July 21st, 2014

Edox HydroSub North Pole Limited Edition

Presented earlier this year, the new Edox HydroSub North Pole celebrates the upcoming 40th anniversary of the original Hydro Sub. With its total run limited to just 350 pieces, the model was chosen as an official timekeeper of an expedition to the geographic North Pole in February 2015. Not only at least two timepieces out of 350 will see one of the coldest places on Earth, but one of them will also be used by champion free diver Christian Redl of Germany during a world’s first attempt at a free dive under the ice cap.

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July 17th, 2014

Breitling Avenger Blackbird Limited Edition

Mean and cool, huge but comfortable, the new Breitling Avenger Blackbird limited edition “tactical” three-hander offers you a COSC-certified version of a mass-produced automatic movement packed into a feather-light titanium body with its machine-brushed surface blacked with a special carbonization technique. What more can one desire from such a manly time measuring device?

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July 10th, 2014

Zenith El Primero Volcano Special Edition (Ref. 51.2040.400/91.C496)

While there are many so called “two tone” watches that feature combinations of greyish still or titanium (or some other metal including, but not limited to, platinum and zirconium) and different alloys of gold, there are only a few models that really nail that perfect mix of colors and textures. Of course, this is purely a matter of personal tastes and preferences, but this new Zenith El Primero Volcano Special Edition (Ref. 51.2040.400/91.C496) seems to belong precisely to that category. The color and finish of its dial, the shade of gold plated on its hands and hour markers, the way the sub-dials are grouped: everything in this model whispers quietly, but very clear of good taste and superb design job.

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June 27th, 2014

Hublot Classic Fusion Bol d'Or Mirabaud Chronograph in Titanium (Ref. 521.NQ.1717.QR.BOM14)

The new Hublot Classic Fusion Bol d’Or Mirabaud automatic chronograph watch (Ref. 521.NQ.1717.QR.BOM14) is a very nice take on the Swiss brand’s iconic Classis Fusion collection. While the differences with other models in the range seem to be only cosmetic, the choice of materials and the way they are put together makes a very strong impression. As usual, Hublot will severely limit its total production volume in order to make it a ‘real’ rarity.

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June 26th, 2014

Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Limited Edition (Ref. 168535-3002)

Revealed last week, the new Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 limited edition wristwatch (Ref. 168535-3002) celebrates the Swiss brand’s partnership with one of the most revered icons of European car industry. More than three decades ago, the timeless Porsche 928 has become a source of inspiration for the team that worked on Apple Macintosh. Now, their revolutionary 919 Hybrid sports prototype offers some design ideas for the Swiss watchmaker.

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June 19th, 2014

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Rolling Stones Edition

With its new Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Rolling Stones Edition, the Swiss watchmaker probably tries to appeal to hearts (as well as wallets and credit cards) of baby boomers: those men and women in their sixties that remember year 1969. Some of them actually saw Jimi Hendrix performing Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock 1969, attended Led Zeppelin’s Summer 1969 North American Tour, while the luckiest of them even managed to see at least one of 16 shows of The Rolling Stones American Tour 1969.

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June 14th, 2014

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine (Ref. J013014270)

While Jaquet Droz is quite prolific when it comes to design of their extremely beautiful timekeepers, it is the one with figure eight-shaped off-centered layout that always gets the most attention. In this respect, the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine (Ref. J013014270) will most probably be a triple win for the Swiss watchmaker: not only it incorporates the symbol of infinity on its dark-blue, star-studded dial, but the watch also sports a stunningly executed tourbillon that also acts as a small seconds hand, as well as sports whole 382 diamonds totaling almost 1.9 carats and decorating its medium-sized white gold body, the dial and even the folding clasp on its hand-made leather strap.

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June 11th, 2014

Alpina Alpiner Automatic Chronograph (Ref. AL-750SG4E6B)

With its new Alpina Alpiner self-winding chronograph watch, the Swiss-based brand finally offers an interesting timekeeper for the kind of customers that are tired of numerous recreations and reissues and just want a watch that would look cool in a room filled with 85-inch 4K TV sets, smart coffeemakers, and modern furniture made of shiny steel and expensive leather. Although in its finish I see numerous references to products made by other watchmakers (like, for example, this 2010 Chronoswiss Pacific Collection), I must admit that all in all the device looks very refined and well-balanced. It is clearly one of their collections that Alpina will never be ashamed with.

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June 10th, 2014

Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Pink Gold (Ref. 49970-34-633-BB6B)

Soon to be put on sale throughout the civilized world, the new Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Pink Gold (Ref. 49970-34-633-BB6B) sports traditional for the Swiss brand extremely well-balanced look that comes as a successful combination of good taste and almost unrivalled design skills. While the new timepiece clearly has a number of elements that are a bit too ahem stylized, they somehow manage to look very organic when you look at the gadget as a whole. I have strong suspicion that GP uses some sort of magic to make such beautiful accessories.

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June 3rd, 2014

Breitling S3 ZeroG SuperQuartz Chronograph

The new limited edition Breitling S3 ZeroG SuperQuartz Chronograph was recently introduced to celebrate partnership between the famous watchmaking brand and a young Swiss-based company S3 (Swiss Space Systems). The black-and-grey watch not only looks great for a luxury tactical timekeeper, but also serves as a boarding pass for those few wealthy customers around the world that are ready to pay a sizeable chunk of money for a pleasure of floating in zero gravity environment for just about 300 seconds more or less evenly spaced by 15 sections of 20 or even 25 seconds long.

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