The Japanese watchmaker has fairly recently presented a line of affordable dress watches. Coming in different color variations and featuring both stainless steel and gold-toned bodies, the new Seiko Recraft collection comes in an unexpectedly finely crafted (albeit, a bit too oversized) case and is powered by an in-house Caliber 7S26 self-winding movement: the same inexpensive, but bullet-proof job that also animated their well-known Seiko SKX781 Orange Monster diving watch.
The new Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge (Ref. 99490D53P703-CKHA) delivers a clever mix of precious stones (more than three hundred of them), beautifully decorated mother-of-pearl and finely sculpted white gold. In fact, this new model looks like one of the most exciting offerings released by the Swiss brand during the last couple of years. If price is not an issue, this gorgeous wristwatch will probably make a very good Valentine's Day gift for your loved one.
Celebrating a centenary of the Italian car manufacturer Maserati, the new Bulgari Octo Maserati Limited Edition (ref. 920007208) automatic wristwatch not only delivers one of the finest "sporty" designs currently available on the market, but also comes powered by an impressive (albeit outsourced from another watchmaking house) engine that rivals the gorgeous 4.7-liter V8 engine of Maserati's latest GranTurismo MC Stradale sport car.
Inspired by a model that was commissioned by the US Air Force around 70 years ago, the Bulova AccuSwiss Type A-15 (ref. 63A119) can be a very nice option for a person looking for a vintage-styled pilot's watch, but not willing to opt for a "standard" German Luftwaffe B-Uhr-style timekeeper. Some may find the combination of black dial with bright orange luminous compound on hands with dirty lemon 24-hour numerals a bit, well, tasteless, but it is in fact how the original watch looked, so just get used to it.
Although the new Ball Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley Automatic Diver (Ref. PM2096B-S1J-BK) still features that "polarizing" patented crown guard system as previous iterations of the watch, it is still one of the most elegant members of the growing family. As refined as a diving watch can be, it is also not really expensive sporting a price tag around $1000 lower than that of an IWC Aquatimer.
The new Defakto Struktur features almost everything one might expect from an affordable dress watch. Its dial features a very nice layout with 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 quite ergonomic, and very well-built; and it features a price that would put to shame even Japanese brands.
The German brand has recently updated its collection of dressy three-handers with a nice Archimede 1950's automatic wristwatch 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 diving wristwatch. Offered at a relatively moderate price of just €1390 (including VAT), the new timekeeper looks like a wise choice for a person looking for a nice diving companion, but not willing to pay premium price for an Omega Seamaster or a Rolex Submariner. Reserved, but also quite handsome, this is so far one of the most attractive divers that money can buy.