The automatic Dievas Shadow Stealth is a product of a successful crossbreeding between their Focal and Reaper tactical timekeepers. Featuring a highly contrast black-and-yellow color scheme that allows easier reading of time in virtually any environment, the watch also offers an extremely scratch-resistant black finish with its stainless steel body hardened in a sort of carbon bath and then treated with plasma, which forms a thin, but also a hard coating on its surface. I am not sure how well it would stand when compared to, say, DLC (which, too, has weak points of its own) but it looks and feels durable and robust.
Speaking the same easily recognizable design language that we have already seen last year when the German brand introduced its “professional” Endurance Neptun 2 1000m (ref. U8777-LA3.1) diver, the 2012 Limes Endurance Leviathan automatic diver comes in a slightly larger body, but features a more “civil” -more casual, if you like- appearance thanks to the new bezel that, while being less ahem technocratic, is still ergonomic thanks to its prominent notches providing easy grip, as well as the familiar Rolex-style diving scale that makes it easier to use the watch as rudimentary timer not only deep underwater, but also doing more mundane tasks, like cooking eggs and this sort of things.
Unveiled on October 2012, the Hanhart Pioneer Racemaster GTM (ref. 737.670-0010) automatic chronograph is based on their older Hanhart Pioneer MonoScope self-winding chrono that was presented back in January 2012. Powered by the same movement and coming in the same stainless steel case, the Racemaster GTM features a different bezel and sports a color scheme that just screams ‘1970s’!
First unveiled back in 2009, the gorgeous “digital” Zeitwerk has already survived a number of limited editions. Now, the German brand reintroduces the timekeeper as A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Handwerkskunst (Ref. 140.048) adding to the mix a new dial that successfully combines rhodium-plated white gold and their signature “German silver” alloy: the centuries-old mixture of copper, nickel, and zinc that allows you to make a greyish-white metal that is easy to work with and, when finished properly, looks great, too.
Compared to the yesterday’s vintage-styled Zenith Pilot Big Date Special Edition (Ref. 03.2410.4010/21.C722) automatic timekeeper, this new limited edition Archimede Pilot OR2 may not look as intense and it definitely plays in a different league when it comes to hardware that makes it tick, however, it is also about nine times less expensive and, equipped with a NOS movement from a German ebauche maker, is certainly more exclusive.
The 2008 Sinn U2 Meisterbund.III is a professional-grade diver that was created exclusively for the Japanese market. The special-edition diving tool is a sort of “hybrid” that takes the best features of the German brand’s bestselling models and splices them into this brilliant package. Featuring a relatively compact body crafted from a highly corrosion-resistant steel alloy used for making submarine hulls, this limited edition looks like it was inspired by nothing less than a modern nuclear submarine.
For its first appearance at the Baselworld 2012 trade show, the young German watchmaker has presented a number of timekeepers that belong to their elegant Intemporal collection. Each model has its own good points, but the Lehmann-Schramberg Intemporal Zeigerdatum (Pointer Date) offers the most balanced (i.e. it is not over-expensive and is not over-sophisticated) combination of features and remarkable exterior.
During the Baselworld 2012, the German watchmaker has presented its new take on their bestselling Glashutte Original PanoMaticLunar. Coming in a little bit larger case than the outgoing model, the self-winding timepiece is available both in an expensive rose (with a reddish tint to it) gold and in a more affordable stainless steel and can be ordered on a wide choice of straps, including a steel bracelet that adds to the grad total almost a thousand more Euros. Now, tell me about price targeting.
The Chronoswiss Kairos Chronograph (ref. C7541-KR) sports all the goodies you can expect from the brand that deals only in highly exclusive, daringly-luxury timekeepers. There is a heavily-, yet meticulously guilloched solid silver dial, Breguet-type blued hands that look like they were heat-treated, and, of course, the traditional onion-shaped setting crown that is here to operate a high-quality Swiss-made automatic movement.
The German watchmaker Hanhart keeps expanding its Pioneer line of chronographs. Predictably featuring similar styling, the new Hanhart Pioneer MonoScope is available in two versions, both of them powered by the same modified automatic movement. If only it wasn’t so big!