Brands large and small introduced new escapements at the recent Baselworld, a consequence of the scheduled end of deliveries from Swatch Group, the biggest supplier of parts, and while technologies differ, recourse to silicon is a common denominator.
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Oris, TAG Heuer, Breitling, Rolex, Patek Philippe and Blancpain were among the brands to introduce new in-house calibres at Baselworld. A brief presentation of these "engines", all unprecedented, of course.
Baselworld 2014 came to a close having once again succeeded in bringing together around 150,000 attendees (including representatives from exhibiting companies, buyers, journalists and other visitors) from every continent, underlining its position as the most important marketplace and trend-setting event for the world's watch and jewellery industry. The eight outstanding show days were comprehensively covered by extensive global media presence. With enthusiastic feedback from all players, Baselworld 2014 ended on a high note, having met and exceeded expectations in terms of business, quality, media presence and exposure.
The Parisian firm introduces a new timepiece to its Le Temps de l'Imaginaire collection. After the Grandes Heures and Le Temps Suspendu, make way for the Dressage L'heure masquée and its playful perception of time.
The constant-force Logical One, with four patents to its name, was already a sensation. Now with the addition of a cover, with an opening for a dial and subdial, the Logical One becomes a new canvas for the métiers d'art.
Introduced in 1960, the Grand Seiko is without doubt the Japanese firm's number-one calling card for mechanical watches. Further proof this year with a high-frequency GMT that meets the standards imposed by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres.
Love is in the air for Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, or rather love of a job well done as a condition for lasting success. Which is exactly his wish for the watches that leave the brand's workshops, including the year's new launches, unveiled at Baselworld.
Although the strong Swiss franc, China or even Russia could cloud the picture.