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DRIVE DE CARTIER

Set to be one of the most signi‚ cant

men's watch launches from Cartier

for some years, Drive de Cartier is

primarily intended as a practical,

rugged and good-looking line for

daily wear - although it does include

a pink gold and sapphire model with

a ™ ying tourbillon mechanism and a

price tag of £65,500.  e entry-level

piece, however, is this steel-cased

model with a bold time display, a small

seconds sub-dial and a date window

at the three o'clock position. Despite

containing Cartier's nicely ‚ nished,

in-house 1904-PS MC self-winding

movement, it retails for an entirely

reasonable £4,500. cartier.com

ORIS AQUIS GREAT

BARRIER REEF

Oris is doing its bit to protect Australia's endangered

Great Barrier Reef with this special edition of the

popular Aquis dive watch. For every one of the

2,000 pieces sold, Oris will donate a proportion

of the proceeds to the Australian Marine

Conservation Society (AMCS), which is

working to preserve the remarkable coral reef

system, the world's largest single structure made

by living organisms.  e Great Barrier Reef watch

features a sea-blue dial and coral yellow detailing, while

the back of the 46mm case is engraved with a map of

Australia. A true professional dive watch, the Aquis is

water resistant to 500m and ‚ tted with a unidirectional

bezel and a rubber strap. It costs £1,500. oris.ch

BELL & ROSS

VINTAGE AERONAVALE

Among the most attractive watches to be

unveiled at this year's Baselworld show were

the two Vintage Aeronavale pieces from French

brand Bell & Ross. Available in BR 123 guise

as a self-winding, time-only model or as the

BR 126 chronograph, the new arrivals celebrate

the brand's long-standing relationship with the

naval air arm of the French Navy and combine

lustrous blue dials with contrasting gold hour

markers and luminous hands. Shiny blue

alligator straps provide a ‚ nishing touch to the

pair, which are due to hit stores in July priced at

around £2,300 for the three-hander and £3,150

for the chronograph. bellross.com

ULYSSE NARDIN

GRAND DECK

MARINE

TOURBILLON

Next year's America's Cup

yacht race challenge has

attracted several high-end

watchmakers as sponsors,

with Ulysse Nardin being

one of the main backers of

Sweden's Artemis racing

team. But the brand's

relationship with the sea

goes all the way back to

the 19th century, when it

established its reputation as

a leading supplier of marine

chronometers to the world's

navies.  e new Grand Deck

Marine Tourbillon celebrates

that tradition with a dial

designed to look like the

planking of a sailing boat and

a unique minute display in the

form of a ship's boom, pulled

across the face by a network of

tiny wires and capstans based

on a ship's rigging. Just 18 will

be made - retailing at around

£195,000 each.

ulysse-nardin.com

WATCH

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