September 30th, 2014

Girard-Perregaux Dual Time Automatic in Rose Gold

The new Girard-Perregaux Dual Time, which is delivered in a rose gold body with a choice of two dials in vintage off-white (ref. 49544-52-131-BBB0) and more modern anthracite gray (ref. 49544-52-231-BB60) colors, offers that killer combination of great, well-designed exterior and reliable, time-proven automatic movement that only brands of this high caliber can achieve. Although the complication itself is not very rare (and I am putting it quite mildly), and its realization is not terribly innovative, the final product still makes a very strong impression.

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September 26th, 2014

Breitling Cockpit B50 Aviator's Chronograph

Brutal, yet well-proportioned, the new Breitling Cockpit B50 aviator’s chronograph wristwatch (especially the variation in plain machine-brushed titanium) somehow reminds me USAF’s F22 air superiority fighter jet: everything is on its place; everything is completely functional, yet extremely sexy. The only thing that makes the new B50 model different is the price. While still deliciously expensive, it won’t make you sell your house to get one.

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September 24th, 2014

Orient Dyno Alarm Quartz Chronographs (Refs. FTD09004B and FTD09005W)

Amazingly stylish and surprisingly elegant, the new Orient Dyno Alarm collection of inexpensive quartz chronograph makes it possible to look smart and cool without breaking the bank. It is almost like if your Toyota Prius was designed by Bertone.

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September 20th, 2014

Seiko Prospex Solar Pilot Quartz Chronograph (Ref. SSC279)

Although not as technologically advanced as the gorgeous Astron GPS Stratosphere that the Japanese brand has revealed back in February, the new Seiko Prospex Solar Quartz Chronograph (Ref. SSC279) is also about five times less expensive. Offered at MSRP of just $450 (and you can find one on eBay at less than USD $350), the watch looks quite cool for a daily beater, and its built-in solar charger makes the gadget a must-have for a person that spends more time outdoors than inside an air-conditioned office. Just don’t forget to swap the brown leather strap for something more practical, like a solid steel bracelet or a hypoallergenic silicon band.

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September 19th, 2014

Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph "Race for Water" Limited Edition (Ref. AL-860AD5AQ6)

With its extremely clean, visually lightweight dial and a nicely proportioned (as well as elegantly decorated) stainless steel body, this beautiful Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph “Race for Water” Limited Edition wristwatch (ref. AL-860AD5AQ6) has only one major flaw: its total production run will be restricted to just 400 pieces, which, I am afraid, will not be enough to justify demand from the general public. Well, at least there is a chance that its resale value will not plunge as swiftly as it is often the case with products delivered by second-tier brands.

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September 16th, 2014

Jaquet Droz Museum Pocket Watch

Earlier this month, the Swiss watchmaking house Jaquet Droz has presented its piece unique: the Museum Pocket Watch. The watch was literally built around a time-worn 18th century movement that was lovingly (and also painstakingly) restored to its present glory in JD own workshops. Originally missing certain vital parts, the restored mechanism, as archaic as it is, looks magnificent and stately inside its massive 18-carat red gold body.

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September 11th, 2014

Glycine F104 Automatic: Bigger Case, New Dial

While the original Glycine F104 (ref. 3933) wristwatch that the Swiss watchmaker has delivered back in April looked absolutely killer to me with its clean, vintage-inspired design, somebody at the company’s HQ has probably decided that sales are not quite satisfactory. Enters the Glycine F104 v.2, which is now available in a choice of four or five dials, and even includes a version with a steel black PVD bezel with 46 diamonds (1.80 carats, yuck!)

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September 9th, 2014

2014 Breitling Colt Caliber 73 SuperQuartz Chronograph

Unlike the much-awaited Apple iWatch (we will see it in a matter of hours), the 2014 Breitling Colt Caliber 73 SuperQuartz Chronograph doesn’t even try to destroy the competition. With its classic massive body, easy-to-grip unidirectional rotating bezel and traditional high-contrast dial, the new timepiece simply delivers in a single, relatively affordable package everything you ever wanted from a Breitling, but never were quite ready to pull the trigger on their more expensive models. Powered by a COSC-certified version of a well-known quartz mechanism, the device won’t stun you with the same level of craftsmanship as an automatic mechanism decorated by a skilled hand of artisan, but instead will offer you an almost unrivalled level of precision and dependability.

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September 4th, 2014

Longines Twenty-Four Hours Chronograph Monopusher (ref. L2.797.4.73.0)

With its stainless steel body deliberately oversized to remind you of those gigantic pilot’s watches of pre-WWII era, and a modern self-winding movement with column-wheel chronograph system, this new Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph (ref. L2.797.4.73.0) delivers a strong blend of masculine presence, clever industrial design and technical ingenuity. However, the price that Longines wants you to pay for this beautiful watch seems to be a bit too steep putting it into the same category with such established (but thankfully too common) monsters as Tag Heuer Carrera, Omega Speedmaster and, of course, IWC Portofino. Will the vintage-styled design save this beautiful specimen? Well, time will certainly tell.

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August 29th, 2014

Saint Honore Euphoria Quartz 35mm (Ref. 721108 6AYDR)

With its a bit exaggerated styling, the new Saint Honore Euphoria Quartz (Ref. 721108 6AYDR) ladies wristwatch may scare away a lot of women looking for a subtle, inconspicuous timekeeper. However, if you are not afraid of getting your fair share of limelight, this eclectic but beautiful accessory may be a very nice choice.

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