The sporty Archimede SportTaucher is now available with a new feature: a bidirectional rotating bezel graduated with a compass-style 360-degree scale. Although unlike some electronic timekeepers, the Archimede SportTaucher K (Kompass) doesn't have a real compass function, you can still use this little gadget to impress your girlfriend by finding north (or south). The only three things that you need to do achieve this are the watch, visible Sun, and a girlfriend.
For a business entity, which is essentially a one-man show, Steinhart is surprisingly prolific. Although most of their watches are so-called "homages" and "tributes", there is a lot of them. Starting from "divers" to "pilots" and going all the way to sporty chronographs, the brand offers you plenty to choose from. This self-winding Ocean One Vintage, for example, is designed for the kind of people that are longing for a historic Rolex (or, perhaps, even a re-issue of a historic Tudor,) but either can't afford one or plain don't want to bother sifting through the thousands of "pre-loved" models with a questionable history.
Introduced right before the holidays, Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Edition (ref. M2233010/BC91-100W) brings to your doors just about everything that you can expect from a contemporary "luxury tactical" timekeeper: it is huge, it is black, and it is powered by a COSC-certified chronometer movement. It is also obscenely expensive.
Based on their earlier Oktopus II Moon that was revealed at the Baselworld 2013 trade show, the hand-engraved Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Tattoo Limited Edition strongly reminds me of vintage pocket watches that often had their cases lavishly decorated with floral motifs, birds, dragons, and exotic animals. Limited to just 59 pieces, this particular timekeeper, however, takes the idea to the whole new level.
The automatic JeanRichard Kind Surf Aquascope Limited Edition (Ref. 60400-11l706-FK7A) was created together with an NGO that was founded last year by Almudena Fernandez, a Spanish top model, in order to support kids from "socially disadvantaged environments". It looks like buying one of these limited edition timekeepers, you will support a good cause.
The new JeanRichard Aquascope BNY Mellon Boat Race Edition automatic diver is designed to celebrate the next rowing competition between creme de la creme of British educational establishments. Guys from Oxford and Cambridge universities will face each other next April in order to once again test each other's skills and willpower.
Assembled in the United States, powered by a high-grade Swiss-made movement, and bearing a price tag close to $2000 USD, the new Mk. II Fulcrum automatic diver is a bit too expensive to my taste, but it still looks great. Also, I dig their decision to tweak its exterior design here and there in order to make the refreshed timekeeper ahem less similar to the original that the previous version paid homage to.
Edox has recently expanded its Grand Ocean collection with a new Extreme Sailing Series special edition model. Featuring the same basic styling as other chronographs in the family, the 2013 Edox Grand Ocean Extreme Sailing Series Special Edition (ref. 45004 357B BUIN) is available in three versions: black, blue and, don't look now, pink PVD.
The company that makes watches for American presidents, has re-released its classic Nautical model. First released as a faithful recreation of the 1960s diver and then re-issued around two years ago in an almost the same shape (but with a different movement), this new Vulcain Nautical DLC (Ref. 100152.024LDLC) version gets more modern look with its mid-sized stainless steel body treated with scratch-resistant DLC coating. Still, it loses something in the process.
Considered by many enthusiasts as an entry-level "Swiss Made" watch of choice, the Trident C60 has recently got significantly smaller. Since the bulky 42 millimeters of the original model were often too massive for buyers of the skinnier type, this 38-millimeter Chr. Ward C61 Trident-Pro will fit any medium- and small-sized wrist. And if you think that orange is just too bright for you (and it is, just trust me), there are two more color combinations to choose from.