First revealed in the year 2012 with a sexy jet-black onyx dial, the updated Jaquet Droz Eclipse has been reissued in an even dressier version with its face finished with ivory Grand Feu enamel (which is not only pleasant to look at but is also difficult to manufacture on an industrial scale). Although the beige-colored plate of the J012613200 doesn't do a particularly good job mimicking a night sky, it still makes the watch a perfect choice for those looking for a dressy moon-phase timekeeper.
Probably inspired by the high-tech Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed family of mildly skeletonized automatic divers, the new Certina DS Eagle GMT chronograph (ref. C023.739.27.051.00) is equipped with a lot simpler ETA G10.961 caliber: the same quartz movement that powered their 2011 Certina DS Podium Ole Einar Bjorndalen model, but is encased in a lot sportier body.
While this Chopard Happy Sport Medium (ref. 278559-3001) doesn't introduce anything new in terms the shape of its bulky-looking body or dial layout, the new member of the family marks the dawn of a new era for the Swiss watchmaker (or, at least, for the HS model range): it is in fact the first Happy Sport that swaps a simple and not particularly inspiring quartz movement for a more stimulating self-winding caliber.
The recently presented Tissot Luxury Automatic watch sports a more refined version of the new Powermatic 80 (aka ETA CO7.111) self-winding caliber that also happens to power the gorgeous Certina DS Powermatic 80 Limited Edition that we have already reviewed briefly last week. Still, this particular iteration of the movement is not only better decorated, but is also much more precise, since it is built with more carefully selected parts and is better adjusted.
Wenger's SeaForce line of divers is popular among enthusiasts searching for a "Swiss Made" beater on a tight budget. Recently, it has received a comprehensive update with a new Wenger SeaForce Chronograph timekeeper. Still featuring the same basic styling, the refreshed model not only adds chronograph functionality but also looks a lot more modern than their older three-hander.
Bulgari is known for its extensive collection of snake-style "bracelet watches." Usually comprising no less than two "coils" that gently embrace a lady's petit wrist, the bracelets are crowned with a snakehead-shaped case that usually houses a compact quartz movement. This new Bvlgari Catene (refs. 102038 BBCP31WGGD1.2T/12 & 102052 BBCP31WGG.2T/12) ("catene" means "a chain" in Italian, if I understand it correctly), however, features a slightly less radical styling that may be especially appreciated by persons suffering from ophidiophobia: an irrational fear of snakes.
Around 18 months ago, Rolex's "cheaper" brand Tudor has unveiled its Heritage Chronograph (Ref. 70330) that paid tribute to the legendary Tudor Oysterdate from the 1970s. The resemblance between the original and the reissue was, well, a little less than obvious, so, learning on past mistakes the brand decided to offer this new Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue featuring styling that makes it look almost like a faithful recreation of the old "Montecarlo" version of the same Oysterdate range.
The dressy 2013 Certina DS Powermatic 80 (ref. C026.407.16.087.01) is destined to compete with the recently presented Tissot Luxury Automatic collection. Powered by the same self-winding Caliber ETA CO7.111 (also dubbed as Powermatic 80), this one features a similar dial layout and boasts the same impressive power reserve of whole 80 hours.
Presented in a lightweight titanium body, the Technomarine BlackReef Ti Ultimate features a highly reliable automatic movement and is adorned with whole 54 precious stones covering its unidirectionally rotating bezel. In case you wonder, yes: those clear white, jet-black, and shiny yellow crystals are in fact real baguette-cut diamonds that also happen to work as markers on the diving scale. And, yes: with its water resistance rating of 50 ATM, this is an actual diver although using it as such would be utterly crazy. And, yes: so far, this is the most bizarre diver that we have seen among this year's premieres.
Breitling has updated its trendy SuperOcean line of diving tools. According to their press release, the 2013 Breitling SuperOcean 42 Mariner Blue will be, as usual, issued as a limited edition model and will feature a new Mariner Blue color scheme.