The Glashutte Original Senator Observer (ref. 100-14-07-02-30) brings you an impressive mix of a perfect self-winding mechanism, a dial that is easy to read in any circumstances, and a nicely sculpted case inherited from an earlier iteration, all seasoned with that attention to even most minuscule details that only German watchmakers exhibit regardless of the price tag that comes with their timekeepers.
The Defakto Struktur features almost everything one might expect from an affordable dress watch. The dial sports a simple layout with an ultra-contrast color scheme and visually balanced elements; it comes in a body, which is made by Defakto’s parent company Ickler GmbH: a brand that knows a thing or two about designing cases that are not only elegant, but also ergonomic, and well-built; and it features a price that would put to shame even the Japanese brands.
The German brand has recently updated its collection of dressy three-handers with a nice Archimede 1950’s collection that pays homage to timekeepers that were produced by the local watchmakers after the end of the Great War. Although the Japanese movement that powers the device doesn’t look nearly as impressive as NOS hand-wound Junghans calibers that they, for example, used for their Pilot OR2 limited edition watch, it is robust and reliable and looks like an adequate choice for the price.
The German watchmaker has just started taking orders for its new Stowa Seatime Black Forest Edition 1 automatic diver. Offered at a moderate price of just €1390 (including VAT), the new timekeeper is a wise choice for a person looking for a nice diving companion, but not willing to pay the premium for an Omega Seamaster or a Rolex Submariner. Reserved, but also handsome, this is so far one of the most attractive divers that money can buy.
The 2014 Porsche Design Chronograph Titanium Limited Edition is yet another masterpiece of German design. Delivering just the right combination of manliness and reserved elegance that could only be compared to that of a Porsche 911 Carrera sports car, it is issued as a limited edition of just 500 pieces, which is a pity: collectibility or not, the world, which is dominated by tasteless, soulless objects of industrial design, needs more beautiful things like this one.
Owned by Ickler GmbH, a German company that makes its own high-quality watch cases and also happens to own a bit more “premium” brand Limes, the watchmaking specialist has released its new Archimede Klassik 42 Bicolor. 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 Klassik 42 Bicolor is worth a look, especially if you are into that sort of rugged beauty that Archimede is known for.
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.
The 2014 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-karat 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.
Like many wristwatches that were introduced recently by Swiss-based and German majors, the Glashutte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is strongly inspired by models from the 1970s. Simple and elegant, the timepiece (especially the versions with ruthenium grey and galvanized blue dials) offers superb legibility and is powered by a hand-decorated Caliber 37-02 self-winding movement with 70 hours of power reserve and one of the most refined oscillating weight that money can buy.
The sporty Archimede SportTaucher is now available with a new feature: a bidirectional rotating bezel graduated with a compass-style 360-degree scale. Although unlike some electronic timekeepers, the Archimede SportTaucher K (Kompass) doesn’t have a real compass function, you can still use this little gadget to impress your girlfriend by finding north (or south). The only three things that you need to do achieve this are the watch, visible Sun, and a girlfriend.