Watch News: Time Zone

27 Nov 2019

1. AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Douglas Bader Chronograph

AVI-8 watches, with the Douglas Bader Foundation has launched this Limited Edition timepiece, which commemorates and draws inspiration from the life, times and ethos of WWll flying ace double amputee Sir Douglas Bader. In addition to a lump sum donation, AVI-8 will donate 10 per cent of sales of the watch to the Foundation, which advances and promotes the mental and spiritual welfare of persons who are without one or more limbs, or otherwise physically disabled. With either a leather or NATO strap, the dial features a seconds hand with the silhouette of Bader’s Hawker Hurricane.

2. BREMONT H-4 Hercules

This Limited Edition chronometer salutes the iconic ‘Spruce Goose’ flying boat of the 1940s – the vast silver ship is as legendary as its inventor Howard Hughes. Limited to 300 stainless steel, 75 rose gold and 75 platinum pieces, the Bremont H-4 Hercules is a fusion of micro-engineering, watch design and aviation history. The 25 jewel Bremont BWC/02 movement is based on the original proprietary automatic BWC/01 calibre built in partnership with La Joux Perret, and is housed in a 43mm case.

3. FERRAGAMO

First appearing in the 1970s as the clasp of a handbag designed by Fiamma Ferragamo, the Gancini ornament is the emblem of the Maison, symbol of its history and aesthetics. The new Double Gancini model pays tribute through the bracelet (also available with different colour leather straps). The small rectangular face features a sunray dial, with a red cabochon on the crown.

From left to right: AVI-8, Bremont, FerragamoWatches 1

4. G-SHOCK Full Metal by CASIO

The first titanium watch in the Full Metal range, this model has the signature heavy look associated with G Shock… but is much lighter. This limited edition watch with camouflage pattern bracelet, is created with a laser engraving process that produces a dot pattern of three sizes on the black IP-treated bezel and band.

5. CERTINA DS-1 Powermatic 80

For an elegant or sporty look, this new Swiss-made watch comes with easily-switched stainless steel bracelet and calfskin strap and polished/satin-brushed stainless 40mm steel case. The domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass sits over a sunray finish silver-coloured dial. The automatic movement has a power reserve of 80 hours.

6. RAYMOND WEIL Limited Edition Freelancer

The Swiss watchmaker pays tribute to legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix with its newest Limited Edition Freelancer chronograph, inspired by the musician’s Woodstock performance. Hendrix was known for his signature left-handed guitar technique, visible in the Fender guitar counterweight design of the second hand. He wore a cyan blue ensemble with an Aztec guitar strap on the Woodstock stage; the colour is accented on the second and sub-dial hands while the embossed design on the watch face echoes the Aztec pattern.

From left to right: G-Shock, Certina, Raymond Weilwatches 2

7. EMILE CHOURIET Challenger Deep

This new watch, with its sturdy rubber strap, features a graduated dial that draws the eye to a dark red centre that fades to black towards its black ceramic bezel. Red was selected by studying colourful coral reefs, a natural habitat for the 300 metre water resistant watch, which houses an Emile Chouriet-modified ETA 2825 automatic movement (Calibre EC9316) in a 42.5mm stainless steel case.

8. TUDOR Black Bay Bronze

Following the introduction of the first bronze model, a Black Bay with a chocolate brown dial, TUDOR continues to explore the bronze material with its characteristic patina. A new colour scheme based on slate grey now embellishes the dial and bezel of this divers' watch, whose aesthetics change over time and whose naval inspiration is echoed in the detail. The watch also offers high technical performance thanks to its Manufacture Calibre MT5601.

9. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Wallace Collection

This latest collection of watches by Vivienne Westwood pays homage to the Wallace Collection, London – a national museum that presents its collections surrounded by original 18th century architectural features and a distinctive charm reminiscent of the era. Each piece in the collection features an ornate dial pattern inspired by the interiors of the Wallace Collection, the walls of which are covered with sumptuous coloured silk and velvet wallpaper.

From left to right: Emilie Chouriet, Vivienne Westwood, Tudor watches 3

10. INGERSOLL Trenton Watch Co 1887

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The Trenton Watch Co was one of the first movement suppliers to Ingersoll and became a major partner in the brand. Ingersoll subsequently purchased the movement maker in 1908, making it one of the largest watch factories in the world. The limited edition (500 pieces), Swiss made timepiece is powered by an ETA F06.411 movement and features luminous dial markers and hands, stainless steel case and leather strap.

Watch News

The SIHH show in Geneva has been renamed Watches & Wonders and has moved from its former slot in January to 25th-29th April, 2020. The show, which was created 30 years ago when Richmont’s watch brands decided to leave BaselWorld and set up their own show, will have a revitalised format and will target a wider audience.
Meanwhile BaselWorld will open as W&W closes, running from 30th April to 5th May, 2020. (In 2021 BaselWorld will take place three weeks earlier, in response to a number of exhibitors and visitors who say that April/May is too late.)

The next edition of the show will see a new area: the ‘Community District’ – a space located in the heart of Hall 1.0, with large, two-level, contemporary, transparent buildings housing two-to-three brands each. The move has lured back the likes of Maurice Lacroix which pulled out of BaselWorld last year.

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