A few new watches that I never covered here but are new for Baselworld this year...
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Reissue
The Omega Speedmaster Mark II reissue was the first Baselworld novelty from Omega (if you have been following watch news you will also know that they are planning to release the older-style 300m reissue). Unlike the original movement this new movement will be automatic and will feature the co-axial escape wheel. It will also come in a plainer version that will get rid of the orange.
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity + Supercharged Pontos S
The Masterpiece Gravity is the newest addition to the ML Masterpiece collection. Originally announced in Mid-February this watch comes in two versions, both seen above. However, the special feature found on this watch is the use of silicon in the movement. The calibre (containing 188 pieces) has a silicon balance roller, lever, and escapement wheel.
The second ML in this post this is the Maurice Lacroix Supercharged Pontos S. Why supercharged?, because the size is larger, a lot larger, at 48mm in diameter. The regular Pontos S is 43mm in diameter. It uses an ETA Valgranges-based calibre that 37mm in diameter by itself.
The Blancpain Villeret, which was announced in early February, uses the automatic Blancpain caliber 1335. It has a grand feu enamel dial and the name comes from the birthplace of the manufacture. It's a very elegant watch.
Maurice Lacroix is swiss watch manufacturer who has been producing watches like the one you see here since 2010. This new watch is a "mystery" watch, meaning that there is at least one visible part on the watch where no gears are found. The piece on this watch happens to be the second hand, which appears to float around in the designated area. The colors on either tip indicates what line one is supposed to be reading. The video below is from ML's youtube channel and although it is not made for this watch, there is footage of the second hand moving so you can better visualize it. Each version uses the in-house caliber ML215, which is an automatic winding, 48 jewel movement. It shares the same beat rate as the 2500 Omega movement, at 18,000 BPH, or 5 times a second. I only mention this because it is an odd beat rate and is something rarely seen. This is not the first time they have released a mystery watch with the ML215 movement. They have made many versions and each time in a limited edition, preventing themselves from flooding the market but keeping demand high, and with it prices. This time the white "dialed" version seen above will be available in a 250-piece limited series. The black dialed version will have the same number produced. More pictures of this gorgeous watch can be found below. Although I think Maurice Lacroix needs to come out with another movement to keep the concept original, I never tire looking at them. ML did a great job with these watches, don't you think?
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