Based on the slim COSC-certified ETA 2836-2 movement, the new Mido Baroncelli Chronometer Jubilee is just another proof that classic is always cool. Also, it tries to tell you that you don’t need to be a millionaire to afford a dressy watch.
The new Favre-Leuba Bathy V.2 mechanical depth meter is one of those diving watches any watchmaker can be proud of. Although it won’t become such an omnipresent luxury accessory as the Rolex Submariner, the device still deserves some attention of true connoisseurs thanks to its built-in mechanical pressure gauge, which is not only easy to read but is also quite interesting from the point of view of industrial design.
Featuring a cluttered dial and an oversized body, the Victorinox Swiss Army AirBoss Mach 6 Power Gauge doesn’t look like a practical choice. However, the exaggerated busyness of the exterior and the nice finish of its mechanical movement makes this “aviator” a nice fashion accessory for those who always dreamed about accomplishing a tour of duty on a real aircraft carrier.
The Italian-based fashion and jewelry brand Bvlgari keeps adding new exclusive models to its elegant Diagono collection. Trying to keep their accessories as upscale as practically possible, the brand issues this Diagono Retrograde Moonphase (ref. DGP42BGLDMP) in an almost prohibitively priced massive rose gold case that features their own self-winding movement. Coming as a -relatively- limited-edition model and featuring their traditional exaggerated design, it will possibly sell off fast thanks to its brief, but dramatic cameo on Robert Downey Jr’s wrist at the latest Iron Man blockbuster.
Maybe not as classy and well-advertised as the major Swiss-based manufactures, the relatively young Bertolucci brand is nevertheless capable of producing a sort of wristwatches characterized by their stark and well-balanced design. Their new Serena Garbo Chronograph (ref. 318.104.22.168D), for example, features a surprisingly rich design language with lots of well-chosen details that together form a solid quartz timekeeper: a rare thing in a niche dominated by watches featuring crude (sometimes, deliberately so) approach to design.
Oris has presented yet another member of its growing collection of “divers”. Delivered in a mildly oversized stainless steel case, the 2008 Divers GMT Date Automatic is available both on a trendy rubber strap (ref. 01 668 7639 8454-07 4 24 34EB) and a more practical solid steel bracelet (ref. 01 668 7639 8454-07 8 24 01PEB, it also has the cities disk replaced with more convenient 24-hour scale) that features security folding clasp with a wetsuit extension.
The German watch maker Ickler GmbH (which is better known for its more expensive Limes brand) has introduced a pair of new members to its Archimede Black Pilot series. Offering the same deliberately anonymous design as dozens of other affordable wristwatches out there that are styled after the iconic B-Uhr timekeepers immortalized by the German Luftwaffe (compare them, for example, to Steinhart Nav B-Uhr collection and it would be hard to tell the difference,) this watch attempts to win your attention combining three main factors: great Swiss Made self-winding caliber, unrivaled customization ability, and, of course, the matte-black coating that makes the watch as stealthy as a night bomber and as durable as a gun.
With its signature styling and a well-chosen automatic movement that keeps it ticking, the new Bvlgari Diagono Calibro 303 Chronograph looks like a nice choice for a person in search of a sportier kind of a reliable timekeeper that doesn’t try to look like your average run-off-the-mill Omega or Breitling.
Right after presenting its limited-edition SUB 5000T Seaconqueror model, DOXA reveals its vintage-inspired 2008 SUB 600T-Graph collection. Looking mean and cool, the gadget boasts a water-resistance rating of 600 meters and is legible enough to give you all the necessary information at a single glance.
O Sancta simplicitas (but in a good way!) These are the first words that come to mind when I see the new MM series (refs. MM 101 & MM 102) from a.b.art. The Swiss company built its reputation on creating minimalist, easy-to-read timekeepers with the Bauhaus movement being their most important source of inspiration. The new MM series, however, is simplicity in its purest form. And I must admit that we here at WorldWatchReview.com are extremely delighted to see this beautiful timekeeper. While some may find its exterior oversimplified, I would argue that this is one of the most refined “simple” dressy watches currently available in this price range.