August 10th, 2013

Fortis B42 Phantoms Phorever Flieger Chronograph

Last week, the Swiss brand Fortis has presented a limited edition Fortis B42 Phantoms Phorever Flieger Chronograph watch that pays homage to the legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II: a twin-engine combat aircraft that not only ensured US air superiority in Vietnam, but also fought in many other conflicts throughout the world, including numerous Arab-Israeli wars, the Iran-Iraq War and, of course, the Falklands War.

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June 18th, 2013

Jaquet Droz The Eclipse Ivory Enamel (Ref. J012613200)

First revealed a year ago with a sexy jet-black onyx dial, the updated Jaquet Droz Eclipse has been reissued in an even dressier version with its face finished with ivory Grand Feu enamel (which is not only pleasant to look at, but is also very difficult to manufacture on an industrial scale). Although the beige-colored plate of the J012613200 doesn’t do a particularly good job mimicking a night sky, it still makes the watch a perfect choice for those looking for a dressy moon-phase timekeeper.

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May 23rd, 2013

Technomarine BlackReef Ti Ultimate Automatic

Presented in a lightweight titanium body, the new Technomarine BlackReef Ti Ultimate watch features a highly reliably Swiss made automatic movement and is adorned with whole 54 precious stones covering its unidirectional rotating bezel. So far, this is the most bizarre diver that I’ve seen this year.

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May 20th, 2013

Patek Philippe Gondolo 8 Days (Ref. 5200G) in White Gold

Patek Philippe doesn’t seem to be especially consistent when it comes to design of their Gondolo series or rectangular watches. The things that they seem to share is an elongated body and, of course, a brilliantly executed mechanism that powers the gadget. Among the three models of the series that are currently present on the Swiss brand’s corporate web-site, the 2013 Patek Philippe Gondolo 8 Days (Ref. 5200G) is the most exciting with its finely crafted case and deliciously complicated, exquisitely finished movement.

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May 6th, 2013

Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Automatic (Ref. 01 735 7672 4084-Set LS)

With its new Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service (Ref. 01 735 7672 4084-Set LS) that was presented last week at Baselworld 2013, the Swiss-based maker of affordable timekeepers keeps exploring the niche of vintage styled watches with a sweet modern flavor. Featuring the same 44 mm body with the easily recognizable grooved bezel as their previous “pilots” (like, say, the classic Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 Limited Edition), the device also sports a quite contemporary dial with its hands and scales resembling instrument gauges on military planes.

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April 12th, 2013

Mido Commander Datoday Automatic

Mido, yet another child of Swatch Group’s quiverfull family, has finally updated its Commander line of sporty timekeepers. Called Mido Commander Datoday, the refreshed automatic watch features the same ETA 2836-2 ebauche that powered their Mido Multifort Bicolor 42 mm model that was presented back in 2011, but features a lot more interesting looks with lots of straight lines and an elegant, lugless design of its compact body (although it may make it quite difficult to find an after-market replacement strap or bracelet if need be).

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November 4th, 2012

Porsche Design Flat Six P'6360 Automatic Chronograph in Black PVD

Established almost ten years ago, the Porsche A.G. subsidiary Porsche Design Group almost in no time became an industrial design icon. Although not yet as successful as Apple when it was spearheaded by the late Steve Jobs, the German brand enjoys an extremely dynamic growth with its sales climbing by whole 30 per cent in 2011. We are still to hear the news about their financial results during this (another) year of financial turmoil, but, judging by the level of refinement they offer with the new Porsche Design Flat Six P’6360 automatic chronograph watch, they are certainly going to be just fine.

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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 18th, 2012

Deep Blue CalDiver USA 500 Full Calendar Automatic Diver

The young American watchmaking brand updates its CalDiver 500 small family of large diving watches with a yet new edition. Called Deep Blue CalDiver USA 500, the new watch differs from its siblings not only with a restyled dial, but also with a silk screen USA flag, which is combined with the brand’s logo and is clearly visible through the transparent case back of the piece.

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October 18th, 2012

Oris BC3 Air Racing Silver Lake Limited Edition Automatic (Ref. 01 735 7641 4184-Set)

The Swiss watchmaker has just released a new limited edition version of its elegant BC3 pilot. Called Oris BC3 Air Racing Silver Lake (Ref. 01 735 7641 4184-Set), the new timekeeper sports the same general styling as the other members of the family, but has a nice twist about its high-contrast, matte-black dial.

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