The new Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Dome R92 Vintage, an elegant dress watch that is powered by a NOS Valjoux 92 hand-wound caliber, will soon be offered as a super limited edition of just 16 pieces with only one or two pieces available to US-based customers.
First revealed a year ago 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 very 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 diving watches, 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.
With a total production run limited to just 365 numbered pieces, the new Louis Moinet Nelson Piquet Chronograph (ref. LM-33.10.20) offers you a nice blend of easily recognizable, classic design with such high-tech elements as carbon fiber. Although the latter's use is limited to just a few small parts of the timekeeper's body and won't make it noticeably lighter, they still give the watch that familiar sporty feel that Formula One enthusiasts seem to love so much.
First presented less than nine months ago in a lightweight titanium body, the gorgeous Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Bi-Axial is reintroduced in a new, finely brushed tantalum case and renamed as Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon Bi-Axial in Tantalum & Sapphire (ref. 99810-81-000-BA6A). Although around four times denser than titanium, the metal, which is widely used in nuclear powerplants, high-tech medical equipment and even in making next-gen high-explosive armor-piercing warheads, is also more resistant to corrosion, which is a must for a watch that is supposed to serve generations upon generations of its owners.
While this Chopard Happy Sport Medium (ref. 278559-3001) ladies watch 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 watch 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 diving watches, which is, by the way, quite popular among enthusiasts searching for a "Swiss Made" beater on a tight budget, has recently 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.