Baselworld is here and in this round-up you will see the latest watches from Rolex including the new “Pepsi” GMT-Master II and Sea-Dweller 4000. We also check out other new watches such as Tudor’s new Heritage Black Bay “Blue” and A. Lange & Söhne’s exquisite 1815 Tourbillon watch. Next, we take a closer look at at the $14,000 flea market find that turned out to be a priceless Vacheron Constantin timepiece and round off by taking a look at some bang-for-buck watches.
1. Glashutte Original PanoLunarTourbillon Watch Hands-On
With all the attention that A. Lange & Söhne is receiving, one might be tempted to think that they are the biggest name in the Glasshüte region, but that may not be so. Just down the street is Glasshüte Original, who is renown for its “Pano” watches and its exquisite flying tourbillons. Don’t just take my word for it, check out its new PanoLunar Tourbillon watch.
2. Watch Lover Celebrity John Mayer Sues Bob Maron For $656,000 After Buying Several ‘Counterfeit’ ROLEX Timepieces
One of the biggest news in the past couple of the weeks is that John Mayer is suing Bob Maron for over half a million dollars for selling him counterfeit Rolex watches. As embarrassing as it is for Mayer, who has often held himself as a watch connoisseur, what’s more interesting to see is the effect this would have on the vintage Rolex market, which has been experiencing a huge boom in recent years.
3. A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
To say that A. Lange & Söhne makes some pretty spectacular timepieces would be an understatement. Aesthetically, the new 1815 Tourbillon watch looks simple –a tourbillon at 6 o’clock is nothing unusual. However, the 1815 Tourbillon combines both a spot mechanism and a zero reset function, which means the tourbillon not only stops when you pull out the crown to adjust the time, the seconds hand also automatically resets to zero for more accurate time setting.
Some Lange watches put me in real pain, I want them so much. If a person has copyrighted that already, have his lawyer contact mine. Weirdly, the heavyweight horological muscle-flexer A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour Le Mérite’ is not such a Lange, and I’ve even managed to eventually figure out why.Why? Just because it’s a heavy weight horological muscle-flexer of a watch, a watch that’s so overdone, its own doping has enabled but a couple of little sections in the Lange DNA to survive such intense treatment. In truth, we’ve seen the mix of a round instance, perpetual calendar and moon period in sub-dials, and a chronograph many times earlier. The Tourbograph even shows some skin (lovely skin, actually) at 6 o’clock to allow you to know not only using its font selection and ever-so-slightly unique lugs that it is a Lange.I fully comprehend the value and the amazing goodness at the bespoke, not-copied-from-anyone-else engineering that is under the hood of this Tourbograph Perpetual, however we aren’t talking about an uncased movement here, but a comprehensive watch. On that note, anyone who does not tingle in the sight of this motion should seek medical care, fast! To have a more positive attitude to what unquestionably is a watchmaking masterpiece, then we must check at the myriads of fine details the Tourbograph offers.
4. 2014 Tudor Heritage Black Bay “Blue” 79220B Watch Hands-On
Prior to Baselworld, we heard whispers of a possible new Heritage Black Bay from Tudor in blue. Turns out that the rumors were right. Meant to recreate the look of old Tudor divers that had black dials and blue bezels, the new Black Bay “Blue” has a dark blue bezel that looks almost black from certain angles and light. Check out Tudor’s latest hit here.
5. Rolex GMT-Master II 116719 BLRO Watch With Red & Blue Ceramic: Return Of The Pepsi Bezel
After last year’s blue and black GMT-Master II, it was rumored that this would finally be the year that Rolex releases the highly anticipated GMT-Master II with a red and black “Pepsi” ceramic bezel, and it turned out be true! However, the new “Pepsi” GMT-Master II is offered only in solid white gold, which will also mean that it will cost a lot. Nonetheless, a very beautiful and striking watch.
6. Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Ref. 116600 Watch For 2014 Hands-On
The Reference 16600 Sea-Dweller was a fan favorite but it was discontinued in 2008. This year, Rolex resurrects the Sea-Dweller with the new Reference 116600. The new Reference 116600 comes in a familiar 40mm stainless steel case, but in 904L steel and is still water resistant to 4000 feet, but it now has a ceramic bezel and Rolex’s awesome Glidelock clasp.
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