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.
Casio G-Shock MT-G (MTG1100-1A) Metal Twisted features an advanced (some may even call it revolutionary) Tough Movement technology. Simply put, the mechanism automatically checks the positioning of its hands every hour or so against the correct time broadcasted by the nearest atomic clock and adjusts them to a proper position, if needed, to always display the correct time.
Unlike a number of recent entries from Luminox, the 2010 BlackOut EVO F-117 Nighthawk Stealth retails for much more impressive $850.
The new Luminox BlackOut SEAL diving companion combines rugged military styling with tritium lighting and really low price. Finally offered in a black-on-black guise, it may be perfect both for a person interested in a “stealthy” look, and a member of the law enforcement/military community who plans to wear the piece with a black tactical vest and night vision goggles rather than with a pair of trendy blue jeans.
Besides its chunky 46-mm case, the 2010 Alpina Avalanche Extreme Chrono Double Digit automatic chronograph also offers you an unusually styled dial with the common hour numerals replaced with minute markers in “05” — “60” format.
The 2010 Luminox Essential Gear Land is the third and the last model in the quartz-powered, professional-grade Essential Gear family designed either for the military or the people who simply prefer a more ‘rugged’ approach to personal style. This ‘Land’ variation features the same overall exterior as the Essential Gear Sea and Air SAR models, but is available in a different color that is more appropriate for members of the armed forces that spent the recent decade fighting terrorism in desolate deserts and mountains of the Middle East.
The Essential Gear series from Luminox consists of three versions of the same model, each designed for its own domain. The Essential Gear Sea was created for the combat divers, L.E.G.Land (we’ll talk of it later) caters to the needs of land-based spec. ops. teams, and the Essential Gear Air SAR (ref. 3059.SAR) is designed with pilots (and sky-divers) in mind.
Besides virtually dominating the segment of “casual activity timekeepers,” the US-based Luminox is also a supplier to the U.S. military and law-enforcement agencies. In a move to make its position even stronger, the brand has updated its model range with the new Essential Gear series that now includes a ‘tactical’ diving tool.