Marketed as a sort of accessory for the 2016 Ducati XDiavel power cruiser that was presented at the 2015 EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, the Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Ducati (ref. 42000CN) is 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 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.
The stately Overseas collection has recently been updated with a version with a lacquered blue dial and a leather band of the same noble color. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Blue Chronograph (Ref. 49150/000A-9745) is currently available exclusively in the United States and in VC boutiques.
With its gorgeous Tudor Heritage Chronograph (Ref. 70330n), the Swiss-based watchmaking brand pays homage to the legendary Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph that was manufactured in the early 1970s.
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The Swiss watchmaking brand Tudor has recently refreshed its model range by presenting a new family of sporty Tudor Grantour automatic watches.
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With its new Tudor Fastrider Ducati (Ref. 42000) automatic chronograph, the recently resurrected Swiss watchmaking brand continues its trend of offering not particularly bright timekeepers for those considering the canonical Rolex design language too flashy for the price.
Looking at the new Tudor Grantour Chrono Fly-Back that was officially presented last March during the annual Baselworld 2011 show, I can’t figure out whether Rolex is serious about its resurrected entry-luxury sub-brand or just amuses itself with an old toy.
While the 2008 year Five-Counter Speedmaster Chinese Olympic Games featured a daring five-compax dial layout, the 2011 Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 44 London Chronograph sports a more subdued, traditional design with only three sub-dials.
The 2010 Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds is inspired by Omega’s pocket timepieces from the 1930s. Presented at the SIHH 2010, it was issued as a limited edition of just 176 pieces: half of them in white gold and the other half in 18-karat rose gold. Equipped with a Unitas-based pocket watch caliber, the timekeeper boasts an extra-large body almost 50 whopping millimeters in diameter!
The 2009 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Gray is offered in a masculine, yet compact 42 mm steel case and looks like a great competitor to the huge Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. Available both as a sporty three-hander (ref. 47040000W-9500) and a gorgeous chronograph (ref. 49150000W-9501,) the collection may seem -ahem- a bit expensive in this time of global financial meltdown, but for those having the means to buy one of them, it may be one of the best gifts they can make to the people they love most authentically: themselves.