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Best of bronze

A selection of intriguing brand-new timepieces clad in this ancient metal

The development of new materials, alloys and coatings for watch cases has become increasingly important in recent years. High-tech substances such as ceramics and titanium are now firmly established alongside the classic materials, i.e. stainless steel, gold and platinum. Sometimes watchmakers also turn to time-honoured historical materials such as bronze. Based on copper and another metal, this alloy was already known and used in classical antiquity. Bronze is extremely resistant to corrosion and has a high structural strength. A welcome aesthetic side effect is the metal’s warm hue, which gradually acquires a natural patina with the passage of time. The patina does not detract from the advantages of the material in any way. The visual change is only a testimony of age, which makes each timepiece unique and unmistakable. 

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Adventure

Zenith – Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Adventure

Alongside a new chronograph version, the Swiss manufacture also presented at Baselworld a three-hand pilot’s watch in the line’s classic vintage style. In keeping with its name, the Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Adventure combines a 45-mm bronze case, water-resistance to 100 metres and a khaki-green dial with Arabic numerals and facetted cathedral hands inlaid with Super-LumiNova. Under the dial, self-winding manufacture Calibre Elite 679 ensures precision timekeeping. Two wristbands – a leather strap with a camouflage pattern and a second strap in khaki – round out the instrumental appearance that aficionados know and love from early pilot’s watches. 

Tudor Black Bay Bronze

Tudor – Black Bay Bronze

Tudor, a pioneer when it comes to the use of bronze, unleashed a new version of the iconic Black Bay Bronze at Baselworld 2019. Apart from the 43-mm bronze case, it is distinguished by a slate-grey gradient dial and a unidirectional aluminium bezel. A detail not to be missed is the historic “snowflake” hand, a signature of Tudor divers’ watches for 50 years. Water-resistant to 200 metres, the newcomer is powered by manufacture Calibre MT5601, a self-winding automatic movement which is certified as a C.O.S.C. chronometer and offers a 70-hour power reserve. 
TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph

TAG Heuer – Autavia Isograph 

The Autavia has carried the DNA of motorsport since the 1960s. The Autavia Isograph unites the stylish aesthetics of that golden decade and the technical benefits of today. Inspired by dashboard displays, the brown dial with luminescent Arabic numerals is surrounded by a matching ceramic bezel. This stainless steel watch is 42.0 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 100 metres. The power is provided by chronometer-certified Calibre 5, which is equipped with the recently premiered isograph hairspring, which is fabricated from a special carbon composite for improved timekeeping performance. In addition to its antimagnetic properties, the slender coiled spring is also resistant to shocks, impacts and temperature changes.

Sursa: Baselworld

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