One of the surprise hits this year at Baselworld was Antoine Martin’s Slow Runner timepiece, complete with over-sized balance wheel. Mesmerizing to look at the Slow Runner has been designed to remind us all to slow down, take our time and really ourselves. After all, isn’t that what’s life is all about?
Since the launch of the original Sequential One timepiece all the way back in 2009, tiny independent watchmaker Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (aka MCT Watches) has had my attention. Determined to be different the young brand blazed its own trail, coming out with a unique jumping hour complication quite unlike anything I had seen before.
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So it turns out that people who buy high-end mechanical wrist watches don’t just do it because they look cool, they are also actually interested in what’s going on the inside. Who would have guessed, right? Well, Hublot for one, which is why the luxury watchmaker ran their first ever ‘Watch Academy’ at the Hublot Boutique on New Bond Street in London last month. The talented guys from watchanish.com were on hand to witness the show and have provided us with some excellent coverage, including a very cool video. Check it out after the jump.
Building on their successful pilot’s collection Zenith released two new editions of the popular Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 timepiece this year at Baselworld, both with added GMT functionality. One of the models in particular really stood out for me, the 500-piece limited edition Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT Red Baron.
One of the cooler new independent brands to emerge this year at Baselworld was undoubtedly Breva, who celebrated their inception with the launch of the incredible Génie 01 timepiece. During the show I had a chance to go hands-on with the Génie 01 and to speak with the brand’s young founder, Vincent Dupontreué, about what he sees in Breva’s future. Read on for my thoughts.