The 2011 Chanel J-12 Chromatic (ref. H2566) is presented in a new (or, rather, previously not employed as a material of choice by other watchmaking or jewelry brands) form of ceramic. Probably based on titanium carbide, it looks more like high-polished metal and is way more attractive than those glossy, plasticky timekeepers made using different versions of the extremely robust (albeit easy to shatter) material that was popularized by Rado decades ago.
Although I was not particularly impressed with the last year’s SuperQuartz version, I kinda like the design of the new Breitling Chronospace Chronograph Automatic model, which is now powered by a less accurate but still more charismatic mechanical movement.
The Japanese electronics giant and the NYC-based lifestyle brand have teamed together to introduce a co-branded Casio G-Shock X Alife G5500AL-1 model. With its styling reminiscent of the crazy 80s and a relatively low price, the new collaboration makes it tempting to grab for the credit card and make the purchase. Must. Resist. Now.
In January 2011, Concord will start selling its new C1 Radar automatic chronometer. As usual for the small brand, the new version of the C1 model sports a deliberately rugged, in-your-face design that may be just right for sports stars and other people who can afford to buy an eccentric wristwatch every now and then, but have already grown tired of blingy timekeepers crafted from all available alloys of gold and -optionally- covered with hundreds of diamonds.
Fortis has revealed a blingy version of its popular B-42 automatic “aviator”. The 2011 Fortis B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph Limited Edition (Ref. 665.13.19 L.01) is available in a medium-sized black PVD-coated stainless steel case and features lots of 18-karat solid(!) rose gold elements not only on its dial and case but even on the fixed bezel with the inevitable tachymeter scale.
The original Chronomat B01, the one equipped with Breitling’s new, totally in-house B01 automatic column-wheel chronograph movement, was first revealed in September 2009. Recently, the Swiss watchmaker has revealed a limited-edition version of the model. While being powered by the same self-winding caliber and sporting the same massive-looking body, it offers you a more interesting combination of colors, as well as a revised case back cover.
Fortis has just presented us with yet another member of its Art Edition limited edition series. Designed by a kinda obscure German pop artist Andora and called the Fortis Art Andora Emotions Limited Edition, this crazy timepiece looks like a colorful fountain of positive emotions and fun!
At the beginning of this year, Eberhard & Co. has extended its Chrono4 line of automatic chronographs with a sportier Chrono4 BADBOY (ref. 31060) model. Featuring a bold and energetic, yet “industrial” design, which combines monochromatic color scheme of steel and rubber with only small red accents here and there, the watch leaves a somewhat ambiguous impression and, like the famous black licorice, should be sold under a “Love it or hate it, Whatever” slogan.
The 2010 limited-edition Fortis B42 Black Mars 500 is the German-based brand’s another attempt to monetize its long-standing partnership with the Russian Roscosmos Federal Space Agency that dates back to the year 1994.
With this Casio G-Shock Frogman GWF 1000-1, the iconic Frogman -the model that was created specifically for scuba diving- has received a major facelift. Of course, being a member of the G-Shock family, the update wasn’t limited to just looks like it is almost always the case with dressier Submariners and hundreds of wannabes. The main change is hidden behind the timekeeper’s resin-clad outer shell.