Chopard + Omega + Patek Philippe are highlighted in Passions Arabia’s round-up of the first day at 2018’s Baselworld. Follow us at Passions Arabia throughout this years show for updates and views from the world’s largest watch and jewellery exhibition.
Chopard – The fine art of watchmaking in a new guise
This watch is a veritable marathon runner: with a power reserve that lasts for nine full days, Chopard’s legendary L.U.C Quattro now debuts in a new interpretation. One highlight is COSC-certified L.U.C hand-wound Calibre 98.01-L, which was developed and produced by Chopard Manufacture. It is distinguished by the patented Quattro technology. Its two pairs of stacked barrels endow this certified chronometer with a maximum of 216 hours of autonomous running, while simultaneously keeping it surprisingly slim with a low height of just 3.7 mm. This, in turn, gives the L.U.C Quattro a peerlessly slender and elegant profile, which welcomes a new dial entirely in tune with the times.
The dial is silver-toned and vertically satin-brushed across its entire surface, above which sweeps a set of blued and golden hands that match the 18-karat rose gold case. This timepiece features the signature L.U.C Quattro subdial at “6 o’clock”, where both the small seconds and a pointer-type date indicator are positioned. The scale’s graduations have been refined and simplified. Diametrically opposite at “12 o’clock”, the nine-day power-reserve display embodies another emblematic feature of the L.U.C Quattro. The case of the L.U.C Quattro measures 43 mm in diameter and is crafted from 18-karat rose gold.
It comes attached to a strap featuring styling and materials which are making their debut in the L.U.C collection. The bracelet is made of woven-effect blue calfskin with an alligator-leather lining. The modern spirit of its redesigned dial and its new strap, together with its Geneva Seal, make this a chronometer to be worn proudly and to be admired.
Timeless beauty with sophisticated details
At Baselworld 2018, Omega is presenting the De Ville Trésor, a new collection of ladies’ watches with diameters of thirty-nine and thirty-six millimetres. Classically styled but with a modern touch, this collection is distinguished by an extensive variety of executions, materials and colours. The attractively shaped cases are manufactured either from Sedna gold, which is Omega’s own alloy, or from stainless steel. Variously sized diamonds adorn each case’s flanks all the way to the horns. The crown too is embellished by a diamond solitaire. The gem is surrounded by a flower, applied in liquid red ceramic and composed of five intertwined Omega logos.
Large embossed or applied Roman numerals add expressive accents to the lacquered white, blue, grey, black, brown or silver-opaline dials. A white mother-of-pearl dial premieres on the model with the 36-mm-diameter case. Leather wristbands in matching colours consummate the stylish look. Another distinguishing feature of this new collection is the playful case back in “Her Time” design. Omega’s quartz Calibre 4061 faithfully keeps time inside the case.
Patek Philippe’s sound of time
The new Reference 5531R sounds local time anywhere in the world. In contrast to all other wristwatches of this type, the World Time Minute Repeater strikes local time rather than home time and can be conveniently set to the respective time zone via a separate pusher. Controlling the hour strike to one-second accuracy via the 24-hour display of the World Time mechanism is a horological feat that has never been accomplished so consummately and is in fact the subject of a patent application. The dial always shows the local time in the indicated city, aligned with the 12 o’clock position. The times of the other 23 world time zones are displayed opposite the respective place names by the concentric 24-hour scale, which doubles as a day/night indicator thanks to its two differently coloured ring halves.
The intelligent mechanism behind all this is the new self-winding Calibre R 27 HU, which combines 462 components. It is as artistically finished as the fascinating dial, which is adorned with a view of Lake Geneva crafted in cloisonné enamel. An elegant rose-gold case accommodates the movement and the World Time dial.