Being an official sponsor of the international Dakar rally, Edox never misses the opportunity to introduce limited editions that bear the event's logo. Last year, they offered 500 pieces of the sporty Edox Dakar Limited Edition Quartz three-hander and now they are prepared to start selling their new Edox Chronodakar Chronograph (ref. 10305 37N1 NRO) that, too, is offered as a strictly limited edition model.
The Swiss brand has recently reintroduced its Avenger Seawolf "professional" diver as a limited edition model. While normally available only in polished stainless steel, this new watch comes in a special, hardened steel body that, thanks to the high concentration of carbon within its surface, looks almost black. The 2013 Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow features a winning combination of colors and textures that make it an almost ideal watch for a person looking for a military-styled diver with a character.
The new Eterna 1948 Evolution (refs. 29220.127.116.115 & 2950-41-41-1175) three-hander offers an extremely boring, generic design, which may in fact be a good thing if you happen to work in a company with a ridiculously strict dress code.
Established almost ten years ago, the Porsche A.G. subsidiary Porsche Design Group almost in no time became an industrial design icon. Although not yet as successful as Apple when it was spearheaded by the late Steve Jobs, the German brand enjoys an extremely dynamic growth with its sales climbing by a whole 30 percent in 2011. We are still to hear the news about their financial results during this (another) year of financial turmoil, but, judging by the level of refinement they offer with the new Porsche Design Flat Six P'6360 automatic chronograph watch, they are certainly going to be just fine.
It's been just over two months since the Swiss brand presented a limited edition of its Chronomat 41 chronograph, and now the company with the winged B in its logo presented a new version of its 44 mm automatic chrono. Called Breitling Chronomat Frecce Tricolori 44 and limited to just 1000 pieces, it bears the emblem of the Italian Air Force aerobatic demonstration team.
The automatic Dievas Shadow Stealth is a product of a successful crossbreeding between their Focal and Reaper tactical timekeepers. Featuring a highly contrast black-and-yellow color scheme that allows easier reading of time in virtually any environment, the watch also offers an extremely scratch-resistant black finish with its stainless steel body hardened in a sort of carbon bath and then treated with plasma, which forms a thin, but also a hard coating on its surface. I am not sure how well it would stand when compared to, say, DLC (which, too, has weak points of its own) but it looks and feels durable and robust.
The 2012 Panerai Radiomir Composite Black Seal 3 Days (PAM 505) is based on the ceramic Luminor Composite 3 Days (PAM 386) that was presented in October 2010. This version features the same manufacture-made caliber but is presented in a slightly larger body of the same classic "cushion" shape.
Preserving its functionality and the general layout, the Ulysse Nardin Sonata Streamline (ref. 675-00) features a slightly upgraded automatic movement with a mechanical alarm module. There is also an absolutely stunning -though some may call it kitschy- exterior appearance with the satin-finished titanium accented with a glossy ceramic bezel and polished rose gold crowns and push-pieces. Yet, to many of us the most interesting part is not the color scheme or the combination of materials, but the gorgeous -both in its complexity and finish- Caliber UN-67 self-movement that the Swiss-based brand designed and manufactured at their own production facilities.
Speaking the same easily recognizable design language that we have already seen last year when the German brand introduced its "professional" Endurance Neptun 2 1000m (ref. U8777-LA3.1) diver, the 2012 Limes Endurance Leviathan automatic diver comes in a slightly larger body, but features a more "civil" -more casual, if you like- appearance thanks to the new bezel that, while being less ahem technocratic, is still ergonomic thanks to its prominent notches providing easy grip, as well as the familiar Rolex-style diving scale that makes it easier to use the watch as rudimentary timer not only deep underwater, but also doing more mundane tasks, like cooking eggs and this sort of things.
Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the third FAI International Tourist Plane Contest (also known as Challenge International de Tourisme) that took place on August 1932 in Berlin, the Swiss watchmaker has presented the vintage-fashioned limited edition Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 (ref. 01 733 7669 4084-Set LS). Featuring a classic notched bezel, a set of art-deco-styled Arabic numerals and nicely shaped luminous hands, it looks cool and is also easily recognizable among hundreds of standard B-urh-style timekeepers.