For the end of April, we check out more watches that were debuted at Baselworld 2014, including Tissot’s new solar-powered T-Touch, Patek Philippe’s new steel Annual Calendar Chronograph and more. We also review Omega’s ground-breaking Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss watch and talk about the new watch certification, Observatoire Chronometrique+. Finally, we round off by chatting with Seiko CEO Shinji Hattori, and find out how Rolex is staying relevant in this high-tech digital age.
1. Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On
Last year, Girard-Perregaux amazed the world with its Constant Escapement L.M. watch. It is not everyday that one sees a whole new escapement design, much less one that was designed to work as a constant force escapement and one that was crafted out of high-tech silicon. This year, Girard-Perregaux is offering its breakthrough watch in pink gold and we thought it was a good chance for us to get reacquainted with this breathtaking watch.
2. Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Hands-On
Forget smart watches, if you want a watch that’s chock full of features and functions, you only need to look to Tissot’s range of T-Touch watches. For 2014, they have finally equipped their T-Touch watches with solar power, something that users have been clamoring for, for a long time. Some may argue that solar power is not all that useful, but it makes perfect senses for users who live in countries that get a lot of sun. The new T-Touch Expert Solar also comes in a variety of straps color and styles, and you can see them all here in our hands-on article.
3. Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960 Steel Watch For 2014 Hands-On
Patek Philippe watches are a little special, but steel pieces are even more so. Because of their rarity, they often appreciate greatly in value, and we have seen this a couple of times in auctions. This year saw Patek Philippe released two high-complication steel watches and one of them is the Reference 5960/1A that we see here. Apart from being in steel, the design is also interesting, as it is clearly very sporty, and marks Patek Philippe’s desire to make watches that will appeal to a younger clientele.
4. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss Watch Review
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss watch is a landmark watch, not only because of its highly anti-magnetic movement, but also because of the way Omega chose to tackle the problem of magnetism in watches. Instead of shielding the movement in an iron cage, Omega has decided to simple make the movement using non-ferrous and anti-magnetic components. More importantly, the anti-magentic technology in this watch will soon be employed across all of Omega’s in-house made movements. Years from now, enthusiasts will remember this as the watch that started it all.
5. Observatoire Chronometrique+ New Alternative To COSC Chronometer Certification?
COSC, the Geneva Seal, and Fleurier Quality Foundation are but some examples of Swiss watch certifications that aims to guarantee a certain amount of chronometric and finishing brilliance on watches. Watches with such certifications often come with a premium, but in return, buyers know that they are getting a quality timepiece. Now, there is a new certification called Observatoire Chronométrique+. How will this affect the industry and should owners really take such certifications seriously? We discuss this here.