Although pilot's watches are often offered in over-sized (sometimes ridiculously so) bodies, this new Zenith Pilot Big Date (Ref. 03.2410.4010/21.C722) self-winding chronograph is presented in a deliciously mid-sized stainless steel body that will look perfect not only with a worn-leather bomber jacket and a three day stubble, but also with a custom-tailored business suit.
Browsing Seiko's Japan site, I stumbled upon this beautiful Credor Node J (Ref. GTWE896) ladies watch. Although powered by a quartz movement (albeit a very good one) and possibly offered only as a JDM model, the new timepiece teaches the major Swiss-based watchmakers a lesson or two about creating a watch, which is both elegant and discrete.
Mostly known for their "tributes" to more expensive, legendary (or, in other words, class-defining) models like Rolex Submariner, IWC Portuguese and the likes, the British-based watchmaking brand, however, sometimes offers a lot more original watches of their own design. The new Chr. Ward Makaira Pro 500 (Ref. C11-MAK-SKWSI) diving watch belongs to the latter breed of timekeepers that an enthusiast can easily wear without losing a tiniest bit of his self-respect.
The Japanese watchmaker Seiko has recently updated its family of expensive diving watches with a new limited edition model. Created together with the local Shogakukan publishing company, the new Seiko Prospex Marinemaster Golgo 13 Limited Edition (Ref. SBBN023) watch pays homage to the iconic "Golgo 13" series of manga comic books, which is centered around the eponymous character who happens to be a professional assassin. Although the character clearly prefers to do his job with a scoped M-16 automatic rifle (a strange choice of weapon for a professional killer, but at least it looks nice on pictures), there is always a room for a diving suit and a good old speargun.
First revealed early this year at the annual SIHH 2012 event, the new A. Lange & Sohne Grande Lange 1 not only sports cosmetic differences here and there: there is more to it than meets the proverbial eye. The new dress watch is powered by a brand new hand-wound caliber that, while being quite thin and equipped with only one (albeit very big one) mainspring barrel with a very long spring inside of it, will keep on ticking for whole 72 hours after being fully wound: a perfect power reserve if you plan to wear this elegant beauty only on office days and don't mind its small seconds pointer moving in a somewhat jerky fashion.
Watchmaking brands all over the civilized world (especially those that have a sporty model or two in their vast product ranges) LOVE to be associated with the high-revving world of motor sports and the guys that tend to win a lot of races. The British watchmaker Graham is absolutely no exception here. That's why they dedicated their new Graham Silverstone Stowe Racing Mexico Limited Edition 100 watch to Mr. Mario Dominguez, a Mexican racing driver that, according to Wikipedia, had competed in the CART and CCWS Champ Car series and even had his podium in the famous IndyCar Series back in 2008.
The fairly fresh Oktopus family of ruggedized divers has recently been updated with a new Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date automatic diving watch. As the name clearly states it, the watch now features a big date indicator at 12 hours. Compared to the concept model that was first revealed almost half a year ago at Baselwolrd 2012 trade show, the production-ready version sports a number of enhancements that slightly increase its legibility, but somehow detract from the grim appearance of the original.
The Swiss watchmaking brand has recently presented yet another "limited edition" version of its flagship Breitling Chronomat 41 automatic chronograph watch. As it is usual for the industry's big names, the guys at Breitling didn't bother employing new materials or trying some face-lifting here and there. To an untrained eye, the new watch looks almost identical to any other Chronomat that sports a steel body matched with an onyx black dial. However, there are some minor enhancements that make this model worth a second look if you don't already happen to own one of its numerous older siblings.