Swiss watch manufacturer Aerowatch will be presenting four new classical-styled models at the Baselowrld 2012 show. As the family-owned brand with large tradition announces, Basel will be the place to see two limited editions. The first is an automatic chrono watch with moon phases from the firm’s flagship series 1942, and the other is the first timepiece by Aerowatch with the iconic Venus 203 movement dubbed Les Grandes Classiques Venus 203. Apart from these two, visitors of the most significant event in the industry will be able to see skeletonized Renaissance Black Tornado and decorative ladies watch with a quartz movement from the Idylle series.
The company set in Jura mountain region has a very rich history and tradition, since it has been producing quality timepieces for more than hundred years. However, until recently, this firm was producing only pocket watches and pendants. The first wristwatch by Aerowatch, which shared many qualities with the classical pocket timepieces, saw the light in 2005; four years after Denis Bolzli became the head of the brand.
New Addition to the Flagship Line
As it was previously noted, the first of four novelties that will be on display at the upcoming watch exhibition is the limited edition of 500 pieces of the 1942 Chronograph timepiece (with reference number 64908 AA04). Set in stainless steel circular case with the diameter of 42 mm, this timepiece runs on self-winding mechanical Valjoux 7751 movement. The mechanism is rhodium-plated and circular-grained, and includes Côtes de Genève pattern, as well as blued screws. This automatic movement incorporates 25 jewels and has the frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour). Besides, it provides a power reserve of 46 hours.
1942 Chronograph Limited Edition Watch has a transparent case back made from sapphire. Exactly the same material is used for its face. A domed sapphire crystal surrounded with a stationary bezel made from steel guards the refined silvered dial with guilloche decoration. There are ten Roman numerals on the dial, while the other two are visible just partially and are covered by the sub dials, placed on the top and bottom of the watch’s face. The flange features date scale, while two other segments of a full calendar (day of week and month) can be seen through apertures on the upper minute chrono sub-dial. At the bottom of the dial, Aerowatch SA designers have put 12-hour counter for chronograph which also includes a display of moon phases. Aerowatch 1942 Chronograph timepiece is constructed to be water proof up to 50 meters, and is completed with a brown leather strap that fastens with a personalized steel folding clasp.
A Timepiece with the Mechanism from the Fifties
The other limited edition that the brand intends to exhibit at Baselworld 2012 show is Les Grandes Classiques Venus 203 timepiece (reference number A 93955 AA01). Its main feature is the celebrated Venus 203 mechanical hand-wound movement that was constructed by Ateliers Venus SA at the middle of the last century. This caliber, just like the one in the first product by Aerowatch, features rhodium plating and Côtes de Genève decoration. It includes 17 jewels and its balance oscillates 18,000 times during the course of an hour. A power reserve featured in the movement that was made in 1950 is 36 hours.
Aerowatch Les Grandes Classiques Venus 203 is housed in a round polished stainless steel case that is 41 mm wide and has a transparent case back that is secured with six screws. Other similarities with the previous model are the inclusion of a fixed steel bezel, a domed sapphire glass, and water resistance of 50 meters. The first timepiece by the company with Venus 203 caliber has a silvered dial with sun-brushed pattern. Its overall high-class appearance is further accentuated with polished baton-shaped indexes and hands. More similarities with 1942 Chronograph can be found when we turn attention to its calendar. Date is indicated on a scale located on the flange (through the inclusion of an additional hand), while day and month displays sit on the top of the. The six o’clock position is the location of moon phase indicator. Its silver face is paired with coffee brown leather strap (20 mm wide) that closes with an engraved folding buckle.
Black Tornado – Curved Lines and NAC Plating
The third model by Aerowatch, which is insired by the company’s origins, is filled with qualities that appeal to watch aficionados that cherish traditional style. Its name is Black Tornado (reference number A 50931 N001) and it is part of the manufacturer’s Renaissance grande squelette line of products. As the name of the series suggest, it is a watch with a skeletonized dial that shows-off the hand-winding pocket watch movement Unitas 6498-1 with lovely curved lines (that are probably responsible for the name “Tornado”). This mechanical caliber is finished by hand and treated with NAC plating (non-activated coating). It has 17 jewels and runs on the frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour).
The case of Renaissance Black Tornado timepiece is of circular shape and made of stainless steel with black PVD (physical vapor deposition) coating. It has the substantial diameter of 45 mm. Apart from the front of the watch; the movement is also visible through the transparent case back. Not surprisingly, this timepiece also has curved sapphire crystal, while its bezel is fixed and in matte black color. The dial of the third novelty by Aerowatch includes black hour and minute hands that were treated with Superluminova for enhanced visibility. There is also a small seconds indication placed at the bottom of its dial. As in previous cases, water tightness is 50 m, while the strap is made of black leather and supplied with black PVD stainless steel folding clasp that matches the case.
Diamonds and Mother-of-pearl
The last and unfortunately the least of the newcomers by the Swiss watch manufacturer is ladies’ timepiece from the Idylle collection (reference number A 03952 AA01 DIA). A simple reason for such a claim is an obvious impression that this watch is more focused on the aesthetics than horological aspect. Though apparently very beautiful and decorated with 46 diamonds (0.60 ct.) on its bezel and ten more on the dial, it is a quartz timepiece supplied with movement produced by Ronda (caliber 585 with 1 jewel).
This product features a graceful tonneau-shaped stainless steel case (with the dimension of 32mm x 35.50). Its face is guarded with cambered sapphire crystal. The color of the dial that Aerowarch designer chose is white mother-of-pearl. Apart from ten diamond hour markers set in an unusual order, the dial includes two Roman numerals (for twelve and six o’clock), baton-shaped hands with rhodium treatment, as well as a subtle date aperture at the bottom. This sparkly timepiece also includes water resistance to 50 meters. It is made with a white leather strap that fastens with signature clasp.