The new Hublot Classic Fusion Bol d'Or Mirabaud automatic chronograph watch (Ref. 521.NQ.1717.QR.BOM14) is a very nice take on the Swiss brand's iconic Classis Fusion collection. While the differences with other models in the range seem to be only cosmetic, the choice of materials and the way they are put together makes a very strong impression. As usual, Hublot will severely limit its total production volume in order to make it a 'real' rarity.
Revealed last week, the new Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 limited edition wristwatch (Ref. 168535-3002) celebrates the Swiss brand's partnership with one of the most revered icons of European car industry. More than three decades ago, the timeless Porsche 928 has become a source of inspiration for the team that worked on Apple Macintosh. Now, their revolutionary 919 Hybrid sports prototype offers some design ideas for the Swiss watchmaker.
With its new Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Rolling Stones Edition (ref. 03.2048.4061/77.C496), the Swiss watchmaker probably tries to appeal to hearts (as well as wallets and credit cards) of baby boomers: those men and women in their sixties that remember year 1969. Some of them actually saw Jimi Hendrix performing Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock 1969, attended Led Zeppelin's Summer 1969 North American Tour, while the luckiest of them even managed to see at least one of 16 shows of The Rolling Stones American Tour 1969.
While Jaquet Droz is quite prolific when it comes to design of their extremely beautiful timekeepers, it is the one with figure eight-shaped off-centered layout that always gets the most attention. In this respect, the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine (Ref. J013014270) will most probably be a triple win for the Swiss watchmaker: not only it incorporates the symbol of infinity on its dark-blue, star-studded dial, but the watch also sports a stunningly executed tourbillon that also acts as a small seconds hand, as well as sports whole 382 diamonds totaling almost 1.9 carats and decorating its medium-sized white gold body, the dial and even the folding clasp on its hand-made leather strap.
With its new Alpina Alpiner self-winding chronograph watch, the Swiss-based brand finally offers an interesting timekeeper for the kind of customers that are tired of numerous recreations and reissues and just want a watch that would look cool in a room filled with 85-inch 4K TV sets, smart coffeemakers, and modern furniture made of shiny steel and expensive leather. Although in its finish I see numerous references to products made by other watchmakers (like, for example, this 2010 Chronoswiss Pacific Collection), I must admit that all in all the device looks very refined and well-balanced. It is clearly one of their collections that Alpina will never be ashamed with.
Soon to be put on sale throughout the civilized world, the new Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Pink Gold (Ref. 49970-34-633-BB6B) sports traditional for the Swiss brand extremely well-balanced look that comes as a successful combination of good taste and almost unrivalled design skills. While the new timepiece clearly has a number of elements that are a bit too ahem stylized, they somehow manage to look very organic when you look at the gadget as a whole. I have strong suspicion that GP uses some sort of magic to make such beautiful accessories.
The new limited edition Breitling S3 ZeroG SuperQuartz Chronograph was recently introduced to celebrate partnership between the famous watchmaking brand and a young Swiss-based company S3 (Swiss Space Systems). The black-and-grey watch not only looks great for a luxury tactical timekeeper, but also serves as a boarding pass for those few wealthy customers around the world that are ready to pay a sizeable chunk of money for a pleasure of floating in zero gravity environment for just about 300 seconds more or less evenly spaced by 15 sections of 20 or even 25 seconds long.
Like many wristwatches that were introduced recently by Swiss-based and German majors, the new Glashutte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is strongly inspired by models from the 1970s. Simple and elegant, the watch (especially versions with ruthenium grey and galvanized blue dials) offers superb legibility and is powered by a nicely decorated Caliber 37-02 self-winding movement with 70 hours of power reserve and one of the most refined oscillating weights that money can buy.