April 10, 2015
by Kenny Yeo
Baselworld sees hundreds if not thousands of new watch releases, and this month, we continue our roundup of Baselworld 2015 by checking out Tag Heuer’s new Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 watch, Sarpaneva’s Korona K0 Northern Lights watch, as well as Tiffany & Co.’s new CT60 and East West watch collections. We also show you what we think were the top 10 watches from this year’s show.
Next, we check out comedian Kevin Hart’s watch collection and also spend some time with Omega President Stephen Urquhart to find out what his plans for Omega are and talk about the inspiration behind some of their newest watches. Finally, we take a detailed look at Seiko’s incredible Eichi II watch and compare it against Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Micro-Rotor and Philippe Dufour’s Simplicity.
1. Tiffany & Co. CT60 and East West Watch Collection Hands-On & Debut For 2015
When it comes to luxury, Tiffany & Co. is one of the most storied American brands. Established 178 years ago, Tiffany & Co. is most famous for its jewelry pieces, but they played in important role in American timekeeping history too. For example, in 1854, Tiffany became Patek Philippe’s first retailer in the U.S. – Patek Philippe watches with Tiffany dials are highly sought after today. For 2015, Tiffany & Co. has launched two new collections called the CT60 and East West, the former inspired by Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany as well as a watch Tiffany & Co. gave to American president Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945; while the latter makes references to a purse watch from the 1940s. Check out Tiffany & Co.’s new watches here.
Source: aBlogtoWatch (CT60); aBlogtoWatch (East West)
2. Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT SUN023 Dive Watch Review
When it comes to bang for buck, few can rival Seiko. And if you are looking for a can-do, rough and tumble traveling watch, the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT SUN023 watch is tough to beat. First of all, there’s its tough case with its protective shroud and its water resistance rating of 200m. Then, there’s the fact that it has a “Kinetic” quartz movement which draws power from the movement of your wrist, which also means it can go for extended periods without requiring a change of batteries. Few watches offer as much value as this.
3. Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2015
Every year, Baselworld sees brands introduce hundreds if not thousands of new watches. Obviously, it is difficult for anyone to keep up with the deluge of these new releases. That is where Top 10 lists like ours come in handy. Here, we highlight 10 of the most noteworthy watches that we saw at Baselworld. Do you agree with our selection? We would like to hear your thoughts in the comments section.
4. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Watch Hands-On
The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 watch is a mouthful, but it also marks an interesting transition phase for the brand. Jean-Claude Biver, who is Tag Heuer’s interim CEO, has said that he wants the brand to concentrate on providing desirable but more affordable watches, and the Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 is the physical manifestation of that aim. Don’t just dismiss it as a skeletonized Carrera chronograph – that would be missing the point. I urge you to take the time to learn more about this watch by hitting the link below. Don’t be surprised if at the end of it all, you find yourself wanting one.
5. Bremont Watch Company: Time To Take A Closer Look?
I think Bremont is a very promising brand with some very interesting designs and collaborations. As a bit of a petrolhead myself, I especially like the watches that they did in collaboration with Jaguar. However, the brand got itself in a bit of a pickle last year with the release of the Bremont Wright Flyer when it got a little too over enthusiastic with some of the terms used in its press release. However, I don’t think its fair that that incident alone should paint your impression of Bremont considering what the brand has done and achieved in the short few years since its founding. If your opinion towards them is less than favorable, maybe this article can change your mind.
6. Sarpaneva Korona K0 Northern Lights Watch Hands-On: Simply Incredible Lume
One of the most visually arresting watches at Baselworld was Sarpaneva’s Korona K0 Northern Light watch. And I think you can see why, simply by looking at the photo above. Named after the northern lights, or aurora borealis, these watches feature very colorful lume that light up like nothing else you have ever seen. That aside, the watch also features Sarpaneva’s unique case shape as well as its trademark moon face moonphase indicator. If you are looking for something off the beaten path, Sarpaneva seldom disappoints.