For the year 2014, the Italian fashion brand has updated its signature Octo family with a beautiful Bvlgari Octo Chronograph. With its extremely complex-looking body featuring as many as 110 surfaces that are alternately machine-brushed and polished, this gorgeous timekeeper makes your average "sporty" chronograph look like a dull and chunky piece of metal that also happens to have a movement inside.
Based on their limited edition F.P. Journe Special 30th Anniversary Tourbillon that was released in October 2013, the 2014 F.P. Journe 10th Anniversary Tourbillon was produced to celebrate two landmark events in its short biography: the 10th anniversary of their first boutique in Tokyo, Japan and the opening of the tenth F.P. Journe boutique in Beirut, Lebanon. Predictably, the timekeeper's total production was limited to just ten pieces, with only one of them going to each of their shops around the world.
It pays off to be a Swiss air force pilot. While most aerobatics teams barely receive even sporadic attention of major watchmaking brands, Switzerland's only team of professional pilots gets its name immortalized the third time in less than three years. Back in 2011, Oris and IWC commemorated the 20th anniversary of their current paint scheme and now Breitling, another key watchmaker, celebrates the semicentenary of the team itself. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT Patroulle Suisse 50th Anniversary automatic chronograph with second time zone indication.
During the SIHH 2014 trade show, AP has offered a whole bunch of new watches those including a set of refreshed Royal Oak Offshore collection of sporty chronographs. There were different versions in gold, plain steel, and even glossy white ceramic. The model that impressed me the most (i.e. I would even seriously consider it being my next THE watch if I didn't have other, more important plans for this year) was, surprisingly, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Vintage Safari (Ref. 26470ST.OO.A801CR).
Sporting a layout of its dial that looks almost like a crossover between their earlier 2013 Radiomir 1940 Chrono Monopulsante and the 2010 Radiomir Mare Nostrum models, the 2014 Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph PAM 518 offers an even more balanced combination of modern technology and vintage design.
You have probably already seen Alpina's recent Startimer ref. Al-860GB4S6. Slightly oversized, the "aviator" features that trendy bi-compax design and elegant overall styling of its dial. For this year, the Swiss watchmaking brand introduces another version. Called Alpina Startimer Pilot Black Star Automatic Chronograph (Ref. AL-860GB4FBS6), it differs from the earlier version only with its black body finish.
A. Lange & Sohne has presented whole seven new models at the SIHH 2014 event, yet it is the gorgeous Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar "Terraluna" that will possibly get the most attention from both journalists and connoisseurs alike. While most currently available high-end "moon phase" watches are only good for 122 years before they require adjustment by a qualified serviceman, this model will (theoretically) display correct phases of the Moon for whole 1058 years. And the complication looks great, too.
At the Baselworld 2014 event, the Swiss watchmaking house has presented its Omega Speedmaster Mark II 1969 Reissue (ref. 3220.127.116.11.06.001) automatic chronograph. The model was designed in the same style as the iconic Speedmaster chronograph that first went on sale 45 years ago. It looks like the number of great watches inspired by the great decade is going to get yet another worthy member.
Although with its water resistance rating of just 100 meters the 2014 IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW379401) is not the first watch to be recommended for a serious diver, the new member of the legendary Aquatimer family still looks appealing thanks to its sexy "digital" display of the date and month.
Dubail Paris, a particularly expensive boutique, which is located on the famous Place Vendome, will soon start selling a limited edition version of the dressy Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Bi-Retrograde. Sporting the same hours and minutes, as well as days of week and date indicators, the Ref. 86020 differs from the 2010 model only with the choice of materials and color combinations.