April 22nd, 2014

Edox Geoscope GMT Automatic

Whole 46 millimeters in diameter, the new Edox Geoscope GMT is clearly designed with heroically proportioned people in mind. On the other hand (no pun intended), the timekeeper doesn’t make an impression of a watch whose single purpose is too look big. In fact, its massiveness stems from its function: there is a dial that needs to be large to ensure adequate legibility and there is a large case to house it. That’s probably the main reason why this watch doesn’t look stupid: its form follows function.

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April 18th, 2014

Saint Honore Worldcode GMT Quartz

The new Saint Honore Worldcode GMT makes an impression of a well-designed watch with every bit of its surface carefully thought over by real professionals. Its shape is traditional, but not generic. Its textures are brutal, but not crude. It is functional, but won’t overwhelm you with unnecessary features. Its only drawback is the movement that powers it, but lots of people won’t even notice it.

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April 16th, 2014

Hermes Dressage L'Heure Masque

As usual for the French brand, the new Hermes Dressage L’Heure Masque automatic wrist watch offers a very compelling mixture of an innovative movement, fine design and a very good taste. Although some purists may still sneer at their timepieces, there is in fact very few ‘fashion’ watches that can rival its refinement and ingenuity of its design.

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April 16th, 2014

Breitling Chronomat Airborne 30th Anniversary 41/44

It looks like Breitling, the company that likes to be associated with anything that has an even passing relationship with the sky, greatly appreciates its long-standing partnership with Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force aerobatics team. It was less than 18 months ago that the Swiss watchmaking brand has introduced its Chronomat Frecce Tricolori 44 Limited Edition watch: a fairly normal member of the family that differed from its siblings only with the team’s logo printed on its black dial. This year, they introduce their new Breitling Chronomat Airborne 30th Anniversary: another limited edition watch that, as the name implies, celebrates the 30th anniversary of their relationship. Available both in a compact 41 mm body and in a more impressive 44 mm case, the watch looks a lot more original, comes with two colors of its dial and is equipped with a high-grade, in-house chronograph movement.

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April 8th, 2014

Oris 110 Years Anniversary Limited Edition (Ref. 01 110 7700 6081-Set LS)

Celebrating its 110th anniversary, the Swiss watchmaking brand has introduced its new Oris 110 Years Limited Edition (Ref. 01 110 7700 6081-Set LS) wrist watch. Available in two versions, the watch combines all the usual features that you can expect from such an exclusive device including an in-house, hand-decorated movement. Presented at Baselworld 2014, it will be limited to just 110 numbered pieces

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March 31st, 2014

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Quartz

The new Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar packs the usual (at least, for the family) mix of functions into a lightweight titanium body that combines finely brushed surfaces with black PVD inserts. While the watch neither looks as rugged as a “real” training computer designed for hard-core athletes, nor sports as advanced functionality, it is still sturdy enough to be used as a daily beater by those who prefer an active lifestyle to countless hours spent on a sofa in front of a 55-inch TV set.

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March 28th, 2014

Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 Chronometer

With its massive body looking like it was machined out of a 22-inch light-alloy disk, the new Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 will surprise you with its lightness and superb ergonomic. However, if a Bentley Continental GT is not the “other” car you use for going shopping at the time when your Mulsanne is at the dealership for a scheduled maintenance, this new watch may be a bit too expensive for the combination of features and materials that it features.

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March 27th, 2014

Ulysse Nardin Dual Time UN-334 Manufacture (Ref. 3346-126)

Ulysse Nardin has been shipping its GMT-enabled Dual Time watches for quite a while now and they seem to enjoy quite good sales if the model is reborn year after year trying to satisfy different tastes and budgets. However, this new dressy Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Manufacture radically differs from previous iterations. The difference, of course, is not limited to just styling of its case and dial: while its numerous predecessors were equipped with Caliber UN-24, which is basically an inexpensive ETA 2892-A2 movement with an add-on module, this particular timekeeper that was presented at Baselworld 2014 trade show is equipped with their own UN-334 Manufacture mechanism. As the name implies, the movement is crafted solely in-house.

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March 26th, 2014

Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono 2014

Chopard is known for its endless love for all things automotive. During the last two or three of years, the Swiss brand has introduced a number of beautiful sporty timekeepers (check this Mille Miglia Zagato Chronograph GMT Limited Edition (Ref. 168550-6001) for example) and it doesn’t look like they are going to stop churning out new racing-inspired chronographs and three-handers any time soon. Coming in a flashy black-and-yellow (a color scheme, which is often associated with Chevrolet’s Corvette Racing team, although I am not sure whether the similarity is intentional or purely coincidental), the new Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono 2014 will surely not go unnoticed even if you plan to wear it with a Hawaiian shirt.

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March 21st, 2014

Saint Honore Euphoria One Carat

It looks like Saint Honore -a French fashion brand that also deals in all sorts of luxury accessories including leather wallets, pens and even cuff-links- is getting quite serious about its watchmaking (or rather “watchselling”) business. While the models that were introduced last year looked very attractive and well-designed (especially if you compare them to the Saint Honore Haute Couture Haussman ladies watch that the company has introduced back in late 2010: as luxurious as it was, it also leaved much to be desired in the good taste department), this new Saint Honore Euphoria One Carat model is plain gorgeous.

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