The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day Date Blue Dial (Ref. 6158-SS001-43E) is equipped with an attractive three-dimensional blue dial and... not much else. Still, its compact stainless steel body, which is only 40 millimeters in diameter and not particularly thick at 12.50 mm, is nicely sculpted and is also perfectly finished giving the three-hander that sporty, energetic appearance that some money-savvy customers may find more than attractive.
Blancpain, one of the oldest Swiss Manufactures, has just revealed some info regarding its 2011 Villeret Demi-Fuseau Horaire GMT (Ref. 6665-3642-55B) model that is going to be officially revealed at the Baselworld 2011 trade show. As usual for this kind of classic-styled, vintage-inspired dress watches, this one is offered in a compact body of only 40 millimeters in diameter. Thanks to its relatively thin automatic movement, it is also quite slender for such a feature-packed model.
For Ladies / Swiss
The Swiss watchmaking brand Chopard will soon revitalize its long-abandoned, but not forgotten line of Imperiale wristwatches. The new collection features a number of models, but the most visually appealing among them is the oversized Chopard Imperiale Chronograph 40 mm (Ref. 384211-5002) ladies watch that comes in a rose gold case. As the name of the model directly warns you, it is presented in a bulky, deliberately massive body that will nevertheless look great on a wrist of a Rubenesque woman.
Still in search for a Christmas gift for that special one? The relatively new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116610LN automatic diver may be a perfect choice if you are ready to spend around $8000 for an authentic product that will serve you well for the next couple of decades doing its job and pleasing your eye. On the other hand, doesn't the choice look a little bit too obvious?
The Swiss watchmaker will soon add a new version of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second (ref. 49534-52-711-BK6A) automatic watch to its generous GP 1966 Collection of dress watches. Coming in a modestly sized round body, the watch features that easily recognizable, vintage-style dial layout with italicized, Breguet-style Arabic numerals, blued hands and easy to read railway-type minute and second tracks that make the piece look like those luxurious pocket watches from the 1920s.
The Chronoswiss Sirius Triple Date (ref. CH 9341 R) may be a nice choice for those looking for a vintage-styled timepiece if what they want is a timekeeper in a compact, deliciously slim body offering an easy to read dial with a classic layout and a bare minimum of complications limited to a full calendar and a moonphase indicator. Or, putting it in a more digestible form, it's a great choice for a person in search for a classic watch with modern guts!
The reputable Swiss-based watchmaking brand Vacheron Constantin has issued an ultra-limited edition of its super-slim Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine (ref. 81180) devoted to the Latin American Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Presented in a finely crafted rose gold (or even platinum) case 40 millimeters in diameter and also quite slim, the timepiece looks like one of the best options that are currently available for those searching for a dress watch, which is as elegant and understated as it is expensive.
Don't really know why, but watches with monochromatic (and stealthy) black-on-black color scheme are all the rage these days. With its new A.B.Art Special OA All Black wrist watch the Swiss watchmaker jumps into the "Black is the new Black" bandwagon. While many analysts consider the "bandwagon" strategy dangerous in a sense that you risk getting into the trend that is just about to make a U-turn, the fairly limited number of watches that the Swiss-based brand plans to deliver minimizes the risk of them sticking with a bunch of unsold timekeepers.
Quartz / Swiss
The new Certina DS Rookie (ref. C016.417.22.057.00) quartz chronograph is essentially the old Certina DS Action chrono introduced early last year that was introduced early last year and is now packed in a slightly smaller, more elegant case.
The new Zenith Elite Captain Central Second (ref. 18.2020.670/01.C498) is one of the most affordable dressy timekeepers powered by superbly-designed in-house movements. Not as technically impressive as their "high-beat" models, it is still a good alternative to a similarly styled three-hander from ultra-luxury brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre.