October 25th, 2014

Archimede Klassik 42 Bicolor Automatic

Owned by Ickler GmbH, a German company that makes its own high-quality watch cases, the local brand has release its new Archimede Klassik 42 Bicolor automatic wristwatch. As usual for the watchmaker, the timekeeper is offered in six variations with all sorts of available customizations that you can possibly imagine. Although not as refined as similarly (base price plus essential options included) priced models from competitors, the timekeeper is certainly worth a look, especially if you are into that sort of rugged beauty that Archimede is known for.

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October 23rd, 2014

Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback Automatic

The new Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback automatic diving wristwatch features a stunning ceramic body with elegant blue bezel and dial, sports a water resistance rating of 300 meters, is limited to just 250 numbered pieces, and Blancpain is committed to donate as much as €1000 from each timekeeper sold to various initiative that contribute to make the world ocean a little bit place to live for its billions of dwellers. What other excuse do you really need to buy this beautiful timepiece?

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October 21st, 2014

Fortis VP-40 "Laging Handa" Patrol Squadron Forty

While the new Fortis VP-40 “Laging Handa” Patrol Squadron Forty automatic chronograph wristwatch doesn’t even try to look different from dozens of other Fortis aviation-inspired chronos, it still offers a very nice combination of a solid-built body with pleasantly massive push-pieces and setting crown, and a dial that, although looking a bit cluttered, nevertheless easy enough to read (only if you don’t try to use the standard tachymeter scale on the bezel flange).

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October 14th, 2014

Nomos Orion 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall Limited Edition

As the name implies, the new Nomos Orion 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall Limited Edition wristwatch celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall that not only led to reunification of Germany after more than four decades of Soviet occupation, but actually marked the end of the communist era in Eastern and Central Europe.

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October 10th, 2014

Dior Chiffre Rouge C03 Moonphase Automatic

Offering a completely outrageous blend of materials and textures, the new Dior Chiffre Rouge C03 automatic wristwatch seems to be inspired by some extremely eclectic fashion collection. The polished gold of the indicators and hour markers (well, actually the elements are gold-plated), the slate gray of the dial and body create a watch that looks like an ultimate fashion accessory that may get you in trouble with your parents if they are of a more traditional kind. If only it wasn’t so small!

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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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