Up to CHF 5,000
Bell & Ross
BR05 Blue Steel
The French manufacturer Bell & Ross became known for its square watches designed like aircraft cockpit instruments. With its BR05 line it has created a sophisticated sports watch with an integrated steel bracelet. Thanks to the glittering satinised bracelet, which merges seamlessly into the case, the entire watch looks as if it has been cast in a single piece. The luminous blue dial with the familiar clear Bell & Ross numerals and indexes creates a beautiful colour accent at the centre of the brushed and polished steel surface.
The Speedmaster model from Omega is one of the most historic wristwatches of our time. This model was selected and tested by NASA in the 1960s as the official watch for the American space programme. In 1969 it was the first wristwatch to be worn on the moon. Its clearly designed dial proved ideal for use in space. The chronograph function was useful for many missions. This iconic watch is powered by a hand-wound movement.
The new product from the factory in Grenchen is designed for sportsmen and -women, and gleams with a feather-light case made from Breitlight, an extremely durable carbon fibre compound. The chronograph has a stopwatch function precise to one tenth of a second and is powered by a thermocompensated SuperQuartz calibre with a chronometer certificate. The watch is available in five colour accents and is worn with a matching coloured rubber strap. Colourful fabric straps are also available as optional features made from Econyl, a hard-wearing plastic made from fishing nets recycled from the sea.
Up to CHF 10,000
The manufacturer from Le Locle has a long seafaring tradition. The new diver’s watch, the Diver X, is no exception. In its 44 mm black titanium case this sporty watch is waterproof to a depth of 300 m. The obligatory rotating bezel to set the diving time is designed with a carbon fibre inlay and this look is continued on the dial. The watch also boasts the large X characteristic of watches from this family. Inside, the watch is powered by the manufacturer’s reliable automatic UN-118 calibre with a power reserve of 60 hours. The matching display on the dial always shows how much energy the watch has left. This model is limited to 300 units individually numbered.
Combined with the blue crocodile leather strap, the sun-brushed royal blue dial gives this diver’s watch an aristocratic and formal touch. The refined mechanism to lock the crown for diving reveals that the construction of this watch was once designed for professional use under water. A further speciality from Panerai is the so-called “sandwich dial”. The luminous material is applied to a lower dial and shines through the milled numerals and indexes of the upper plate.
Inside this watch beats a calibre that made history. In 1969 the movement with the name El Primero became the first chronograph calibre with a self-winding mechanism. The design of this Chronomaster model also refers back to that time. The large overlapping coun- ters in three colours are very striking.
Up to CHF 15,000
The Geneva-based brand Franck Muller made a breakthrough with its traditional tonneau shape. No wonder that his “Vanguard” sports line is also based on this elegantly shaped case. The chronograph with its striking numerals on the domed dial is powered by a movement with a self-winding mechanism. This feather-light watch is made from matt titanium and is operated by two buttons elegantly inte- grated into the case. The blue of the dial is subtly reflected by the crocodile strap.
The design of this sporty pilot’s chrono- graph is rather untypical for Breguet and refers back to the 1950s when Breguet was the official supplier to the French Air Force. Accordingly, this watch comes across as clear and unambiguous. The chronograph calibre with a self-winding mechanism is manufactured in house and decorated to a high level with every trick of the trade. It even has a flyback function that allows the running stop- watch to be set to zero at any time and then begins to count the seconds once more without interruption.
The design of the Polaris model from the manufacturer Jaeger- LeCoultre originally dates from the 1960s. At that time, this espe- cially robustly built watch was designed to accompany scientific expeditions to the most inhospita- ble places on earth. Even today, the model radiates the spirit of a measur- ing instrument for explorers. Its dial is clearly designed for optimum readabil- ity, while an exquisite factory movement with a chronograph and self-winding mechanism works on the inside.
Up to CHF 30,000
Bovet by Pininfarina
The exclusive Swiss watch brand Bovet, which is still in private ownership, has partnered with the Italian design firm Pininfarina, which has created some of the most beautiful cars in the world. The watches from this line combine the dis- tinctive features of Bovet – such as the crown at twelve o’clock – with the Italians’ irresistible sporty quality. Beneath its technical appearance in matt black and an impressive 45 mm case is concealed a movement with chronograph and self-winding mechanism.
Seamaster Diver 300M
The Seamaster Professional Diver 300M immediately became a legend as soon as it was launched in 1993. It builds on the maritime heritage of the House of Omega and combines it with innovation and design. The chronograph in Sedna gold will captivate with its lasered black ceramic bezel ring. The push button and dial are similarly made from polished black ceramic. The dial also features laser-engraved waves in relief. The watch is worn on the wrist with a rubber strap and is powered by the Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 9901, which you can view through the sapphire glass on the wavy-edged case back.
Grande SecondE SW
Jaquet Droz can also do sporty. This elegant brand from La Chaux-de- Fonds displays a perfect synthesis that you would scarcely have thought possible. And they have done so without abandoning the characteris- tic feature of the dial typical of Jaquet Droz with the large, off-centred second hand. The warm tone of the pink gold case harmonises with the matt black surfaces of the dial and rubber strap, while the structured bezel and mock screws on the dial of the 45 mm watch add functionality.
Up to CHF 40,000
Fifty Fathoms Automatique
Blancpain collections would now be inconceivable without the Fifty Fathoms models. This diver’s watch has become a reference point for the brand from the Vallée de Joux and has been continuously improved since its launch in 1953. While the case is made from red gold, which flatters with a warm hue, the cobalt-blue dial has been produced in a complex process from high-tech ceramic. The watch is powered by the tried and tested Blancpain calibre 1315 with a self-winding mechanism.
The Laureato model is a design icon from Girard-Perregaux. With its octagonal bezel and grooved dial it belongs to the avant-garde of the 1970s, a status that this timeless watch retains up to the present day. The silver dial with the “Clous de Paris” pattern, consisting of tiny pyramids, creates an aesthetic contrast to the warm colour of the 34 mm case and the link bracelet made from pink gold with satinised and polished surfaces. The octagonal bezel is studded with diamonds in graduating sizes. This ladies’ watch is powered by the quartz calibre GP 013100-0002.
The design of the Overseas dates from the 1970s when many manufacturers were experimenting with new shapes for their cases. The round, knurled bezel contrasts with the flat brushed case made from pink gold, which merges seamlessly into the integrated alligator leather strap. The strap can be removed with a press of a button on the back and can be replaced with a sturdy, waterproof strap made from rubber. The back of the watch is enriched with sapphire glass and displays an auto- matic movement from the Geneva manufacturer.
Up to CHF 516,960
The skeletonised watch movement with a star pattern makes the Excalibur model look as light as a feather. The titanium case also contributes to the 45 mm watch weighing almost nothing at all. The design of the watch clearly shows that it was created in collaboration with the tyre manufacturer Pirelli. A further hint towards this collaboration is the design of the small winding weight that looks like the wheel of a super sports car. All the wheels of the movement can be observed at work both from the front and the back.
It isn’t enough to know where the light comes from – it is better to know where it’s heading. With their dynamic FLOW watches, HYT is leading the watchmak- er’s art into a new era. A specially devel- oped microgenerator, activated by a push button, stores and releases the power required to activate eight or 13 LEDs that distribute their light evenly across the dial. Power and light combine here in a bold, asymmetrical 51-mm case, making this timepiece an “instant classic”.
The GMT Sport from Greubel Forsey opens a new chapter with its lightweight tita- nium case and the rubber strap, which is available in blue or black. The watch has a deliberately sporty appearance with its arched case, which nonetheless looks round from above. But inside, the open-work mechanism presents the familiar quality standard and the customary look of this headstrong watchmaking duo from La Chaux-de-Fonds. The GMT function is supplemented by a three-dimensional, rotating globe and a disc with 24 world cities which is visible from the back. On the dial side you are surprised by the curved hands held by an arched bridge, which follow the shape of the glass. The hand-wound movement provides 72 hours’ power reserve. A separate display gives information about the power reserve.