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THE SWATCH GROUP SETS THE STAGE TO DEBUT SOME OF THEIR NEW NOVELTIES FOR 2019

THE SWATCH GROUP SETS THE STAGE TO DEBUT SOME OF THEIR NEW NOVELTIES FOR 2019

The start of the year has already seen a number of big reveals from the world’s most established watchmakers at SIHH and Baselworld. But the Swatch Group has left it a little late to showcase some of their best offerings for 2019. Nevertheless, they could not have picked a grander stage than their very own event at Time To Move.

Held in Zurich in May, the inaugural event marked the first time the luxury powerhouse held its own signature showcase. Suffice to say, it was a presentation that proved to be a huge success with a number of releases from their most prominent brands. Here’s a rundown of some of the show-stealing reveals from Time To Move.

Cruising Altitude

Based on the Blancpain Pilot Chronograph from the 50s, the Air Command Chronograph is a modern iteration that arrives in a handsome 42.5mm steel case with a vintage bi-compax dial and a tachymeter scale. The limited edition number exudes vintage style with a host of modern and highly-enticing features. Powered by an automatic calibre F388B movement, the high-frequency flyback chronograph is equipped with a vertical clutch, a column wheel and a nifty propeller-shaped rotor.

The Magic Lotus

When it comes to automaton watches, Jaquet Droz has practically cornered the market and it’s something the maisons are extremely proud of. This year, the brand once again showcased their expertise with the Magic Lotus Automaton, an intricate and highly-beautiful piece with an intricately-designed transformative dial. On cue, the face animates presenting a pond with a koi carp leaping from it. The movement is both fluid and magical to the point one would have to take a second look to admire the buzzing firefly at 8 o’clock and the evolving centrepiece of the lotus blossom.

It’s A Date

Blancpain introduced the complete calendar to the Villeret collection last year. In 2019, the watchmaker adds a useful date display to this complication. Simple, classic and stylish, the Villeret GMT Date sports a classy 40mm case in red gold or stainless steel. A Caliber 5A50 automatic movement, featuring a silicon balance spring, is tasked with driving the Villeret GMT Date and it’s a job it does rather well. It not only works the complex calendar but it also equips the timepiece with a four day power reserve.

The Grande Seconde

Jaquet Droz unveiled the latest member to the Grande Seconde family, which features a monopusher chronograph. The flagship model is made available in a choice of pink gold or steel, both of which are equipped with a self-winding calibre 26M5R beating beneath it. But the differences between the two are not just down to precious metals. The steel edition sports a winding crown at 4 o’clock with the more illustrious gold version featuring an enamel dial. Both though are paired with a stylish alligator leather strap with folding buckle.

Diving Back In

Omega had several unveils at Time To Move but it was the Chronograph version of the Seamaster Diver 300m that proved to be a clear favourite. The Swiss brand has equipped its new chrono with an effective three-hand design and armed it with the Calibre 9900, an impressive in-house developed Master Chronometer movement. Available in a choice of 44mm steel or steel-and-gold case the dive watch comes in either a rubber strap with a pin buckle or steel bracelet with a folding clasp.

To The Moon & Back

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and Omega has rather fittingly produced a Speedmaster that celebrates that achievement. Powered by a Master Chronometer movement, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition arrives in 42mm stainless steel case with a bezel finished in 18k Moonshine™ gold. The small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock is laser-engraved with the astronaut descending unto the moon. Limited to 6969 pieces, the model is a fitting tribute to a legendary timepiece that is widely celebrated for being the first watch ever to be worn on the moon.

The start of the year has already seen a number of big reveals from the world’s most established watchmakers at SIHH and Baselworld. But the Swatch Group has left it a little late to showcase some of their best offerings for 2019. Nevertheless, they could not have picked a grander stage than their very own event at Time To Move.

Held in Zurich in May, the inaugural event marked the first time the luxury powerhouse held its own signature showcase. Suffice to say, it was a presentation that proved to be a huge success with a number of releases from their most prominent brands. Here’s a rundown of some of the show-stealing reveals from Time To Move.

Cruising Altitude

Based on the Blancpain Pilot Chronograph from the 50s, the Air Command Chronograph is a modern iteration that arrives in a handsome 42.5mm steel case with a vintage bi-compax dial and a tachymeter scale. The limited edition number exudes vintage style with a host of modern and highly-enticing features. Powered by an automatic calibre F388B movement, the high-frequency flyback chronograph is equipped with a vertical clutch, a column wheel and a nifty propeller-shaped rotor.

The Magic Lotus

When it comes to automaton watches, Jaquet Droz has practically cornered the market and it’s something the maisons are extremely proud of. This year, the brand once again showcased their expertise with the Magic Lotus Automaton, an intricate and highly-beautiful piece with an intricately-designed transformative dial. On cue, the face animates presenting a pond with a koi carp leaping from it. The movement is both fluid and magical to the point one would have to take a second look to admire the buzzing firefly at 8 o’clock and the evolving centrepiece of the lotus blossom.

It’s A Date

Blancpain introduced the complete calendar to the Villeret collection last year. In 2019, the watchmaker adds a useful date display to this complication. Simple, classic and stylish, the Villeret GMT Date sports a classy 40mm case in red gold or stainless steel. A Caliber 5A50 automatic movement, featuring a silicon balance spring, is tasked with driving the Villeret GMT Date and it’s a job it does rather well. It not only works the complex calendar but it also equips the timepiece with a four day power reserve.

The Grande Seconde

Jaquet Droz unveiled the latest member to the Grande Seconde family, which features a monopusher chronograph. The flagship model is made available in a choice of pink gold or steel, both of which are equipped with a self-winding calibre 26M5R beating beneath it. But the differences between the two are not just down to precious metals. The steel edition sports a winding crown at 4 o’clock with the more illustrious gold version featuring an enamel dial. Both though are paired with a stylish alligator leather strap with folding buckle.

Diving Back In

Omega had several unveils at Time To Move but it was the Chronograph version of the Seamaster Diver 300m that proved to be a clear favourite. The Swiss brand has equipped its new chrono with an effective three-hand design and armed it with the Calibre 9900, an impressive in-house developed Master Chronometer movement. Available in a choice of 44mm steel or steel-and-gold case the dive watch comes in either a rubber strap with a pin buckle or steel bracelet with a folding clasp.

To The Moon & Back

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and Omega has rather fittingly produced a Speedmaster that celebrates that achievement. Powered by a Master Chronometer movement, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition arrives in 42mm stainless steel case with a bezel finished in 18k Moonshine™ gold. The small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock is laser-engraved with the astronaut descending unto the moon. Limited to 6969 pieces, the model is a fitting tribute to a legendary timepiece that is widely celebrated for being the first watch ever to be worn on the moon.