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At the recently concluded 2014 edition of Baselworld, the world watch and jewellery show, a wide range of new timepieces were unveiled. From brand new innovations in complications such as the tourbillon to the new versions of iconic watch collections, there were a host of new and exciting revelations from the world of timekeeping. Here, we take a look at a select few of the new chronograph timepieces that made a mark at the fair. Take a look at what these new releases have to offer.
Hottest new Chronographs Breitling Chronomat AirborneBreitling Chronomat Airborne
This exclusive Breitling timepiece celebrates 30 years of the Chronomat series. A special edition in every right, this watch embodies the qualities of the original Chronomats. Distinguished by the satin-brushed rotating bezel that is equipped with four raised rider tabs which serve to count flight times, this aviator watch in sturdy stainless steel is available in two sizes—41 and 44mm. The design also has two variants—one with an onyx black dial and silver-toned counters, and the other with a Sierra silver dial and black counters. The strap, in a black, military-grade fabric is ultra-sturdy. Housing the Breitling Caliber 1 self-winding movement, this watch offers a 70-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 1000 feet.
Hottest new Chronographs Victorinox Dive master-500Victorinox Dive Master 500
Celebrating their 25th year as a watchmaker, Victorinox has unveiled this exclusive divers’ timepiece. For the first time, the Dive Master collection comes in a limited edition of 500 pieces in 43-mm titanium cases. Equipped with an automatic mechanical chronograph movement, which is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, this watch features a unidirectional turning bezel in grade 2 titanium, with a 20-minute scale. Water resistant to 500 metres, the case is flanked by a strap in sandblasted matte grey titanium. Extremely light and durable, this special edition watch is water resistant to 500 metres. For proper readability under water, the indications on this piece incorporate a generous use of luminescent material.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
Another iconic collection, Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms comes out with the brand’s second Bathyscaphe timepiece, a watch designed to fit in with chic urban surroundings, despite being made for diving under water. With a new self-winding movement, visible through a sapphire crystal caseback, this watch features a flyback chronograph. The flyback function enables the wearer to reset and instantly restart the chronograph simply by pressing the pusher at four o’clock, making this device extremely handy when taking fast measurements of successive times. Even the chronograph pushers work well under water, to a depth of 300 metres. The 43-mm case in brushed black ceramic comes with a black dial, and the one in brushed steel comes with a meteor grey dial.
Edox Delfin
A remake of a 1961 Edox success story, the Delfin chronograph watch is one that is suitable for maritime activities such as sailing and diving, even offering a water resistance of 200 metres. Encased in a 43-mm stainless steel case, the watch houses the Edox 10 movement, which is engineered to function without a hiccup, even under water or other stressful circumstances. This timepiece comes with a strap in stainless steel or leather.
Car F Bucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual
Extremely exclusive, the Manero ChronoPerpetual timepiece comes in a limited edition of 100 pieces. The automatic calibre offers a power reserve of 50 hours, along with the chronograph function, a perpetual calendar, as well as indications of the month, date, day of week, leap year and moon phases. Visible through a sapphire crystal caseback, the movement is set in a 42.5-mm case of 18-carat rose gold that ensures water resistance upto 30 metres. The domed watch glass in sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating on both sides. The busy dial in silver features gold hour indexes and gold hands. The strap is in brown alligator leather.

Written By : Ranvijaysinh Jhala

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