As the name implies, the new Nomos Orion 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall Limited Edition wristwatch celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall that not only led to reunification of Germany after more than four decades of Soviet occupation, but actually marked the end of the communist era in Eastern and Central Europe.
This new Longines Heritage 1968 Square doesn’t look like a re-issue of a certain model that was released by the Swiss brand back in the 1960s. However, it looks more than a curt nod to the period when the Western civilization was reaching its peak giving a pretty good idea of how Longines watches of the time could have looked like if watchmakers of that time have had technologies of the XXI century.
First offered around a year ago, the quartz-powered Breitling Colt 33 diver (sic!) gets updated for this year with a wide choice of straps that are crafted from Sahara leather: a natural material that is easy to recognize on first sight thanks to the numerous “dunes” that are embossed on its surface.
Breguet’s egg-shaped Reine de Naples collection has been here for precisely a decade. Still, one of the oldest Swiss watchmaking houses doesn’t plan to retire the model range any time soon. On the contrary, since the watches enjoy their fair share of success among women all over the civilized world, they keep introducing more and more interesting pieces to the pool. The new Breguet Reine de Naples Charleston Automatic (Ref. 8928BB/51/J60 DD0D), for example, while coming in an easily recognizable body, differs from the rest of the pack with its absolutely outrageous Charleston-type bracelet that can be had either in understated white or in more traditional yellow gold (ref. 8928BA/51/J60 DD0D.)
Being a great fan of the Bauhaus approach to industrial design, I always liked the beautiful in its simplicity layout of the famous Swiss Railway Clock and its numerous more compact reincarnations currently sold by the Swiss watchmaker Mondaine. Thanks to the guys from the U.S.-based WatchCo.com online retailer, I finally have a pleasure to review one of the recent additions to the growing family: the simple, yet elegant Mondaine Classic Big Date (Ref. A669.30008.11SBO) quartz ladies watch.
MIDO has just presented its updated Baroncelli III Lady Chronometer (Ref. M010.208.16.053.20). Although some bloggers take MIDO’s recent press release too literally and call this new model the brand’s “first” entry into the world of ladies chronometer watches, it is not exactly so. Here’s why.
For the year 2011, Audemars Piguet has updated its “modern classic” Jules Audemars line with a discreet Jules Audemars Small Seconds model in 18-karat white gold (Ref. 77238BC.OO.A002CR.01).
Last summer Orient has started selling the beautiful Fashionable Happy Stream (Ref. DM00001W) model in PVD rose gold.
The Versace Reve Carre series of quartz ladies watches was unveiled about a year ago, so it is sort of an old news by now. Still, the St. Valentine’s Day is upon us and if your are still on the market for a nice gift for your loved one and can’t spare your month’s rent for an expensive timekeeper, getting one of these gold-plated watches with their luxurious look and potentially low maintenance costs courtesy of a Swiss made quartz movement may actually be a good idea.
Edox has recently started selling its “sporty” quartz-powered Grand Ocean Calibre 27000 (ref. 357JN NID), which is equipped with the thinnest in its class calendar movement. The most interesting thing about this new mechanism is that Edox claims to have developed it using its own resources.