During Baselworld 2014, Tissot put on display a number of nice collections that make absolutely clear that Tissot is serious about increasing its market share when it comes to "affordable" watches. Among the new products, they have officially presented their T-Race Touch Aluminium (ref. T081.420.97.057.03): a new version of their analog-digital timekeeper that now comes in a sexy aluminum body available in four different colors, those including dark orange (pictured,) and even bright red (ref. T081.420.97.207.00).
Like almost all their recent models belonging to the Sporting collection, the Ralph Lauren Sporting Classic Chronometer features all the familiar design elements that some people would call "easily recognizable", while other would probably refer to as "tiresome". Well, at least the American fashion house has found a design language of its own and is ready to stick to it at all costs.
The Japanese electronics conglomerate Seiko has officially presented its new Seiko Astron Stratosphere GPS-enabled watch. Although currently there is nothing more than a presentation page on their corporate site, it is already clear that the new version looks a lot more impressive than the high-tech Astron GPS Solar World Timer in black titanium (Ref. SAST001/007) that the Japanese brand started selling in October 2012. Just look at this huge, domed sapphire crystal that covers not only the dial itself, but also the bezel with its luminous UTC city codes. Isn't it amazing?
So far, the beautiful Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date Automatic, a new addition to the growing Clifton collection of affordable dress watches that was presented back in January at SIHH 2014 show, looks like the most advanced member of the family. Although the mechanism that powers it is just a usual ETA 2892-2 with a complication module sitting atop of it, it is still elegant and refined and, if you are not obsessed with technical features, could become a nice companion if you plan to wear it with a business suit.
About two years ago, the Swiss watchmaker has introduced its vintage-styled Startimer Classic three-hander (Ref. AL-525SCR4S6). With a sleek, easy to read dial, the timekeeper looked great and probably generated good sales because for this year the company re-introduced the watch as an Alpina Startimer Pilot Sunray (Ref. AL-525GB4S6).
This Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Platinum Orange Ceramic (ref. 22.214.171.124.99.001) looks like an extremely expensive crossover between their flashy Seamaster Planet Ocean chronograph that the brand has introduced almost three years ago and a tad fresher Co-Axial GMT model. From the latter, it gets basic design and the Cal. 8615 automatic movement, and the former supplied this beautiful artifact with its ostentatious orange-and-polished-metal color scheme. The expensive part is delivered courtesy of mirror-polished and sand-blasted platinum, lots of it.
The energetic JD Grande Seconde SW line has been here for about five or six years now. It was introduced back in 2008 in different variations, including the outrageous SWROUGE model that featured a combination of rose gold and black rubber. This new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Cotes de Geneve (Ref. J029030245), however, attempts to take the model a step or two higher on the elegance ladder.
While Mido is good at producing watches that look anonymous at best, this new stainless steel Mido Multifort Two Crowns (Ref. M005.930.11.060.00) actually looks nice and even recognizable, although even this design always leaves you scratching your head trying to remember if you have already seen this gadget before.
Limited to just 500 numbered pieces, the Chr. Ward C7 Italian Racing Red Chronometer will try to replicate the success of the last year's C7IRR model that (as the British brand claims in their press release) was sold out in a matter of weeks. Priced well below $1000 mark and featuring a high-end Swiss quartz movement, the watch is almost destined to succeed.
You don't have to be a Michael Schumacher (I truly hope that this man of legend gets well soon) to get your own limited edition timepiece. Darryl O'Young, a 33-year-old racer from Hong Kong who is still to prove that he is worth the car that he drives in the World Touring Car Championship, has recently had his name put on the new Oris TT3 Darryl O'Young Limited Edition Automatic Chronograph (Ref. 774 7611 7784 Set). Based on their current TT3 model in a titanium body, it is both sporty and elegant: a rare combination that an average usually chronograph usually fails to achieve.