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!
Known for its rugged, even somewhat rough design, the legendary family of sporty chronographs welcomes the new member: the gorgeous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Queens Road (ref. 26198TI.OO.D101CR.01). Featuring an eye-catching combination of black and red of the dial and strap, as well as cold grey of its sand-blasted titanium body, the new timepiece makes a strong statement.
With combined analog/digital display, the new Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Time Attack MF (Ref. 168518-3001) treads on the territory currently occupied by Breitling’s line of professional timekeepers. Probably understanding that beating the well-advertised juggernaut at its own game may prove troublesome, Chopard offers the timekeeper at a very nice price.
Raymond Weil is soon going to start selling its Freelancer Pink Gold Date Chronograph (ref. 17740-G-20001). Taking into account the expected price of around $12,000, I have a feeling that people at RW significantly overestimate financial means of an average freelancer. Well, perhaps they have in mind a different type of an independent contractor on their mind, if you know what I mean, that is.
What a wonderful day! Audemars Piguet, one of my favorite watchmakers, has revealed the gorgeous Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Mexico (ref. 26297IS.OO.D101CR.01 in titanium & ref. 26297OR.OO.D101CR.01 in 18-karat rose gold) special-edition version of one of my favorite “sporty” luxury chronographs. Now the only problem is that it is limited to 200 pieces and costs from $40,000 to around $65,000 depending on the version that you plan to get.
With its newest B42 Black & Black Limited Edition, Fortis jumps into the black-on-black craze band-wagon.
The revolutionary A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk was unveiled by the German brand in May, 2009. At that time, it was one of the most daring and controversial (as well as immensely beautiful from the point of view of pure engineering) models from the German manufacture. Although not as deliberately high-tech as some wristwatches made by, say, Louis Moinet -another brand that is known for its audacious approach to industrial design- this “digital” timekeeper attracted a lot of attention even before it went on sale later that year.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph (Ref. 26278IK.GG.D002CA.01) is not really a new timekeeper. In fact, this is the same AP RO Offshore that we all know and some of us love so much, still equipped with the new AP 2326/2840 chronograph caliber, but featuring a little bit different combination of materials and colors.
The 2009 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Gray is offered in a masculine, yet compact 42 mm steel case and looks like a great competitor to the huge Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. Available both as a sporty three-hander (ref. 47040000W-9500) and a gorgeous chronograph (ref. 49150000W-9501,) the collection may seem -ahem- a bit expensive in this time of global financial meltdown, but for those having the means to buy one of them, it may be one of the best gifts they can make to the people they love most authentically: themselves.