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The best watches that break records at the largest watch fair in the world

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The high-end Swiss watchmaker Bovet has created the Recital 28 Skill 1 look and it can actually adapt to daylight saving time changes. As? A revolutionary roller system can be set up with the touch of a button to display UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), AST (American Summer Time), EAS (European and US Summer Time) or EWT (European Winter Time) on any of 24 hours. time zones represented on the dial by 24 rollers.

It’s a system that’s easy to read but surprisingly complex in construction, which might explain why Bovet estimates it can only make eight pieces per year. In fact, the 650,000 Swiss franc (approximately $711,400) watch, complete with perpetual calendar and flying tourbillon, has been in development since 2019; Bovet scrapped the first full version and then started over to achieve the unique daylight saving time feature.

Patek Philippe crosses the date line

Photography: Patek Phillippe

Speaking of World Timer watches, Patek Philippe is, among other horological feats, the absolute OG of the World Timer complication, which displays 24 time zones on a single watch. Patek has been making them since 1937, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t innovate the format: his new example includes a subtle-as-you-want date display that’s able to cross (and re-cross) the international date line. .

What does that mean? On any world timer, the center hands indicate the local time, while the other zones are displayed on a rotating 24-hour ring with 24 cities around the world. When traveling, adjusting your local time zone to the east or west could cause you to cross the date line, which would normally require correcting the date.

For $76,590 Patek Philippe 5530Gthe date corrects itself forwards or backwards: a simple, but mechanically complex (and now patented by Patek) concept, with a display that is itself innovative: a hand that points to the date numerals around the outside of the The dial is made of a thin slice of glass, so as not to disturb the readability of the other indications on the dial.

Montblanc’s carbon-sucking chronograph

Photography: Montblanc

Strong, lightweight and offering a variety of playful texture styles, carbon fiber has become a favorite modern material for the luxury watch industry, which is also taking advantage of its sustainability credentials at every (often biased) opportunity. . Sensibly, Montblanc has refrained from making specific ecological claims with its new 1858 Geosphere 0 Oxygen CARBO2while also showing some skill in leveraging emerging technology in the sustainability sector.

For some years now, several organizations have been investigating the use of sequestered CO.2 for the production of carbon fiber composites. Montblanc supplier captures CO2 coming from the production of biogas and mineral waste from recycling factories, from which a powder is obtained that feeds a nanofiber compound known as Carbo2. That’s what’s used on the case of this $9,100 sports chronograph with Montblanc’s unusual rotating globe GMT display.

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