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CLUBHOUSE Away from the Fairways The Cartier ID One Rolex Oyster Watch Perpetual Concept Cosmograph Daytona


Fresh Basel

Baselworld, the industry’s biggest watch and jewellery show, opened to a very eager crowd this year and with the first deliveries expected to land in Hong Kong soon, there's lot to be excited about, reports Evan Rast CONTINUED OVERLEAF


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If you love racing as much as golf, you’ll love this next tourbillon. Presented by Hublot as a special edition created for Formula 1 – they are now the official watchmaker for the Grand Prix – the F1 King Power Tourbillon Gold Ceramic comes in a 48mm 18k king gold case, combined with a black ceramic bezel and sapphire crystal caseback. Available in a limited series of 50, the watch features the automatic HUB7300 tourbillon chronograph movement that features a five-day power reserve. What’s special about this watch is its tourbillon cage and balance that is designed to resemble an F1 disc brake, much like its satinfinished ceramic bezel. The F1 King Power Tourbillon is a good mix of sporting character and technological savvy. Even the strap is made with a combination of rubber and Nomex, a tech fibre used in the manufacture of racing suits. The watch is waterresistant to 100 metres. Rolex presents its Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18k Everose pink gold, with a striking new monobloc Cerachrom bezel in black, reminiscent of the 1965 version of the watch. Fitted with the automatic 4130 calibre with Parachrom hairspring and Breguet overcoil the Cosmograph Daytona is as shock-resistant as ever. This new combination of black and pink gold is complemented by a chocolate brown or ivory coloured dial and gold hour markers.

The Golden Rule

Basel Brilliance: Arnold & Son's TE8 (above) has a distinctly English touch; the new F1 King Power Tourbillon Gold from Hublot (right); the Explorer II from Rolex is one of the brand's most iconic models 20

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The metal continues its domination this year, with watchmakers offering a selection of interesting tones, from warm and rosy to shiny black. A r nold & S on u nvei l s a ne w T E 8 Tourbillon in a 44mm 4N rose gold case and fitted with its hand-finished A&S8000 calibre. A watch with a distinctively English touch, the TE8 comes with a dial that features a ¾ wave cutout motif which doubles as the barrel bridge, and an l’anglaise tourbillon, where the cage is held only by one triangular-shaped bridge. The beautifully chiselled dial features wave-like patterns that is a nod to the brand’s seafaring heritage. If you recall, the watchmaker John Arnold supplied watches to explorers like James Cook and the Royal Navy. The movement of the watch, the A&S8000, is a hand-wound calibre running at 12,600 vph and offering 80 hours of power reserve. The TE8 Tourbillon will be produced in a limited edition of 25 pieces each in black ruthenium or 4N rose gold movement, individually numbered and engraved. HKGOLFER.COM

Vintage Victories

As with the Geneva shows, Baselworld is proving that this is the year for bringing back the classics. The Explorer II is one of Rolex’s most iconic models, not only because of its design, but also because of its link to the conquest of Mount Everest. It was on May 29, 1953 that Sir


Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to ever reach the summit of Mt Everest, the highest point on earth with a height of 29,035 feet above sea level. Norgay was wearing the Rolex Explorer Model 6098 – or the Explorer I – throughout the climb, and amazingly, the watch withstood the harsh conditions and was still running when they

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reached the top. The much-publicised climb resulted in a big following for the series, and later, a creation of a follow-up model, the Explorer II, first introduced in 1971. This year, celebrating the 40th anniversary of its creation, a larger 42mm re-edition of the watch with the orange hand is presented, fitted with the Rolex 3187 calibre incorporating a Paraflex shock absorbers and anti-magnetic Parachrom hairspring. The new Explorer II, with its characteristic 24-hour orange arrow hand comes in the traditional white lacquered dial and a black version with phantom effect (black base on black dial). Aviation specialist Bremont is releasing a watch that is inspired by the clocks found in

the 1944 Mustang WWII P-51K-10 fighter planes. The brothers English were going after a real vintage vibe with this watch. In fact, the Bremont P-51 is built using original parts from the famous aircraft! Aluminium from the Mustang’s fuselage have been integrated into the dial and movement, limiting the number of pieces in the series to 251. Equipped with the Swiss BE-54A automatic chronometer calibre, the Bremont P-51 has a date indicator and also shows UTC time. The 43mm hardened steel Trip-Tick case features a new rotating Roto-Click inner bezel that houses four ball bearings inside the case for better increment measurement. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

Aeronautical Engineering: The Bremont P-51 is built using original parts from a 1944 Mustang fighter plane 22

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HAND-CRAFTED IN SWITZERLAND Manual movement Arnold & Son caliber AS1001 Two barrels, 80-hour power reserve See-through caseback. 100 feet (30 meters) water resistant Available in rose gold or stainless steel

Laurent Ferrier's Galet Secret Tourbillon Double Spiral

T he ca seback is open , revea l i ng t he movement, and a colourful rotor that has been shaped to resemble the original on the nose of the P-51K-10 aircraft.

Subtle Innovations

Hermes Arceau Time Suspended


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For the watch industry, mechanical mastery a nd complicat ions are va lued so much, sometimes at the expense of design. But there are a number of timepieces launching this year that are definitely in possession of both beauty and brains, and here are three: Laurent Ferrier, a new but now wellrecognised brand because of its big win at the Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie Geneve in 2010 for best men’s watch, has released its second timepiece, the Galet Secret Tourbillon Double Spiral. The watch has the same functions as its predecessor, the Galet Classic, with the manual winding tourbillon movement with the double spiral escapement – two inversed balance springs to average out the negative effects of gravity – that makes it more accurate in measuring time. The Galet Secret’s big secret however, is that the dial opens to reveal a customised miniature painting. At the push of a button, the dial opens 240 degrees to reveal your very own piece of art, made possible by two opaque colour sapphire crystals that swivel on a pivot. You can also program the movement of dial to your chosen hour. The Galet Secret Tourbillon Double Spiral offers 80 hours of power reserve, with the tourbillon visible through its sapphire caseback. Another beauty worth having a look at when it hits boutiques later in the year is the Hermes Arceau Time Suspended. Created with the genius of movement developer JeanMarch Wiedderecht, the watch features a new and unusual complication: it allows the owner to stop time whenever he or she pleases, without affecting the movement. So when you do feel like seeing what time it really is, the watch will be able to do so without skipping a beat. Feeling like a superhero has never been so entertaining. The watch features a 360-degree hour and minute retrograde mecha nism, which give the illusion of “suspended time,” where the hour and minute hands stop at 12 o’clock, and the HKGOLFER.COM

Built to last: The bezel on the Yacht-Master II from Rolex uses stateof-the-art Cerachrom, which offers ultimate scratch resistance. 26

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date hand disappears completely. The automatic movement has a 42-hour power reserve. The Hermes A rceau Time Suspended watch comes in a sleek 43mm 18k pink gold or stainless steel case, water-resistant to 30 metres. The use of Cerachrom, a tech material that is stronger than stainless steel and traditional ceramic, with ultimate scratch resistance and a glossy sheen is an obvious trend. Rolex is

presenting its Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II with a bezel in this non-fading, corrosionresistant material. The latest edition has a 44mm case with 18k Everose Rolesor case – a combination of stainless steel and 18k rose gold – and is equipped with the calibre 4160 automatic chronograph movement, with programmable regatta countdown mechanical memory. HKGOLFER.COM


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