The super-limited Edox Sea Dubai (ref. 94003 357N NIN) edition commemorates the success of the already famous Team Sea Dubai. One of the greatest surprises of the 2008 RC 44 Championship Tour elite sailing event just had to be immortalized with a product developed by one of their main sponsors.
The Ulysse Nardin Monaco YS Maxi Marine offers you a cool combination of DLC treated stainless steel, black ceramic and, of course, 18-karat rose gold. As usual, the manufacturer did not limit the alloy to only some elements of its grim dial: it also decorates its trademark bezel with the usual “waves” pattern and the number plaque at 9 o’clock on a side of the body. And, thanks to its official water resistance rating of 200 meters (20 bars), you can use it for some serious diving!
With its newest B42 Black & Black Limited Edition, Fortis jumps into the black-on-black craze band-wagon.
Black is the new black, you know, and the new Raymond Weil Nabucco Rivoluzione (ref. RW-7810-BSF-05207) automatic chronograph is among the best ways to prove this.
Inspired by the legendary Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, the Baume & Mercier Riviera Magnum XXL Automatic (ref. 8835 aka MOA08835) is a relatively affordable piece of gadgetry for those not willing to spend a fortune on the real thing (or, as I think I need to add after meditating a minute or two on the subject sometime after this brief review was already published, it is not fair to use such a degrading combination of words as “a real thing” implying that this one is just a shameless ripoff: I actually think of it as more of an “homage” to the famous ROO, which is one of the best forms of flattery if you want my opinion.)
Breitling’s limited-edition SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph 125th Anniversary “diver” was first presented in June 2009. Available with three colors of dial and two types of straps (including a gorgeous Ocean Classic stainless steel bracelet,) it offers a clean look and crisp, easy to read dial. What more can you ask from what is essentially a luxury diving tool? Well, perhaps a water resistance rating better than the official “200 meters” would be great.
The recently introduced 1911 Tekton Real Madrid (ref. 1215947) is Ebel’s first chronograph that features a not so common bezel-less design. Unlike the vast majority of mechanical timepieces in this price range, the special edition model that is designed to honor the Spanish football club Real Madrid has no bezel at all, sporting in its stead a flat sapphire crystal, which is anchored to the case with six polished screws over an aluminum ring and gasket.
During the Baselworld 2009 trade show, TechnoMarine has presented its all-black BlackWatch collection of diving chronographs. Primarily operating within the “entry-luxury” niche (e.g. the watches that cost up to $1000 for automatic three-handers and rarely more than $2000 for self-winding chronographs,) the brand can’t be labeled as ‘obscure’, but I can’t call it well-advertised, too: so far the most PR that it received was referred to its bombastic “Hummer” series that were inspired by the famous off-roader and, with its exaggerated, not especially elegant design, probably targeted the same sort of people who buy this sort of cars. Thankfully, this new collection is a lot more subdued and even shows rudimentary signs of good taste here and there.
Larger than average with its 42 mm in diameter, the 2009 Eterna KonTiki Date (ref. 1220.127.116.113) is still elegant and lean and will look great on a hand of a guy who spends three nights a week in a gym while keeping a low-carb diet.
With its 42.5mm case machined out of 316L low-carbon stainless steel and a Rolex-like unidirectional rotating bezel, this quartz-powered 2009 Certina DS Action Chrono is available both on a sexy black rubber strap (ref. C013.417.27.057.00, pictured) and a more practical stainless steel bracelet (ref. C013.417.11.057.00.)