Clocks and Wonders 2023

The turn of Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer; Philip Barat, Director of Product Development at Patek Philippe; Julien Tornare, CEO of Zenith; and Karl-Friedrich Schaefer, Co-President of Chopard (with famous racing driver Jacky Ickx as a surprise guest) Chat with Frank Sans C to showcase their watchmaking innovations. Between the handsome guy, good words and humor, the cherries on the set are one after another. We never get tired of…

Patek Philippe
Calatrava 24 Hour Display Travel Time
In Patek Philippe, the Travel Time dual time zone is one of Patek Philippe’s signature complex functions, and Patek Philippe has crafted it meticulously and equipped it on this new Calatrava watch. Since its launch in 1932, it has been one of the iconic watches of the haute horlogerie brand. Today, it is designed for frequent travelers as well as business men and women, in a rose gold version with a diameter of 42 mm. This version features a 24-hour time display.

A central GMT hand provides local time, and instead of two traditional pushers, one crown advances or rewinds – in one-hour jumps. The home time is indicated by a hollow pointer. The use of this three-position crown – a patented system – is facilitated by a new automatic movement, clearly visible through the sapphire caseback, of very fine Swiss craftsmanship.

Navy blue dial with rose gold applied hour-markers with double “railroad” indexes in a variety of finishes: circular ribbed center, circular satin-brushed hour circle and tiny snails with rose gold-plated stitching shaped small seconds. A nubuck-inspired navy blue leather strap employs a technological marvel.

technical details :
Self-winding mechanical movement.
Travel Time Dual time zones, local time and 24-hour home time.
small seconds
48-hour power reserve
Platinum mini-rotor, unidirectional winding
28,000 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Gyromax® balance wheel
Spiromax® Spiral (in Silinvar®)
Three-position crown:
– Push: manual winding of the movement
– Pull the middle position: adjust the local time forward or backward in one-hour increments
– Pull out to maximum: Simultaneously set home time, local time and minutes with “balance wheel stop” »
Patek Philippe
Signature 42mm rose gold case
Sapphire case back
Water-resistant to 30 meters
Navy Blue Dial with Contrasting Finishes
“Baton” style Arabic numerals hour markers
Navy blue calfskin strap with brushed finish

Aquanaut Luce Calendar
Launched in 2004, the Aquanaut Luce range is one of the manufacturer’s best sellers. Today, it launches a version designed for fairer sex—plus, men can wear it with pleasure—with a patented annual calendar.

This 39.9 mm instrument features a self-winding movement and a sporty and stylish look. It is equipped with an annual calendar mechanism specially patented by Patek Philippe in 1996: a complete calendar with day, date and month, requiring only one manual correction per year (end of February).

Adding to this remarkable complication is the collection’s signature octagonal bezel, available in rose gold with polished and satin finishes. Water-resistant to 30 meters, the watch is paired with an ultra-resistant composite material strap, and the blue-gray dial has contrasting luminous hands and hour markers.

Through the sapphire crystal case back, you can admire the automatic movement with a non-magnetic Silinvar hairspring and the gold oscillating weight decorated with Côtes de Genève. This new Aquanaut Luce bearing the Patek Phillipe logo – a guarantee of excellence – stands out for its timekeeping accuracy, with a maximum error of – 3 to + 2 seconds per day.

technical details :
Self-winding mechanical movement
calendar date
and month are displayed by pointer
date display window
Phase Central seconds hand
Blue-gray dial with embossed Aquanaut motif, gold applied numerals with white luminescent coating
rose gold case
Sapphire case back
Water-resistant to 30 meters
Material Strap Blue-gray composite material and patented folding clasp

TAG Heuer
2023 is a special year for TAG Heuer, which is celebrating 60 candles of its Carrera adventure. For the record, it began in the early 1960s, when Jack Heuer, a young director of the brand, participated in the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida, for which the Manufacture was the official timekeeper. During a meeting, he learns of a fast and dangerous Mexican car race, the Carrera Panamericana. In homage to this extraordinary and memorable race, he decided to create a timepiece that is functional, highly legible and has a recognizable design. Launched in 1963, the Heuer Carrera will continue to be at the heart of the brand’s watchmaking oeuvre and will become one of its signature models.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Watch
Like its two racing partners, the new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon has now been redesigned. In fact, the 39 mm diameter case is more refined and more comfortable to wear.

Crafted in stainless steel, it is fitted with sapphire crystal, known as the “glass box”, whose curves blend perfectly with the tachymeter scale, thus providing a striking visual effect. Furthermore, to bring more depth and readability to the whole, the flanges and indexes are curved to complement the dial.

These aesthetic choices allow an unobstructed view of the tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Power reserve of approximately 65 hours, driven by a COSC-certified automatic movement.

This stylish chronograph features a sky blue dial like dedicated counters for the hours (9 o’clock) and minutes (3 o’clock). In stark contrast to the orange elements, the hands and hour markers are covered with luminescent material.

TAG Heuer Chronograph 39mm
Equipped with the same exclusive technical elements as its Tourbillon counterpart, this 39mm stainless steel chronograph features a beautiful sunburst blue dial.

The second edition offers an “inverted panda” version with a black dial, sunburst and three silver counters. This version features a neo-vintage design with a perforated leather strap reminiscent of race car drivers’ gloves. Guaranteed racing spirit.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 42mm
Available with a black or sunburst blue dial and corresponding leather strap, the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case with a mix of polished and satin finishes. Heavily influenced by the automotive world, it features ergonomic buttons (at 2 and 4 o’clock) that are practical and easy to operate in any situation.

Inspired by the dashboard, it also houses a dial housing three chrono counters, accented with gradient orange-red accents. Luxurious and dynamic, this timepiece is powered by the beautifully crafted Heuer-manufactured caliber 02 on the back, with a golden rotor reminiscent of the steering wheel of a racing car.

Alpine Eagle 41 XPS
The St. Moritz, the iconic watch of the Chopard brand in the 1980s, was redesigned and named in 2019 by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele: the Alpine Eagle. The new Alpine Eagle 41 XPS edition presented at Watches and Wonders 2023 is machined from the manufacturer’s exclusive steel: Lucent Steel™. Hypoallergenic, durable and incredibly shiny, this innovative alloy is made from 80% recycled materials. The 41 mm diameter case features a bezel with eight visible screws and is water resistant to 100 meters.

A highlight of the show, its dial was adorned with a small seconds at 6 o’clock, and in a hue dubbed “Mount Rose” – a reference to the pink reflection of Switzerland’s highest mountain, the Pointe Dufour – its surface evokes to the Iris Eagles. Dual chronograph certified by the Swiss Official Observatory (COSC) and the Poinçon de Genève (Poinçon de Genève), equipped with a precise high-performance self-winding movement. a miracle.

technical details :
41mm stainless steel case
Monte Rosa Pink Dial
Roman numerals and luminous hour markers
Water-resistant to 100 meters
Case back Screw-down crown Automatic winding
chain mechanical movement
Functions: hours and minutes, small seconds
65-hour power reserve
COSC Observatory Certification
gold pendulum
Tuo stainless steel folding clasp

You have to travel back to 1888 to understand Zenith’s strong connection to the world of aviation. The manufacturer’s founder, Georges Favre-Jacot, quickly understood that humans would play a leading role in the conquest of the skies. It was on this exact date that he decided to register the French name “pilot”, and in 1904 the English name “pilot”. A few years later, the Maison became one of the leading manufacturers of pilot watches and airborne instruments. Thanks to this genius visionary, Zenith became the only manufacturer able to engrave “pilot” or “pilot” on the watch, which is now a registered trademark of the brand. 2023 is the year that current Zenith CEO Julien Tornare will launch this iconic watch.

pilot big date flyback
Inspired by the “Rainbow Flyback”, the Zenith Pilot Big Date Flyback Chronograph features a dial with minute counters in alternating colors to clearly distinguish five-minute increments.

Driven by an efficient and precise high-frequency (5 Hz) automatic movement with a large date at 6 o’clock, the flyback function (return to home) allows you to start a new chronograph immediately while the chronograph is running. The steel strap with quick-change system is in Cordura-effect rubber, the other in brown leather. The black ceramic version is paired with two rubber straps in black and khaki, also with Cordura effect.

technical details :

42.5mm stainless steel or ceramic case
black dial with horizontal grooves
Water-resistant to 100 meters
El Primero movement
Frequency: 36,000A/h (5Hz)
60-hour power reserve
Flyback Chronograph
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and large instant display at 6 o’clock
Location Central Hours and
Minutes Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Plate Black “cordura effect” strap and triple folding steel buckle

pilot automatic
Available in steel or black ceramic, the new Pilot Automatic has a 40mm case with soft lines and machined surfaces, and a round bezel with an oversized crown, useful when operating with gloves. It features a cream black dial with characteristic horizontal grooves inspired by the corrugated panels found on old airplane fuselages. Clear and easy to read with contrasting hands, hour markers and large Arabic numerals coated with white Super-Luminova.

Through the sapphire caseback, one can admire the self-winding El Primero 3620 movement with a 60-hour power reserve, its oscillating weight reminiscent of an artificial horizon, and the on-board instrument showing the aircraft’s inclination relative to the earth’s horizon.

technical details :

40mm stainless steel or ceramic case
black dial with horizontal grooves
Water-resistant to 100 meters
El Primero movement
Frequency: 36,000A/h (5Hz)
60-hour power reserve
Hours and minutes in the center
Date indication at 6 o’clock
central second hand
Black “cordura effect” strap and stainless steel/black PVD coated triple folding clasp