August 21st, 2014

Eberhard & Co. Traversetolo Ambri Piotta (Ref. 21016)

The new Eberhard & Co. Traversetolo Ambri Piotta (Ref. 21016) is a classic hand-wound three-hander that features a surprisingly easy to read dial and is powered by the legendary Unitas 6498 caliber. Initially designed for pocket watches, the huge mechanisms look perfectly at home in this mildly oversized wristwatch.

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August 20th, 2014

Chr. Ward C70 3527 GT Limited Edition Chronometer (Ref. C70-3527GT-SRK)

The new Chr. Ward C70 3527 GT limited edition wristwatch (ref. C70-3527GT-SRK) looks like it was inspired (and also heavily influenced) by chronographs that were selling back in 1960s and, perhaps, 1970s. Cheerful (and perhaps even playful), the watch features the signature exaggerated minute track designed to look like scales on a sports car’s instrument panel, and extremely contrast color scheme for its busy dial, but is powered by a way more precise thermo-compensated quartz movement. Designed and manufactured by ETA, it surpasses any “normal” quartz caliber by an order of magnitude when it comes to the tiny amount of time it gains or loses during a whole year of operation.

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August 15th, 2014

IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Titanium (Ref. IW355701)

Unveiled early this year at SIHH 2014, the IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Titanium (Ref. IW355701) is perhaps the first tool watch that actually looks great. Its lightweight titanium case is meticulously crafted and features a much elaborated high-tech finish. With its easy-grip rotating bezel and crisp (although a bit busy thanks to its mechanical depth gauge display) dial, the wristwatch would look very organic in a sci-fi movie like Oblivion or maybe even Prometheus.

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August 14th, 2014

Frederique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition (Refs. FC-393RM5B4 and FC-393RM5B6)

Available in two versions, each of them limited to 2888 pieces, the new Frederique Constant Runabout Chronograph is an example of a very good industrial design with its large, clean dial both easily readable and pleasant to look at. Although its functionality (more on that later, you are going to raise at least one eyebrow) is somewhat limited compared to the previous Runabout Chrono, this model still makes a very strong impression.

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August 12th, 2014

A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Hand-Wound 38.5mm

The new dressy A. Lange & Sohne 1815 collection brings to the table the usual mix of craftsmanship and technical ingenuity that the German brand is associated with. Combining a painstakingly decorated hand-wound caliber with a compact body, which is now available in three colors of 18-carat gold, and a laconic solid silver dial the new members of the collection easily become dress watches of choice for men who don’t limit their options only to timepieces bearing the usual “Swiss Made” inscription on their faces.

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August 11th, 2014

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 (Ref. 311.62.42.30.06.001)

Although there is a feeling of something not being “right” when you look at a luxury watch, which is supposed to be a sort of homage to the timekeeper Neil Armstrong has worn when setting his foot at Moon’s dusty surface, the new Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 (Ref. 311.62.42.30.06.001) limited edition timekeeper looks absolutely stunning with its chocolate-colored nylon strap matching the color of the dial that looks especially grand thanks to its rose gold hour markers and hands. And although 45 years ago there were not so many military watches featuring rose gold bezels with ceramic inserts, this new device will probably make an incredibly strong impression on any person fascinated by timekeepers designed for space travel. After all, who said that a “military” watch must always be black?

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August 8th, 2014

Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Ceramic in Steel and Gold

The new Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Ceramic family that was recently presented by the Swiss watchmaking brand somehow manages to combine a clean, uncluttered layout of a classic two-hander with their trademark figure eight shape. Migrating from the dial, which is now available in whole three radically different finishes, to the timekeeper’s body and bezel, the Arabic numeral makes this watch (and probably its owner) look especially memorable.

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August 7th, 2014

Longines Conquest Heritage 1954-2014 Limited Edition

Based on one of their models from 1950s, the new Longines Conquest Heritage 1954-2014 limited edition wristwatch comes in a very compact 35 millimeter case which is available not only in expensive rose or yellow gold, but also in a lot more affordable stainless steel. Combine it with a nice business dress and you have a clear winner.

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August 6th, 2014

Breitling Emergency II SuperQuartz Chronometer

Visually, the new Breitling Emergency II life-saving wristwatch looks like an evolution of the 1995 model. Its timekeeping SuperQuartz module is, too, anything but new. However, you still want to upgrade your older timepiece for this one. The reason is, of course, the new ultra-compact two-band personal locator beacon, which is now fully compatible with current Cospas-Sarsat Program guidelines.

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August 5th, 2014

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day Date Automatic

The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day Date wristwatch combines a vintage modern (I hope, Marshall Amps won’t mind me using the combination of words) design of its moderately oversized stainless steel body with an inexpensive self-winding movement with day/date display that they outsource from the Swiss based ebauche maker Sellita. Easily readable and comfortable thanks to its ergonomically shaped case and a nicely designed folding clasp, the watch is priced at just over €1300, but seems to deliver a lot more value than most similarly priced timekeepers with the same functionality.

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