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Baselworld Daily News | March 19, 2016 - Manufacture Movements / Ebel / Graff

14 WATCHES DA ILY N E W S SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016 HIGH-CALIBRE INTRODUCTIONS GL A SHÜ T T E ORIGIN AL, BREI T LING AND CA RL F. BU CHERER E ACH L AUNCH NE W M ANUFAC T URE MOV EMEN T S EBEL H A S LONG BEEN KNOW N A S A WOMEN’S BR AND, AND T HIS Y E A R I T CON T INUE S I T S CRUSADE W I T H S T UNNING NE W WAV E WAT CHE S A SCIN T ILL AT ING T IMEPIECE INSPIRED BY T HE INF INI T E WONDER OF T HE GA L A X Y SEE S T HE LIGH T OF DAY AT GR A F F DIA MONDS by Elizabeth Doerr O ver the years, Ebel has never waivered in its support of femi- nine designs. And this year is no exception as Ebel unveils an alluring new collection of Swiss-made Wave Lady timepieces that rides on the heels of its relaunch just over a year ago. “We are seeing success with the new Wave that we introduced just about 18 months ago, and so this year we are expanding it,” says Efraim Grinberg, CEO of the Movado Group, which owns the Ebel brand. “It is a return to the Ebel roots, but with an updated look. We are adding a 35 mm version for women and we have a nice bracelet model. We are also very excited to be bringing an auto- matic version for women to the forefront in a 30 mm size” Indeed, this year Ebel takes pride in once again developing new limited edi- tion designs and special production mod- els. As part of the on-going collection, Ebel is unveiling watches powered by Ronda quartz movements and also is releasing a line of automatics. Addition- ally, the brand again focuses on what it delivers best: stunning two-tone models. Versions will be available with and with- out varying degrees of diamonds. Cases sizes range from 30 mm to 35 mm. I nspired by the Constellation jewel- lery collection, Graff presents the Celestial, developing a signature setting of the house into a striking and sculptural statement timepiece. The stunning diamond timepiece recalls the drama and illumination of a night sky filled with electrifying stars. The brace- let of the watch incorporates a myriad of fancy shaped diamonds, articulated at different angles representing a night sky glimmering with fire and brilliance. In 2014, Laurence Graff unveiled The Constellation – the largest round brilliant-cut D internally flawless diamond in the world, with 102.79 carats. This later inspired the Graff Constellation setting, which features a halo of pavé-set stones around a centre stone. And it is an echo of this that is seen in select details of the Celestial timepiece. On occasion, indi- vidual diamonds are highlighted by pavé white diamonds, accentuating the natural light within. This galaxy of diamonds leads the eye to a pavé diamond dial, with alternating halos of diamond sizes and cuts. Incorporating over 29 carats of diamonds, the Celestial fuses Graff’s exceptional design expertise with exem- plary diamond craftsmanship. RIDE THE EBEL WAVE THE CELESTIAL B aselworld is traditionally the place where brands woo clients by exhibiting techni- cal prowess, which includes introductions of major new movements. There is no absence of that at this year’s fair as evidenced by these notable new calibres. Carl F. Bucherer had been success- fully cooperating with technical think tank THA (Techniques Horlogères Appliquées SA) for more than a decade when it took over the firm in 2007, renaming it Carl F. Bucherer Technolo- gies SA. Calibre CFB A1000 was the striking product to emerge. And of the several patents that Carl F. Bucherer took out for Calibre CFB A1000, per- haps the most stunning one concerns the striking rotor, part of a movement design allowing a free view of the com- ponents one would not normally see on an automatic movement. In essence, this rotor combines the beauty of a hand-wound movement with the com- fort of an automatic movement. “Carl F. Bucherer was the first manufacturer to get this construction principle ready for serial production,” confirms CEO Sascha Moeri. Now Carl F. Bucherer introduces the CFB A2000, a new calibre designed to be used in a variety of models and Senator Excellence Automatic, Glashütte Original. by Roberta Na as by Nina Hald The newest quartz models feature decorative dial motifs with etched pat- terns and diamond markers. Rich slate grey tones are accented by rose gold and stainless steel bezels and cases, while white dials offer a pop of freshness. The bracelet models continue the famed Wave pattern in undulating beauty alter- nating with steel and rose gold waves. It is expected to be an exciting year for Ebel, this year as the brand celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Villa Turque, House of Ebel. The Villa Turque was originally built by Le Corbusier in La Chaux-de-Fonds, and was purchased by Ebel and restored in 1987. The brand uses the entrancing space as a community centre for exhibitions and other func- tions. Later this year, there will be an anniversary celebration in the structure (inspired by the Byzantine cross), where Ebel will unveil a new ad campaign supporting the Lady Wave line. 1.0, A1 1 1 1.1, D51 Celestial, Graff. Since 2008 Graff has developed a luxury watch business, innovating in the development of complications, patent- ed diamond settings and unique design. Wave Lady, Ebel. THE CELESTIAL Senator Excellence Automatic, Glashütte Original. Manero Peripheral, Carl F. Bucherer. enables new combinations of features. It retains the striking peripheral rotor but upgrades other elements, with enhanced precision the raison d’être as evidenced by the new free-sprung balance with masselotte screws on the balance wheel to regulate inertia. “Due to its high torque, the CFB A2000 will be a motor for various additional functions current- ly being designed,” Moeri adds. “And the new calibre family lets us also imple- ment the peripheral rotor calibres in ladies’ watches, for which both outer design and inner values are important.” The CFB A2000 debuts in the new Manero Peripheral. Where Carl F. Bucherer remains traditional in terms of materials, both Glashütte Original and Breitling use new materials in their most recent man- ufacture calibres, where the focus is plainly on extending the length of pow- er reserves. And this is a noble goal. There is nothing more comfortable than putting an automatic watch down on Friday and picking it up on Monday morning showing the right time. Breitling thus revamped its first fully developed and manufactured in- house movement B01, which launched at Baselworld 2009. At Baselworld 2016, the brand presents an enhanced version of the B01 called Breitling 01 Chrono- works that includes several innovative new elements, including silicon and ceramic, that exist side-by-side with that most traditional of chronograph ele- ments, the column wheel. The use of these new materials in the movement, which has emerged from an in-house lab, has reduced friction so much that the movement now boasts 100 hours of power reserve, representing an increase of 45 percent over the original B01. It debuts in the 100-piece limited edition Superocean Héritage Chronoworks. Glashütte Original has also replaced its all-purpose base movements Calibre 39 and 100 with an enhanced varia- tion likewise containing silicon among other new elements. Calibre 36 now also reaches the milestone of 100 hours of power reserve with just one large spring barrel – with an admit- tedly very long mainspring measuring 680 millimetres crafted in a new material by Swatch Group component suppli- er Nivarox. It debuts in a new watch called Senator Excellence, which is offered in a choice of a 40 mm stainless steel or red gold case. Both of these new introductions boast more than enough juice to now last a week- end.

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