Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights



It’s that time again. For seven days, the horological world had its eyes firmly set upon the complications, tourbillons and jewelled movements of the luxury watch industry.

Black was the new gold or steel, with many manufacturers announcing chunky timepieces in military, or aerospace, specification dull metal - none more so than Hublot with its monster 48mm All Black King. Hamilton’s Belowzero Auto 2826 married the black dial/black strap look with a rose gold case, and it’s been tested to a depth of 1000m.

The Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT Big Date BRG does what its title says; it’s a very big chronograph with dual time display and a fine British Racing Green (the BRG bit) half bezel. The Chanel J 12 Calibre 3125 is another all-black (with 18 carat gold features) watch, courtesy of its ceramic case and strap. Interestingly, it carries an Audemars Piguet Caliber AP3125 Movement that is visible via the clear crystal back.

We previewed the latest models from Bell & Ross a little while ago on Classic Driver, and its stand was a popular one at Baselworld 2008. Chopard will be a familiar name to Classic Driver readers, producing, as it does, the world famous Mille Miglia chronometers as well as other motoring-related ranges. New for 2008 at Basel was the Chronograph Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2008, celebrating the Swiss watchmaker’s association with the biennial historic races at the Principalité.

Finally, the most unusual exhibit came courtesy of Chronoswiss. The Wristmaster is a combination of chronometer and wristwatch. Nothing new there, I hear you say. You’d be wrong; for instead of a familiar multi-dialled creation, there are two watches on one strap. Well, you can’t knock them for lack of innovation...

Anyway, choosing a watch is very much down to personal taste, so we can offer the following for your consideration, all new at Baselworld 2008:

Arnold & Son

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

True Moon


Bell&Ross

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

BR Instrument Minuteur Tourbillion

Blancplain

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Chronograph Speed Command

Breguet

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Classique 5247 Complication

Breitling

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Breitling for Bentley GMT Chronograph

Bulgari

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Diagono Professional Aria

Carl F. Bucherer

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Patravi TravelTec FourX

Video Caliber CFB A1000




Chanel

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

J 12 Claibre 3125

Chopard

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Chronograph Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2008

Chronoswiss

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Wristmaster

Corum

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Admiral’s Cup Leap Second 48

de Grisogono

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Meccanico dG

Eberhard & Co

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Chrono4 Grande Taille

Graham

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Chronofighter Oversize GMT Big Date BRG

Hamilton

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Belowzero Auto 2826

Hermès

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Clipper Sport H1

Video Clipper Sport H1




Hublot

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

All Black King

Omega

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Seamaster Diver 300 m „James Bond 007 Collector’s Piece“

Oris

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

BC4 Flight Timer

Raymond Weil

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Nabucco Cuore Caldo

Tag Heuer

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Carrera Chronograph Calibre 17 RS Roségold

Ulysse Nardin

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Freak Blue Phantom

Zenith

Baselworld 2008: Classic Driver Presents the Highlights

Defy Xtreme Zero-G Tourbillion

Text: Classic Driver
Photos: Uhrenmarken



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