Despite its flashy look, this new Raymond Weil Freelancer Lady Urban Black (Ref. 2750-BK1-05208) automatic watch belongs to that extremely boring (and also extremely large) class of fashion accessories that can only get attention at times like this: when the constant flow of new releases almost dries out and when there are almost no interesting objects fighting for our attention.
Assembled in the United States, powered by a high-grade Swiss made movement, and bearing a price tag close to $2000 USD, the new Mk. II Fulcrum automatic diver is a little bit too expensive to my taste, but it still looks great. Also, I really dig their decision to make the timekeeper ahem less similar to the original that the previous version paid homage to.
The new Citizen Eco-Drive AP4000 wrist watch offers a nice combo of a high-grade, solar-powered quartz caliber packed inside a well-designed, comfortable-looking body that will probably fit just about any wrist even despite its generous size.
The Swiss brand Edox has recently expanded its Grand Ocean collection with a new Extreme Sailing Series special edition model. Featuring the same basic styling as other chronographs in the family, the new timekeeper is available in three versions: black, blue and, don't look now, pink PVD.
Equipped with a self-winding movement, the new Tissot PRS 516 Extreme Chronograph (refs. T079.427.27.057.00 & T079.427.27.057.01) makes a very strong impression, especially if you compare this watch with their older "sporty" models. Of course, it still lags miles behind what some people consider "real" watches with their elegantly simple designs, but in its price niche (it retails at about €1100), the "Extreme" version of the famous timekeeper absolutely beats the crap out of most of its competitors that feature similar functionality.
Today, when a last year's smartphone, which is not even considered a flagship anymore, sports more firepower than a top-of-the-line laptop PC from early 2000s, it is extremely difficult to impress someone with a simple electronic watch. There are devices that act your personal running coach and there are wrist computers that could guide you to a nearest landing field if your plane's engine suddenly breaks down. I am not even talking about latest "smart" watches that were designed to communicate with you phones that are now just too large to handle. So, how does the Swiss watchmaking brand plans to surprise us with its new Breitling Aerospace Evo (ref. E7936310/BC27-152E) wrist watch?
IWC has recently revealed a nice addition to its splendid Portofino range of oversized timekeepers. Always conservative in its approach, extremely reluctant when it comes to evolving its design language, the Swiss watchmaker again brings us a watch that features all the elements that we loved so much in their 2011 IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Caliber 59210 (Ref. 5101) model with only one change: the new IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date Boutique Edition (Refs. IW516102 / IW516101) has the simple calendar display replaced with a lot more appealing Big Date indicator.
Vulcain, the company that makes watches for American presidents, has re-released its classic Nautical model. First released as a faithful recreation of the 1960s diver and then re-issued around two years ago in almost the same shape (but with a different movement), this new Vulcain Nautical DLC (Ref. 100152.024LDLC) version of the watch gets more modern look with its mid-sized stainless steel body treated with scratch-resistant DLC coating. Still, it loses something in the process.