Marketed as a sort of accessory for the new Ducati XDiavel cruiser that was presented last November at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, this new Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Ducati (ref. 42000CN) looks as sporty and laconic as the Italian sports bike. While some may find its look a bit dated (while others may call it 'classic',) the choice of material for its chunky case easily compensates for its apparent lack of originality making it a very nice choice for a person willing to spend close to $5000 for a Swiss-made chronograph that, while looking plain, offers you the same level of quality and functionality that we expect from a timekeeper in this price range.
Based on one of their earlier Supersports models, the new Breitling for Bentley GT3 (ref. V273655S/BE14/233S/V20DSA.2) automatic chronograph delivers the traditional mix of daring exterior styling and a fairly impressive price tag. The only thing that it lacks is an in-house caliber, but for those not really interested about the model's guts and more concerned about looks and brand value its modified ETA movement may even be a better choice.
The Glashutte Original Senator Observer (ref. 100-14-07-02-30) brings you a very impressive mix of a perfect self-winding mechanism, a dial that is easy to read in any circumstances, and a nicely sculpted body inherited from an earlier iteration of the watch, all seasoned with that attention to even most minuscule details that only German watchmakers seem to exhibit regardless of the price tag that comes with their timekeepers.
The new Bell & Ross WW1-97 Heritage Automatic (ref. BRWW197-HER-ST/SCR) delivers the familiar mix of well-calculated design, which is both elegant and masculine, and a bullet-proof mechanism, which is both reliable and accurate, all of them offered at a relatively affordable price that makes this new creation one of the best choices in the "Value for Money" category.
War never changes. Watches, however, do, so it is really nice when reputable watchmaking brands introduce all sorts of homages to legendary WWII-time models that were issued during 1940s for armies of all parties involved. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons, this new Longines Heritage Military COSD (ref. L2.832.4.53/73.x) can't be called a "reissue". However, it is still a very nice choice for a person who wants to buy a military-styled timekeeper that doesn't look like it came straight from Call of Duty: Black Ops video game. This is a timepiece that was designed with a gentleman in mind.
The upcoming premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens blockbuster is just a couple of months away and the American watchmaker has already unveiled a number of Star Wars-themed timekeepers that, if I understand correctly, will be sort of 'official' watches of the series. Besides the inevitable "Stormtrooper", and "Imperial Pilot", there is also a full-black Nixon 51-30 Darth Vader: a model that pays homage to the most iconic character of the series. And, yes: as you may have already noticed, all three models are dedicated to agents of the dark side of the Force. Ah, that irresistible attractiveness of Evil!
Presented in two colors of its laconic, easy to read dial, the new Alpina Alpiner Manufacture makes its selling point their time-proven Caliber AL-710 automatic movement that slowly replaces third-party mechanisms from their relatively inexpensive lines. Accurate and reliable, the mechanism greatly increases the timekeeper's collectability while still making it a nice daily wearer.
Once a maker of all sorts of "homages" the British company Christopher Ward puts a lot of effort into becoming a serious brand. This new, dressy Chr. Ward C9 Moonphase automatic wristwatch looks like a step in the right direction for the relatively young watchmaker.