The April edition of WatchPro magazine, which takes a first look at the hottest watch trends seen at Baselworld, is free to read online from today.
Inside the magazine, we have a snapshot of the key trends that WatchPro observed at Baselworld. Some are styles that have been riding the crest of a wave for years, such as blue dials and mesh bracelets. Others, like elongated watch faces and all-grey timepieces, are rising fast.
WatchPro also has an insightful interview from Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Mark Pontroue, who recently opened a permanent boutique for the brand at Harrods in London. The boutique, says Mr Pontroue, has little to do with the UK market. It is a global point of sale for mobile multi-millionaires, he suggests.
Our special report is on the market for watches priced at under £500, which saw sales slump last year. Is the market in terminal decline, or is the watch world simply waiting for the next big thing? WatchPro investigates.
The April edition cover features the Oris Artelier Calibre 113, which was launched at Baselworld.
The watch is the fourth in the company’s series of highly innovative, high-functioning watches powered by in-house developed movements.
Calibre 113 shares the same base architecture as Oris Calibres 110, 111 and 112, but features a novel business calendar, showing the day, date, week and month of the year.
Calibre 113 features a 10-day power reserve, a patented non-linear power reserve indicator and a small seconds.
The addition of a business calendar means that once again Oris is introducing a watch with a unique combination of complications. No other watch in the world brings these functions together, the company claims.
Lastly in this month’s WatchPro, with the Formula 1 motor racing season just underway, we look at how the teams are likely to perform this year, and how that will help the luxury watch brands that sponsor them. These partnerships are about more than just a logo on the car and a bit of corporate hospitality, they are being used to cross-fertilise ideas and technology between the watch and motor racing worlds.