In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Gruen was a horological force to be reckoned with. Along with Bulova, Hamilton, and Elgin, Gruen was one of the four pillars that propped up the American watch industry. Its headquarters on Time Hill outside Cincinnati became a hub of manufacturing, with all solid gold cases, crystals, and straps that the company sold being made right in Time Hill.
Tudor is expanding its Black Bay line with a new model offering a multiple time-zone function – also known as a GMT – that establishes local time without losing sight of the time in two other time zones.
“Sold!” On November 11, 2017 the auctioneer’s hammer at Christie’s, Geneva, sealed the fate of the Arpal 1 watch. This unique object, designed and developed by the LAURENT FERRIER and URWERK watchmaking firms, gained considerable press attention among the lots at the Only Watch 2017 charity auction. The story therefore has an epilogue. LAURENT FERRIER and URWERK have developed and signed four watches, poles apart from Arpal 1 in colours and finishes.
Introduced by Glashütte Original last year, the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar is equipped with an ingenious self-winding movement, the Calibre 36, defining new standards in terms of precision, stability and running time. At Baselworld 2018, Glashütte Original is now presenting the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition, expressly designed to reveal the beauty and the architecture of this movement.
In 1968, just three years after Seiko’s first diver’s watch was made, Seiko’s engineers raised the bar with a Hi-Beat diver’s watch with 300 meter water resistance that was one of the foundation stones on which Seiko’s future diver’s watch development was based. It had a 10 beats per second high-precision automatic calibre, a one-piece structure, screw-down protection crown and unidirectional rotating bezel. In 2018, that watch is remembered by Seiko in a commemorative edition that brings the latest in Seiko’s high technology watchmaking to professional and amateur divers.
Founded in Copenaghen in 1773 and now based in Bienne/Biel, Urban Jürgensen celebrates its 245th anniversary at Baselworld 2018 with a new addition to its Jules Collection, the Reference 2140 in white gold and black dial.
The Grande Seconde is one of the symbols of the unique watchmaking style of Jaquet Droz. While several variations of this model have been created over the years, this is the first time that the brand presents a sapphire dial integrated within a skeleton composition and it is not a coincidence that such stylistic turning point is happening on occasion of the 280th anniversary of the Swiss watchmaker.
With the new Navitimer 1 Automatic 38, unveiled on occasion of Baselworld 2018, Breitling expands the Navitimer collection in line with that past.
Dedicated to the Apollo 8 space mission, the first to orbit around the moon, the new Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 presented by Omega at Baselworld 2018 is like no other model in this line. In fact, it features a decorated version of Omega's famous Moonwatch movement which is visible from both sides thanks to a skeletonised dial. And like the moon, each side is different. The dial-side is a light shade to represent our view of the moon’s surface from Earth, while the back of the watch delves into the dark side that only astronauts get to see.
The iconic Heuer Carrera chronograph was launched in 1963. In 2018, on occasion of Baselworld, TAG Heuer celebrates the 55th anniversary of the model unveiling the new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph GMT, powered by the Heuer 02 manufacture movement and offering a GMT function, a very useful complication for business and leisure travelers.