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BaselWorld 2009 Update: Snapshots Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, Hamilton, Longines, etc

March 30, 2009

Most of the visitor of BaselWorld start in the impressive Hall 1.0 and you can not pass this hall without stoping at Rolex and Patek Philippe! Hereby some snapshot (my apologies for the poor quality).

I was not impressed with all the novelties this year. It seems a year of ‘going back to your roots’. Although everyone expected that it would be a quite fair, it was rather busy (visitors) and many brands still sounded positive…

Last year Rolex ‘rocked’ the fair with the introduction of The Dipsy, but this year I was not impressed AT ALL! It seems a year of flowers… Yes! Flowers. Check the dial:

Midsize Rolex Oyster with floral pattern on dial…

I did not take the effort to make a picture of the new bi-color submariners… We all know how the look like 😉

At Patek it also seemed like a ladies year… Focus was on the PP Seal and relaunch of midsize Nautilus models in precious metals with diamonds.

Patek Philippe Nautilus mid size

The platinum version is one of my favourite PPs, but I have to admit this gold version looks amazing!

PP walked away from the legendary Geneva Seal and introduced the Patek Philippe Seal.

We met an unique watchmaker that designed many amazing movements for the grand brands, still does, but also started his own brand:

Marc Alfieri Tourbillon GMT Watch

Ulysse Nardin knows what ‘freaky’ watches are, but they also started making cellular phones. Robert-Jan presented the back of the phone with a mechanical movement here couple of weeks ago, here is the front of the ‘Chairman’:

It is still unknown what the exact retail price will be…

Breitling proudly presented the new Chronomat models with the manufacture B01 movement:

Breitling Chronomat 2009

And, for their 125th anniversary this year, the created a limited edition Navitimer:

Breitling Navitimer 125th Anniversaire – Limited to 2009 pieces.

Seiko is 120+ old manufacture that also went back to their roots. The new Seiko “Ananta” collection does not only present new hybrid Spring Drive movements, but also manufacture automatic movements inspired by the original Samuari swords:

All new Seiko Ananta Automatic Chronograph

All new Seiko Ananta Automatic Power Reserve Hamilton slightly went back to their roots too, by launching the Automatic version of the Ventura (see our post about this watch)… But they are looking WAY ahead in the future, check these amazing new designs:

Hamilton ODC X–02 (front view)

Hamilton ODC X–02 (side view)

But this is not all, this is also a revolutionairy watch:

Hamilton Khaki BASE jump watches

Yes, you simply activate and reset the chrono by turning the bezel!

Also Longines went back to their roots and brought back some legandary watches, we are rather keen of this one:

Longines RAF WWW replica (see original here)

RAF Military www watch. 38,50mm with reference L2.731.4.53.1!

Last year Longines re-introduced the Legend Divers, this year they added a version with a date.

Longines Silver Shadow replica

We were very curious to see the newest family of Rado’s by Jasper Morrison:

Rado by Jasper Morrison

Tomorrow more news from BaselWorld! Stay tuned.


Free tickets to “Juwelen in het Amstel” for this weekend

June 16, 2008

Juwelen in het Amstel – Exclusive Event in Amstel Hotel Amsterdam

Invitation Juwelen in het Amstel by Ace Jewelers

This is the third time Ace Jewelers Group will be presenting the following watch brands: IWC, Omega, Breitling and Baume & Mercier, exclusively during the elegant event: ”Juwelen in het Amstel” in the luxurious Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam. During the weekend of Friday 20th of June until Sunday 22th of June, 2008, Ace Jewelers will also exclusively present the jewelry of the international brands: Noor Diamonds, Jean-Marc Garel, Marco Bicego, MeeVIDA, Baskania, Stockert Diamonds en Royal Asscher Diamonds.

As CEO of Ace Jewelers I am honoured to offer the WatchFreaks on this blog, ten entrance cards free of charge, valid for 2 persons. Please send an e-mail before Thursday June 19th, 2008 to: and the first ten senders, will receive the entrance cards by mail.

Name of Event: “Juwelen in het Amstel” – Amstel Hotel Amsterdam
Entry Fee: EUR 45,– per person
Date and Time: Fri 20/Sat 21/Sun 22 June – whole day
Address Details: InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, Prof. Tulpplein 1, 1018 GX Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Additional info:

Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Update BaselWorld 2008: Trends Confirmed

April 8, 2008

Today was my second day at the trade show and I wrote a post about the following brands on

– Ebel
– George Jensen
– Oris
– Gucci
– Hamilton
– Omega
– Breitling
– Breitling for Bentley
– Maurice Lacroix
– TAG Heuer (phones)

Yesterday I wrote about what I believe the trends for 2008 are:

1. Diamonded watches for ladies AND men are STILL hot, hereby AGAIN confirmed:

Ebel Beluga
Ebel Beluga

Gucci Chiodo
Gucci Chiodo

2. Big is still the trends, we thought that 46mm is large, well it got confirmed AGAIN:

Breitling Chrono-matic 49
We keep on benchmarking against the IWC Big Pilot of my father, here the 49mm Breitling Chrono-matic 49.

Hamilton Code Breaker
The crazy rectangular Hamilton Code Breaker of 48,5mm.

3. Black cases are still very trendy, black PVD on steel or titanium or ceramic. Another trend confirmed:

Gucci Signoria Black
Gucci Signoria newest update: COMPLETE BLACK CASES & STRAPS FOR LADIES!

Hamilton has many black cases in the collection!

4. Pink Gold is here to stay (it was in the 1920s and the 1950s). This is again confirmed in the 21st century:

Omega Museum Watch
The Eighth Omega Museum Watch in Pink Gold (Limited Edition).

5. HiMech = HiTech Mechanical Watches and up and coming, this was confirmed today by many brands:

Ebel Trekton Skeleton
Ebel Trekton Skeleton

Oris BC4 Side
A side view of the Oris BC4 Chronograph Automatic.

Hamilton X-copter Side
A side view of the Hamilton X-copter.

The year 2008 seems to be another amazing watch year! Enjoy!

First day in Basel for the event of the year: BaselWorld 2008

April 6, 2008

Today I arrived in Basel (Switzerland) after finishing work in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Tomorrow I start ‘work’ (read: having fun) at the fair, but tonight we kicked off at BaselWorld with a party. Since five years it is widely known in the watch industry that the best parties are organized by Breitling. For a review, please visit:

Tomorrow morning as soon as the fairgrounds open we will start our first meetings. I will try to make as much as possible photos as I can. RJ (WatchFreak Blog Author) requested me to make some photographs of Rolex. If you have any additional and/or other requests, please feel free to e-mail me: alon [at] I will try to post here everyday, after I finished my day at the fairs (BaselWorld & SIHH).

BaselWorld 2008 Update: Breitling

April 3, 2008

Breitling is one of the first brands to send out a newsletter with the newest models that they are launching today in Basel during THE watch event of the year: BaselWorld 2008.

Chrono-Matic 49

Breitling Chrono-Matic 49

A tribute to a pioneer, a tribute to an era: in launching the Chrono-Matic 49, Breitling revives one of the most famous models in its history – and indeed of watchmaking history as a whole – in a entirely new way.

Flashback to 1969, when Breitling creates the first selfwinding chronograph movement. This major invention was to enable the development of a whole range of chronographs named Chrono-Matic, forerunners of the current vogue for extremely large-sized watches, and featuring an original and distinctive appearance.

Fast forward to 2008: the new 49 mm-diameter Chrono-Matic is inspired by the generous volumes of the original model and by its modern design with unmistakable Sixties and Seventies accents including taut, angular lines and geometrical rectilinear hands with a square base or arrow tip.
The red-rimmed totalizers lend a technical touch, while the dial reflects the traditional configuration of the totalizers at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
The signature reproduces the Breitling symbol used from the 1950s to the 1970s, with the brand name capped by an applied gold capital B.

In keeping with its consistently innovative momentum, Breitling has also revised several details in a decidedly contemporary spirit. The rotating pinion bezel driving the slide rule takes the form of a black rubber-molded steel construction. The new woven steel bracelet, designed specifically for this model, makes an unusual contrast with the pure lines of the case.

In addition to the steel version, the Chrono-Matic 49 also comes in a red gold limited edition of 500. It is available with various dial colors, including magnificent motifs against black or bronze backgrounds created using the “épargne” method.

The Chrono-Matic 49 is powered by Caliber 14, a reliable and high-performance movement that is chronometer-certified, as indeed are all Breitling movements. A classic entirely in sync with its times – on land, at sea and in the air.

Avenger Seawolf Chrono

Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono

A body of steel, cutting-edge technology: Breitling plunges towards new records by presenting the Avenger Seawolf Chrono, the world’s only chronograph to be both watertight and operational at a depth of 3,300 feet (1000 meters).

Whereas most chronographs cannot be activated while diving so as to prevent water seeping in through the pushpieces, Breitling has achieved a major technical breakthrough by developing the magnetic pushpiece principle, involving controls operated through the metal of the case and thus avoiding any direct contact between the pushpiece and the movement. This exclusive Breitlingpatented device represents a peerless technical accomplishment that is matched by a powerful and functional design.
The sturdy steel case fitted with a decompression valve features alternating matt satin-brushed upper surfaces and polished sides – as does the rider-tab bezel.

The dials are adorned with large “stencil” type numerals, oversized hands and luminescent markers that remain clearly visible in the darkness of the ocean. The chronograph displays are both original and efficient, with an additional central sweep second hand for the minutes and a 1/10th of a second totalizer at 2 o’clock. The three registers feature a fine grid pattern that varies according to the angle at which the light strikes it.

In a nod to its aquatic vocation, the Avenger Seawolf Chrono has a special “yachting” graduation serving to count down the ten minutes prior to a regatta start.
Like all Breitling electronic watches, this champion of the depths is equipped with an exclusive SuperQuartz™ movement, ten times more accurate than a standard quartz movement.

A new milestone in the epic saga of Breitling “instruments for professionals” – on land, at sea and in the air.

Cockpit – Cockpit Lady
Breitling Cockpit

A pencil stroke, a master stroke: Breitling gives its Cockpit and Cockpit Lady models a whole new face by redesigning their dials in a manner imbued with refinement and elegance.

A dynamic move that further reinforces their character, while weaving particularly close ties between the men’s model and the ladies’ version.
Conceived in a resolutely modern spirit, the hour circle is punctuated by large Roman numerals featuring an original design. The dial center is enlivened by a square-cambered grid pattern lending added depth and movement. The resized hands are both more imposing and more readable, while the date appears through a finely crafted applied aperture.

Available in a broad choice of metals, dial colors and wristband types (bracelets or leather straps), the Cockpit and Cockpit Lady models will appeal to all those who do not necessarily need a chronograph, but are looking for an elegant, sturdy and reliable watch in the grand tradition of Breitling wrist instruments.

Embodying an ideal blend of luxury and performances, they are endowed with all the assets of exceptional sports watches: screw-locked crown and screwed in caseback, scratchresistant sapphire crystals glareproofed on both sides, rotating rider-tab bezel, water resistance to 1,000 feet (300 meters) for the Cockpit and 330 feet (100 meters) for the Cockpit Lady.

Both models are available in steel, in a two-tone version, in steel and rose gold as well as a precious rose gold version – with optional gem-set bezel on both steel and gold variations. Opulent design meets technical excellence, epitomizing the entire Breitling spirit – on land, at sea and in the air.

New Watch Creations BaselWorld 2008

January 31, 2008

Several Swiss Exhibitors taking part in the BASELWORLD 2008 fair unveil, as a preview, some of their new creations:

The Double Rotor, a veritable Perrelet icon, has been spectacularly re-interpreted with a futuristic design, high-tech materials and innovative technology. Even though the titanium case gives this timepiece a resolutely contemporary character, it has remained faithful to the watch brand’s aesthetic identity, proving that it is possible to combine tradition with the future, and luxury with state-of-the-art technology.

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Having mastered the air, Breitling set out in the late 1950’s to conquer the seas with its Superocean diver’s watch. A tribute to time, the Superocean Heritage has taken on both the spirit and design of the original in this new chronograph version. The original B in gold above the Breitling signature is an invitation to travel as are the highly characteristic luminescent triangular hour hand andthe original sumptuous bracelet in plaited steel. A timepiece to win over both those who are nostalgic and those who are fascinated by the ocean’s depths.

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Rigorous and bold, the chronograph C1 declares its ambitions by taking robustness to the very limits of possibility, while dressing its imposing case in gold. Combining different materials with uncommon skill, Concord reveals its technological expertise in both research and innovation: from the strap fitted directly onto the case without any horns – a world first ! – to the spectacular sapphire crystal which literally emerges from the case, Concord has produced a truly =
rare and powerful creation.

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The discreet design of this timepiece reinforces its calm strength. Both classic and modern, it will appeal to the sophisticated woman as much as to the easygoing man.

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Armand Nicolet has embellished the plate and bridges of its first Venus 188 chronograph with a novel brand motif inspired by decorations from its haute horlogerie watches from the 1930’s. The watchmaker has revisited its past, placing its original expertise back at centre stage. Available in a stunning combination of colours, this limited series of 140 will appeal to collectors concerned about lastingexcellence.

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Luminox watches are made for life’s rugged adventures, and so is this new SR-71 Blackbird series with its Valjoux movement, limited to 500 units. All Luminox watches are Swiss Made and feature the self-powered Luminox illumination system, making it possible to read the time at any light level. Glowing continuously for 25 years without any other light source or electricity, it is brighter than ordinary luminous watches.

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A specialist in transmitting the legend of the world’s most famous passenger liner, Romain me has produced a genuine masterstroke with this exceptional limited series of 9 watches. These rare pieces, equipped with a tourbillon and skilfully combining watch complications, innovative materials and bold design, are guaranteed to travel down through the ages and perpetuate the legend.

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All 2008’s F1 circuits brought together in one high-mech timepiece: in other words, a must for motor racing aficionados! Evoking both the dynamic profile and high-tech style of today’s racing cars, its sleek design will really switch on racing enthusiasts. From Sao Paolo to Magny-Cours to Monte-Carlo, this limited-edition Grand Prix watch will charm fans of those gleaming high-powered machines.

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A masculine statement on the wrist: 44 millimetres of stainless steel and Swiss technology. Camel Active’s distinctive massive unidirectional bezel is combined with a go-through strap, luminescent hands and hour-markers and characteristic brown dial with horizontal rays. This reliable companion stands for performance, quality and style.

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Refined beauty and sober materials rather than complications and glitter: the formula for this elegant watch is simple, like the other versions available in a range of muted colours.

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The purity of lines, the character of the materials and the absolute perfection of every detail: the highly distinctive spirit of the first chronographs designed by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche in 1972 has been well and truly respected. The cosmopolitan traveller will appreciate the original function of the second time zone indicating local time in 24 cities around the world. An innovative module makes this timepiece even more user-friendly and legible. The Worldtimer P’6750 is subtly underscored by its matt or black titanium case.

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Ingenuity and simplicity are the elements which often distinguish an attractive piece of design from a truly iconic design classic. Since Mondaine launched the first collection in 1986, the simple design, unmistakable easy-to-read face, distinctive hands and famous red seconds-hand have made the Mondaine Official Swiss Railways Watch collection= successful the world over.

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