Tag: 40 mm

Seiko 30th Anniversary Speedmaster Chronograph JDM (Ref. SCED003) by Giorgetto Giugiaro Japanese / Quartz

This one is good news for numerous fans of the Alien franchise that are also into the watch-collecting business. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their partnership with the Italian industrial designer Giorgetto Giugiaro (this gentleman of many virtues is also responsible for such works of art as the iconic DeLorean DMC-12, BMW Nazca C2, and 1972 Maserati Merak), the watchmaking branch of the Japanese brand Seiko has introduced a limited edition Seiko 30th Anniversary Speedmaster Chronograph JDM (Ref. SCED003) that looks almost like a re-issue of the famous "Bishop watch" from 1986 Aliens blockbuster.

Certina DS Powermatic 80 Limited Edition  (ref. C026.407.16.087.01) Swiss

The dressy 2013 Certina DS Powermatic 80 (ref. C026.407.16.087.01) is destined to compete with the recently presented Tissot Luxury Automatic collection. Powered by the same new Caliber ETA CO7.111 (also dubbed as Powermatic 80) self-winding movement, this one features a similar dial layout and boasts the same impressive power reserve of whole 80 hours.

Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Flameante Swiss

Now that's something big from the Swiss-based brand with its roots going straight to the Caribbean. No, they didn't introduce a tourbillon with parts made of silicon or some other fancy material from the asteroid 25143 Itokawa brought here by the Japanese space probe Hayabusa. However, this gorgeous Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Flameante (ref. 3130) explicitly states that CyS has a great potential when it comes to "simple" dress watches.

Mido Commander Datoday Automatic Swiss

Mido, yet another child of Swatch Group's quiverfull family, has finally updated its Commander line of sporty timekeepers. The refreshed Mido Commander Datoday Automatic (ref. M014.430.11.061.00) features the same ETA 2836-2 self-winding blank movement that also powered their Multifort Bicolor 42 mm model presented back in 2011, but features a lot more interesting looks with lots of straight lines and an elegant, lugless design of its compact body (although it may make it difficult to find an after-market replacement strap or bracelet if need be).

Arnold & Son HMS1 Royal Blue in Rose Gold (Ref. 1LCAP.U02A.C110A) Swiss

Based in Switzerland, the former British brand Arnold & Son builds on the legacy of its founding father John Arnold who used to make watches for King George III (1738-1820) and his court. This particular Arnold & Son HMS1 Royal Blue (Ref. 1LCAP.U02A.C110A) model is claimed to be inspired by a half-quarter repeater that was made almost 240 years ago.

Epos 3420 Limited Edition Chronometer Swiss

For this year, the Swiss brand Epos introduces a new version of its COSC-certified chronometer in a classy "three-hander" design. Well, there are two versions to be more precise: a model in steel (100 pieces), and a more impressive variation in black PVD body (pictured,) which is limited to 200 pieces. The limited edition Epos 3420 Chronometer is powered by a high-grade (although somewhat archaic) automatic movement that was officially certified as a chronometer by the Swiss COSC authority.

Longines Conquest Classic Self-Winding Swiss

The 2013 Longines Conquest Classic was officially revealed at the Baselworld 2013 exhibition. Soon to arrive at a watch shop near you, the new watch will be available in a choice of three versions including a two-tone with gold-steel bracelet variety (ref. L2.785.5.56.7) that is reviewed here. I must admit that the new member of the Conquest family looks a lot more elegant than its previous incarnations.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon Gold Bridge Limited Edition Swiss

At the Baselworld 2013 trade show, the Swiss watchmaker has re-introduced its Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon Gold Bridge (refs. 99535-52-131-BKBA & 99535-53-131-BK6A) collection. Not only dressy but also extremely classy with their understated exterior and carefully decorated dials, the watches have always been "signature" models for the brand. Judging by the 2013 collection's specs, this one is more of a mild face-lift, rather than a full-fledged next-generation with a new movement and all.

F.P. Journe Chronometre Optimum in Platinum Swiss

The new F.P.Journe Chronometre Optimum is powered by a unique hand-wound caliber. Crafted from 18-karat rose gold and painstakingly decorated, the movement sports a double-barrel design with a high-performance bi-axial escapement and even a natural dead beat second indicator (although you won't see it most of the time since it is visible only through the transparent case back of the piece.)


In a matter of days, the small California-based brand will start selling yet another version of its Tyndal model. The 2012 Xetum Tyndall PVD uses the same lug-less body design that now sports stealthy black PVD coating. Combined with the traditional 12h/24h scale and the instrument gauge-like design of hands and numerals, the watch that was originally designed as a hipster's toy now looks like a real tactical timekeeper designed with SWAT officers in mind.

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