Delivered in the colors and textures that are often associated with those of Audi's own racing team, the new Oris Audi Sport Chronograph (ref. 01 774 7661 7481-Set) doesn't look terribly original with its a bit boring layout and the same design elements we have seen for the last couple of years. However, being what it is, the wristwatch is solidly built and I am sure that fans of the German team will definitely love it.
The new Breitling Chronospace Military (ref. M7836622.BD39.100W.M20BASA.1) chronograph wrist watch delivers the usual combination of a high-grade SuperQuartz mechanism, a highly legible dial with the signature analog-digital display and packs it all in a blacked-out steel body. What this timekeeper clearly lacks is innovation. On the other hand, for innovation Breitling has its super-high-tech Breitling Emergency II model, while the rest of the pack is being carefully guarded from anything new.
With its new Alpina Comtesse series of automatic wristwatches, the Swiss watchmaking brand targets a wide array of customers, both in terms of exterior styling and price. While some people may find this "one for everyone" concept a bit too indiscriminating, the logic behind is undeniable. After all, Alpina is here for the money and there seems to be nothing more cost-effective than offering a model that, as generic as it is, allows the brand to make so many nice variations without investing too much money designing the new collection.
The idea of substituting the usual silvered or enameled dial with tinted crystal is by no means new. Corum, for example, used it for its massive Admiral's Cup Minute Repeater Tourbillon 45, while Omega employed the concept for the gorgeous Skeletonized Tourbillon Co-Axial Platinum model. However, this new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date, Moon-Phases (refs. 25882-11-223-BB6B & 25882-52-222-BB6B) (ah, that descriptive naming!) looks like one of the most exciting "regular" models delivered by the Swiss brand during the recent couple of years.
The new Pierre DeRoche GrandCliff Milady Chrono delivers that winning combination of features that you will rarely see when it comes to wristwatches designed for ladies. It somehow manages to combine an "exclusive" caliber made by its parent company, a brilliantly decorated dial, as well as finely sculpted body and just the right number of precious stone in a unique package that makes this timepiece immediately adorable and extremely desirable. Frankly, I wasn't able to find a single flaw with this beautiful device.
Believe it or not, but, contrary to popular beliefs, not all Breitlings do look the same. This new Breitling Galactic 44 (the ref. A45320B9/BD42-101W reviewed here and other models), for example, features a very unusual (for the Swiss-based brand) combination of an elegantly sculpted body that looks more slender that it actually is, a remarkable set of crown-guards, and a relatively thin bezel that still displays all the relevant information for either an amateur diver or a professional pilot. Perhaps, the only thing that it needs is the usual notches that were apparently dropped here in order for its polished surface to better match that of the case. Well, nothing is perfect.
The 2014 Casio G-Shock GravityMaster GPW 1000 delivers inside its defiantly oversized body an extremely small GPS receiver, a state of the art solar-powered quartz movement, as well as their signature Multi-Band 6 technology that allows the device to automatically receive standard time-calibration signal from atomic clocks. What else would you probably ask from this little monster? Make you breakfast?
Featuring traditional for the Japanese brand design, the new Casio Edifice EQB-500D-1A features a handy Bluetooth module. To make all of its features work you will only need to accompany it by