While the world’s two leading watch conventions, Baselworld and Watches & Wonders, were rescheduled due to Covid, an emerging new trade show concluded last week – The Geneva Watch Days. It was the only significant watch event to happen in 2020. A host of luxury watchmakers, including Urwerk, Bvlgari, Breitling and H. Moser & Cie together brought this show to life in Geneva, Switzerland.
Here are the top five timepieces from the showcase that caught our eye!
De Bethune DB28 Steel Wheels Sapphire Tourbillon
De Bethune introduced three new versions of its 10-year old DB28 model at Geneva Watch Days. The first DB28 of the year 2010 had become a signature of the brand, owing to its unusual design, which resembles a pocket watch. The new timepiece is sleeker and thinner. Its delta-shaped bridge and barrels are covered with pure sapphire-crystal. Limited to ten pieces, the watch is powered with the world’s lightest (0.18gms) titanium-silicon tourbillion movement.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic
Bvlgari leaves no opportunities to set world records. At Geneva Watch Days, it unveiled its newest Octo Finissimo Tourbillon which is the thinnest timepiece measuring 7.4mm and is super light weight too. It is water resistant up to 100 meters and works on automatic tourbillion winding and a monopusher chronopgraph. The case and the bracelet are made of sandblasted titanium with a very graphical overall aesthetic, which will appeal to the young generation as well.
Breitling Endurance Pro
A full-fledged athleisure watch for sports enthusiasts, Breitling brought its Endurance Pro collection to the watch fair in Geneva. What stands out for this particular model – also a successor of the 1970’s Breitling Sprint – is its fusion of high-performance technology, a striking colour code and its lightweight factor. Its 44mm case is finished with patented Breitlight polymer with 10x accurate thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement that succeeds the traditional quartz caliber.
Ulysse Nardin Blast
The ‘Blast’ collection by Ulysse Nardin is inspired by the magnificence of nature – from glacier to earth to magma. Available in four colours, white, black, blue and rose gold, the watch has a self-winding tourbillion and a stellar silver X motif is stamped on the dial.
Urwerk UR-210 Final Edition
A head-turner at the Geneva Watch Days, this futuristic model by Urwerk is a combination of aesthetics and functionality. The watch has a satellite time display with 3D retrogate hours and minutes hands. The Swiss brand’s in-house UR-7.10 caliber movement powers the timepiece, whereas the dial is designed with steel and titanium matte black glazing. UR-210 Final Edition only comes in 7 such pieces.