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Baselworld Daily News | March 19, 2016 - Patek Philippe / Omega / Blancpain

4 WATCHES DA ILY N E W S SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016 two dials prioritises the time and the striking function; the other face focuses on the immediately switching perpetual full calendar. Both dials show the time and date. According to Patek Philippe, all this makes the watch suitable for daily use as an exceedingly exclusive pleasure for a select few connoisseurs. Equally great appreciation will sure- ly also be lavished on the new Annual Calendar Reference 5396, a debutante with which Patek Philippe celebrates the 20th anniversary of its patented annual calendar. Four years previously, the Maison’s owner and President Philippe Stern had initiated its develop- ment as a wristwatch that could auto- matically take into account the different lengths of months with 30 or 31 days and that would require manual adjust- ment only once each year, i.e. when February changes to March. This feat was achieved by a patented construction with rotating components and entirely without levers of the sort ordinarily used in perpetual calendars. Following its premiere at Baselworld 1996, the annual calendar appeared in 21 variants, to which one more is now being added: the new 38.5-mm-diameter Annual Calendar Reference 5396, which is available with a white gold case and a grey dial or with a rose gold case and a silvery white dial. The face is unostenta- tious and clearly arranged: the date occupies a prominent window at 6 o’clock, whilst the day of the week and the month shun the limelight in two adjacent windows at 12 o’clock. A 24-hour indicator surrounds the moon- phase display above the date. High- quality applied Breguet gold numerals add a somewhat nostalgic touch. Auto- matic Calibre 324 S QA LU 24H ticks below the dial. The Annual Calendar is affixed to a hand-sewn leather strap. A NEW “NUMBER ONE” PAT EK PHILIPPE’S SOPHIS T ICAT ED NE WCOMERS AGAIN E VOKE A S T ONISHMEN T by Iris Wimmer -Olbort BLANCPAIN – The Swiss manufac- ture presents the Villeret Quantième Annuel GMT in a stainless steel version for the first time this year. The annual calendar’s displays are cleverly arranged on the white dial so that the day, month and year can be read in a logical order. Manual adjustment is needed only once a year, when February ends and March begins. The watch and its calendar functions are controlled by Calibre 6054F, which is visible through a sap- phire crystal in the back of the case. This calibre also powers the GMT dis- play, which occupies the small 24-hour sub dial at 8 o’clock. (sz) N E W S 1.0, D1 9 1.0, D1 1 Annual Calendar Reference 5396, Patek Philippe. Grandmaster Chime Reference 6300 and hand-wound calibre GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM, Patek Philippe. P atek Philippe has announced a changing of the guard at the top of its ranking for the most complicated reg- ularly produced wrist- watches: the Grandmaster Chime Reference 6300 is the new leader of the manufacture’s illustrious parade of ultra-complicated models. This timepiece is the successor to a special model, unveiled to celebrate the com- pany’s 175th anniversary in 2014, which made headlines with its numerous complica- tions and unmistakable, exclu- sive appearance. The latest staging of these functions is equally spectacu- lar. The newcomer unites a total of twenty complications of the utmost horological complex- ity. This makes it one of the most complicated wristwatches currently available on the market. These complications include five audi- ble functions: a grande and a petite sonnerie, an acoustic alarm that strikes at the pre- set time, and a date repeat- er that can chime the date. Other functions are a perpetual calendar that can switch instantane- ously and also indicates the year, which can be con- veniently reset either for- ward or backward with the aid of two buttons that trig- ger a patented mechanism. No fewer than 1,366 individual components are required to sup- port all of these diverse functions. Six innovations were patented. Elaborately embellished with a manually crafted guilloche pat- tern, the white gold case of the new Grandmaster Chime is quite complex too: it consists of 214 components and offers an uncon- ventional function: thanks to a patented pivoting mechanism, this model is a double-face wristwatch that can be worn alternately with either of its two dials facing outward. One of these Seamaster Planet Ocean 43.50 mm GMT, Omega. THE SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN 43.50 MM GMT WITH NEW BICERAMIC BEZEL PREMIERE OF A NEW MATERIAL by Sabine Zwet tler T he Seamaster Planet Ocean undergoes several changes, both internally and externally, in 2016. These models are now also “Master Chronometers” because they comply with the strict new standards of METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology. Several models also debut this year in new dimensions, with modi- fied designs and with decorations that use innovative materials such as Sedna gold and liquid metal. The Seamaster Planet Ocean 43.50 mm GMT brings an additional premiere into the collection: this new model is equipped for the first time with a black-and-white bezel made of polished biceramic (ZrO2). Mounted atop a stainless steel case, the bidirec- tionally rotatable bezel relies on numer- als and scales in contrasting colours to intuitively distinguish between day and night. The numbers and scales shine through when night’s dark hue pre- dominates on the black ceramic dial. Additional brightness is provided at 12 o’clock by a noctilucent dot coated with white SuperLuminova. Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8906 powers this new model. 1.0, C25D

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