The new Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph (Ref. L2.722.214.171.124) takes you in the same direction as their earlier cushion-shaped models: the gorgeous 1970s. If you have always wanted a watch in a "cushion" or, perhaps, "tonneau" body, but always thought that Panerai and TAG Heuer chronographs look a bit too tiring with their deliberately repetitive, run-of-the-mill design, this new model is surely the one to consider.
The new Ball Watch Engineer II Pioneer Chronometer delivers all the usual treats from the watchmaker that was founded in America, but later moved to Switzerland. Its compact, deliberately simple body would look good on almost any wrist, its dial is high-contrast and easily readable even to older persons with poor sight. However, if your idea of a dress watch doesn't include more than two dozen micro-tubes filled with mildly radioactive, self-glowing gas, you may find this timekeeper slightly difficult to adapt to.
While I seriously doubt that this fresh Breitling Navitimer 01 Panamerican will manage to stun you with originality of industrial design (we have seen this shape many times before) or some rare complication (it is nothing more than a mere chronograph with date, albeit COSC-certified), the wristwatch may nevertheless be welcomed by those who always wanted a shiny new Navitimer powered by their recently introduced Caliber 01 in-house chronograph movement, but never liked the color combinations that were on offer. Combined with milky white counters, this gorgeous anodized brown dial that the Swiss brand prefers to call "Panamerican Bronze," looks absolutely killer to me.
The new Grieb & Benzinger Blue Merit wristwatch seems to feature just about everything that you expect from the reputable German brand. Taking as a base the gorgeous A. Lange & Sohne Tourbillon "Pour le Merite" limited edition that was issued less than two years ago in a precious platinum body, they applied all their skeletonization and engine-turning experience to create one of the most beautiful watches that money can buy.
Called Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Cobalt Blue and available either on a blue rubber strap (ref. 49960-19-431-FK4A) or a bit less flashy, but a lot more practical stainless steel bracelet (ref. 49960-19-431-11A), the new watch makes a very strong impression. In fact, it radiates such a strong presence that you would probably need to wear Mr. Freeman's hazmat suit just to walk into your nearest Girard-Perregaux boutique to see the watch in person.
Commemorating the Swiss brand's 100th Anniversary, the new Glycine F104 Pilot (Ref. 3932.146AT.LB7R) automatic wristwatch delivers that great mix of a clean, easy to read dial with an easy to recognize pre-WWII styling, and deliberately oversized body: something that you rarely see when it comes to pilot's watches designed during the last decade or two.
Whole 46 millimeters in diameter, the new Edox Geoscope GMT (ref. 07002 3 C1) is clearly designed with heroically proportioned people in mind. On the other hand (no pun intended), the timekeeper doesn't make an impression of a watch whose single purpose is too look big. In fact, its massiveness stems from its function: there is a dial that needs to be large to ensure adequate legibility and there is a large case to house it. That's probably the main reason why this watch doesn't look stupid: its form follows function.
The new Saint Honore Worldcode GMT (ref. 868507 76NIR) makes an impression of a well-designed watch with every bit of its surface carefully thought over by real professionals. Its shape is traditional, but not generic. Its textures are brutal, but not crude. It is functional, but won't overwhelm you with unnecessary features. Its only drawback is the movement that powers it, but lots of people won't even notice it.