A few weeks ago it was time again and watch lovers and exhibitors from all over the world flocked to Basel to get up-to-date information around the clock. All major manufacturers were represented and offered a preview of the upcoming trends and novelties of their collections. So many delicacies were presented and the one or the other Limited Edition is expected this year by ambitious watchmakers with longing and great anticipation. Of course, we were also on the spot and we looked at the highlights of our customers and do not want to deprive you of this information. Maurice Lacroix, Mido, Hamilton, Tissot, Oris, Certina, and Seiko have been particularly memorable and present new timepieces that we can look forward to. For all those who were not on the show, we present the highlights from Basel, which will be available in our shop in the coming weeks:
The first is made by Hamilton, which has several novelties, but it is particularly worth mentioning the launch of three new interpretations of the legendary Ventura, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. This model already had a very advanced design and was the world’s first watch, which came on the market with battery operation. It was known by the film “Blue Hawaii”, because Elvis Presley had the Ventura in his role as Chad Gates according to VintageMatters.
Filmmakers are also fully satisfied at Hamilton and can look forward to the model designed by the blockbusters Interstellar, designed in accordance with the space ship Endurance. The special thing about this timepiece is that it is operated with an automatic movement and two identical quartz movements. The ODC X-03 is the third model of a trilogy that, in addition to Interstellar, was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 film: Odyssey in Space.
Oris has something special to celebrate, as this year a limited edition of the very first flyer comes on the market. It was erroneously assumed that the first pilot’s watch was the Big Crown from 1938. Internal investigations in the company archive, however, revealed the surprising realization that Oris already developed around 1910 the first Fliegeruhr. In one of the catalogs, a pocket watch with the engraving of a Blériot flier was found on the case. Louis Blériot was the first pilot to successfully cross the Channel. In the course of these investigations, the first flight watch was discovered, which belonged to the company’s first wrist watches. Now Oris recalls this historic clock with the new Big Crown Data. The model is based on the design of the original Varante and has the same onion-shaped large crown and is decorated with Arabic numerals in the style of the 1920s. The writing of the time was also adopted one by one. New is the inside of the clock. There, a caliber 732 operates and was designed so that the time can only be changed when the button is pressed down at 2.
We will inform you about other highlights of the fair in the near future.