Larger than average with its 42 mm in diameter, the 2009 Eterna KonTiki Date (ref. 118.104.22.1683) is still elegant and lean and will look great on a hand of a guy who spends three nights a week in a gym while keeping a low-carb diet.
Chopard was founded back in 1860 as an independent Manufacture. Now, the brand works under the umbrella of the Fleurier Quality Foundation (a joint project of Chopard, Parmigiani Fleurier, and Bovet Fleurier) and has access to the most advanced machinery and manufacturing processes. In 2009, it has presented the gorgeous L.U.C Lunar Big Date automatic chronometer with a brilliantly executed moon-phase display.
Stepping on the heels of Ulysse Nardin’s Maxi Marine Diver Titanium chronometer, Perrelet reveals its new masterpiece: the self-winding Tourbillon (ref. A3021/1). What is the connection between the two? Well, both timepieces are made of titanium and polished gold, a combination that was unthinkable for mainstream watchmaking brands only a couple of years ago.
With its 42.5mm case machined out of 316L low-carbon stainless steel and a Rolex-like unidirectional rotating bezel, this quartz-powered 2009 Certina DS Action Chrono is available both on a sexy black rubber strap (ref. C013.417.27.057.00, pictured) and a more practical stainless steel bracelet (ref. C013.417.11.057.00.) As affordable as it is, this one looks like a good choice for those not willing to spend tons of money to buy a ‘real’ Submariner, but still not willing to opt-in for an “homage” from smaller brands of dubious origin.
In March 2009, during the annual Baselworld international trade show in Basel, Switzerland, Cimier has presented its Retrograde Automatic (ref. 5104-SS021) collection. The new line featured a complex-looking dial with retrograde annual calendar and power reserve indicators complementing the usual “three-hander” layout of the base caliber ETA 2892.
The 2009 Frederique Constant Maxime Manufacture Collection (refs. FC-700MS5MZ9 and FC-700MS5M6) is the second lot of manufacture-grade timepieces from the independent brand. Unlike the numerous competitors, it is equipped not with a mass-produced ETA blanc caliber but features FC’s own in-house movement.
Ulysse Nardin, the Swiss watchmaking brand that gained its reputation thanks to the impeccable quality of its marine chronometers, has once again updated its unique Sonata alarm automatic wrist watch.
Crafted from high-grade titanium alloy, the new Archimede Pilot T tries to solve the usual problem of an oversized timekeeper: excessive weight that sometimes makes wearing a “sporty” wristwatch an ordeal if it spends on your wrist more than the usual ten or twelve hours. Tipping the scales at just 65 grams (approximately 11 grams or about 17 percent less than its stainless steel sibling from the same collection,) this laconic “pilot” seems to be a lot more comfortable to wear while not putting an unbearable burden on your wallet.
The new Archimede Pilot H automatic pilot’s watch features an anonymous black and white dial and is equipped with an inexpensive, but extremely reliable and fairly accurate ETA 2824 automatic movement.
Celebrating the world’s first Formula 1 night race in Singapore, the Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has created a Singapore Grand Prix edition of its premium-priced Grand Carrera timepiece.