Omega Speedmaster, the legendary "space" chronograph that never seems to be getting old, has recently been reintroduced as a two-tone model and also slightly refreshed. Available with at least two dials and two colors of 18-carat gold alloy, the new Omega Speedmaster 57 (ref. 3188.8.131.52.01.001) version of the watch looks more in line with their current product range.
I don't really know whether it is the postmodern lack of new ideas or an attempt to return to the brand's roots, but during the recent years Longines shows a great interest in its past. There were dozens of vintage-styled models paying homage to the period starting in 1910s and going all the way to 1970s. This new Longines Avigation Oversize Crown GMT (Ref. L2.778.4.53) takes the "homage" idea a step or two further offering a well-balanced compilation of its 1920s trench watches.
The new Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Season collection delivers such a high degree of refinement and elegance that one usually expects only from a piece unique hand-made for some very special event. Jaquet Droz, however, plans to make whole 176 of them!
The recently presented Tissot Luxury Automatic watch sports a more refined version of the new Powermatic 80 (aka ETA CO7.111) self-winding caliber that also happens to power the gorgeous Certina DS Powermatic 80 Limited Edition that we have already reviewed briefly last week. Still, this particular iteration of the movement is not only better decorated, but is also much more precise, since it is built with more carefully selected parts and is better adjusted.
Mostly known for its rather uninspiring design language, the company, which is usually associated with highly durable and versatile (and also quite expensive) Swiss Army knives, has finally produced an item worthy of a long second glance. Surprisingly, this new quartz-powered Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic 1/100 (refs. 241617 & 241619) chronograph features a skeletonized dial with a nice-looking guilloched plate covering its large date display.
Available both in glossy stainless steel (ref. 886020 1NRFN) and in dressier rose gold PVD (ref. 886020 8ARF) versions, any member of this new Saint Honore Trocadero Chronograph collection could be a timepiece of choice for a person searching for a classic-styled "Swiss made" chronograph wristwatch, but on a very tight budget. And never mind the purists: after all, you are buying a watch for yourself, not for a bunch of snobs who believe that anything below an Omega or Rolex is not even worth considering.
Set to be presented at the upcoming trade show in Basel together with the refreshed Longines Conquest Classic three-hander, the new Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph watch sports the same styling, but somehow manages to look even more elegant than its dressy sibling.
The luxury watchmaker will introduce the bizarre Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang (ref. 341.CV.7517.VR.1975) ladies watch at the upcoming SIHH 2013 trade show. Available later next year in three limited edition versions, the watch will be presented in rose gold, as well as in white and black ceramic. The latter looks the best. Period.