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SIHH is over… now let’s move one to Basel

| By Frank Geelen | 2 min read |

Well the title says it all….The Salon International Haute Horlogery has hardly ended and the first Baselworld pre releases are already out.

The Salon International Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is over and it seems there is almost no time to talk and discuss all new releases from the Richemont brands. Press releases of new creations that will be shown at Baselwolrd 2009 are already pooring in! At the Basel 2009 section is already full with new releases. Judging from a distance i think it looks very promising this year! Here are a few that really caught my attention…

Maurice LaCroix comes with a skelletonished chronograph with the famous ML106 column-wheel movement. Besides the looks, which are absolutely stunning this manual wind colum-wheel chronograph offers a power reserve of 42 hours. The chronograph measures time to 1/5th of a second!

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Maurice LaCroix - Skelletonized Chronograph

Maurice LaCroix’s Masterpiece line is beautiful line that offers technological highlights as well as a combination of classic and very modern almost industrial design. The skeleton dial of this Chronographe Squelette reveals all the workings of the movement, a delicate labyrinth in which the gear-trains have been refined to a bare minimum. The classic caliber lives up to the most modern expectations and even combines the looks of retro and industrial modernism. This all comes in a 45mm brushed steel case with slightly domes sapphire crystal with anti reflection coating on both sides. A model that clearly belongs in this century.

Maurice LaCroix - ML106 column wheel chronograph

Another brand that released a watch that immediately caught my attention is Breitling. I must admit that usually i’m no Breitling-guy but this one totally does it for me. The Breilting Navitimer 125th Anniversary. The first Navitimer was released in 1952 and has grown to become one of the most well known and beloved classics among wristwatches.

Breitling Navitimer 125th Anniversary

The Navitimer 125th Anniversary has an automatic calibre 26 engine, equipped with 38 rubies and spins with 28,800 vibrations per hour. Of course, like all automatic Breitling calibers, this caliber 26 is COSC-certified.

From now on, i will never start a topic about Breitling with stating i’m no Breitling-guy. Let’s end the apologies for liking a Breitling… they make awesome watches and the proof is here!

Breitling Navitimer 125th Anniversary

Thanx to for all photos and information.

5 responses

  1. Maurice Lacroix is getting better every year.
    Wonder what else they will release.

  2. I have the same feeling about Maurice LaCroix, Geo! I will visit Basel this year and keep you up to date with all new releases 🙂

  3. I agree with you guys!

    This is a great looking watch from Maurice Lacroix – I am pleasantly surprised! Maybe this year will be a turning point for the brand!


  4. I Absolutely agree, Vincent. The vintage looks and the two register chronograph are stunning.
    Even the bracelet has a seventies aura 😉

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