRider Black Shield Chronograph is a serious winner because it’s well finished, everyday wearing and speaks to that real racing enthusiast who enjoys a chronograph function. Even though a little small for my liking, the 42 mm size is a great place to start. There are two dial options available, both black dials,  one with red indices and the other with luminous white indices.

The case  and bezel of the watch are black ceramic, while the chronograph pushers are steel and black PVD coated. Unlike most watches whose date wheels rest at the 4 o’clock position, this rests at the  4: 30 position. Both variations are available in two strap options in leather and rubber. This is actually a chronograph you can swim with as it’s water resistant to 150 meters and has screw down crown.

I don’t know the exact price, but I am guessing it to be at around the 6 thousand dollar mark plus or minus, which is a great place to be for a Chronograph that is basically made by Rolex.  Those of you who are gushing at the new Rolex Platinum Daytona and feel like you have been priced out of the market, now have something new, different, re-invented and stay within the Rolex Family. I have a feeling Tudor is going to create a mass hysteria and bring a whole new world of collectors by bringing this cult brand back to the US.

Technical Specs for the Tudor FastRider Black Shield Chronograph

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info courtesy of http://www.tudorwatch.com

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info courtesy of http://www.tudorwatch.com

Omega releases the Planet Ocean GMT for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Omega Planet Ocean GMT on stainless steel bracelet

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Omega Co-Axial escapement 8605 movement

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Planet Ocean GMT also available on blue rubber strap

As the Basel Fair 2013 is less than two weeks away, we are starting to slowly see some of the novelties they will be featuring at the fair. From my experience at the Basel Fair, The Swatch Group has an enormous presence with all of their brands, especially Omega.

I have always had respect for Omega, especially the Moon Watch. As of the last 5 years they have been stepping up their game with in house movements, design and other technical innovations enough for me to write about. To be honest, besides the new Moon Watch with co-axial escapement movement which was introduced two years ago, there is not really a watch from their collection I would wear, till now.

The new Omega  Sea Master Planet Ocean GMT was introduced yesterday as a sneak peak of what we can expect from Basel 2013. I got to tell you I am really digging this watch. It has all the right design elements of clean, understated simple yet interesting and timeless. From a design and movement perspective it’s fun yet functional and very well finished. The functions of the watch are time, date, second time zone function with rotating bezel.  The size of the watch is good enough at almost 44 mm and I am sure just by trying on Omega Planet Ocean watches in the past, its got a great weight to it.  I love how the blue and orange  colors play off of each other, its got a great nautical theme without being over the top.

GMT watches can be either really boring or really outlandish but I think Omega has answered the prayers of mine and many others by releasing something that will captivate your interest for years to come.

Technical Features for the Omega Sea Master Planet Ocean GMT

The case, in stainless steel, measures 43.5mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, and it is water resistant to 600 meters. It features a helium-release valve.

The movement is the Swiss automatic Omega in-house caliber 8605 with 38 jewels, 25,200 vph and a power reserve of 60 hours.

The Co-Axial equipped movement features a Silicon balance-spring and two barrels mounted in series with bi-directional winding. Rhodium-plated balance bridge and rotor, luxury finish with exclusive Geneva waves in Arabesque. It is a certified chronometer.

It is available on a steel bracelet or a rubber strap with deployant clasp.

Glashutte Original re-designs their iconic Senator collection for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Glashutte  Original new  Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase red gold

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Glashutte Original new Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase stainless steel

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Glashutte Original new Senator Panorama Date stainless steel on bracelet

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Glashutte Original new Senator Panorama Date red gold

Glashutte Original to me is the benchmark of German Watchmaking. This is probably one of the single most undervalued brands in the entire watch industry, especially for in an in-house luxury watch manufacture.

This year at Basel 2013, Glashutte Original have decided to launch the newly re-designed Senator collection in Red Gold and in Steel with Panorama Date and Panorama Date with moon phase. I am absolutely in love with this new re-design because it looks completely new and they have taken the world of modern and classic to produce the ultimate re-invention.

They have achieved this by subtle yet important changes to the bezel dial and case. The bezel has been recessed  to make room for a lacquered silver-grain dial whose finely textured sets the stage for bold black roman numerals and a timeless black railroad chapter ring.

These new watch cases are 40mm in diameter, with both polished and brushed surfaces, either in red gold or stainless steel. Crystals are sapphire and the matt black Louisiana alligator strap comes with a fold-ver clasp in gold or steel. A stainless steel bracelet is also available.

The Panorama date display is presented in black on an ivory ground matching the color of the dial, and new blued-steel “poire” shaped hands enhance it. The previous versions of the Panorama Date used a button at 8 o’clock to reset the second-hand to zero; the new version replaces the button with a corrector inset in the case.

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This new interpretation of the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase display features a polished silver moon moving on a deep blue disk representing the sky.

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What drives this incredibly technical German machine is in-house automatic caliber 100-03, the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase by the caliber 100-04, both with a 55 hour power reserve. The caliber 100 family features a screw balance with 18 weighted gold-coated screws, twin spring barrels, swan-neck fine adjustment, skeletonized 21kt rotor, and the exquisite finishing characteristics of the manufactory.

The most amazing part is that you don’t have to pay more for the new collection because the prices on all these brand new models will be the same as what the current retail prices are for the current collection.

Baselworld 2013

by amitdevhanda

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I just wanted to clarify for any of you out there how Baselworld in Basel Switzerland works. Every major watch brand exhibits in Baselworld every year to showcase their latest creations. This Fair is for retailers all over the world to see what the newest releases are and to place orders for the year for their store/stores as most of these brand have allocations.

Unless, you’re a member of the press or some how invited by the brand, the public is not allowed to go into these magnificent booths that the watch brands spend millions of dollars on to put on the event of the year. However, unlike other watch Fairs and Baselworld by far being the biggest ans surely one of the most important in the world, the general public is allowed to purchase day and group passes. You can definitely look from the outside of all these amazing booths where you can see the newest novelties in the windows.   This year Baselworld starts on April 25 and ends May 2 2013.  To get all the information you need on specifics for Baselworld 2013 please click here