Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph Automatic Swiss

It took JLC exactly a year to introduce yet another model that pays homage to their original 1959 Deep Sea. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Vintage Automatic Chronograph (ref. Q207857J) speaks the same design tongue, but lacks the alarm functionality being less true to the original, but also available at a lot less mind-numbing price, which is great if you are not a purist and simply want a vintage-styled watch from a reputable manufacturer.


American

The U.S.-based private watchmaking brand LÜM-TEC is going to seriously expand its collection for the new year. While everyone is raving about their extra-large Lum-Tec 300M-2XL automatic diver, I have just fell in love with their upcoming Lum-Tec M Bronze M54 model that is not very small either.


Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT Automatic (Ref. 231.13.43.22.01.001) Swiss

With its new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT (Ref. 231.13.43.22.01.001), the watchmaker has finally added a model with a second time-zone functionality to its dressy Aqua Terra line. Although the dial looks a bit more cluttered now than on the original three-hander, I must admit that the timepiece still passed its primary test of telling the time in two separate time zones with flying colors. We here can only hope that the brand will soon decide to expand the range with another similarly styled, but more compact models 38-40 (tops!) millimeters in diameter for those of us still preferring less conspicuous objects of luxury on their wrists.


Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Anthracite DLC Swiss

Linde Werdelin, a young watchmaking brand of Scandinavian origin that builds and assembles their wristwatches in Switzerland, has just sent us a press release presenting their new take on the relatively fresh SpidoSpeed series of skeletonized chronographs. Called Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Anthracite DLC, the new (or rather "refreshed") automatic chrono comes with the same scratch-resistant DLC treatment that now features a new shade of, um, black. Shouldn't they have introduced a whole new collection of DLC-treated watches and called them something like, err, Fifty Shades of Black?


Chopard Happy Heart Valentine’s Day Edition (Ref. 278475-3044) For Ladies / Quartz / Swiss

Valentine's Day will be here in less than five weeks and we'd better get the gifts ready. Or else. Like many other watchmakers and jewelers, Chopard is ready to capitalize on the upcoming craze by offering a special Valentine's Day version of its bestselling Happy Sport collection. The Chopard Happy Heart Valentine's Day Edition (Ref. 278475-3044) sports a polished stainless steel case, features three finely cut diamonds, but -somewhat disappointingly- is animated by a simple quartz movement.


IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar Automatic Chronograph Swiss

The 2012 IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar (ref. IW388002) was unveiled at the SIHH 2012 trade fair. The chronograph is named after the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, USA. Almost 43 years ago, the military installation gave birth to the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School that was immortalized in a Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruise and is now mostly known to the general public as TOP GUN.


Rado D-Star 200 Automatic Diver Swiss

With its new Rado D-Star 200 automatic diver, the Swiss-based brand has given its D-Star line a new twist. Soon to be available in two versions (blue dial, ref. R15960203 and an even sexier slate grey dial, ref. R15959103,) the 2012 collection is the first modern Rado watch that can actually be used as a real diving companion!



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