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.
The iconic TAG Heuer Aquaracer family of watches finally get a handful of new members that have their stainless steel bezels replaced with ceramic ones. Available in black and blue, with plain or blacked-out steel bodies, and featuring a nice choice of available straps, they are still relatively affordable if you take into account a nice combination of attractive styling, reliability and a bullet-proof automatic movement to finish the picture.
While not terribly expensive (and still not particularly affordable given that so far the watches are only presented in stainless steel), the new Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute Quantieme collection was designed for those people who believe that a dress watch must only be worn with formal attire. While you still can wear one of them with jeans or even chinos, you must be either a really successful screenwriter or a slightly eccentric serial start-upper to pull off the trick.
Released just a couple of months ago, the new Fortis Terrestis Hedonist automatic wrist watch delivers a winning combination of elegant styling, and robust movement offered at a fairly affordable price. This is basically the watch for a person who always thought about adding a Fortis to his collection, but wasn't quite ready to get himself an aviator's watch because of their massive cases, cluttered dials and, often, just way too many colors for them to be worn with business attire. Now, let's be honest, you finally have no excuses to backpedal on this purchase, have you?