June 5th, 2013

Tissot Luxury Automatic Chronometer with Powermatic 80 Caliber

The recently presented Tissot Luxury Automatic watch sports a more refined version of the new Powermatic 80 (aka ETA CO7.111) self-winding caliber that also happens to power the gorgeous Certina DS Powermatic 80 Limited Edition that we have already reviewed briefly last week. Still, this particular iteration of the movement is not only better decorated, but is also much more precise, since it is built with more carefully selected parts and is better adjusted.

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May 13th, 2013

Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic 1/100 Chronograph

Mostly known for its rather uninspiring design language, the company, which is usually associated with highly durable and versatile (and also quite expensive) Swiss Army knives, has finally produced an item worthy of a long second glance. Surprisingly, this new quartz-powered Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic 1/100 chronograph features a skeletonized dial with a nice-looking guilloched plate covering its large date display.

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April 18th, 2013

Saint Honore Trocadero Chronograph

Available both in stainless steel and in rose gold PVD versions, this new Saint Honore Trocadero Chronograph could be a timepiece of choice for a person searching for a classic-styled “Swiss made” chronograph watch on a very tight budget. And never mind its quartz movement: it just works.

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March 7th, 2013

Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph

Set to be presented at the upcoming trade show in Basel together with the refreshed Longines Conquest Classic three-hander, the new Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph watch sports the same styling, but somehow manages to look even more elegant than its dressy sibling.

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November 30th, 2012

Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang Chronograph in Black Ceramic (Ref. 341.CV.7517.VR.1975)

The luxury watchmaker will introduce the bizarre Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang ladies watch at the upcoming SIHH 2013 trade show. Available later next year in three limited edition versions, the watch will be presented in rose gold, as well as in white and black ceramic. The latter looks the best. Period.

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November 22nd, 2012

JeanRichard 1681 Ronde Small Seconds Automatic

The Swiss watch Manufacture has recently revealed their new 1681 Collection of dressy timekeeper. While the version in rose gold with central second hand looks fairly usual, the JeanRichard 1681 Ronde Small Seconds makes a strong impression, even despite its “plebeian” stainless steel body.

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October 29th, 2012

Louis Erard Grey Heritage Chronograph

The new Louis Erard Grey Heritage automatic chronograph watch leaves somewhat dubious impression. The mechanism that powers it has successfully passed the test of time in terms of reliability and accuracy, but is also as common as Bic ballpoint pens. The design of its dial is familiar to everyone and is easy to read, but is also as uninspiring as a phony Gibson. Well, it is a matter of personal preferences, as usual.

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October 22nd, 2012

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Ultra-Thin in Rose Gold

With its new Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle, the Swiss watchmaking House expands its line of gorgeously simple dress watches. Equipped with the good old VC 1120 automatic caliber that was, for example, also used to power the ultra-thin Vacheron Constantin Historique 1968, the new watch has a good chance of becoming a really good investment, since its aftermarket price will possibly only rise as it will age gracefully together with its first owner.

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October 19th, 2012

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Automatic in Rose Gold

The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 dressy three-hander brings you the easily recognizable styling of the 1966 family that soon comes to market in a medium-sized body 41 millimeters in diameter and features one of their highly reliable automatic movements with increased power reserve. Compared to the previously available ref. 49525-52-131-BK6A model, the new 1966 three-hander is not only 10 percent larger and thicker, but also offers eight more hours of guaranteed power reserve.

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October 11th, 2012

Bell & Ross WW1 Argentium Hand-Wound

Although different alloys of silver are quite popular among jewelers all over the world, serious watchmakers do not seem to be especially fond of the metal. However, the Swiss-based watchmaking brand Bell & Ross has fairly recently updated its WW1 family with the new Bell & Ross WW1 Argentium model. As the name implies, the watch is crafted using their proprietary “argentium” alloy of silver and some other, unspecified metals.

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