Audemars Piguet has updated its 2009 Millenary Chronograph with a 2010 model that now offers a lot more appealing color scheme. Besides the new colors, the 2010 MY model sports the same off-centered dial with an extravagant combination of Roman numerals for the main dial and Arabic numerals for the tachymetric scale.
Officially presented at the SIHH 2010 trade show, the 2010 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver (ref. 15703ST.OO.A002CA.01) is a true -if *ahem* a bit expensive- diving tool with an official depth rating of 300 meters.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Equation of Time (refs. 26603ST.OO.D002CR.01 & 26603OR.OO.D092CR.01) is the very first AP RO in all of the 38 years of the model’s history to be presented with a perpetual calendar and the equation of times, the astronomical complications usually reserved for “dressier” APs.
Originally revealed a year ago, the gorgeous Zeitwerk started the digital revolution in the world of traditional mechanical timekeepers. Now, having its Arabic numerals covered with Superluminova and equipped with a smoked, semi-transparent sapphire crystal that replaces the original dial crafted from solid silver, the new A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Luminous takes the idea even further.
The hand-wound Radiomir PAM 338 that was presented at the SIHH 2010, offers you a particularly impressive combination of Panerai’s easily recognizable vintage-styled exterior with the new mechanical movement, which is crafted exclusively at their own production facilities in Switzerland: a real treat for those tired of numerous “modified” movements based on inexpensive ETA blank calibers.
With its finely sculpted honey-colored gold body, this 2010 Glashuette Original Strasser & Rohde Regulator sports a beautifully executed hand-wound mechanism that features a level of decor that we rarely see even in this price range. I can predict that the hand-made caliber mechanism with its different types of guilloche, blued screws, and visible synthetic rubies will get almost as much “screen time” as the timekeeper’s silvered dial with its rare regulator-type display.
At the SIHH 2010 trade show, Baume et Mercier has presented its 2010 Classima Executives XL Chronograph and Complete Calendar (ref. 8870). Not offering anything terribly new when it comes to styling, the collection still featured a good and robust movement that would probably make this timepiece a good value proposition if the price is right.
The Portuguese 7 Days Power Reserve collection has been slightly refreshed for the new season. Crafted from high-grade stainless steel, the elegant and simple chronograph sports the same timeless classic exterior, but the dial has finally received a new silver finish that was previously available only with a lot more expensive version in rose gold (ref. IW500101).
Based on a classic model from 1970s, the new TAG Heuer Silverstone Chronographs (refs. CAM2111.FC6259 & CAM2110.FC6258) not only look great. They also look different from myriads of standard sporty timepieces that -expensive or cheap, hand-crafted or mass-produced- have flooded the market during the recent decade or two. Although the movement that powers the 2010 collection is modern, it is the vintage aura that makes me want to own one of these.
Previously available in much larger cases, the 2009 Panerai Radiomir PAM 336 has become both smaller and thinner. At just 42 millimeters in diameter (well, actually in width since the gadget sports the brand’s traditional cushion-shaped body) and just 12.5 millimeters high, the new timekeeper doesn’t look like an expensive metal hamburger stuck to your wrist. Instead, you get a jewelry item that, while still being massive, is at the same time elegant and even refined, in a restrained, masculine way. Thank the in-house P.999 caliber for that!