Another Baselworld has come and gone, and this year felt very vintage. Read David Duggan and David Hagon's field notes on the watch and jewellery exhibition's 100th anniversary
The tonneau is one of the classic case shapes in watchmaking, and it has never been as consummately refined as for the Ref. 5098. Departing from a 1925 Chronometro Gondolo model, the case design was subtly reworked, the contours delicately retouched, and the silhouette gently cambered for a snug, comfortable fit on the wrist. The curvature is also repeated in the crystal and display back. It takes advanced technologies and rare skills to shape sapphire crystal, an extremely hard mineral, to three-dimensional contours. The result is an aesthetically appealing case – available exclusively in platinum – with a beautifully balanced look and the functionality needed to protect the precious manufacture movement inside. Like all current Patek Philippe models with platinum cases, the new Chronometro Gondolo Ref. 5098P has a small diamond discreetly set between the lugs at 6 o’clock. The watch is worn on a matte black alligator strap with a platinum prong buckle inspired by its historic predecessor.
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Baselworld 2017 – the world’s largest watch fair – is fast approaching, which means another opportunity to see the world’s finest watches and jewellery over eight frenetic days. We speak to David Duggan and David Hagon to find out what the show is really like.
Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day, so to celebrate One to Watch takes a look at a few iconic women and their timepieces and asks David Duggan a little bit about the women’s market.