The face-lifted version of the Ball Fireman Storm Chaser Pro (ref. CM3090C-L1J-BK) was released at the Baselworld 2014 event. It is equipped with a finely executed telemeter scale and packs within its medium-sized 42 mm stainless steel body the same tried and tested automatic chronograph movement, but now looks a lot more elegant than the previous iteration of the timepiece. It’s almost like if Porsche has released its current-gen Cayenne performance SUV with its gorgeous exterior and plush interior without sacrificing all the off-road goodness of the first-gen model.
The limited edition Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Carbon Orange is easily recognizable thanks to its signature boxy case and the diamond-shaped hands inspired by indicators on instruments gauges. It is perfectly legible with its high-contrast color scheme and, all in all is a nicely designed model. What more do you expect from a pilot’s watch made by one of the most outstanding brands among Swiss watchmakers? Perhaps, a movement of a higher pedigree would be a good start. Still, if you are not after a hand-made in-house caliber that powers a gadget that costs more than a Korean SUV, this one may be one of the most well-balanced choices for you.
Based on their Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator (Ref. 01 675 7648 4264-07 5 23 77) that was first released in 2011, the Oris Big Crown Timer Chronograph (Ref. 675 7648 4234 LS) features only subtle cosmetic changes that, however, make all the difference: as cluttered as the base version is, the gadget still somehow manages to look cleaner and is easier to read.
During Baselworld 2014, Tissot put on display a number of nice collections that make absolutely clear that Tissot is serious about increasing its market share when it comes to “affordable” watches. Among the new products, they have officially presented their T-Race Touch Aluminium (ref. T081.420.97.057.03): a new version of their analog-digital timekeeper that now comes in a sexy aluminum body available in four different colors, those including dark orange (pictured,) and even bright red (ref. T081.420.97.207.00).
While Mido is good at producing watches that look anonymous at best, this new stainless steel Mido Multifort Two Crowns (Ref. M005.930.11.060.00) actually looks nice and even recognizable, although even this design always leaves you scratching your head trying to remember if you have already seen this gadget before.
Limited to just 500 numbered pieces, the Chr. Ward C7 Italian Racing Red Chronometer will try to replicate the success of the last year’s C7IRR model that (as the British brand claims in their press release) was sold out in a matter of weeks. Priced well below $1000 mark and featuring a high-end Swiss quartz movement, the watch is almost destined to succeed.
During the SIHH 2014 trade show, AP has offered a whole bunch of new watches those including a set of refreshed Royal Oak Offshore collection of sporty chronographs. There were different versions in gold, plain steel, and even glossy white ceramic. The model that impressed me the most (i.e. I would even seriously consider it being my next THE watch if I didn’t have other, more important plans for this year) was, surprisingly, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Vintage Safari (Ref. 26470ST.OO.A801CR).
Dubail Paris, a particularly expensive boutique, which is located on the famous Place Vendome, will soon start selling a limited edition version of the dressy Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Bi-Retrograde. Sporting the same hours and minutes, as well as days of week and date indicators, the Ref. 86020 differs from the 2010 model only with the choice of materials and color combinations.
The 2013 JS Watch Co. Frisland Classic doesn’t open new horizons in terms of industrial design, yet it delivers a nice combination of timeless elegance, attention to details and high build quality. Still, some enthusiasts may find it considerably overpriced.
The stately Overseas collection has recently been updated with a version with a lacquered blue dial and a leather band of the same noble color. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Blue Chronograph (Ref. 49150/000A-9745) is currently available exclusively in the United States and in VC boutiques.