Editors Picks: Our Favorite Pre-Baselworld Releases
It’s times like these when I love the fact that no one waits until an official debut before releasing photos and details of the newest watches and cars. Baselworld 2013 is just a few weeks away, and because most of us won’t have the opportunity to jet to Switzerland to see their latest offerings in person, the watchmaking powers-that-be have been kind enough to give us a glimpse behind the curtain. So, here are a few of the Tick Tick Vroom’s favorite pre-Baselworld releases: the Bremont U-2 Blue & ALT1-B2, the L.U.C Engine One H, the Peter Speake-Marin Triad and the MB&F Megawind.
Bremont U-2 Blue & ALT1-B2
I like Bremont. A lot, actually. Today, it stands as possibly the most quintessential British watch brand. Therefore, I’m always happy when Nick and Giles English, AKA the Brothers Bremont, add a new watch to their aviation-inspired lineup. So, I am extra happy that now there are two new Bremonts to covet, the U-2 Blue and the ALT1-B2 (GMT) Chronograph.
|Bremont U-2 Blue|
For those of you thinking “Gee, that U-2 Blue looks a lot like a MBI & MBII,” you’d be right. The Bremont U-2 is an evolution on those two watches and equially inspired by fighter jet ejection seats. If Mavrick had been wearing one when he punched out of his F-14, he would have known exactly what time it was when he hit the water, as Bremont takes the resistance to shock and magnetism of the MBI & MBII to a whole new level by subjecting their U-2 to a harsher set of stress testing.
According to Bremont, the U-2 is fit for the crews of the U-2 spy-planes who fly at altitudes of 100,000 feet where temps drop to 50 degrees below zero Celsius. The Bremont U-2 will hit stores in late May and retail for $5,450.
|Bremont ALT1-B2 (GMT) Chronograph|
While the U-2 was the hottest spy-plane in its day, it is hard to deny that, today, the B2 Stealth Bomber is among the most impressive planes to take to the sky. With the B2 Bomber as inspiration, Bremont created the ALT1-B2 (GMT) Chronograph. The ALT1-B2 is actually a take-off (pun intended) of the watch Bremont designed for the B2 Stealth Bomber crew in 2012. Also hitting stores in late May, the Bremont ALT1-B2 will retail at $6,395.
L.U.C Engine One H
|Chopard’s L.U.C Engine One H|
Lovely. That is the first word that comes to mind when seeing the L.U.C Engine One H. Chopard took inspiration from a classic car engine, continuing their love affair with the automotive world when creating the Engine One H. I’m thinking Auburn or Hispano Suiza. Chopard created this tourbillion movement in-house, and it is absolutely gorgeous.
|Chopard’s L.U.C Engine One H Display Back|
The power-reserve indicator, with its “Empty” and “Full” markings, is thoroughly reminiscent of a gas gauge. The top and bottom of the dial even look like the valve covers. Inside the titanium case is a COSC certified chronometer with a 60-houre power reserve. The L.U.C Engine One H is a limited edition of only 100 pieces. It may actually be my favorite watch of the year so far.
Peter Speake-Marin Triad
They say good things come in threes. When it comes to the Peter Speake-Maring Triad, I tend to agree. When designing the Triad, Peter Speake-Marin started with their 42 millimeter Piccadilly case in stainless steel with a rose gold bezel; that’s where any resemblance to anything they’ve ever produced (and to sanity) ends.
|Peter Speake-Marin Triad|
The Triad has three, yes triple, hour-minute indications, all indicating the same time. Madness, I say! Along the outer edge of the open dial are the roman numerals 12, 3, 6 and 9 and the words “3 notes, 1 meaning”. (In music, “triad” means a cord of three tones played as one.)
|Peter Speake-Marin Triad Display Back|
If you take a peak through the display back, you’ll see the Peter Speake-Marin Triad is powered by the Eros 2 movement. The Triad is a limited edition of 88 pieces, which makes no sense. Eighty-eight is not divisible by three. But, wait, 88 / 3 = 29.33333333333…….. Infinite 3s… Clever, Peter Speake-Marin, clever.