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Baselworld 2016 brings together the best in timepieces from the iconic to the new, the timeless to the trendy, but above all, the ultimate in luxury. Check out the complete Baselworld 2016 Preview below from our April 2016 issue of the duPont REGISTRY magazine.
Anchor Tourbillion Ocean Blue

Ulysse Nardin Anchor Tourbillon Ocean Blue

Ulysse Nardin has been building marine chronometers for more than a century, and it is that marine heritage that inspired the Anchor Tourbillon Ocean Blue watch with stunning translucent blue enamel dial in a wave pattern emanating out from the large-aperture Anchor Tourbillon at 6:00. An evolution of the award-winning Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon that premiered in 2015 (and was eight years in the making), this model is powered by the UN-178 Manufacture Tourbillon movement and features a power reserve indicator on the dial in an arc above the tourbillon. Just 18 pieces of the 44mm manual-wind watch will be made in white gold and 18 in rose gold. $89,000.

FreakLab Boutique

Ulysse Nardin FreakLab Boutique

Made as an Ulysse Nardin boutique-exclusive, just 99 pieces of this limited edition FreakLab will be built. The watch is based on the revolutionary, yet iconic Freak collection that has been an engineering and design feat since its unveiling 15 years ago. This was the first watch to incorporate a silicium escapement (2001), a diamond escapement (2005) and a Dual Ulysse escapement the same year. This new version showcases the re-centered balance wheel, a date function and the brand’s breakthrough UlyChoc safety system of shock absorbers. It is crafted in blackened titanium and carbon fiber for stealth appeal. Powered by the Caliber UN-210 movement, the carrousel makes 1 revolution per hour. $75,000.

Classico Monkey

Ulysse Nardin Classico Monkey

Ulysse Nardin focuses on the playful spirit of the monkey in its rendition of the Year of the Monkey Classico watch. The brand’s artisans have chosen to depict the monkey in whimsical “comic strip” style – as a lively and impish figure on the dial, emerging from palm fronds. The dial, made at the brand’s Donze’ Cadrans dial workshops, is created via champlevé enamel work, wherein the cells are carved from gold with a chisel directly onto the dial and then filled with enamel with metallic oxides for shimmering effect. The COSC-certified chronometer is powered by the self-winding UN-815 movement with 42 hours of power reserve. Just 88 pieces in 18-karat rose gold will be made. $39,800. For more information: www.ulysse-nardin.com

Grand Flieger Airport Leather

Tutima Grand Flieger Airport Chronograph

A work of German craftsmanship and precision, the Tutima 6401 Grand Flieger Airport Chronograph is a true pilot’s instrument. Powered by the Tutima automatic 320 caliber with 25 jewels, the 43mm watch offers 44 hours of power reserve. In addition to hours, minutes and small seconds, the watch offers chronograph counters for 12 hours, 30 minutes and 60 seconds. It also provides the date and is an Officially Certified German Chronometer according to DIN norm 8319. Crafted in stainless steel with a bi-directional rotating bezel, this version is finished with a leather strap with folding clasp. $5,100.

Grand Flieger Airport Stainless

Tutima Grand Flieger Airport Chronograph

Like its counterpart on a leather strap, this Grand Flieger Airport Chronograph on stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp is a modern take on the traditional pilot’s watch. It features a rotating fluted bezel with luminous markings, a domed sapphire crystal that is anti-reflective on both sides and a screw-in caseback with sapphire crystal. It is water resistant to 20 ATM and is powered by the Caliber Tutima 320 automatic movement. The watch features a sweep second counter, date, and time indication and chronograph 60-second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters. The 12-hour counter features red numerals for a boldly modern appeal and easy readability. $5,500.

M2 Pioneer

Tutima M2 Pioneer Chronograph

A strong design and precision movement make this M2 Pioneer Chronograph from Tutima a work of technical prowess and German mastery. In its workshops in Glashütte, Germany, the brand focuses strongly on bringing innovation and heritage together in watches inspired by aviation. Such is the case with this new automatic watch, powered by the Tutima caliber 521. The 46.5mm timepiece offers 44 hours of power reserve and is water resistant to 30 ATM. The watch features large integrated chronograph pushers and a mu-metal alloy cage around the movement to help guard it against magnetism. The case is solid titanium with a bi-directional rotating bezel. This version with Kevlar strap retails for $6,100. For more information: www.tutima.com | 1.TUTIMA.1927

Derrick Gaz

Louis Moinet Derrick Gaz

Combining elegance, craftsmanship and a bit of luxurious whimsy, the Derrick Gaz is a tourbillon-powered automaton that emulates the turbines and wells of the pipeline– all in a magically orchestrated dance on the wrist. The pipeline theme depicts the 18-karat gold gas derrick rising majestically on the left side of the dial, a center drill that rotates regularly, and the journey of the gas to the storage tank on the right side. The valve handle controls the flow of fuel, or power to the watch. The entire system is powered by the 255-part Louis Moinet LM42 caliber with Geneva Stripes and traditional finishings. The 47mm gold case also holds patents. Just 28 pieces will be made in 5N rose gold with black dial, and 28 in 18-karat white gold with blue dial. White gold: $290,000.


Louis Moinet AstroMoon

Louis Moinet has been setting new standards in dials and extraordinary complications for years. Now, the new AstroMoon continues the tradition and innovation. With a stunning aventurine dial and genuine meteorite fragments (from the Dhofar 459 meteorite), the watch offers column-wheel chronograph (with hand tipped by a star), large tourbillon escapement, and an incredible moonphase complication that is both precise and alluring. The complicated hand-wound movement boasts 373 individual components and offers 50 hours of power reserve. The case holds several patents. The 46.5mm watch is crafted in gold and just 28 pieces will be made. Rose gold: $240,000.

200th Anniversary

Louis Moinet Memoris 200th Anniversary

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the worlds’ first chronograph – which was first introduced by Louis Moinet – the new Memoris 200th Anniversary watch uses an all-new engraving technique never before used in watchmaking. The technique enables the brand to individually paint and decorate each and every star constellation on the watch mainplate. The watch also boasts an enamel dial, a new mainplate and new translucent flange and counter bridge. The watch is a monopusher chronograph with column wheel mechanism that is visible on the dial side. It offers hours, minutes, seconds and chronograph counters from 60-seconds and 30 minutes. The watch is powered by the automatic LM54 caliber with 302 individual parts, including an “Energie Plus” Pawl winding mechanism — all designed and manufactured in house by Louis Moinet. Retail price: $69,995.

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Baselworld Spectators Viewing the Displays
Skeleton Earth

Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton Earth

Paying tribute to its namesake, this Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton Earth portrays the brand’s prowess in skeletonizing (a fine art master watchmaker Armin Strom was known for), and combines technical mastery. Not only does the brand skeletonize (carve away) the metal in each and every component, but also uses PVD colorization of the mainplate to emphasize the movement’s layered construction. This Tourbillon Skeleton Earth houses the 184-part manual-wind ATC11-S tourbillon movement with double going barrel and 10 days of power reserve. Crafted in black PVD steel, the case measures 43.40 mm in diameter. $86,700.

Skeleton Fire

Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Fire

Just 100 pieces will be made of this 18-karat rose gold Skeleton Pure Fire, which demonstrates Armin Strom’s amazing ability to skeletonize movements. The layered construction of the 146-part manual-wind ARM09-S movement offers a three-dimensional appeal. The mainplate is accentuated thanks to PVD colorization. The 43.40mm watch offers eight days of power reserve thanks to a double barrel and features a sapphire crystal and caseback with anti-reflective coating. It is sold with a genuine alligator strap, as well as with an additional rubber strap. $46,400.

Gravity Air

Armin Strom Gravity Date Air

The newest collection of Gravity watches from Armin Strom, the Gravity Date series, features timepieces equipped with the new automatic ADD14 caliber with a newly interpreted date display mechanism. This 43mm Gravity Date Air watch, crafted in titanium, offers five days of power reserve and, in addition to the off-center time display, it shows small seconds and date with day/night indication. The 206-part movement features a micro rotor, visible from an anti-reflective transparent sapphire case back. Water resistant to 50 meters, the watch is sold with a genuine gray or white alligator horn back strap, as well as with a gray rubber strap. Just 100 pieces will be made. $21,300. For more information: www.arminstrom.com

Chimera 46 mm B Limited Edition

Chimera 46 mm B and B/A Limited Edition

This bold 46mm U-Boat Chronograph is a testament to form and function. The case is naturally bronzed, and the bezel and caseback are locked via external tubing and a key to ensure water resistance to 100 meters. The oversized crown and patented release system offer easy use and the chronograph pushers are on the left side of the case. The rotor is personalized and is visible via a sapphire case back. The watch, powered by an automatic mechanical chronograph built to U-Boat’s specifications, which offers date display, chronograph and small seconds, in addition to time indications, and 44 hours of power reserve. The strap is hand made and hand finished calf leather processed according to traditional handcrafted techniques to give the watch a distressed look. $11,500.

Chimera 46 mm SS Skeleton

Chimera 46 mm SS Skeleton

This 45mm automatic mechanical chronograph has been modified at U-Boat to exacting specifications. The chronograph offers date display, 44 hours of power reserve, hours and minutes, as well as chronograph counters for small seconds, minutes and hours. The watch is crafted of 316L AISA stainless steel and then satin finished for sporty appeal. The highly distinguished crown on the left side of the case features a special trademarked protective device so the crown cannot open.  The dial, offered in beige or black, features SuperLuminova Arabic numerals and markers. It is water resistant to 10ATM. $5,500.

Classico 45 mm Tungsten Chronograph

Chimera Classico 45 mm Tungsten Chronograph

A technical advancement for the bold U-Boat collection, this Chimera 46mm watch features a skeletonized movement – visible from the dial side. In fact, Italo Fontana, creator of U-Boat, opted to display the inner workings to accent the distinctive Chimera case. The case is crafted in AISA 316 blackened steel with the bezel, body and caseback held in place with screwed pins for a true industrial look. The automatic movement is highly decorated and is also visible via the transparent caseback. The movement is the U-77 Valjoux Top Soigne automatic caliber that has been customized at U-Boat to strict specifications. It features the patented sculpted pusher that ejects the inner crown, enabling adjustment of time and date. Just 88 pieces will be made. $13,700. For more information: www.uboatwatch.com

Snyper One Red Limited Edition

Snyper One Red Limited Edition

Machined from a single block of stainless steel this rough and rugged 53mm watch is made for use.  Powered by the same mechanical Swiss-made movement as the Ironclad Steel Blue, the F101 Chrono Day/Date, the watch features a grey PVD coated rotor with target logo in red and accent colors and graduation markings in red. Both the sapphire crystal and caseback feature an anti-reflective treatment. This watch has the two “fixation” bars on the 9:00 side of the case that allows the wearer to attach Snyper Modules™. The dial is black carbon fiber with red numbers and the chronograph hand is in red with a target shape in the center.$9,200 without Snyper Module™, $1,300 for the added Laser/LED module.

Snyper Ironclad Steel Blue

Snyper Ironclad Steel Blue

Snyper, known for its intensely functional timepieces, unveils this 53mm Ironclad Steel watch with alluring blue dial. Crafted of 316L/1.4435 steel, machined from a single block, the watch is powered by a self-winding chronograph movement, Snyper Caliber F101 Chrono Day/Date with customized oscillating rotor and 48 hours of power reserve. The Target logo is engraved on the crown edge and engraved markings in lacquer add color and stealth ap-peal. The blue checkerboard design of the dial is guaranteed to turn heads. The Swiss-Made watch is water resistant to 100 meters and is accented with a blue leather strap. $8,700.

Snyper Two Black PVD Camouflage Edition

Snyper Two Black PVD Camouflage Edition

This watch can be purchased on request only. The 50mm case is crafted in 316L/1.4435 stainless steel with black PVD coating.  The camouflage on the case and the bezel are hand painted. The watch features a black PVD screw-down crown brushed with red graduation marks, finished with the Target logo of the brand.  It is powered by the self-winding Snyper Caliber F100 Day/Date that offers 48 hours of power reserve. The antireflective sapphire crystal makes for easy reading in glaring sun and the 2 fix-ation bars on the 9:00 side enable the attachment of Snyper Modules™. The black rubber strap features a pin buckle. The Swiss-made watch is water resistant to 10 ATM. For more information: www.snyperwatches.com

Spanish 1

Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Vuelo

Part of the signature Historiador collection, this striking Historiador Vuelo watch offers chronograph with 60-seconds and 30-minutes counter, tachymeter and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or second time zone, read via a central hand with 24-hours indication. There is also date at 6:00. The professional instrument is powered by the CYS 8120 movement built on a Dubois-De’praz 30342 caliber. It offers 40 hours of power reserve and the 44mm case is water resistant to 3 ATM.  The multi-level ivory dial features red and blue accents for added, sporty appeal. The lugs are specially shaped for ergonomic comfort and the watch is fitted with a matching Alcantara and Louisiana Alligator strap. $7,600.

Spanish 2

Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente Caramelo

Cuervo y Sobrinos never forgets women in its elegant collections. This Prominente Caramelo watch has the classical rec-tangular case that offers premium vintage feel of the Cuban roots of the brand with today’s Swiss watchmaking prowess. The watch houses the CYS 5102 caliber, with 42 hours of power reserve. Via the transparent sapphire caseback, one can view the rotor with CYS logo. The pale blue dial features a fine satin finishing and the crystal is anti-reflective coating on both sides. Water resistant to 3 ATM, the watch is finished with a matching colored Louisiana Alligator “Pon Pon” strap.$3,300.

Spanish 3

Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Clasico

In typical Cuervo y Sobrinos style – always an expression of vintage and sophistication – this newest Historiador Clásico watch blends beauty and elegance for men.  A CYS 2052 extra-flat hand-wound ETA 7001 movement powers the watch. It offers hours and minutes with a small subsidiary seconds dial at 6:00. The dial of the 40mm steel watch is lavish Galvanic Blue, an exclusive copper and silver alloy  – reminiscent of the seas off of Cuba. The outer rim features a minute track, the hour portion of the dial has a soleil finish and the inner circular area boasts a “Clous de Paris” pattern.  The watch features a double curved sapphire crystal and a sapphire caseback. $3,300. For more information: www.cuer voysobrinos.com

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