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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BASEL 2016: More NEWS from TUDOR

Once again Tudor comes out swinging and in my opinion, though the show has yet to even begin, it will be tough to knock them off the top spot as "BEST IN SHOW".




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BASEL 2016: Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage



The Seastrong Diver Heritage is a contemporary interpretation of the first Alpina diving watch. In 1969, the Seastrong had already incorporated all the specific technical constraints relating to scuba diving, then still in its early days. It distinguished itself by its “Super Compax” water-resistance technology and its double screw-lock crown, that is still featured in its current version. The 4 o’clock crown controls winding and time-setting, while the one at 2 o’clock rotates the inner bezel ring that measures dive times. This information so vital to divers is protected from inadvertent handling by being fitted inside the case. It is visible through a glass box, which in this new model reflecting the 1969 original is nonetheless made of sapphire crystal rather than hesalite, making it complex to produce but equally spectacular to look at. The Seastrong Diver Heritage is a watch designed for everyday use and is pleasant to wear in daily adventures.

Movement 
Mechanical automatic, AL-525 calibre, 26 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 38-hour power reserve. Functions Hours, minutes, seconds, date, rotating inner bezel ring with 60-minute dive-time scale.

Case 
Stainless steel, 42 mm. Engraved back. Domed “Glass Box” anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 300 metres (30 bar/1000 ft).

Dial 
Black and white.

Bracelet/strap 
Genuine black leather.

Alpina

BASEL 2016: Eberhard Scafograf 300


Introduced in the 1950s, the Scafograf has evolved over the years to conquer the hearts of divers everywhere, not least thanks to its sturdy good looks and guaranteed water-resistance to 100, 200, 300, 400, 750, even 1,000 metres! Now Eberhard & Co pays tribute to this icon of the deep with an almost identical replica of the original Scafograf, which it has reinterpreted in the same sporting vein. The robust steel case, unidirectional rotating bezel in ceramic and, unusually for a dive watch, date at 3 o'clock remain highly desirable attributes of this timepiece, which is equipped with a safety valve to release helium from inside the case. This new Scafograf 300 ensures optimum reliability, and promises to stand up to shocks and pressure. The supremely legible dial, highlighted with Superluminova, makes this an essential dive watch that is equally at home underwater as for everyday casual-chic wear.

Movement 
Mechanical automatic, ETA 2824-2 calibre, minimum 38-hour power reserve. Functions Hours, minutes, seconds, date.

Case 
Steel, 43 mm. Unidirectional rotating bezel in ceramic. Helium valve at 9 o'clock. Sapphire crystal, engraved screw-down steel back. Water-resistant to 300 metres (30 bar/1,000 ft).

Dial 
Mat black finish, luminescent hour-markers. Date at 3 o'clock.

Bracelet/strap 
Steel Chassis® or black rubber, patented D├ęclic® folding clasp.

Eberhard

BASEL 2016: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze




This piece inherits the most characteristic elements from Tudor's eloquent history in dive watches: the domed crystal, the prominent winding crown from the 1958 model, dubbed Big Crown, the angular "snowflake" hands from the 1970s, and the beige woven jacquard strap, a nod to the French sailors who made their own straps from elastic recovered from rescue parachutes. The bronze case is a reminder of the bronze used for the helmets in the heroic early days of diving. Add to this a mechanical automatic movement with COSC chronometer certification, - developed, manufactured and assembled in-house – and there can be no doubting that this new Black Bay Bronze will become a partner for life, slowly developing a unique patina over time to match its owner's lifestyle.

Movement
Mechanical automatic, MT5601 calibre, 28,800 vib/h, silicon balance spring, approximately 70-hour power reserve. Functions Hours, minutes, seconds.

Case 
Bronze, 43 mm. Domed sapphire crystal, steel back with bronze-coloured PVD treatment. Unidirectional rotating bezel with brown anodised aluminium disc. Water-resistant to 200 metres (20 bar/660 ft).

Dial 
Brown, domed.

Bracelet/strap 
Antiquated leather with bronze buckle. Delivered with a second, fabric strap.

Tudor

BASEL 2016: Breitling Avenger Hurricane





Its stature, its material, as well as its 24-hour indication combine to make the new Avenger Hurricane a truly standout model. Featuring a 50 mm XXL diameter, a sturdy construction equipped with lateral reinforcements and an all-black technical look enhanced by yellow accents and aviation-inspired stencil-type numerals, it is designed to share every challenge. This instrument for professionals is a compendium of boldness, innovation and performance. The Avenger Hurricane case is entirely made out of Breitlight®. This high-tech material exclusive to Breitling boasts a number of functional qualities. It is anti-magnetic, stable in respect to thermal variations and above all ultra-resistant to scratches, traction and corrosion. As a crowning touch, it is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel. The Avenger Hurricane is definitely a superlative Breitling in every possible way.

Movement 
Mechanical automatic, Manufacture Breitling B12 calibre, chronometer-certified by the COSC, 47 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, more than 70-hour power-reserve. Functions Hours displayed in 24-hour mode, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers. 

Case 
Breitlight®, 50 mm. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Screw-locked crown. Water-resistant to 100 metres (10 bar/330 ft).

Dial 
Black Volcano.

Bracelet/strap 
Military rubber.

Breitling

BASEL 2016: Victorinox I.N.O.X. Professional Diver



Form serves function in this authentic professional measurement instrument. A certified diving watch in accordance with the rigorous NIHS 92-11 Swiss watch industry norms, it goes beyond the criteria imposed by these standards. In all, it has been subjected to 130 tests specifically developed to ensure its sturdiness and its functionality. This anti-magnetic model ensures maximum visibility from a 25 cm distance in the darkness prevailing in the ocean’s depths. It can withstand dives to at least 200 metres. It is perfectly resistant to thermal shocks, condensation and vibrations. Its bevelled unidirectional rotating bezel – a time control system that is mandatory on a diving watch – appears to be sculpted with a knife. Three years of development, six months of testing and 421 prototypes were needed to develop this model representing the epitome of uncompromising quality.

Movement 
Quartz. Functions Hours, minutes, seconds, date.

Case 
Stainless steel, 45 mm. Unidirectional rotating bezel with luminescent index. Sapphire crystal with triple anti-reflective treatment. Screw-locked crown and screw-down back. Water-resistant to 200 metres (20 bar/660 ft).

Dial 
Indigo blue. Hands and hour-markers treated with blue and green Superluminova

Bracelet/strap
Extendable indigo blue rubber (8 mm). Other versions Black, red or yellow dial and bracelet.

Victorinox

BASEL 2016: Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph




Boasting a sporting pedigree thanks to a unidirectional rotating bezel, this is the first watch in the KonTiki collection to be fitted with a flyback chronograph movement which Eterna has developed and produced in-house. Apparently simple but in reality extremely complex to make, the flyback function – which measures a new elapsed time without having to stop the chronograph first – is proof of Eterna's comprehensive watchmaking expertise. Indeed, this calibre joins an already substantial family of 39 in-house movements. The KonTiki collection is named after the 1947 expedition led by Norwegian ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl. Guided by Eterna watches, he and his crew successfully crossed the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft. With its impressive steel case and indications that remain perfectly legible in all conditions, the Super KonTiki Chronograph embodies the thrill of adventure and reliability better than ever before.

Movement 
Mechanical automatic, Eterna 3916A calibre, 28,800 vib/h, 60-hour power reserve. Functions Hours, minutes, seconds, date, flyback chronograph.

Case 
Brushed and polished steel, 45 mm. Unidirectional rotating bezel. Anti-reflective sapphire crystal, front and back. Water-resistant to 200 metres (20 bar/660 ft).

Dial 
Mat black, hour-markers and hands coated with Superluminova.

Bracelet/strap
Black rubber or stainless steel Milanese mesh.

Eterna

BASEL 2016: Breitling Avenger Bandit




Lightness, safety and precision are crucial attributes in the world of naval aviation. The Avenger Bandit is a COSC-certified chronograph that lives in step with the take-offs and landings on the decks of aircraft carriers. These “ocean fortresses” govern the demanding features that Breitling has incorporated into the Avenger Bandit. Its 45 mm case is lightened by the use of satin-brushed titanium, a favourite metal in the field of aviation. The graduated rotating bezel is topped by engraved stencil-type numerals and distinguished by its four rider tabs, a classic signature feature on Breitling watches serving to memorize times. The non-slip grip of the screw-lock crown and chronograph pushers guarantees optimal handling. The strap is made of rubber combined with a supple, sturdy and light high-tech textile fibre exterior. These technical attributes make the Avenger Bandit an authentic instrument for professionals embodying a world of daunting feats and the most extreme missions.

Movement 
Mechanical automatic, Caliber Breitling 13, chronometer-certified by the COSC, 25 jewels, 28,800 vib/h. Functions Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers.

Case 
Titanium, 45 mm. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Screw-locked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Water-resistant to 300 metres (30 bar/1,000 ft).

Dial 
Titanium gray.

Bracelet/strap 
Military rubber.

Breitling

BASEL 2016: Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman



The new Khaki Navy Frogman captures an entire facet of Hamilton's history as well as the early days of professional dive watches. Created for US naval frogmen, it was revealed to the public on-screen in the 1951 film The Frogmen, an appearance that marked the beginning of a fabulous collaboration between Hamilton and Hollywood. The Khaki Navy Frogman scores high on design as well as for its technical qualities, and of course meets the requirements of an authentic dive watch: screw-lock crown protection, unidirectional rotating bezel, oversized hour-markers with a Superluminova coating, helium valve to equalise internal and external pressure, and water-resistance to 1,000 metres. Last but not least, the rubber strap features an eye-catching tone-on-tone central section and a ribbed exterior to create pleasing texture and colour contrasts.

Movement 
Mechanical automatic, H-10 calibre, 80-hour power reserve. Functions Hours, minutes, seconds, date.

Case 
Titanium, 46 mm. Red rotating bezel. Helium valve, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 100 bar (1,000 m/3,300 ft).

Dial
Black, hands and applied hour-markers coated with Superluminova.

Bracelet/strap 
Rubber, titanium buckle.

Other versions
Stainless steel case, 42 mm. Water-resistant to 30 bar (300 m/1,000 ft). Black or blue dial with matching bezel. Stainless steel bracelet or black or blue rubber strap, folding clasp.

Hamilton

BASEL 2016 - AROUND THE CORNER

I know we have not been around much as of late, life has a funny way of getting in the way of one's hobbies at times. That said, we plan to unveil all the latest divers from this year's Basel Fair.

SO STAY TUNED FOR MANY UPDATES COMING SOON!!!