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Baselworld 2016 Day 3: Patek Philippe unveils its first (kinda) World Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe's Ref. 5930 is a study in functional finesse, plus offerings from Glashutte, Omega and Tag Heuer on Day 3.

1) PATEK PHILIPPE WORLDTIME CHRONOGRAPH 5930G

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Combining display-heavy complications like a world timer and a chronograph is a potentially messy and clunky affair, but Patek Philippe’s Ref. 5930G pulls it off with aplomb. This is the brand’s first worldtime chronograph (not counting a one-off piece it made in 1940). It displays the time in 24 cities (adjustable via a pusher at 10 o’clock) and includes a 30-minute flyback chronograph – all in a relatively compact 39.5mm case just 12mm thick.

2) GLASHUTTE ORIGINAL SENATOR EXCELLENCE

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The biggest news at the Glashutte Original booth this year isn’t a new watch, but a new in-house movement (in a new watch). The Senator Excellence houses the Calibre 36, boasting a 4Hz frequency, 100 hours of power reserve, a silicon balance spring, better stability and superb finishing. Look forward to exciting new modules to be added to this automatic movement in the future.

3) OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CK2998 LIMITED EDITION

Reaching all the way back to 1959, Omega has pulled from its archives the vintage Speedmaster CK2998 to base this year’s novelty on. The re-edition features the same tachymeter scale, sub dials, Alpha hour and minute hands, and the much-missed lollipop second hand. What has changed is the colour (from black to blue), material and movement, as it now houses the Calibre 1861.

4) TAG HEUER MONZA CHRONOGRAPH

To celebrate Niki Lauda’s first Formula 1 world championship title with Ferrari in 1976, Jack Heuer created the cushion-cased Monza. Now 40 years later, Tag Heuer has released a faithful reincarnation. It bears the same colours, pulsometer, tachymeter scale, font and Heur logo, but is now made from titanium instead of steel and upsized from 39mm to 42mm.

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