Although the new Omega Speedmaster Racing (ref. 3188.8.131.52.06.001) chronograph takes the iconic collection back to the classic tri-compax layout (as you probably know, unlike more modern versions, the original 1957 Speedmaster that was powered by the legendary Omega caliber 321 hand-wound mechanism featured only the usual three hands for displaying time, as well as three chronograph sub-dials with no calendar), the redesigned timepiece still offers you a highly legible dial and all the signature elements that you can expect from the watch that accompanied the first man on the Moon, including the famous tachymeter scale, which is engraved right on the black fixed bezel and painted glaring yellow.
It is becoming a positive trend with watchmakers all over the world (and especially those based in Switzerland) releasing their new timepieces in pairs. Designed for men and women and speaking the same design language, they usually only differ in sizes of their bodies and, when necessary, the movements that power them in order to maintain the same basic proportions. The 2012 Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Tradition collection was follows this philosophy to the "t".
Breguet's egg-shaped Reine de Naples collection has been here for precisely a decade. Still, one of the oldest Swiss watchmaking houses doesn't plan to retire the model range any time soon. On the contrary, since the watches enjoy their fair share of success among women all over the civilized world, they keep introducing more and more interesting pieces to the pool. The new Breguet Reine de Naples Charleston Automatic (Ref. 8928BB/51/J60 DD0D), for example, while coming in an easily recognizable body, differs from the rest of the pack with its absolutely outrageous Charleston-type bracelet that can be had either in understated white or in more traditional yellow gold (ref. 8928BA/51/J60 DD0D.)
For its first appearance at the Baselworld 2012 trade show, the young German watchmaker has presented a number of timekeepers that belong to their elegant Intemporal collection. Each model has its own good points, but the Lehmann-Schramberg Intemporal Zeigerdatum (Pointer Date) offers the most balanced (i.e. it is not over-expensive and is not over-sophisticated) combination of features and remarkable exterior.
During the Baselworld 2012, the German watchmaker has presented its new take on their bestselling Glashutte Original PanoMaticLunar. Coming in a little bit larger case than the outgoing model, the self-winding timepiece is available both in an expensive rose (with a reddish tint to it) gold and in a more affordable stainless steel and can be ordered on a wide choice of straps, including a steel bracelet that adds to the grad total almost a thousand more Euros. Now, tell me about price targeting.
Jaquet Droz has recently reissued its famous regulator-style timekeeper that, lacking the usual minute hand, is instead equipped with the single hour hand that circles around a 24-hour dial. The new version sports an absolutely gorgeous-looking, matt black onyx dial. Equipped with an in-house automatic movement, the new Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Onyx (Ref. J025030270) nicely complements the recently introduced self-winding The Eclipse Onyx (J012630270).
Besides the tactical Original Navy SEALs 3000 Blackout (Ref. A.3001.BO) that was presented at the Baselworld 2012, the Swiss-based watchmaker has also recently added another, approximately ten times more expensive black-on-black model. Essentially completing their extensive product range of ruggedized, military-styled timekeepers that surprisingly look equally good with bulletproof vests and good old blue jeans, the new watch is called Luminox Valjoux Field Chronograph 1860 Blackout (Ref. A.1861.BO). Being essentially the same Field automatic chronograph model with a new, more impressive in its stealthy, kill-em-all-style color scheme, it offers the same winning formula of classic exterior design and a great self-winding movement that is as reliable as a well-cared Glock.
Presented both in polished stainless steel and 18-karat rose gold, the automatic Vulcain 50s President's Chronograph (refs. 570157.309L, 570557.312L & 570557.313L) offers you just about everything a grown-up man with a normal sense of self-esteem can expect from a modern dress watch. It has a slightly oversized body, an easily readable dial, and a simple complication that, while not particularly practical, makes it more entertaining and also more pleasant to look at.
Rolex has recently updated its range of "professional" Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master collection with a new Ref. 16622 model. Executed in their proprietary "rolesium" alloy of 950 platinum and stainless steel, the gadget features a blue dial and looks, well, extremely cool. Besides offering more contrast display, the 16622 is also more elegant than the previous iterations, including even those with platinum dials.
Two expensive Italian brands have joined their forces to bring you this piece of high-tech beauty. Being based on the 2011 Octo Quadri-Retro Chronograph (ref. BGO45BSCLDCHQR), the new Bvlgari Octo Quadri-Retro Maserati Special Edition (ref. BGO45C3SLDCHQR/MAS) features the same functionality, but adds to the winning formula Maserati colors and the iconic Trident logo. What's really exciting is that, compared to some other makers of luxury sports cars, Maserati didn't even insist on plastering the timekeeper's face and strap with its signature insignia.