Equipped with a hand-wound Swiss-made movement, the 2016 Chr. Ward C5 Malvern Slimline Square makes a strong impression. In fact, this new accessory, as deceptively unsophisticated as it is, may become one of the halo models for the British brand all over the civilized world, at least when it comes to people who can appreciate real beauty.
Sinn, a brand that is mostly known for its professional-grade diving tools, starts taking pre-orders for its new Sinn U200 B (EZM 8) Special Edition for hardcore diving enthusiasts. Available for orders from October and till 31 December 2013, the new diver features Sinn’s signature styling and comes in a nice presentation box with a spare NATO-style textile strap and a set of instruments to make installing the band easier.
The famous Grand Seiko line of expensive timekeepers has recently been updated with a limited edition model. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their signature Seiko Caliber 9F, the ultra-precise quartz movement that was first brought to market back in 1993, the Japanese watchmaker introduces their new Grand Seiko Caliber 9F 20th Anniversary Limited Edition (Ref. SBGX103).
The quartz-powered Tissot T-Race Danica Patrick Limited Edition 2012 (ref. T048.217.27.016.00) chronograph is, as you have probably already guessed, named after Ms. Danica Sue Patrick, a well-known American auto racing driver that also happens to be a model, Tissot’s “brand ambassador,” and the only woman to win in the famous IndyCar Series. Being a limited edition model, the timekeeper will be offered in a total lot of 4999 pieces.
The 2011 Patek Philippe Ref. 3670A super-limited chronograph is powered by an extremely rare and highly appreciated by collectors PP Caliber 13-130 hand-wound movement. The caliber was in production around 50 years ago and is to contemporary high-end movements like the 1954 Mercedes W 196 to Ferrari Enzo: it is as archaic as it is extremely cool.
The new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady Steel & Ceramic Pavee (ref. WAH1219.BA0859) features a nice looking combination of high-grade steel, mirror-polished black ceramic and around 140 clear Top Wesselton diamonds totaling almost 0.65 carats.
At the SIHH 2010 trade show, Audemars Piguet has presented a bunch of new Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs. Although a normal AP ROO is usually associated with massive, larger than life cases that cover the whole width of your wrist (and then some) and, when done in denser alloys, often weigh so much you can use the darn thing for self-defense, this new line comes in a lot more compact cases that measure just 37 millimeters. Just think about it for a second: the device is actually smaller (not thinner though!) than a normal classic-styled three-hander! More than that, it is positioned as a unisex (i.e. suitable both for males, females, and all the genders in between) model!
The hand-wound 1815 Moonphase (Ref. 212.050) is presented in a signature “honey gold” color courtesy of a particularly hard-to-scratch 18-karat gold alloy. Developed by A. Lange & Sohne, the gorgeous alloy sports a Vickers hardness rating between 300 and 320HV (on average, that is twice as high as that of white gold, which is usually considered to be the hardest among “standard” gold alloys.) The new member of the 1815 Collection features a beautifully executed moon-phase complication, which is not only pleasant to look at, but is also so accurate that it takes whole 1058 years for the calendar to miss a day from the lunar month.
The new Angular Momentum Illum Aqua Ladies delivers a rare combination of high legibility and an absolutely unique finish. While the greatest majority of brands tends to simply transpose successful designs to their own timepieces or, in the best scenario, blend a couple of different design approaches into something more or less distinctive, AM’s owner seems to be never afraid of trying an unbeaten path every time he starts designing a new piece.