The face-lifted version of the Ball Watches Fireman Storm Chaser Pro (ref. CM3090C-L1J-BK) wrist watch, which is set to be released soon at the upcoming Baselworld 2014 event, is equipped with a finely executed telemeter scale and packs within its medium-sized 42 mm stainless steel body the same tried and tested automatic chronograph movement, but now looks a lot more elegant than the previous iteration of the timepiece. It's almost like if Porsche has released its current-gen Cayenne performance SUV with its gorgeous exterior and plush interior without sacrificing all the off-road goodness of the first-gen model.
Although not as advanced as the last year's Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS running coach, the new Suunto Ambit2 R makes quite a strong impression featuring a well-balanced list of functions designed for beginners and intermediate-level runners that don't really need all the extra functions usually requested by professional athletes.
The new Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Carbon Orange limited edition automatic watch is easily recognizable thanks to its boxy case and diamond-shaped hands, perfectly legible with its high-contrast color scheme and, all in all, is a nicely designed model. What more do you expect from a pilot's watch made by one of the most outstanding brands among Swiss watchmakers? Perhaps, a movement of higher pedigree would be a good start. Still, if you are not after a hand-made in-house caliber that powers a watch that costs more than a Korean SUV, this one may be one of the most well-balanced choices for you.
Yesterday, the Swiss manufacturer has introduced its new Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon limited edition wrist watch. Created in partnership with the German-owned, British-based maker of ultra-luxury cars, the monstrous timepiece features all the usual design elements of the family and, as usual, comes in a fairly small lot of 1000 individually numbered pieces. Like a number of their recent offerings, it is offered in a sexy black (or very dark grey) finish that, unlike models treated with PVD coating process, will not show minor dents and scratches.
Based on their current Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator (Ref. 01 675 7648 4264-07 5 23 77) model that was first released three years ago, the new Oris Big Crown Timer Chronograph (Ref. 675 7648 4234 LS) automatic pilot's watch features only subtle cosmetic changes that, however, make all the difference: as cluttered as the base version is, the gadget still somehow manages to look cleaner and is more easier to read.
The well-known Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Chronograph collection (the one, which is listed on their web-site as a member of a larger Khaki Aviation family of military-themed watches) was recently updated with a limited edition version (including a version with black dial, pictured, ref. H77766331.) Well, being ahem limited to ahem just 1999 pieces, the watch will clearly never become a rarity (well, may be in fifty years or so), but I must admit that this little guy still looks nice. Featuring all the usual stuff, like a true chronograph movement and their famous drift angle calculator, the new watch differs from the rest of the pack with its new color combinations and a slightly reworked face.
It looks like Maurice Lacroix tries to play against the trend of gradual downsizing of luxury wrist watches. While even "sporty" and "bold" chronographs either lose weight or burn their excessive muscle tissue, the new Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged brings you the good old Pontos S diving watch in a significantly bigger body. With its 48 millimeters in diameter, the new diver is clearly designed for a bodybuilder or a football player, not some sort of a hipster.
The good old Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 (ref. V241660) model has been on the market for some years now. Designed with lovers of "military diving" in mind, it must be quite popular among customers around the world if the Swiss entry-luxury brand, which is mostly known for its multipurpose knives, has finally decided to offer a relatively expensive limited edition of the piece. Sporting the usual sturdy-looking body crowned with a visually complex unidirectional rotating bezel, the new version of the Dive Master 500 features a more interesting dial and is, for a change, equipped with a mechanical movement made by ETA.