The best of Baselworld 2018 (1)

This is the first of a series of posts featuring some of the pieces seen this year at Baselworld, the world's most important watch show.
With the Golden Bridge Joachim Horsley, Corum’s skeletonised watch debuts with a metalized substrate made of sapphire crystal, onto which an excerpt from the original score of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is printed. Corum collaborated with Reuge to create a casket containing a musical mechanism that plays Joachim Horsley’s interpretations of three melodies by Bach, Mahler and Beethoven.

With gleaming red ceramic, Hublot underscores its expertise in the discipline of materials research. Not only is this red colour difficult to achieve in ceramic cases, but the ceramic developed for the Big Bang Unico Red Magic also has an uncommonly high degree of hardness.

Jacquet Droz takes the dial design reflecting the label’s figure-eight shape and adds a moon phase to it. Crafted from rose gold and an onyx moon disk, the moon phase, which needs to be adjusted only after 122 years, takes centre stage on the black grand-feu enamel face of the Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel.

The Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater ref. 5531R combines two complications: the minute repeater and world time. As a result, this timepiece boasts a world time minute repeater that chimes the local time wherever you are. Equipped with the new R 27 HU caliber, manufactured in-house, the wearer of this masterpiece can set the hour strike to the nearest second, using the 24-hour display of the world time mechanism.

The Tudor Black Bay divers’ watch is now available with a GMT function that establishes local time without losing sight of the time in two other time zones. Fitted with the manufacture Calibre MT5652, the Black Bay GMT sports a distinctive burgundy and blue bezel.

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