Baselworld 2013 … The Hamilton novelties (Pictures and 3 HD-videos)

I was surprised to discover such mature and refined products at Hamilton. Honestly I did not expect that. Let me first show you the new Hamilton watches and then I am very curious to get your feedback.

Before we start allow me a little lesson in history:

Hamilton was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Hamilton watches today combine the American spirit with the unrivalled precision of the latest Swiss movements and technologies. Known for its innovative design, Hamilton has a strong foothold in Hollywood, with products appearing in 400 films. The brand also boasts a strong aviation heritage. Hamilton today is a member of the Swatch Group.

The first surprise was the Hamilton Jazzmaster Face 2 Face. A unique rotating case houses two dials, one presenting a sophisticated “boy racer” chronograph, the other a calm, elegant three-hand timekeeper. Dual existence is the ultimate magical ingredient of fairytales and fantasy movies. Hamilton watches have appeared in a wide selection of movies on this theme, ranging from The Talented Mr Ripley to Spider-Man. The Swiss made American brand treads new watchmaking ground in 2013 by applying the concept of dual identity to its latest innovation. Each individual watch incorporates two wearing options, both making diverse style statements. The two sides can accommodate different time zones, different frames of mind or different outfits. Driving the chronograph is an ETA 2094 automatic movement, while the classical dial derives its energy from the ETA 2671. This watch dares to be different in grand style, with its slightly elongated, rotating oval case measuring 53 mm by 44 mm. The price for the limited edition of 888 pieces: 6195 USD

 

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The Hamilton Khaki Sub Auto Chrono is a true celebration of this proven capacity for products that make waves, which has ranged from acting as vital equipment for heroic military divers in The Frogmen (1951), to a lesson in shark-avoidance in the underwater action film, Into the Blue (2005). The spirit of the sea penetrates all aspects of the Hamilton Khaki Sub Auto Chrono’s design. Complementing water resistance to 30 bar (300m) are features ranging from the embossed illustration of a manta ray on the case back, to a super-sporty bezel. The latter offers excellent grip and presents rubber emerging from the stainless steel to create an intriguing 3D effect. The chronograph’s easy-to-grip, screw-down crown and pushers are reminiscent of diving bottle valves, reinforcing the statement of reliability and robustness. Its automatic movement is the Hamilton H-31 caliber (Valjoux 7753), offering excellent accuracy and stability, as well as a 60-hour power reserve. The price: 1995 USD

 

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The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Auto Chrono dedicates all of its power to uniting the aspirational quality associated with flight. Inspired by Hamilton timepieces created in the 1970s for the British Royal Air Force, the design team chose clean styling to showcase the new watch’s appealing materials and easy-to-use timekeeping competence. The numbers on the dial are bold to facilitate fast easy reading, and Super-LumiNova® hour indices help in the dark. They are white on the rugged black dial and black against the alternative ivory-colored background. Sandblasted elements on the case remain true to the pioneering aviation roots of the design, protecting the wearer against distracting reflected sunlight. The watch is sold with a variety of bracelets: embracing stainless steel, black leather and a selection of textile straps, including a very appropriate military kaki option. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Auto Chrono is powered by the H-31 movement. A Valjoux 7753 that offers optimal accuracy, stability and power reserve, it can be seen through the open case-back. The price: 1845 USD

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The new H-12 movement in the Hamilton Jazzmaster Regulator gives the face of the watch a unique appearance, presenting an original means of displaying the passage of minutes with a refreshing air of independence. The separation of the minute and hour hands on to different axials and sub-dials has the added advantage of facilitating minute reading at a glance. Inside this contemporary design object, accuracy lives on, perfectly equipped to keep track of wearer lifestyles where every second counts. The regulator complication first appeared in the late seventeenth century and was used by watchmakers for verifying the rates of their creations. Close to the heart of the brand celebrated as the “Watch of Railroad Accuracy” in the 1890s, the regulator was also relied on by railroad staff and made a huge contribution to safety. The price: 1275 USD

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The Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton Gents incorporates a fascinating session of “show and tell”.  On show on both sides of the timepiece are the ultra-modern watchmaking techniques employed to create the H-20-S “engine” of the watch, telling the story of aesthetic mechanics meeting bold masculinity. Angles and curves join forces to make the dramatic, anthracite-colored cut-outs occupying the majority of the dial and even offering stolen glimpses of the wrist below. Framing this are cleverly constructed, multi-level rings displaying detailed markings from 0 to 60 and the branding. The price: 1195 USD

 

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Hamilton H-21 and H-31

The Hamilton H-31 and H-21 have their watchmaking roots in the ETA 7753 and 7750 chronograph Valjoux movements. From the barrel to the mainspring, the entire kinematic chain of the two new movements has been refined to increase the power reserve from 42 to 60 hours and assure optimal reliability and accuracy. Excellent stability and precision come from the glittering of the spiral. At the same time, the newly designed automatic device bridge affords possibilities for special decoration, personalizing the movement to the brand.

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Hamilton H31 Automatic Chronograph
Hamilton H31 Automatic Chronograph
Hamilton H31 Automatic Chronograph

 

 

 

 

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13 Comments

  • I recently purchased the Jazzmaster Face 2 Face while in St.Maarten. I absolutely love this piece.Has become my favorite watch.You want to talk about a timepiece getting noticed.this one takes the cake.I have recieved so many compliments on this watch I can’t count them.My one & only complaint is that the automatic movement is a little louder then I’m used to.My guess is thats because of the design of the pivot points. When you show peolple how the face flips …They Flip..Thumbs up on this design to Hamilton.

  • Thank you for this post, I got myself a F2F with a special serial number and have loved the watch. I do agree to a certain extent on the skin-see part, but it almost goes unnoticed due to the watch itself.

    Looking forward to their 2014 Baselworld releases. I thought I saw a watch which was a bullhead chronograph which could be detached from the watch itself, interesting…

  • Thanks for your information on new line of Hamiltons. I own Hamiltons in my watch collection. They are such great value for your money. Also , Hamilton has great customer service. I get so many compliments on my Hamiltons. One of my favorites is the Jazzmaster Maestro. I just love this watch. Anthony

  • Thanks Mr. ALexander for this post. 🙂
    You really fulfill your words about posting this Hamilton.
    I personally quite interested on Hamilton Jazzmaster Regulator.
    Its classy yet simple in my opinion.
    For the F2F model, hmm that one really out of the box.. But its great also in my opinion.

    Anyway, thanks a lot for the post. I really enjoyed reading your website.

    Regards.

  • The watches look nice, but…
    … the date/date windows are an absolute no-go. You wanted to hear our opinion: really ugly.

  • To be honest, although I check this blog everyday, I had decided to skip the Hamilton post as the brand has never tickled my fancy. But this morning, totally bored and with nothing to read, I clicked on it, and I must say, Wow! The Jazzmaster F2F is actually very very cool and striking. What a great idea. Only criticism is that I have never liked gaps in watches where you’d see the skin of the wearer through the back of the watch (Corum realized this with their Golden Bridges). And they should have a pure black strap with no cheap looking blue stitching. Then If they sold the watch in White Gold, I would happily pay $25,000 for it. Yes, for a Hamilton. The other watches, like past Hamilton watches, leave me stone cold.

    • It is obvious that Hamilton are trying to get brand exposure in China. By choosing to limit this edition to 888 pieces, they have cleverly found anway to have the number 888 on every dial, and this is a very lucky and auspicius number for the Chinese. Good move, as I suspect China will be a huge market for the brand as the pricepoint suits perfectly, and lower than the other two successful brands in China, Rolex and Omega.

    • I totally agree with you concerning the fact that you see your skin when wearing it. Corum found a nice way to offer both transparency and a no-see-skin-effect.

      Besides this, as you do, I like the F2F. It’s somewhat a crazy watch I would like to have …

  • Since really getting into watches, Hamilton has been a favorite brand of mine. The Khaki Navy Sub H-31 with orange strap is gorgeous as is the Viewmatic Skeleton. I really like blue dials and regulators so the Hamilton “kills two birds with one stone” and I’m in lust.

    Thanks for the pictures of the Jazzmaster Face To Face. I read about it and wondered why it was so expoensive, rather out of Hamilton’s usual price point. Now I know why.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Dear Alexander
    Jazzmaster Face2Face is no more a Hamilton. It lost his character so much apreciated for mi. Is only a novelty.
    Regards
    Hugo

      • why
        I am in the position that right now i don’t have the money to buy it and if I wait a couple of months I can buy it only from bargaineers from ebay on overcharge price
        So what you suggest!
        Nice work after all
        alex

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