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.
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!
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.
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 of 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 model that swaps a simple and not particularly inspiring quartz movement for a more stimulating self-winding caliber.
Compared to many timepieces offered today, this Blancpain Quantieme Retrograde (ref. 3653-2954-58b) ladies watch not only sports a brilliantly executed marquetry mother-of-pearl dial but also comes equipped with a gorgeous retrograde calendar complication that shares the dial real estate with a traditional moon-phase display.
Updated for the year 2013 with whole six new members -all showing different combinations of precious stones and precious alloys-, the gorgeous Bulgari Astrale collection of jewelry watches now includes even more finely cut gemstones of different shapes and colors and even more diamonds adorning their gold bezels. With the Astrale ref. AEP36D2CWL (reviewed here) looking the most appealing among them, it still retains the same simple quartz movement that some customers may find not exactly on par with the gadget’s recommended retail price of $27,000 USD.
GP keeps updating its famous (and light-years out of reach for an average Joe) Three Gold Bridges family of ultra-luxury dress watches. The new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Three Gold Bridges (Ref. 99880-52-001-BA6A), for example, leaves the basic layout of the earlier ref. 99880-52-000-BA6A intact, but adds a nicely decorated dial with vertical guilloche and a high-tech anthracite-grey NAC surface treatment.
Presented in a slightly oversized (though almost impeccably proportionate) stainless steel body, the automatic Louis Erard Excellence Ladies Chronograph (ref. 82 234 SE 01) not only has its razor-thin bezel set with dozens of finely cut diamonds: It is also animated by a rare Swiss made caliber. The ultra-compact self-winding movement was designed by ETA to be used exclusively in watches designed with the better half of humanity in mind. In fact, the new timekeeper is one of the most elegant “ladies” chronographs set to be revealed at this year’s Baselworld show.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary franchise, the Swiss watchmaker has released its new Omega Seamaster 300M James Bond 007 50th Anniversary Collector’s Piece diver. Sporting numerous references to the immortal franchise, the device may be of great interest to the huge crowd of fans. As one might have expected, the new timepiece was presented by Mr. Daniel Craig himself.
Valentine’s Day will be here in less than five weeks and we’d better get the gifts ready. Or else. Like many other watchmakers and jewelers, Chopard is ready to capitalize on the upcoming craze by offering a special Valentine’s Day version of its bestselling Happy Sport collection. The Chopard Happy Heart Valentine’s Day Edition (Ref. 278475-3044) sports a polished stainless steel case, features three finely cut diamonds, but -somewhat disappointingly- is animated by a simple quartz movement.
The new Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon Three Golden Bridges automatic watch offers a variation of the well-known GP Caliber 9600 installed into a compact, Art Deco-styled white gold case. Set to be officially revealed early next year at SIHH 2012, the watch is absolutely beautiful in its sober -even if somewhat monotonous- combination of polished white gold and rhodium-plated surfaces. With its bold styling, it may be one of the best choices for a gentleman searching for an elegant, classic-styled dress watch with a nice subtle twist to its exterior.
The Swiss-based maker of elite watches has recently announced a more affordable Adamavi line of dressy timekeepers that are powered by inexpensive automatic and even quartz calibers but presented in precious rose gold cases. Among them, is the new Carl F. Bucherer Adamavi (Ref. 00.10307.03.16.01).