Looking slick – the DB28 Black Matte from De Bethune
That’s really the only way to describe our inaugural Baselworld experience. Between the thousands of people assailing the halls each day and the innumerable brands competing for your attention, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before (except for those of you who went, of course!). It’s also a heck of a lot of fun. This is a place where unforgettable experiences are had, new friendships forged and old ones renewed, and most importantly you get to spend all day every day playing with some seriously cool watches.
As regular readers of the Lounge would know, I am on somewhat of a part-time, never ending quest for the perfect evening watch. I don’t know whether I’ll ever actually find this holy grail of a timepiece (I have an annoying tendency to change my mind constantly) but it sure is fun looking.
One brand that invariably makes it into my top ten is Glashütte Original. The German manufacturer is renowned for its clean, sober timepieces that offer an attractive mix of high quality finishing and uncluttered design with the Senator collection in particular becoming a favorite of mine over the last few years. At Baselworld this year the brand will be introducing a couple of updates to its Senator Panorama Date collection, one of which has really caught my eye; the Senator Panorama Date Moon Phase.
In 2012 HYT Watches announced their arrival in emphatic fashion with the launch of their now iconic H1 timepiece at Baselworld. The watch was so popular that the brand sold through their entire first year of production almost immediately, and when I caught up with CEO Vincent Perriard in London a few months ago it seemed not much had changed.
Now the brand is getting set to do it all again this year at Baselworld 2013, with the launch of the incredible H2.
Last week I took a look at the simple but elegant Manufacture 1528 from Julien Coudray. This first piece from the young brand with the old name has a strong focus on tradition and has already captured the attention of luxury watch aficionados everywhere thanks to its high-quality finishing and use of premium materials.
Now I turn the spotlight on their second new piece for 2013, the beautifully complicated Competentia 1515.
© 2013 Adam Priscak for WatchAnish and TWL
The inevitable (and most welcome) change in seasons is almost upon us. The Sun is starting to rise earlier and set later, and the mercury is slowly beginning to creep up the temperature gauge, though barely perceptibly so some days it seems. Nevertheless that’s your cue that’s time to at least start thinking about putting those drab grays and blacks of winter away for another year, whilst simultaneously reintroducing some color into your wardrobe, and onto your wrist. And I’ve got just the thing; the Hautlence Avante Garde HLRS 03.