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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Best of the Rest at Baselworld 2013

Ernst Benz Officer ChronoLunar

My roundup of products that I saw at Baselworld 2013 comes to an end with these products from various brand manufacturers and retailers. All are boldly masculine and nearly all have a sports angle and chronometer functions. These are pieces that are meant to express a lifestyle.

Ernst Benz Officer ChronoLunar (top photo)  
This 47mm watch is inspired by historical officer timepieces. The automatic Valjoux 7751 movement provides date, month, 24-hour display and moonphases. The chronograph provides hours, minutes and central seconds. It is available with a black or white dial.

Jeanrichard Aeroscope
The inspiration for this watch is the technical look of flight panel instruments. One important aspect of this watch is legibility, with large numerals and luminescent indexes in orange, white or black with a gray contrasting background. The dials come in rhodium-treated black or grey, vertical satin finishing and sunken counters with circular satin finishing, or in matt white. The cushion-shaped case in titanium is both light and robust. The movement is a self-winding JR66.

Accompanying the launch of the watch at Baselworld was Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who is best-known for ditching the Airbus A320 he was piloting in the Hudson River in New York City, January 15, 2009, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.

Charriol Gran Celtica Chrono
The 46mm size watch is powered by an ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. It is available in stainless steel, black PVD, silver and plum; or in stainless steel, black and racing-car red. The second-hand bears the Charriol ‘C’ insignia and the passing of the seconds is marked with a rotating turbine wheel. The watch is inspired by the engine of a Corvette racing car.

The dial displays Arabic numerals at 12, 4 and 8 o’clock, paired with a tachymeter around the case. Date and day appear at 3 o’clock. The dial is housed under a curved glass case that, depending on the angle of light, appears convex or concave.

Korloff Paris Voyager
The Voyager is for the discerning global traveler. The dual faced case and dual material strap has a vintage sporty side with a stainless steel case, natural black rubber strap, and three timezones. Its opposite side features an elegant dial with two timezones, high polished bezel, and a black alligator strap. The movements are an ETA Quartz 901.101 x 2 and ETA Quartz 980.106 x 3

Cuervo y Sobrinos
Its race-timing functions are combined with a design inspired by the brand's colors, with its signature touch of red. The chronograph has a 60 seconds counter and 60 minutes counter in the center; 12 hours counter at 6 o'clock (hours and minutes), small seconds at 3 o'clock, 24 hours at 9 o'clock, and date at 4:30. The dial has a honeycomb finish. It is powered by a Dubois Dépraz 2075 automatic movement. 

ContaTempo Scuderia CT-012
Designed by Enrico Margaritelli, this brand unveiled its first vintage sports racing collection at Baselworld 2013. These are quartz movement watches with chronograph functions and enamel dials that is inspired by and meant to operate like a stopwatch. The interchangeable perforated leather strap is the same leather utilized in luxury sports cars; handmade in Switzerland. The caseback pays a tribute to the Italian Flag with enamel colors.

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