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Superlative Timepieces To See At The Baselworld In March

Preparations for Baselworld 2019 are in full swing and exhibitors are presenting a first preview of their highlights for the year. The spectrum ranges from elegant retro-style manufacture chronographs and professional pilot’s watches to first-class examples of Swiss craftsmanship.

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph

The latest variant of the successful Manero Flyback Chronograph once again brings the timeless elegance of 1960s chronographs to aficionado’s wrists. This debutante boasts a 43-mm pink gold case with gentle curves and harmonious proportions that are unmistakably inspired by the distinguished style of the Swinging Sixties.

Swiss understatement likewise graces this newcomer’s black dial: embellished with a fine sunburst pattern, the pretty face shows the continually running seconds on a subdial at the “9” and the elapsed minutes at the “3”. Both the date at “three o’clock” and the tachymeter along the dial’s flange to measure average speeds are harmoniously integrated.

The state of the horological art is embodied by chronograph calibre CFB 1970, which includes a flyback function for timing the durations of several consecutive intervals. The movement oscillates at a pace of four hertz or 28,800 vibrations per hour and amasses a 42-hour power reserve. The high-quality decorations and embellishments are handsomely visible through the sapphire crystal on the back of the case.

Bell & Ross BR03-92 BI-Compass

BELL & ROSS BR03-92 BI-Compass

Absolute reliability and intuitive legibility, nowhere are these virtues as crucial for survival as in a pilot’s wristwatch. Exclusively dedicated to this genre of timepiece since 2005, Bell & Ross offers professional pilot’s wristwatches in authentic instrument style inspired by the instruments in aircraft cockpits.

The BR03-92 BI-Compass relies on a sophisticated technical approach to clearly differentiate its time displays. Like its role models in airplane cockpits, the two-level dial indicates the hours in its centre, the minutes in its outer area, and the seconds concentrically between the two. To graphically emphasize these distinctions, a green triangle indicates the hours through the intermediate concentric disc, while off-white hands tirelessly sweep their arcs to show the seconds and the minutes.

This colour scheme corresponds to the one that’s used aboard US Navy aircraft. The typography is also designed to meet practical requirements and is similar to the analogue counters used in aviation. The styling of the square case likewise grants top priority to legibility: the case’s antireflective matte-black ceramic finish prevents glaring reflections.

Self-winding calibre BR-CAL.302 serves as the mechanical flight computer inside the case, which remains watertight to a depth of 100 meters. The BR03-92 BI-Compass is manufactured in a limited edition of 999 timepieces.

Chronoswiss Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton – Limited Edition 2019

With the debut of the Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton – Limited Edition 2019, the Lucerne-based watch brand reaffirms its longstanding commitment to the traditional art and craft of skeletonizing. The plate, the bridges and the gears have been freed of all superfluous material and finely finished to showcase the full beauty of Chronoswiss’ manually wound calibre C. 677S.

The elimination of a dial in the conventional sense of the term offers fascinating insights into this horological Eldorado. A further finesse is the multidimensional architecture of the regulator display, which ranks among Chronoswiss’ acknowledged specialties. Along with signal-red hands, the eye-catching colour scheme also features a three-dimensional funnel-shaped hour scale that gleams in a brilliant orange-yellow hue for maximal contrast to the galvanic black elements.

The 44-millimetre-diameter stainless steel case likewise expresses Chronoswiss’ distinctive style with partial fluting and an onion-shaped crown. The Flying Grand Regulator Skeleton – Limited Edition 2019 is manufactured in a limited series of thirty exclusive timepieces.