On January 15th, 2019, at the SIHH 2019, IWC has officially presented the Bronze Pilot 36mm Special Edition: a beautiful homage to a timekeeper that was introduced over 70 years ago and was worn by the British Royal Air Force pilots for many years to come. Featuring a deliciously compact and surprisingly -for a watch powered by a self-winding caliber- slim case machined from a bronze alloy, it looks stunning new and has a great potential to age graciously together with its owner.
The 2016 Longines Heritage 1969 (ref. L2.310.4.72.0) is yet another bold attempt at reintroducing one of their many classic models for the modern audience. It is relatively inexpensive, although definitely far from affordable (if ‘affordability’ for you is something in the range where Certina and Tissot usually operate.) It is also powered by a fine-tuned version of one of the most robust self-winding calibers ever produced by ETA. All things considered, the Heritage 1969 may become an instant hit among those in need of a dressy timekeeper with a solid exterior and a bearable price tag.
The new Breitling Superocean II 36 Diver sports the usual styling that the series is known for. Basically offering the same unisex model in a slightly smaller size, the timekeeper won’t surprise you with new ideas, but will rather deliver the usual blend of sportiness, good build quality and a bullet-proof (albeit, mass produced) mechanism that will keep time as you would expect from a COSC-certified movement. What else there is to want?
With its refreshed Breitling Colt 36 SuperQuartz model, the Swiss brand finally notices the demographics targeted by Dove’s Real Beauty campaign that began more than a decade ago. Designed with slightly larger wrists in mind, the new Colt 36 may be a bit too large for a skinnier type of girls that French fashion houses love so much, but, come on, let’s celebrate some diversity here!
The idea of substituting the usual silvered or enameled dial with a tinted sapphire crystal is by no means new. Corum, for example, used it for its massive Admiral’s Cup Minute Repeater Tourbillon 45, while Omega employed the concept for the gorgeous Skeletonized Tourbillon Co-Axial Platinum. However, this new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date, Moon-Phases (refs. 25882-11-223-BB6B & 25882-52-222-BB6B) (ah, that descriptive naming!) looks like one of the most exciting “regular” models delivered by the brand during the recent couple of years.
Presented at Baselworld 2014 trade fair, the Chanel J12-365 was offered in a total of eight different variations ranging from a fairly unassuming version with glossy ceramic body and polished notched stainless steel bezel to a lot more conspicuous variation with “beige” gold bezel and hands and lots of diamonds to admire. Significantly smaller than its older siblings, the new version of the legendary J12 (the one that, as the saying goes, is often imitated, but never duplicated, even when the attempt is made by such a serious player as TAG Heuer with its otherwise gorgeous Formula 1 Lady Steel & Ceramic Pavee model) will still look prominent on any wrist getting you tons of attention and envious looks.
With its dial layout similar to that of their limited edition 2011 “Geograph” (it was issued almost three years ago and then reissued almost immediately as Geograph Rainforest limited edition), the Louis Moinet Stardance (ref. LM-32.20DD.80) offers the same layout with two vertically-aligned sub-dials, but delivers a different functionality. Instead of a chronograph and a second time zone display, this beautiful watch is focused on its otherworldly (literally so) moon phase indicator.
Offered as a very first ladies watch in Raymond Weil’s product range to sport a real complication, the new Raymond Weil Lady Maestro Moonphase (Ref. 2739 LS3 05909) is not only more complex but is also a lot more elegant than previous iterations of the collection.
Last year, the Swiss watchmaking brand has expanded its Vintage 1945 collection with a beautiful automatic chronograph. A version in rose gold retailed for more than €26,000, so a version in stainless steel, twice less expensive, was introduced in parallel. It looks like the version in steel proved more successful among connoisseurs, so, this year, the company presents an updated version: the 2013 Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph in Steel (Ref. 25883-11-221-BB6C).
While this Chopard Happy Sport Medium (ref. 278559-3001) doesn’t introduce anything new in terms the shape of its bulky-looking body or dial layout, the new member of the family marks the dawn of a new era for the Swiss watchmaker (or, at least, for the HS model range): it is in fact the first Happy Sport that swaps a simple and not particularly inspiring quartz movement for a more stimulating self-winding caliber.