There seemed to be a breath of fresh air circulating through the watch manufactories of the ‘Time To Move’ event in Switzerland.
Last summer, Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek announced that from 2019 onwards, the company's brands would no longer participate at Baselworld.
Moving forward it has, instead, decided to hold its own product presentation and with a notably personal touch.
Blancpain, Breguet, Harry Winston, Jaquet Droz, Glashütte Original and Omega welcomed Tatler to their storied spaces to discover more about each brand, and here are our favourite watches that were on display.
1. Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Squelette 5395
The extra-thin tourbillon has been mastered by many in recent years, with ultra-thin watches emerging from the likes of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Bulgari and Audemars Piguet.
Breguet is another contender in the ultra-thin tourbillon competition. In 2013 it introduced the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5377 in rose gold, which was followed up with a platinum model the following year, and a 2017 revamp, which boasted a grand feu enamel dial.
This year’s mechanical self-winding skeleton design is slightly thicker than its predecessors at 7.77mm, because of the domed glass box that reveals an exquisite movement–previous models have boasted 7mm in thickness.
But when held, the added weight can be forgiven thanks to its sheer elegance. An 80-hour power reserve and silicon balance spring, lever and escape wheel keeps the model practical and wearable, while the openworked dial ticks all the technical boxes. What do we think overall? Bravo, Breguet.